Who am I?
My name is Werner Skalla. I developed a fascination for foreign languages during a student exchange in France when I was 14 years old. It was mesmerizing to discover that I could communicate with people from a completely different background – many of them had grown up on vineyards, a sight I had never seen before – all because I had tortured myself with a French textbook.
Over time, I learned English, French, Norwegian, and Czech, primarily through self-study for the latter two. I lived in Norway for a while, studying at the world’s northernmost university in Tromsø. Therefore when I speak Norwegian, some people assume I was born on a remote island near the Arctic Circle. However, I’m actually from the south of Germany, though my Polish surname hints at my family’s roots.
I don’t want to be one of those sleazy language learning gurus who tell you that learning a language is ‘effortless’ or can be done in three months. My goal is to make the process of learning a language enjoyable, rather than frustrating you with false promises of a quick fix that turns out to be nothing but an illusion.
May I send you my best tips and strategies for learning languages?