Actual Fluency Blog S3E13 – Keith Swayne: Languages over Coffee

  This podcast has Kris Boholm interviewing Keith Swayne, a polyglot who has turned his interest in culture, humanity, and languages into a lifestyle business. “It’s not that you’re in love with phrasal verbs…. it’s a social experience… It’s about connecting with people.” Show notes How Keith turned a very negative start in language learning […]

The Introvert Fantasy about Language Learning That’s True

Introverts believe learning a foreign language will give them access to friends and social interactions that aren’t possible in their home culture. That’s actually true, in my experience. Without getting into tedious definitions and evaluations of what Introversion is, I’m just going to stipulate that, while I’m not shy (shyness isn’t equal to introversion), I […]

Keyboard shortcuts for flashcards at,, and all the rest of the websites

        The spaced interval flash cards at,, and all the rest of the sites, are incredibly valuable and efficient for learning the first 2,000 words of a new language rapidly, efficiently, and permanently. They’re even easier to use if you know keyboard shortcuts. The keyboard shortcuts aren’t easy to […]