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The Polyglot Gathering 2015 just ended and I again had a lot of fun organizing it. If you attended the event, here's a fun non-authoritative checklist I created in order to figure out whether you fully experienced the event ;-) Check off what you did.
I produced a short film! It's an interview with 6 native Esperanto speakers from different countries and they talk about how they wound up speaking this artificial language as their mother tongue and how this affects their lives. Fascinating!
If you have more questions for them, they will be doing an AMA on Reddit later today, or you can ask on Quora.
When I was at the first ever Polyglot Conference in Budapest, there was an amazing lecture by Anthony Lauder. He revealed the mathematician's approach to becoming a polyglot who speaks 9 languages: His home truth led to the Add1Challenge, which I'm now using to learn Hebrew. This post contains a video of me speaking Hebrew after just 21 days, among other things.
Do you have questions about language-learning for which you'd like to know the answer? I just did a Hangout for participants of the Add1Challenge where they could ask all kinds of questions related to their learning.
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Progress since January this year
2 / 30 Foreign books read, i. e. excl. German + English
13 / 50 Foreign texts written
273 / 750 Total hours of lang. study
(This is manually updated, so not always up to date)
What I found particularly motivating was to see people who are way better than me. Sometimes I get discouraged: at 13 languages (admittedly some of them quite weak), is it really possible to go much further? Can I hope to bring more of them to fluency? Read more...
I just completed the Hebrew Add1Challenge - I have now studied Hebrew for 90 days (plus a few days non-intensively outside the challenge) and 85 hours total. I think my results are quite good, for having started from scratch. Watch them here.
I also write about everything I took away from this challenge, everything I learned about how to learn languages. Doing this intensely really helped me notice some things.
2014 was a very successful year for me. Here's the big summary, including how many hours I spent on which languages, how many books I read, and all my biggest successes of the year.
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