The Hardest Thing In Language Learning
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[11] The Hardest Thing In Language Learning

In this episode, I talk about what I believe to be the single most difficult aspect of language learning.

I call it the one thing that you can’t bull***t in language learning — listening comprehension.


  • ‘Speaking a language’ is easy – comprehending it is the real challenge.
  • You see a lot of people on YouTube putting speaking videos up after a few months – but can they understand what they hear?
  • Listening comprehension is by far the most challenging and time consuming process in language learning.
  • I did military testing for a language-related role – they weren’t interested in my speaking skills. They tested my listening skills.
  • Your goal should not be just to “be understood” but to “be understood <span style={{textDecoration: underline}}>and understand”.

Related blog post:

Read my blog post on the one thing that can’t be BS’d in language learning.

One of the best comprehension trainers I’ve used is Glossika.

The Hardest Thing In Language Learning
"The limits of my language mean the limits of my world."
- Ludwig Wittgenstein
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