Learning languages independently can be more accessible in today’s online environment. Polyglots, who are speakers of more than three languages, take advantage of this online learning environment to learn even more languages in Indonesia. Using transcendental phenomenology, the researchers interviewed these adult learners on their lived experience with online platforms for learning languages not traditionally spoken or used in daily life in Indonesia. Researchers found that the polyglots reported learning many foreign languages through interactive resources, receptive resources, social media, and authentic resources. Importantly, they held positive attitudes towards online learning platforms and their experiences left them with feelings of helpfulness, enjoyability, even bravery. In many cases, these polyglots often used freely available online resources to learn their foreign languages successfully. Implications include the idea that their language learner experience coupled with online opportunities can lead to successful language learning experiences.
polyglots, languages, Indonesia, adult learner, transcendental phenomenology
This work was supported by Sandwich-Like/PKPI program, The Indonesian Directorate General of Higher Education (DIKTI).
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Noprival, N., Rafli, Z., Nuruddin, N., & De Felice, D. (2021). Indonesian Polyglots: Lived Experiences of Adults Learning Languages Online and Beyond the Classroom. The Qualitative Report, 26(2), 352-366. https://doi.org/10.46743/2160-3715/2021.4555