Monoglot Anxiety

Monoglot Anxiety

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A blog about learning to teach yourself a language with a focus on German and Italian, written by a self-taught former monoglot

Hey, it’s me — that friend who always plays weird foreign music nobody likes at parties.

In my defense, I wasn’t always so annoying. Until just a year ago, I was monolingual and I listened to weird music nobody liked in English. Despite years of language courses in high school and college, nothing ever clicked until I left classes behind and committed to learning German on my own.

This blog is about learning to teach yourself languages — getting started, finding the right resources, staying motivated, and navigating the intermediate plateau and beyond.

I’m not a polyglot. I can’t tell you the “best” way to learn a language or some magic-trick language hack that will catapault you to fluency in a week, a month, or a year. If that’s what you’re looking for, you’re in the wrong place.

I’m a language learner, and learning means lots of trial-and-error — especially if you’re self-taught. And all that experimenting is exactly what Monoglot Anxiety is about.

If you’re teaching yourself a language, this blog is for you. I write broadly about language-learning techniques through the lens of solo study, review popular language-learning methods, blogs, and resources, and walk through my own language learning mistakes so you don’t have to make them yourself. If you happen to be learning German, Italian, or Danish, you can learn along with me and benefit from language-specific reviews, post-mortems of my most frequent mistakes, and lots of free Anki decks and flashcard templates. I also write a free newsletter for German learners with media recommendations. And even if you’re not learning German, Danish, or Italian along with me, I try to use each of these languages as a window into how language learning works at every stage from total beginner (Italian) to occasional dabbling (Danish) to approaching fluency (German).

Youu can get in touch by emailing hello@monoglotanxiety.com.

Thanks for visiting!


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Tired of listening to 99 Luftballons and Rammstein? Me too. Luckily, there's a lot more to German media than you'll see on top-10 lists for language learners. Sign up for my newsletter to get fresh recommendations for great German music, movies, and more each week.

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