LOCATION: I lived in Belfast, Northern Ireland, as well as France, and I now reside in California, USA.
FAVORITES: Coffee, adventuring, learning new languages, creating and discovering new music, martial arts, crossing things off my travel wishlist, and cooking.
LANGUAGES: French, English, Mandarin Chinese, Croatian, Korean, Japanese, Italian, Spanish and Russian.
More About Shannon Kennedy
Hello! It’s a pleasure to meet you – I am glad you’re here!
My name is Shannon and I am the blogger/language lover/adventurer behind Eurolinguiste.
I started writing this blog while trekking through West France and Northern Ireland as I finished up my Master’s degree in Music/Ethnomusicology from Queen’s University, Belfast. My dissertation was on the various dynamics between music and language, and it was what really inspired me to delve into languages wholeheartedly.
Since, Eurolinguiste has become the place where I share my journey in language learning with others interested in pursuing something similar. It’s here that I document the tools I use, my personal methodologies and progress, and tips for tackling a new language for fellow language learners.
It’s also where I like to share my adventures, some of my favorite recipes, and the little bits I learn about the cultures and histories behind the languages that I’m learning.
When I’m not studying language, I am a musician and a composer, I love to compose and perform. And I love that my career often provides me with the opportunity to travel. Shameless plug: I have a few CDs out with my music. I also love to take photos, practice martial arts, make jewelry, experiment with classic recipes, and scuba dive (something I haven’t done in several years, but wish I still had time to do).
I speak French, English, and Chinese fluently , have dabbled in German, Italian, and Spanish to various degrees, and I am currently working my way towards better learning Russian, Croatian, and Korean. I’m also enjoying a bit of Japanese on the side.
So thank you for taking the time to visit my blog! I’m glad you’re here. I hope you join me in the comments, and if you do, I look forward to getting to know you!
PS. If you haven’t had enough of me, I also have a few other web sites you might be interested in checking out.
Shannon-Kennedy.com // My web site as an artist, composer, and singer/songwriter. For all the latest updates on my music, my releases, photographs of me rather than photographs I have taken, and more, visit my site.
AdviceforMusicians.com // The books that I’ve written thus far – one is a collection of advice for established musicians on various aspects of creating a music career (free), the second is a workbook to help improve your music branding, and the third is a guide and workbook to help you record an album.
About Women in Language
In March 2018, Lindsay Williams, Kerstin Cable and I hosted the very first ever Women in Language event. An online conference to champion, celebrate and amplify the voices of women in languages. The event far exceeded our expectations and was an incredible experience. You can learn more about Women in Language here.
Press for Women in Language
A few other places where you can find things written by me:
- These Polyglots Have Tips For How To Learn As Many Languages As You Want // Here & Now on WBUR & NPR
- Why Language Learners Quit – 7 Key “Motivation Killers” (And How to Beat Them) // Fluent in 3 Months
- How to Learn a Language Like a Memory Champion // Drops
- The Ultimate Guide to Learning a Language Part 1: Figuring Out Your Why & Building Confidence // Drops
- How to Practise Speaking a New Language… Without the Anxiety Rush! // Fluent in 3 Months
- The Shy to Confident Introvert // Fluent in 3 Months
- How to Keep Up Your Summer Language Learning Efforts in the New School Year // Drops
- The Ultimate Language Learning Guide Part II: Foundations // Drops
- 35 Free Online French Language Classes and Resources // Fluent in 3 Months
- Why Learning a Language is Better Together // Fluent in 3 Months
- 11 Reasons the Add1Challenge is Explosively Powerful for Language Learners // Fluent in 3 Months
