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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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How I Spent 700+ Hours on Languages Last Year

After publishing my Summary of 2014, a lot of people have been asking me how I managed to spend 749 hours on languages last year. This is my answer.

To achieve a goal like this, you need three things: tracking, obstinence and inventiveness.

Tracking

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Duolingo: Esperanto coming soon!

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Have you heard of the latest language-learning website that's sweeping the globe: Duolingo? It was founded by Luis von Ahn, previously best-known for creating Captcha, those boxes on the Internet where you have to type a mangled word to prove that you're human.

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7 Ways that Computers Changed How We Learn Languages

If you are learning a language today, chances are that your study sessions are looking vastly different than they would have even 10 years ago. This is a part of our daily life that has been radically transformed by the digital age.
The revolution came in 7 waves:

  1. digitalization
  2. multimedia
  3. auto-correction
  4. social integration
  5. personalization
  6. gamification
  7. computer language teachers

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6 Tips for Working with a Tutor

Skype language tutor
Spending a lot of time actively using your target language can do wonders for your progress. At the beginner level, a tutor is the best investment you can make. So without further ado, here are my tips for having a successful language tutoring experience:

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Which Language do Polyglots Choose to Speak Together?


This question came in on Quora just when I had spent three days with two of the greatest polyglots alive: Professor Alexander Arguelles and Richard Simcott. Both know more than 30 languages. We had also organized a polyglot dinner where people could speak 10 languages on average. All in all, I was in a unique position to answer this question and had a lot of fun doing so.

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The Perfect Language Course

What would your requirements for a perfect language course be? I have spent a lot of thoughts on this question. If I could dream completely free from the constraints of existing books and audio courses, here's what I would value:

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Who is in the Polyglot Community? Am I?

Polyglot group photo at the Polyglot Gathering
A lot of people refer to the Polyglot Community these days. I do, too, talking about the Polyglot Gathering and similar events. So who is this community?
It is certainly NOT just the 15-30 most popular polyglots who have Youtube channels or blogs...

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