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[Ep. #17] (Real) Language Immersion At Home

In this episode, I explore why overseas language immersion is so different to doing it at home.

The answer may surprise you.

I take it a step further and actually attempt an experiment to replicate the process of overseas immersion without leaving home.


  • Simply being in the target language country has very little direct correlation to language immersion.
  • The primary factor that makes overseas language immersion so successful is time spent using.
  • Listening time does equal usage time.
  • Languages I’ve picked up quickly abroad have been the result of me using the language for 5 – 6 hours a day on average.
  • In order to replicate this at home, it requires an extremely regimented and exhausting schedule.
  • As the day goes on, your mind adjusts more to the language but you fatigue a lot.

Related blog post:

Read the results of my at-home language immersion experiment.

Resource: For this experiment, I used (and highly recommend) italki.

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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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