Hi, I’m Marko. Language Witch is a hub where I share my journey of exploring languages and language learning, both in theory and practice. Currently, I’m learning French.
There are dozens, probably hundreds of language learning methods online, so I don’t see the point of creating a new one. There is no one right method either. Instead, I created this hub to try all available methods and share my experience of how I found what’s useful. That’s my recipe to avoid splashing cash and time while learning a new tongue — to build your own language learning strategy and practice.
Before you pick-and-mix your learning resources, you need to understand what a language actually is. You might be tempted to click on the first Babbel, Rosetta Stone, or Duolingo advertisement forced into your attention span, and that’s cool. If you want to act smart and see results, you’ll lay the foundations and learn how to choose a language course, app, or teacher that suits you.
I’ve learnt languages all my life. My mother tongue is Hungarian, though I learnt English at the age of five. I learnt German for six years in school, Italian and Spanish in my own time, and currently, French. Of these six languages, I speak two fluently. And the rest? I could barely write or speak them — now I know why.
How Can You Learn A Language Without Truly Knowing What A Language Is?
This website’s content explains the role of languages in our lives in a simple and digestible way. Only once you see the sense in how languages shape our world can you learn one and actually use it as an effective everyday tool. When I say learn one, I mean to think, read, write, comprehend, and speak it.
Grammar and linguistic rules are a necessary pain in the ass, so I won’t ignore those completely, but note this:
I am not a language teacher. I simply write about the role of languages in our lives to make it easier for you to learn them. I also gather a bunch of useful resources that I myself have used and I provide detailed explanations of what works best from my experience. This way, you can save time and figure out what’s the best way for you to learn your chosen language, given your current skill level and available resources. You’ll also come across very simple language learning plans to help you start practicing — as with anything, procrastination stops when you have clear actions to act out.
If you’re new to the site and are generally curious, I suggest that you check out this post on the What Is Language? The First Question To Answer Before Learning One.
If you want to dig in and start learning, you can head over to The Anatomy Of Language. This is a short piece on the general misunderstanding about languages and the reason why we often fail to communicate effectively with them. It also explains the everyday role of languages and relates it to learning them, which, in my view, is the key to picking up a language in a relatively short time.
A language never fully make sense, but with curiousity and practice it molds together, and in time, it gradually becomes part of you.