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ML35: Michael Levi Harris on Applying Acting Techniques, Filming 'The Hyperglot’ and Learning New Accents

Learn about the extent to which personality is innate or constructed and how acting affects this, the best strategies for accent development and the insights gained from screenwriting and acting in films and plays.
Nasos Papadopoulos

Michael Levi Harris is an actor, filmmaker and polyglot who runs the accent coaching business My Accent Guy. Michael trained at the Guildhall School in London as an actor and has since been involved in a number of theatre productions. He also wrote and starred in the short film 'The Hyperglot'.

Actors are masters of using body language and non-verbal communication to develop characters and connect with an audience. But these techniques have many applications across disciplines from language learning to public speaking.

Michael gave one of the most entertaining talks at the Polyglot Conference on how to apply acting techniques to language learning, so I reached out to find out what other areas these techniques could be applied to.

In this episode we discuss a range of interesting topics including:


- Whether personality is innate or constructed and how acting affects this
- Michael’s method for language learning and accent development
- Insights gained from screenwriting and acting in films and plays

So whether you're looking to improve your non verbal communication for a presentation at work, upgrade your accent or find out more about the world of film and theatre, this episode will give you all that and much more.

Related Posts

Podcasts

🎙 ML32: Luca Lampariello on Language Learning Habits, Translation Techniques and Living the Polyglot Dream

🎙 ML31: How To Become a Better Language Learner

🎙 ML30: Mariana Marquez and Emma Zangs on The Mind-Body Connection, Improving Your Body Language and Mastering the Art of Public Speaking

Articles

📄 5 Common Language Learning Myths Dispelled

📄 3 Qualities of Exceptional Language Learners

📄 Perfectionism: The Learning Mindset You Need To Avoid At All Costs

Selected Resources

▶️ The Hyperglot - Michael's Short Film 

🖥 My Accent Guy - Michael's Accent Coaching Business

📄 How To Learn 30 Languages - BBC

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