The Ancient Proverb That Changed My Life
Home / Podcast /

[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).


For seriously affordable language lessons or practice sessions, visit italki.

The Ancient Proverb That Changed My Life
"The limits of my language mean the limits of my world."
- Ludwig Wittgenstein
© The Mezzofanti Guild, 2024. NAGEL PTY LTD. All Rights Reserved.
Join The Guild

Let Me Help You Learn A Language

  • Get my exclusive language learning content delivered straight to your inbox.
  • Learn about the best language resources that I've personally test-driven.
  • Get insider tips for learning languages.

Language you're learning...

No spam. Ever.