Foreign, Not Strange. How To Learn Languages Quickly And Subconsciously.
Michal Przybylski, a Polish born traveller, using Polish, English and Italian as his first languages used to be a D-student at hight school. Now, he holds a master degree in linguistics, graded A. In this book, he shares his tips on how to master the art of language learning. Special key words which he uses, will help you memorize the techniques he outlines. More
Michal Konrad – 5th July 1986. Professional teacher of English and Italian as second languages with experience in all age groups at all the possible levels of advancement; used to teach in Poland, Italy, Iran, China and Indonesia. Interpreter in English, Polish and Italian. Traveller.
Foreign languages are my passion. I am fluent in English, Polish and Italian. I am able to communicate in Spanish, French, Russian, Ukrainian, Czech, Slovak, Farsi and Bahasa Indonesia. Let’s talk about the weather in Chinese, Vietnamese or Thai. I could say that I was born with Polish, grew up with English and went through my adolescence with Italian. These three languages are in my blood and my resume as my native tongues.
My passion for travelling started early and because of a very simple reason. I simply liked the Italian words in the „Godfather”, which I read when I was 16 years old. I decided to learn Italian. “Should I ask my parents for money for an expensive language camp abroad? No way!”. I had the WILL so I found a different, more adventurous and more effective way. I packed my backpack, hitch-hiked to Italy and found a job. Within the next years, I was living between Italy, Poland and England. My main GOAL was not the money. What MOTIVATED me to go abroad was the curiosity of the views, the people and the cultures hidden behind the corner.
When I was at university, I started to teach English. Initially, of course, it was not easy. Later on, when I concentrated on SUCCESS, remembering at the same time what I was like when I was a student, I managed to MOTIVATE my students so that I could observe how they achieved their GOALS.
One year after my Master thesis discussion which was rated top rank at my university, time for me came to move to Asia. I embarked on a hitch-hiking journey towards the East (you may follow the journey on www.singlenomad.pl) The book you are reading now was written on a small island – Gili Trawangan, which is part of an Indonesian province, Nusa Tenggara. I arrived here all the way from Poland by land with no flights. Hitch-hiking in places such as Iran, Pakistan, China, Vietnam or Cambodia was not only easy but also safe and enjoyable mostly because of OPENESS to cultures and languages. Depending on the ATTITUDE, any place in the world could be paradise or hell. Just think of a small island I have written this book on. Amazing, azure sea which touches the sky. Coral reefs underneath – beautifully stunning but painful in case of close contact. Electricity – only in certain hours and only from private generators which, sometimes, tend not to work.
This book is not supposed to advertise any „best and only” method of learning or teaching foreign languages. Which method is the best? Which teacher is the best? The answer is: the one you feel well with.
Personally, I have never liked studying. True, I could get always really involved in things I got interested in. However, I never liked reading books I was forced to. I never liked having to learn something which I knew I would not need later in life. “It will make my grade higher. So what? Is there any point wasting the beautiful weather? I am not interested. That’s it. I’d rather get an F than learn something which I will only use during this stupid test”. Nevertheless, I managed to be successful at my A-levels, got a high scholarship and a good job at my university and it was me who chose the best employer after graduation – not the other way round.
I have found the way which enables us to learn languages (and not only), subconsciously, putting only very minimal effort into it. The way in which the brain, naturally absorbs what it needs. The way which I would like to share with you now.