For those of you who have been following my blog for a long time you would know that I started this blog because I wanted to have a diary to keep track of my French learning.
I started my blog in mid 2009 (that's nearly 5 years! Yay!) and around the same time somebody else also started a language learning blog to keep track of their progress.
That person was Benny Lewis, who is now known as the "Irish Polyglot". I've been following him on/off the last few years and even left a few comments on his blog. He doesn't know me, and we've never met, but in a way I feel like I 'know' him and I'm super proud of how far he has come.
He's not only an inspiration for languages learners worldwide, but to me he is also an inspiration by proving that you really can make a living doing what you love, as long as you put all your effort, time, love and passion into it.
He has had amazing success in a short amount of time and made tons of friends worldwide. He has heaps of useful and funny videos on Youtube. (one of my favourites is "Skype me maybe" sung to the tune of "Call me maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen, in 30+ languages! It is such a great, feel good happy video).
Obviously at the end of the day everybody has to make a living and Benny does so with the language learning courses and e-books he sells, but the same time he also has tons and tons of free content on his blog/site.
I was so happy and excited for him when I read the other day that he scored a book publishing deal with the huge publishing house Harper Collins.
Anyway, if you need some encouragement and advice for foreign language learning and haven't read it yet (where have you been?) go read his blog or go get his new book Fluent in 3 months. As I said earlier, he doesn't know who I am and did not tell me to write this. I just wanted to help promote his book because he seems like such an awesome guy and deserves all the success in the world. :)
(image from Benny's blog)