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Guy Sharett started his love of languages as a child.
Growing up, Guy used to correct his parents on proper grammar. Surprisingly, they didn’t throw him out of the house...
Today, Guy’s passion of language learning has led to a podcast with 1+ MILLION downloads.
Personally, I love his podcast StreetWise Hebrew. It’s short, funny, and fascinating — and they talk about sex words. 😛
During my recent trip to Israel, I got to sit down with Guy.
We had a 15-minute conversation with 3 main takeaways:
P.S. Want more lessons from my month in Israel?
Streetwise Hebrew recently celebrated 1 million downloads.
Congrats, Guy! 🎉 🎊 It’s even crazier when you consider it started out as a side project…
Like many entrepreneurs, Guy started his career working a 9-5 job.
After finishing his daily grind, he taught Hebrew from 7-11 pm each evening.
He LOVED those late night hours:
After validating his idea, Guy decided to go all-in.
The result was Streetwise Hebrew – an innovative method of teaching Hebrew consisting of the sights, sounds, smells, and insight into the beautiful Tel Aviv, Israel.
Guy has become one of Israel’s most well-known podcasters — and his walking tours of Tel Aviv have even been featured by the New York Times.
Way to go, boss.
Here’s what you can learn from Guy about turning your passion into a career:
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How many times have you heard someone use laziness as an excuse:
Most excuses = B.S. 💩
Anyone can put in the effort to learn something. Stop being so damn lazy!
He’s not superhuman. He’s not a genius. And he has the same 24 hours you have.
Here’s what he does different…
If you want to learn something new, Guy recommends repetition in context.
When Guy takes his students around Tel Aviv on graffiti language tours, they read and see everything in context of daily life.
This is a HUGE difference compared to how most people sit down and try to learn language from a book…
When you’re focusing on context, there are 2 key elements of learning:
My time in Israel was pretty life changing. It helped me to realize that I need to:
And, as Guy and I joked about, it takes a lot of inspiration from other places...
“Tel Aviv is very similar to Venice Beach. There's a bunch of Jews and you're on a great beach.”
Israelis are very to-the-point people. Everything is very short and condensed and a lot of this sparks from the language.
For example, “did I wake you up?” is five words in English. But in Hebrew, it’s just two words.
Israelis can pack a lot of information into just one or two syllables.
This communication style is helping Israel’s startup and business scene go to the next level, with some super exciting companies disrupting trillion-dollar industries.
Check out the podcast below for additional lessons on language learning and following your passion from Guy Sharett.
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This article is very helpful. I am trying to connect foreign languages to communicate with foreigners ^^!.
Thanks for sharing this, Noah. It's cultures that I want to really learn. That's the reason I studied Chinese (but didn't have the time to learn it through). But language, as Guy intimated, gives you very deep insight into a people's mindset (i.e. no time for pleasantries). I also love new ways of learning. And Guy's method (i.e. reading graffiti) sure is a winner. If I were to study Hebrews, I'd definitely want to learn it his way.
Loved the podcast! And Guy is an awesome teacher!
I have only one comment. Mafalda is NOT for kindergarteners. It has a lot of political, social and intellectual nuances. It was for Quino a vehicle to express the Argentinian and Latin American Zeitgeist of the time the strip was written.
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