My name's Olly Richards. I'm the founder of I Will Teach You A Language, author, teacher… and I speak 8 languages.
If you've ever asked yourself:
- What's the best way to become fluent in a foreign language?
- How come some people learn languages so easily but I can't?
- How can I work language learning around my busy family life?
- How can I learn to understand native speakers?
- Which courses are good?
Or if you just have a passion for learning a foreign language but don't know how…
…you've found the right place!
How I Will Help You…
Did those questions above resonate with you?
That's because I know what keeps you up at night with your language learning.
After working with thousands of language learners, I've come to see first-hand what stops people becoming fluent in a foreign language, and what can be done to fix it. (See our LOVE PAGE for proof!)
Everything on this website is aimed at teaching you the simple techniques to learn new languages quickly, using the awesome power of story.
When you know these techniques, you can quite literally craft the life you want, with the people, cultures, and languages you love at the centre.
(Why do I teach using stories? Read more about that here.)
“Olly’s language-learning insights are right in line with the best of what we know from neuroscience and cognitive psychology about how to learn effectively. I love his work!”
DR. BARBARA OAKLEY, INSTRUCTOR OF LEARNING HOW TO LEARN FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
The key to learning a language quickly is to ruthlessly focus on the study activities that get you the biggest bang for your buck.
In fact, the difference between making zero progress, and progress so fast you won't believe, often comes down to doing less, not more.
That's why some people can learn many languages to a high level in a short space of time…
While others spend years on one language without getting anywhere.
Same people. Different strategies.
The difficulty is, unless you've learnt many languages before, how do you know what changes to make, and what to focus on?
That's where I come in.
I'll show you the techniques I've used to learn eight languages.
I'll show you what to focus on, how to study, and how to make the best use of your limited time.
And I'll show you how to have fun doing it. For example with my beautiful books of short stories…
I started learning languages when I was 19 years old and working in a café in London.
I really wanted to learn French and Italian so I could start to chat with all the cool people I was working with. But I really had no idea how to do it.
My desire to learn kept me going, and over the next few years, I started experimenting with more and more languages.
I never spent all that much time studying languages (I'm a musician, so I preferred to be playing music!).
But I did figure out ways to start speaking a foreign language quickly, in a way that doesn't require much studying in the traditional sense.
I spent time in France, Brazil and Argentina, and later on, in Japan, learning the languages as I went.
One of the curious side effects of travelling a lot was realising that you don't need to travel to learn a foreign language. In fact, when I learn new languages these days, I do most of the hard work at home. I learnt Spanish, Portuguese and Cantonese, for example, without setting a foot in the respective countries.
With experience, it gets so much easier. And that's why I'm so excited to have you here and to have the opportunity to put my experience to work and help you learn another language – without the stress!
If that sounds like a plan, then why not get started with my free listening skills course course. I'll teach you the techniques I use to quickly learn to understand native speakers in any language, even when speaking quickly…