IWTYAL 013: When is it time to move on to another language?

itunesButtonTamiyo asks: “When do you decide you’ve learnt enough and it’s time to move on to another language?”

In this episode:

  • Why are you learning a language in the first place?
  • When are you fluent enough?
  • When should you move on to a new language?

Resources mentioned in this episode:

  • CommentCast – see all the iTunes reviews of a podcast from around the world
  • Random.org – choose a number or numbers at random

Today’s featured resource:

Announcing the competition winners

I’m thrilled to announce the three lucky winners of my Language Learning Foundations video course, who I’ve picked at random from all the reviews on iTunes. They are:

  • Romagitana
  • idleplayerofgamestron
  • Tamiyo Hashimoto

If this is you, please get in touch with me using the “contact” form on the menu bar and I’ll get you set up with your copy of the course.

Here are their reviews:

giveaway winner 1


giveaway winner 2


giveaway winner 3



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  • Chris Broholm

    Thanks for the mention today, Olly! Really appreciate it. I also liked the response to today’s issue, which I can imagine was a little different than the asker expected!

    My goal for the languages I’m learning is to achieve a level where I can have conversations with relative ease and also be able to watch or listen to native level material and get the “gist” of it. So when I have a goal like that formulated, it’s very easy to know when I can move on to the next one.

    For my Russian this is what I’m working on now, I’m past the basic conversation and now I just need to sit down, watch or listen to native material and patch up what I don’t understand. Many people recommend shadowing (eg. listening to some audio and try to transcribe it, or at least repeat it) if there’s an unknown word, estimate the spelling and add it to your flash cards.

    • You’re welcome, man. And I think it’s great you’ve got your goals spelled out like that. It’s different for all of us, so all we need to do is decide what’s right for us as individuals.

  • Fear_eile

    It may be worth pointing out another potential reason for beginning another language – to use the common language of speech, as opposed to the official language. For example, one might want to learn a minority language but the official language is the only stepping-stone to that aim. After all, for a German speaker, learning Taiwanese might be very restrictive (due to lack of learning materials) without a grounding in Mandarin. Learning Scottish Gaelic is possible for Russian speakers, I’m sure – but hardly an easy task for non-English speakers. The same must be true for many, many minority or regional languages.