hyperpolyglot

Sharing your language story – MehrsprachICH

The Goethe Institute has launched a video competition called MehrsprachICH for people who speak a number of foreign languages.  This is the latest in a recent wave of interest in our ever-growing online language community, polyglots, hyperpolyglots and the language-learning process in general.   Why share your language story?   Growing up I always wished

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Danish, Norwegian or Swedish?

There are a number of languages in the world that are mutually intelligible.  Croats and Serbs can communicate with each other relatively freely, as can Macedonians and Bulgarians, Afrikaners and Dutch people and of course the Danes, Swedes and Norwegians. Cristina – the Norwegian polyglot This week I was stayed with another polyglot in Oslo. 

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How do you learn a language?

This sounds like a very simple question and it is one that I am asked regularly.  The short answer is…it takes continuous study and plenty of practice.  The methods involved in learning a language though can vary.  Even for me, there have been different ways in which I have learnt different languages. Why change tactic?

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So…how is my Pimsleur Hungarian? :)

You picked Hungarian for me to study for one month to try out the Pimsleur method. I finished the 30-day level one Pimsleur Hungarian course and the results are in! On 15th April I started my 30-day Pimsleur Hungarian challenge. The course I used was from my local library. It came with a booklet with

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Word Play

On Saturday 5th May 2012 a piece called “Word Play” appeared on Canada’s GlobalTV. It formed part of the 16×9 programme and was hosted by Carolyn Jarvis. The programme brought together a panel of Canadian polyglots, spoke to linguists and Michael Erard, author of “Babel No More”. As part of the story Tim Doner (a

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B ready!

I started learning Turkish in September 2011 and I completed the A1 course and exam after three months of study. The journey from zero to hero in Turkish… 😉 At the end of the A1 course, I had a good grasp of the fundamentals of Turkish and I could make myself understood to native speakers

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The Polyglot Pimsleur Language Challenge

People often ask me about various courses that you can buy to learn a new language.  I have tried many of them, including TeachYourself, Colloquial, Michel Thomas, Assimil, Linguaphone as well as many online materials from LingQ to Busuu to LiveMocha.  I have found that all have something to offer.  One method that comes up

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Language switching

Recently Micheal Erard released his book, “Babel No More”.  The book is the, “search for the world’s most extraordinary language learners”.  When I posted the link to an article in The Economist about the book on my Facebook page, I was asked if I agree with it.  At first I thought about the whole article and

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What’s your number?

How many languages do you speak? The question itself seems simple enough.  I have lost count how many times I have been asked it.  I am even less sure on the various answers I have given in the past.  Sometimes I am very guarded about it, especially if I know it will be published and

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The language monkey

If there is one thing that language learning has taught me, it is that aping the people around me is the most effective way to speak like them. Sometimes we can feel self-conscious about putting on an accent.  Perhaps we’ve heard other people do it badly in our own language.  Perhaps you have been told

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