Polyglot: Read!

Whenever I am asked how I was able to succeed in many languages in a relatively short period of time, I always make a bow in spirit to the source of all knowledge: books. My advice to learners can thus be expressed in one word: read!

—Kató Lomb, Polyglot: How I Learn Languages [Download PDF]

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6 comments on “Polyglot: Read!

  1. Matt says:

    I agree – 100%! The best way to learn any subject matter is to read books about it…

    “The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who'll get me a book I ain't read.” ~Abraham LIncoln

  2. Sylvia says:

    Matt, that's a great quote! I pity those who seem not to be able to learn from books. It is so much more efficient than classes, I think. I once had a professor who was so terrible I stopped going to class. I just read the textbook and ended up getting a good mark! 😀

  3. Matt says:

    I have the same experience, Sylvia. I'm a computer science major. During my first year in college I can't understand the course I was taking about the basics of computer programming. In my frustration I started reading a well-written book about it. After reading the book, it all made sense to me. Reading that book was life-changing. Otherwise, I would have dropped out and pursued another major. It goes without saying that I got a good grade, and later had a successful career in software development…

  4. Sylvia says:

    Matt, that's a great story. It's amazing how having things explained the right way can make something that seemed impossible become easy. I guess that's the beauty of books. Unlike professors, if one isn't working out you can just try another.

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