ML37: Ellen Jovin on Foreign Language Resources, Grappling with Grammar and Speaking from the Start

Discover what it actually means to know a language, the best foreign language tools and resources and the most effective methods for maintaining multiple languages. Plus, get Ellen's insights on overcoming common language learning sticking points.

ML37: Ellen Jovin on Foreign Language Resources, Grappling with Grammar and Speaking from the Start

Ellen Jovin is a polyglot, writer and the founder of Syntaxis, a communication skills training firm based in New York.

In 2009, she started a project to learn as much as she could of the languages spoken in New York in a year. But once she started, she never stopped - her schedule has included 21 different languages involving a total of nine different alphabets and writing systems - and she’s still going strong with no end in sight.

Ellen’s an accomplished polyglot and an excellent communicator as I found out when we met at the Polyglot Conference in Thessaloniki, where she gave a fantastic talk on language learning products.

In this episode we discuss a range of topics including:

- What it means to know a language and Ellen’s definition of fluency
- The method Ellen uses to learn languages and how this can be used by others
- The challenges Ellen has faced learning languages and how she overcame them

Whatever language you’re learning and whatever stage you’re at, you’ll benefit from Ellen’s insights and leave this episode with mindsets and skillsets that you can take away and start using straight away.


🎙 ML32: Luca Lampariello on Language Learning Habits, Translation Techniques and Living the Polyglot Dream

🎙 ML31: How to Become A Better Language Learner

🎙 ML10: Alex Rawlings on Mastering Multiple Languages, Finding Great Teachers and Using Technology Intelligently

🎙 ML9: Olly Richards on Building Your Vocabulary, Perfecting Your Accent and How To Learn Any Language


📄 5 Common Language Learning Myths Dispelled

📄 3 Qualities of Exceptional Language Learners

📄 Perfectionism: The Learning Mindset You Need To Avoid At All Costs

Selected Resources

▶️ Language Utopia - A Polyglot’s Product Fantasies

🖥 Words and Worlds of New York - Ellen's Blog

📄 A Survey of Language Learning Tools