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Benny Lewis: The man who says you can learn a language in three months


What do you think about learning to master a foreign language quickly? What kind of method(s) do you like to use when learning a new language? Do you think that we can learn English using the Benny Lewis’ method?

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Benny Lewis started travelling 11 years ago and hasn't stopped (Picture: supplied) Benny Lewis started travelling 11 years ago and hasn’t stopped (Picture: supplied)

The eternal pessimist in me considers those who have mastered a foreign language as the lucky few.

They’re either born into a multilingual household, blessed with a brain sporting the absorbent qualities of quilted paper towel or have been on their ‘gap year’ since the turn of the millennium.

Benny Lewis basically falls into the final category, having been travelling for the past 11 years – but the self-confessed mediocre school student attributes his mastery of 12 languages to a change in approach where coursework is ditched for conversation.

‘I hung around in Spain for a while but six months later hadn’t picked up any Spanish,’ he says. ‘I figured it was because I didn’t have the language gene and I was bad at languages at school. People told me it was simply because I wasn’t getting out there…

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