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Did You Fully Experience the Polyglot Gathering?

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.

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Your Native Language is Esperanto??

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.

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My Add1Challenge & Hebrew after 21 Days

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: Speak 8 languages, then add 1 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.

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Hangout about Language-Learning

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.

Watch the video!

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Progress since January this year

2 / 30 Foreign books read, i. e. excl. German + English
273 / 750 Total hours of lang. study

(This is manually updated, so not always up to date)

Language Plans for the Summer


The Polyglot Gathering was a huge success. It's inspiring to be among so many people who love languages. I never took that for granted, because in my hometown near Düsseldorf I often felt like a freak for wanting to learn a lot of languages. Well, if I'm a freak, there are hundreds of them and we're getting stronger. ;-)

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...

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Take-Aways & Results of my 90-Day Hebrew Challenge

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.

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Summary of 2014

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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