I’m an experienced Language Learner
You see, of the five languages that I have had to learn independently for my career, Finnish was by far the toughest. I was doing an Erasmus placement in marketing, so I had to learn fast but it was so extremely difficult that it really got me down.
The bubbly Corinne everybody knew from home had lost her voice and my personality seemed to have shrunk to the size of my vocabulary. I understood nothing, not one word. But I couldn’t give up, I had to crack this! I was determined not to trap myself in a linguistic and cultural bubble.
But learning Finnish certainly wasn’t working with the methods that I had used to learn German so I had to get smart about learning languages. This kick started quite an obsession about how different people learn languages, so I am still very interested in how the brain works, what approaches can be used predominantly online and outdoors to boost learning effectiveness.