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Matthew12
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 Message 1 of 10
14 May 2013 at 12:34am | IP Logged 
Wouldn't it be cool if Tim Doner did a TedTalk or something related to that? I want to
know how use utilizes his time so well with school and other priorities. Everyone add
your thoughts!
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Emily96
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 Message 2 of 10
16 May 2013 at 4:26am | IP Logged 
I was wondering how he manages his time too! Being a student myself, i'm particularly interested. A tedtalk would
be great. I wonder what he would think of that.
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Matthew12
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 Message 3 of 10
16 May 2013 at 11:18pm | IP Logged 
And I understand what he does in the summer, but during school I just don't have that
much time to dedicate learning a language and progress as far as he has.
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Emily96
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17 May 2013 at 12:45am | IP Logged 
And even if you have the time, you're already burnt out from everything else and you just want to relax instead of
studying more.
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Waylon
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 Message 5 of 10
18 May 2013 at 1:48am | IP Logged 
I am actually curious about that as well. However, over this passed
month I had the realization that I studied on average 15 hours a day
(this wasn't for languages, though), so that really opened my mind to
how much time we waste. I am thinking that he must have that as his
main hobby because realistically, he couldn't devote himself to
much else if he wants to maintain all of those languages. I could
understand his achievements if he focuses more on the spoken
language because speaking is easier than writing (at least for me),
but if he's doing all four parts of a language, I'd be astounded and
even more curious. Not saying that his achievements now aren't
amazing, but that would be icing to the cake.
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schoenewaelder
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 Message 6 of 10
16 August 2013 at 5:13pm | IP Logged 
Just noticed this today, via a link on Reddit

Tim Doner - Economist interview

He's quite a pleasant, relaxed, natural interviewee, but to be honest, I probably
wouldn't have posted it, except it does address the irritation many expressed about
exagerating the number of languages he speaks. I think he says 4 or 5, and some
others he's learning seriously, or dabbling in. The interviewer is also quite sensible,
but Tim probably beat it into him after all the grief he got last time. If you want to
skip the boring stuff, the polyglot monkey action starts at about 7'30", but it's too
short to be at all revealing.

BTW anyone think he looks a bit like Tim from The Office (UK)? If his hair was a bit
flatter?

Edited by schoenewaelder on 17 August 2013 at 3:44am

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Cabaire
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 Message 7 of 10
17 August 2013 at 12:42am | IP Logged 
I was laughing when I thought he said "je kiffe à Paris", because "kiffen" is "to toke" in German. In 25 years of learning French I have never heard before of Verlan!
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tarvos
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 Message 8 of 10
17 August 2013 at 10:48am | IP Logged 
Matthew12 wrote:
And I understand what he does in the summer, but during school I just
don't have that
much time to dedicate learning a language and progress as far as he has.


I think he takes his school languages, particularly French, quite seriously.


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