In this episode we talk to Danny Kalman of LanguageBird about Spanish Coaching for Immigration Attorneys
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Danny runs the company LanguageBird, which provides private Spanish language coaching to attorneys and other busy professionals. He has been a globetrotter and language learner for almost two decades. He has lived in 4 countries, traveled to over 18 and speaks English, Spanish, Hebrew and Japanese. He has also been through many language programs himself and even taught English in Tokyo before launching LanguageBird.
In this episode you will hear:
- Danny’s experience with language learning programs around the globe, finishing school during the 2008 financial meltdown, and teaching English in Tokyo until the Japanese tsunami of 2011,
- About the birth of LanguageBird from Los Angeles, California as Danny began to deliver online Skype Spanish lessons with native Spanish-speaking instructors.
- Danny busting the language learning myths that “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” and that children are language learning prodigies.
- A fresh perspective on the abilities of anybody to learn
- Danny challenging the notion that full immersion is always the best policy for language learning
- The mandatory tactics for successful learning in group classes
- The importance of bravery and risk taking when learning
- The advantage that adults have of choosing the topics that are relevant to them
- Danny’s top strategy for studying Spanish, or any language, mentally without adding any extra time to your day
- The importance of a language journal
- How LanguageBird serves attorneys and others with native Spanish-speaking, bilingual instructors, the role-play method, and personalization
- The importance of accountability when learning
- The importance of speaking as much as possible when learning
- Mark’s experience studying Spanish with a LanguageBird instructor!
Danny’s parting thoughts:
Just go for it. People can be like rocket scientists in finding reasons to delay their education – don’t let that be you. Stop thinking about learning – start learning.