Fluent in one language or good in many? - Steve Kaufmann

I often get asked whether it’s better to focus on one language and become fluent in it or to explore many languages. In this video I talk about why I don’t think there’s one answer to this question.


Fluency is required when your life and livelihood depend on it. So, aim to get fluent in languages that are required for work and to be able to interact with people that live around you and matter to you. These I would call the first tier languages.

Being good in many can help you consume audio and reading material in all of them. The more you consume, the more good you get and maybe one day you will become fluent. But fluency needn’t be an objective in itself for these second tier languages.