Idahosa (pronounced ee-DOW-ssah) Ness is the founder of The Mimic Method language learning method and speaks five languages fluently – Spanish, French, Portuguese, German and Mandarin Chinese. He developed the system in 2010 while studying percussion in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and was struggling to learn Brazilian rhythms. The Mimic Method is unique in that the listener learns the new language by ear rather than by eye, and it has helped thousands of individuals from around the world learn languages faster, understand more, and speak with a better accent.
When we last talked to Idahosa in our 2016 Travel, Language Learning & The Mimic Method episode, we discussed how Idahosa started his location independent company and built a life for himself which combined his love of travel, language learning and entrepreurship. He has continued traveling and has visited the US, Hungary, Australia, Brazil and Portugal just in the past year!
On this episode, we talk more about how know the language can add tremendous value to your travel experience, language as a tool to connect the people and community around you, the pitfalls of traditional language learning models, and the importance of keeping language learning fun!