I am an author, opera singer and polyglot based in Chicago, IL. After reaching fluency in German in 14 weeks with the help of the immersive Middlebury Language Schools, I fell in love with the process of language learning, going on to spend two months in intensive Italian courses in Perugia, Italy. Searching for ways to bring the immersion experience into the home, I began to develop a system that rapidly builds fluency in short, daily sessions. In 2010, my efforts paid off. I learned French to fluency in 5 months, and Russian in 9 months. After Russian, I started writing my book, working on a related Kickstarter project, and studying languages at a more relaxed pace, learning Hungarian and a good chunk of Japanese over the course of a year and a half each.
Currently learning Spanish, I am looking forward to returning to Japanese next year. My book, Fluent Forever: How to learn any language fast and never forget it, was released on August 5, 2014 by Harmony Books (Penguin Random House). My blog, Fluent-Forever.com, details my methods and provides resources for learners of all languages.