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Solfrid Cristin
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 Message 1209 of 1511
13 June 2014 at 10:46am | IP Logged 
Have a great trip, my friend!

And I know what you mean about being in awe of the superpolyglots. I have had both Richard Simcott and Luca Lampariello as guest in my home, and they were both super nice, but I still remember how nervous I was the first time I met them.

Fortunately most of the superpolyglots are humble and nice people with great sense of humour.

And your impression of Benny coincides with mine. Good at languages, fantastic as an inspiration :-)
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 Message 1210 of 1511
20 June 2014 at 8:59pm | IP Logged 
So I went to the polyglot gathering and spoke an immense number of languages (even
those I am notoriously awful at, such as Greek, Portuguese, Spanish, etc.), but also
spoke lots in my comfortable seven languages.

The conference makes me feel like an exceptionally weak language learner, the way some
people master their tools (a mastery I have only ever achieved in English, admittedly a
language I have grown up with). There's no doubt I speak French or Romanian, for
example, but I still feel like I am slightly less good than everyone else at what I do.
And maybe I am an impressive polyglot with loads of languages on my badge, but I really
should do better at a few (like German or Russian).

But it doesn't matter. I made lots of new friends, met some of the great polyglots
(including Benny, and I will never get all the hate he sometimes gets on here...), some
HTLAL members including Iversen (I loved his talk), jeff_lindqvist, and a few others
(Fasulye, Sprachprofi, VictorBerrjod (is he on here? I think he is).

And the language I spoke the most was Swedish.
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Fasulye
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 Message 1211 of 1511
21 June 2014 at 8:01am | IP Logged 
tarvos wrote:
So I went to the polyglot gathering and spoke an immense number of languages (even
those I am notoriously awful at, such as Greek, Portuguese, Spanish, etc.), but also
spoke lots in my comfortable seven languages.

The conference makes me feel like an exceptionally weak language learner, the way some
people master their tools (a mastery I have only ever achieved in English, admittedly a
language I have grown up with). There's no doubt I speak French or Romanian, for
example, but I still feel like I am slightly less good than everyone else at what I do.
And maybe I am an impressive polyglot with loads of languages on my badge, but I really
should do better at a few (like German or Russian).

But it doesn't matter. I made lots of new friends, met some of the great polyglots
(including Benny, and I will never get all the hate he sometimes gets on here...), some
HTLAL members including Iversen (I loved his talk), jeff_lindqvist, and a few others
(Fasulye, Sprachprofi, VictorBerrjod (is he on here? I think he is).

And the language I spoke the most was Swedish.


And I heard you speaking Swedisch!:)

Swedish was my real big surprise language at the Gathering! Of one of my "Facebook - friends" whose whole page is written in Swedish I can only understand not more than 50 %, but at the Gathering I listened to whole little groups talking Swedish and I could understand it very well. Of course I had to answer in Danish (Norwegian would also have been possible) because I have never learned any Swedish. So the conclusion is that spoken Swedish is more comprehensible for me than written Swedish.

Fasulye





Edited by Fasulye on 21 June 2014 at 8:03am

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tarvos
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 Message 1212 of 1511
21 June 2014 at 12:16pm | IP Logged 
Tickets to Russia booked. That's my next destination in July for almost 2 weeks.

Edited by tarvos on 21 June 2014 at 12:17pm

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tarvos
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 Message 1213 of 1511
22 June 2014 at 12:16pm | IP Logged 
Aand the airline is being stupid, so we'll have to wait a bit for Russia confirmation. OH
WELL (I will go anyway.)

Right now I have started Ana Pana to learn me sum Esperanto. The reason being that if
everyone at future gatherings speaks Esperanto, then I might as well speak it too.
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 Message 1214 of 1511
24 June 2014 at 4:36pm | IP Logged 
Hey, congratulations for the conference, I can see being comfortable in such environment
as a really good achievement!
Just for curiosity, are you studying any Icelandic this year? I can't find any active
Icelandic learner here :(
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tarvos
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 Message 1215 of 1511
26 June 2014 at 10:06am | IP Logged 
I haven't studied it yet, but I might, depending on the situation. I was planning to in
the fall, but Russia actually fell through and I have decided to start a TEFL online
course and find work in that area (being unemployed sux) so I currently don't know.
Hopefully I'll be done in a few weeks and maybe I will go on holiday to Scandinavia
instead somewhere at the end of July.

If I get my TEFL diploma, by the way (or, I should say, WHEN I get it, hehe), my aim is
to get to Asia (preferably China or Korea) and study some Asian languages while I am at
it.
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tarvos
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 Message 1216 of 1511
28 June 2014 at 12:00pm | IP Logged 
Currently still working on my Greek and improving! :D

I've also decided that in winter I should probably try to get a French DELF diploma. I've
asked my French tutor for advice.

(She keeps suggesting I teach French to beginners, what is up with that...)


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