Different paths but one common goal

For the untrained eye, polyglots all look alike. They speak “many” languages and that’s it. The reality is quite different. There are 3 kinds of polyglots who follow different patterns but follow the same goal: gather knowledge in multiple languages.

1. The Language Family-focused polyglot

The first one, and most often found around the world, is the language-family focused polyglot. These are the people who learn 10 or more languages in 5 years. You could think they are “geniuses”, but they aren’t. Their system is much simpler.

The two most common ones are the “Europe-focused” (1) and “East Asia-focused” (2). …


It is not only about getting more career opportunities.

I’ve heard it countless times from people around me.

“If I could speak Japanese, I could work in Japan.”
“If I knew how to speak Spanish, I could handle the Spanish market too.”
“If I spoke Thai, my resume would be more interesting to recruiters.”

These might be true. But they’re not requirements. You can work in Japan without speaking the language. You can handle the Spanish market in your company without speaking the language. You can make your resume more interesting without learning a new language.

I love languages. Without them, my life would have been completely different. Without…


If you’re a writer, you need to riff once in a while

I’m a big proponent of knowing the general ideas you want to talk about in an article. As a content writer, if you don’t know where you’re going with your words, how do you expect to bring the readers along?

And yet, it’s exactly what I think every writer should do once in a while. Some kind of rant like Tom Kuegler regularly does. Some kind of funny story like David B. Clear did, to celebrate his (deserved) 7K followers.

Writers don’t always need to have a precise goal.

Sometimes having a goal helps give direction. Sometimes having one puts…


Become happier and more productive by reducing what works against you.

Self-improvement is all about making our lives better. Unfortunately, it’s also crowded with advice on what to add to our lives.

I want big changes but tiny habits work better. Adding microscopic habits is easier. Eliminating other ones isn’t as easy but it’s worth trying for all the positive it brings.

In my research and self-reflection on my life, I’ve found many habits I should get rid of. I’ve gotten rid of each of them at one point, often falling back into them later on.

This list is a reminder to myself to not forget them, to avoid them as…


The Alright Writer

5 preparations that could make your writing easier and better

I used to believe good writers just sat down and started typing masterpieces. After two years and a half of writing, I realize how wrong I was.

You can’t write amazing pieces without sitting down and lining up the words. Sure. that alone, however, isn’t enough. Writing is only ordering on paper what you already had in your mind. Nothing more, nothing less.

Good writing requires good preparation.

For me, this “good preparation” comes in the form of 5 criteria I try my best to fulfill. It took trial and error, along with a lot of time, for me to…


I forget them often when they are most needed

I love micro-habits. They’re easy to implement. They aren’t overwhelming. They can fit into any lifestyle.

On paper, micro habits are perfect. In reality, they’re just as easy to skip. They slip your mind all the time. Their results are too small to be motivating for longer than a day or two.

There are tons of tiny habits to add to your life to improve it. Some of them, however, bring much better results than others in the long run.

On my journey to improve myself, two of them keep coming back to slap me in the face. …


It’s a challenge worth the hassle.

When you’ve discovered what flow states can bring to your life, you can’t forget it. Like your first kiss or the best trip of your life, it stays in your magnificent yet imperfect memory.

I remember my very first planned flow experience. It was when I wrote this piece about stupid jokes. I remember how easy it was to line the words, how time disappeared from my mind. I remember the seat I was at in a coffee shop. I remember the coffee stain I had left on the counter next to me.

But, above all, I remember thinking about…


If language learning was a cryptocurrency, I’d invest all my non-existent fortune into it.

I’d be so freaking rich you wouldn’t believe it. Even though I don’t know much about crypto.

I don’t know too much about cryptocurrencies. I’ve done some research and am finishing a book about it, but I’m far from an expert. One thing is sure though. They aren’t going away. No matter what goes against them.

I love languages and I know they’re not going away any time soon. Hell, they’re only growing stronger each day despite all the technology to auto-translate.

Learning a language is a lot like what the cryptocurrency market has been since its inception. …


3 methods that will help you improve in the long run.

Immersion is one of the best methods to learn a language, even though it feels like you’re not improving for a very long time.

Most people believe you can’t immerse yourself without living in the country of the language you’re learning. You don’t. You can use the immersion method in your own country or even in a different country if you want.

Some people have proven it works, like Stevo who passed the highest level of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT N1) in 18 months. …

Mathias Barra

French polyglot speaking 6 languages. Writer. Helping you learn languages. Get my new ebook → https://linktr.ee/MathiasBarra

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