Recently-added language posts
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.
Watch the video!
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.
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.
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:
- social integration
- computer language teachers
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:
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.
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: