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[Ep. #5] The Ancient Proverb That Changed My Life

In this episode, I share how I was deeply impacted by a single proverb in Ecclesiastes and how it really became a pivotal moment in my language journey.

When I started learning languages, I was a failure.

I failed Greek and Hebrew in college but everything changed for me thanks to a tiny but profound piece of ancient wisdom.

Do you have a similar story?


  • I completely flunked my first two years of college including Greek and Hebrew.
  • Ecclesiastes 10:10.
  • Polyglots shouldn’t be regarded as “good at languages” but rather “good at self-assessing”.
  • Self-assessment is a constant, ongoing process not just in language learning but all facets of life.
  • Everything never working out for you? Take a cue from George Costanza (try doing the complete opposite of everything you normally do).
  • If a language method or activity isn’t working for you, stop doing it!

Related blog post:

Read my post where I talk about how I was impacted by Ecclesiastes 10:10 and what it meant for my Greek studies at the time (and all subsequent languages).

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Donovan Nagel
Donovan Nagel
I'm an Applied Linguistics graduate, teacher and translator with a passion for language learning (especially Arabic) and simplifying language learning.
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