- Too Busy to Learn Spanish? Try These 5 Time Saving Tips // Tamara Marie Certified Language Coach
- Language Learners! Why Your Comfort Zone = the Danger Zone // Fluent in 3 Months
- Best Resources to Teach Your Child a Foreign Language // Mezzofanti Guild
- Dead Languages: How and Why to Learn a Dead Language // Fluent in 3 Months
- You’ve Got a Friend in Me – Here’s Why Friends Are So Important In Language Learning // Fluent in 3 Months
- 10 Ways Low Confidence Holds Back Your Language Learning // Fluent in 3 Months
- Do Men and Women Really Learn Languages Differently? // Mezzofanti Guild
- How to Get Over Your Fear of Rejection // Fluent in 3 Months
- Bilingual Baby: How to Teach Your Baby Two Languages // Fluent in 3 Months
- How to Find a Language Exchange Partner // Fluent in 3 Months
- Rapid Learner Review // Fluent in 3 Months
- Mimic Method Review // Fluent in 3 Months
- 35 Free Online Korean Language Classes and Resources // Fluent in 3 Months
- How to Stop Being Shy (and Start Learning a Language) // Fluent in 3 Months
- Assimil: An Honest Look at the Assimil Language Learning System // Fluent in 3 Months
- CEFR Levels: What They Are, Why They Matter, and How to Test Yourself // Fluent in 3 Months
- How to Learn French Vocabulary as a Food Lover (plus a French vocabulary freebie) // FluentLanguage.co.uk
- Naughty or Nice? How “Santa” Looks in Different Cultures // Fluent in 3 Months
- Christmas Food Traditions Around the World // Fluent in 3 Months
- 5 Reasons to Learn a Language Before Traveling + 10 Resources to Help You Get Started // Language Reach
- 9 Reasons to Learn Croatian // Lindsay Does Languages
- Amazing Games with your Flashsticks // Flashsticks
- Learning Tones with WaiChinese // Sensible Chinese
- All About Croatian // Lindsay Does Languages
- Review of YoyoChinese // Fluent in 3 Months
- 5 Ways to Make Music a Part of Your Language Learning // Antosch & Lin
- My Language Bucket List // FluentLanguage.co.uk
Interviews on my language learning process:
- Introversion & Minimalism in Language Learning // I Will Teach You a Language
- Saxophonist and Polyglot: Interview with Shannon Kennedy (French Version) // Assimil
- Reaching for Words // Spanish Obsessed
- Advice on Learning a New Language from People Who Speak Up to 16 // the Wayfarer
- Seven Interviews: Interviews with Polyglots and Language Experts // Nathan Chang (book)
- 11 Expert Language Learners Give Their Tips on Making Time for Language // French Lover
- Why Have a Language Study Buddy // Lindsay Does Languages
- Actual Fluency Podcast Season 4 Episode 1 // Actual Fluency
- 5 Minute Language Chat with Eurolinguiste // Azren the Language Nerd
- 10 Polyglot Conversations from Langfest 2017 // Creative Language Learning Podcast
- You Assume They Don’t Have Chicklit in Polish // Creative Language Learning Podcast
- Language Immersion // English With Kirsty
- What is Fluency // Lingualift
- A Story of Two Languages at Once // Lingsprout
- Language Meanderings with Jonathan Huggins // Huggins International
- How Becoming a Musician Can Improve Your Languages // FluentLanguage.co.uk
- Interview with Shannon Kennedy // Polyglot Nerd (read the Portuguese or Spanish versions)
- Croatian and Mandarin Love Me: Eurolinguiste’s love affair with 汉语 and hrvatski // a Place like me in a Girl like this
- Interview with Shannon from Eurolinguiste.com // Krzysiek.cl
- Friends of Flashsticks // Flashsticks
- Bring Language Learning to Life with FluentU // EdTechReview (not an interview, but a quote)
- What Language Would You Want as a Mother Tongue // Lingualift
- Do Men and Women Learn Differently? // Lingualift
- 13 Brilliant Language Bloggers // FluentU
- 2018 – WIL Camp – You Can Do Everything: Learn a Language in a Busy Life
- 2018 – Montréal LangFest – An Introduction to the Croatian Language & Culture
- 2018 – Women in Language (Co-Organizer)
- 2018 – Language Learning Summit – Less is More: Simplifying Your Language Learning for Better Results
- 2017 – Montréal LangFest – Using What You Know: How to Apply Your Outside Skills to Language Learning
- 2017 – LinguaHackers International Online Polyglot Conference – Alternative Time & Energy Management Strategies for Language Learners