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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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Progress since January this year

1 / 30 Foreign books read, i. e. excl. German + English
203 / 750 Total hours of lang. study

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

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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Practising 13 Languages

In 2010 I had the idea to record a yearly video of myself speaking all languages I could remember, switching rapidly from one to the next, as the ultimate test of speaking ability. Then I could compare my ability from one year to the next. Obviously with enough preparation anyone can appear to be fluent in any language on video, even a language they haven't studied yet, so in order for this to be a good indicator, the rules would have to be no preparation, no edits, no cuts, no retakes.

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What do Polyglots do for Fun?


This year I organized my first major conference: the Polyglot Gathering in Berlin. It turned out a study in how polyglots like to have fun, with nearly 230 participants from 35 countries coming together for 4 days of program. Until now, I had only organized smaller meet-ups or done minor work for bigger conferences (like organizing the "JES al novuloj" scholarships for the Junulara E-Semajno). Then, Richard Simcott suggested at last year's Polyglot Conference in Budapest that there may be no European polyglot event in 2014, and I decided to pick up the slack.

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