Who is Steve Kaufmann?

My name is Steve Kaufmann. I grew up in the English-speaking area of Montreal, Canada. I am a graduate of L’Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris, France (1966), and a former Canadian Diplomat.

Currently I am President of KP Wood Ltd, a company involved in the international wood products trade. I am also co-founder (together with my son Mark) of LingQ, an online language learning system and Web 2.0 community, whose members from all over the world help each other learn up to 42 languages.

Until the age of seventeen I spoke only English. Today I know 20 languages and speak at least half a dozen of them quite fluently, and I am determined to add more. You can find my story in my book The Way of the Linguist, A Language Learning Odyssey. I also have a channel on YouTube.

Steve Kaufmann. LingQ Co-Founder & Internet Polyglot

Steve Kaufmann

LingQ Co-Founder & Internet Polyglot

About Steve Kaufmann

For most of my adult life, I have been interested in languages, history, travel, music, good food and wine, and sports, which I enjoy with my friends and family. Since the age of 55, I have put more effort into learning languages and this has enriched all other activities.

My blog The Linguist on Language is dedicated to this passion. Through the blog I share my language learning experience, day-to-day activities as well as tools and resources that I find useful for successful learning. I believe that learning can be fun and effective with the right approach and attitude.

Join me and enjoy your language learning journey!

My Method

Until I was 17 I only spoke English. I had studied French for 10 years in school but I could hardly say a thing. It was then that I realized I would never learn using traditional methods. So I developed my own methods for language acquisition, which you can now use to learn English online.

I speak 20 languages fluently and I'm working on my 21st! My ability to speak many languages has brought me much personal success and enjoyment. My system will help you dramatically increase your English vocabulary so that you don't just learn to speak English but you learn to speak English well!

All you need is the desire to communicate and the right system. The LingQ system!

Everyone is capable of becoming fluent in a second or third or ninth language! I will show you how to unlock the ability all humans possess to communicate in whatever language they choose. My system works! I have proven it and our LingQ members continue to prove it every day.

I don't have a magic potion or a secret formula but I have developed the most efficient way to learn languages and it doesn't include classrooms and memorizing grammar rules. All you need is the desire to communicate and the right system. The LingQ system!

  • Learn languages from what you're interested in!

    One of the first things I realized was that a language learner has to be motivated. That's why at LingQ you will only learn languages from authentic, interesting content. We have a vast library of real life articles, stories, interviews, radio shows, novels etc... from which you can choose whatever interests you. If you are interested in what you're reading, you will be motivated to understand it. If you are motivated to understand it, you will!

  • Dramatically increase your vocabulary!

    To learn any language you must expose yourself to that language. A lot! How did you learn your first language? You heard it all the time, in many situations. You have to do the same with a new language. Read and listen to as much content as you can. But you first have to understand it. This means dramatically increasing your vocabulary using LingQ’s patented vocabulary learning system.

  • Systematically train your speaking and writing!

    After all the language exposure and vocabulary training you will be ready to write and speak. LingQ's writing system is designed to teach you to write like a native speaker. It teaches you the phrases used by native speakers so your writing sounds natural. When you speak to LingQ tutors you will find yourself using the same natural phrases. If you want to work on pronunciation, you can do that too!

  • Set goals and measure your results!

    So often when learning a language it is hard to tell if you are getting better. That’s why we measure everything you do. How many words you know, how many words you have learned, statistics on your writing. We keep track of everything and measure this against goals you set. Meet your goals and you will be amazed how fast your languages improves!

My Book

I have been learning languages for over 50 years and during that time I have developed very specific methods for successful language learning. In my book you will find the story of how I came to speak 9 languages and how I have gradually developed my own system for language learning. Along the way you will see how speaking many languages has brought me personal success and enjoyment.

Starting from my unilingual childhood in bilingual Montreal right through to learning Cantonese in my fifties you will see how I developed The Linguist System. You too can be a successful language learner if you free yourself from the constraints of inefficient, outdated learning methods! Learn the attitude you will need.

The Way of The Linguist:
A Language Learning Odyssey