As you may know, I went to New York recently.  This was not a planned holiday for me, though I did get to see some great things! :)  The main reason for my trip was to take part in the 16×9 show on Global TV in Canada.

As part of the show I met up with Tim Doner in New York City.

I am sure most people reading this blog entry have heard of Tim following the article about him in the New York Times and his TV appearance on the Today Show in the United States.  For those of you who don’t know Tim, he is a talented young man (just 16), eager to learn many languages.  His language ability and repertoire are as varied as they are impressive.

Here is Tim speaking in Farsi at just 15 years old:

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You can check out his YouTube channel to see more videos of him speaking in other languages he has studied: PolyglotPal

Carolyn Jarvis of 16×9 invited me to meet Tim in New York and to film our meeting together for the show.  The 16×9 team organised interviews with us both and also discussed the phenomenon of polyglots with various linguists and language learners, including Michael Erard (author of “Babel No More”) and Steve Kaufman (founder of “LingQ”).

The show will air on Saturday 5th May 2012 at 7pm (AT|ET|MT|PT) in Canada.  If you are not in Canada and you would like to see the show, it will appear on the 16×9 website  a day or two later.

The experience has already led to some really interesting meetings for me, which I would like to share and explore with you in coming posts.

I hope you will find it interesting and enjoyable to watch.  Most of all, I would like to see this work add to an ever-increasing awareness of not only polyglots, but also language learning as a whole.  It should also serve to direct people interested in language learning to the many support channels open to them within our growing online community.

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