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When I first came to Lima, I knew almost nothing about the city. I had heard of Miraflores and knew that it is one of Lima’s richest and most touristic suburbs. However, I’ve always been a bad tourist, meaning I’ve hardly ever bothered to read guides or internet sites about the places I’ve travelled to.

I arrived at my AirBnB at night and although I knew that it had an ocean view, I had no idea what my surrounding was like.

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Back in the 1990’s, I lived in Brazil and learnt Brazilian Portuguese. From December 2015 – March 2017, I lived in Portugal and would like to share my experiences with those two variations of the same language.

Was it easy to get along in Portugal speaking Brazilian Portuguese? Short answer: Everyone understood me but the problems started when Portuguese people answered back. In the beginning, I was really frustrated. When Brazilians speak, I understand almost everything and that was not the case at all in Portugal.

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I do admire people like Richard Simcott or Luca Lampariello who speak an incredible amount of languages at an advanced level and keep learning new ones all the time.

However, not everyone has to be a polyglot. A recent trip to Peru taught me that it’s time to be honest with myself.

When learning languages keeps you away from the real world

Learning languages kept me busy in recent years but it also kept me away from the real world.

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My rental contract for my apartment in Portugal ends in February and I’m really anxious to leave. One year in the same place is too long for me, especially when the place is a small village.

Wanderlust

I already became aware of this after about three months and it became even more obvious when I travelled to Thessaloniki to attend the Polyglot Conference at the end of October.

Even though the winter months are not my favourite time of the year to travel to Central and East Europe,

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Conferences can be quite exhausting for introverts and I have to admit that I had mixed feelings about the Polyglot Conference for all those months since I bought the ticket until I finally went there.

I still remembered my DNX failure from May 2015 too well. The DNX is a conference for digital nomads, about the same size as the Polyglot Conference as far as the number of participants is concerned.

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Language exchange and introverts are not the best combination, that’s for sure. For a long time I avoided language exchanges completely, I changed my italki settings so that I wouldn’t appear in the list of possible language exchange partners. Some weeks ago I decided to give it another try with language exchanges. I’m still ambivalent about it. Language exchange involves much more social interaction than tutoring. It feels more like an obligation. This is even more so the case when your native language is highly in demand while your language partner may speak a language that few people study and it’s therefore difficult for him to find a language exchange partner.

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Cuando comienzas a aprender un idioma sueles estar muy motivado y rápidamente vas a ver progresos. Claro, puede ser que llegues a algunas de estas mesetas  frustrantes durante las primeras etapas del aprendizaje. Pero normalmente vas a tener material suficiente para simplemente continuar y al fin y a cabo vas a llegar al próximo nivel.

Sin embargo, una vez que has llegado a un buen nivel B2 (intermedio superior), las cosas a menudo se complican.

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Introverts are often very good language learners which is not too surprising. Language learning requires many skills which introverts have in abundance.  They’re not easily distracted. They like to do things in the quietness of their homes. They can concentrate well. However, many introverts struggle with speaking their target language.

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Shyness vs introversion

Many people seem to think that introverted people are shy.

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En mayo de 2015 fui a Budapest para participar en uno de los Polyglot Workshops que Richard Simcott y Alex Rawlings empezaron a organizar este año. Los primeros talleres tuvieron lugar en Polonia y Alemania. Cada taller dura un o dos días pero también es posible ir solo para un día. Esto lo hice, parcialmente porque tuve una cita en Praga y parcialmente porque quería aproximarme de una manera lenta a tales eventos.
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When you start to learn a language, you’re usually very motivated and quickly see some progress. You may reach some frustrating plateaus at these early stages, too but normally you have enough material to just go on and eventually reach the next level.

However, once you’ve reached a good B2 level, things often become complicated – and even more so if your aim is to become a polyglot which means that once you’ve reached B2 with your first foreign language you will have probably started to learn another language already.

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