In line with my previous recommendation of just getting out and doing stuff as a way to discover your interests and passions, I went along to a fairly random event in central London yesterday.
I was stumbling along on Stumble Upon 3 days ago, when I stumbled across this website, audaciously named Fluent in 3 Months. Having tried to learn both French and Mandarin in the past, the subject matter was sufficiently intriguing for me to click on the “About” page to find out more about the author and blog subject matter. One page led to another and before I knew it, I was checking out the associated Facebook page. That’s when I noticed serendipitously that Benny (the Irish Polyglot) was going to be down in central London and would be organising a small get together for language learners and travellers in a local pub near Angel.
I thought about it for a few minutes, decided I had nothing to lose and RSVPed.
So I went along to the informal meet up yesterday and it turned out to be a good night out where I met a whole bunch of pretty interesting people. I was probably the only one there not actively learning a language (do computer languages count?) and definitely seemed to be the only one who hadn’t been following the Fi3M blog for at least a few months (ha, try 2 days!). It was nonetheless good to meet the folks and gain some inspiration both in terms of their travel experiences, as well as their dedication to learning new languages and discovering other cultures simultaneously.
It was also particularly interesting meeting up with the main man Benny – to learn what he was currently up to, what his next chosen language of study is, how he plans to go about it and where in the world he is going to be for the next few months (this man has been travelling for 10 years+ continuously!). An interesting and unconventional character to say the least, it was an entertaining night. It was particularly intriguing for me to hear him talk about how he entered the world of nomadic living and how he lives the life he lives.
In summary, I’m really glad I decided to just get out and go to this event. I really should do this more often.
Resources I learnt about in these 3.5 hours
- The Pomodoro Technique – for time management
- The Pimsleur Method – for learning languages
- Tony Buzan books – for improving memory
- “Stuff” is bad – one for the nomads
P.S. Hello to anyone visiting from the group yesterday – thanks for dropping by!