Timothy Doner – American Polyglot Practicing 20 Languages
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Hello my name is Tim, I’m 16. And in this video I’m going to be speaking 20 languages, or 19 if you don’t count English. I’m in different levels in all of them and if you have any advice please let me know.
I’d like to start in French because I know that language the best. After English, of course! I started learning when I was only 8. Now I use it every day, in class or on Skype. Actually, I stayed in Paris this Spring with a French family for two weeks. I really think it’s a pretty language. So, I want each language in this video to be linked to the one preceding it. Since France has a big culture and linguistic influence on West Africa I’d like to practice the languages I know from that part of the world but I should warn you in advance that I don’t speak them well.
Good morning! Hope you’re doing well. My name is Tim and I’m American. It’s Sunday morning, half past 11. This is my room and here is my book… I started leaning Hausa 3 months ago. I don’t study with a teacher. Thank you, see you later!
Hello, what’s up? I’m learning Wolof because, because I speak French and Arabic and Wolof is easier than Hausa. My friend is also a teacher I want to go to Dakar because now, I understand a little Wolof but if I go, I’ll be able to speak.
Hi everyone! If you saw my first video, you might know I’m learning Russian with a teacher and that my biggest problem is intonation… and pronunciation… and grammar. My Russian friend recently gave me Anna Karenina, in Russian. I started to read a page or two each morning but that’s hard even with a dictionary also quite boring. I want to go to Russia because I really like travelling and clearly, I need practice.
So, I also want to speak in German because this language is very popular in the Polyglot community. I’ve been learning German for… a few months, maybe 8 weeks and, yeah, I find it great. Naturally, it’s not as hard as Asian languages but the grammar is neither simple nor easy. I teach myself German. I learn at home with books, my computer, etc. When I was in France I found many German speakers but I only wanted to perfect my French.
Now, I have a polyglot friend name Robert who lives in Austria and he helps my with my German. I believe that, while learning it’s important to not have stress. I don’t try to learn new words from a book but rather listen to conversations and watch movies. I’ve learned a lot of expressions and also German sentence structure from WWII and postwar period films like “The Marriage of Maria Braun” and “The Downfall”.
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Why am I speaking Yiddish all of a sudden? Do I have a hole in my head? Am I crazy? No. My family lived in Eastern Europe Yiddish was the mother tongue of my grandma and grandpa. It’s of course “peasant German” or a German dialect with many Hebrew words. I actually know a Yiddish proverb: A language is a dialect with an army and navy. My mom’s father knew a little Yiddish from childhood but there aren’t many people in the world who speak Yiddish —
— but there are many people who speak Hebrew. I started down the path of foreign languages when I learned Hebrew 3 years ago and now, I’m pretty comfortable when I have to talk to someone or explain something. In the past year, I’ve made new Israeli friends I try to only to speak Hebrew with them. It’s really like a “second” first language for me. It’s really not so complicated or confusing, I’ve also heard I have a French accent. That might be true – I have no idea!
Hello! I’m actually in a program at UMaryland now and I have to speak Arabic every day from 9 in the morning until 5 at night. Because of that, I think that my Arabic has definitely improved or developed. In addition to that, every week we have to meet with a native speaker. My “language partner” is Iraqi. We actually had our first meeting today. We discussed politics and life in the Middle East. I also learned a few words and phrases in Iraqi. I hope, by the end of this summer, that I learn Iraqi Arabic fluently!
I’m learning Pashto because Afghanistan has a special place in the world and I want to learn about Afghan society. In the beginning, I used books instead of teachers and I didn’t speak Pashto with Pashtuns but now I have friends in Pakistan and Tajikistan and we practice on the computer. One of them is a Pashtun who doesn’t understand English. So we speak Farsi. Meaning, he gives me sentences in Farsi and translates into Pashto. For that reason, I often use a Persian vocabulary. So… sorry.
The most rewarding part of learning Farsi is understanding Iranian culture and history because this country has a bad reputation here but Iran is a dynamic society with many tribes and nationalities and we didn’t understand this during the Islamic Revolution. It’s said, because Iran is one of the most interesting countries in the world and now a wall has been built between us. Unfortunately, not many Iranians live in New York. So when I hear someone speaking Farsi in the subway or on the street I have to chat with them.
Hi everyone! I’m going to speak Mandarin now. I’ve been studying at school for 7 months. My teacher is American by he speaks Chinese really well. He also teaches me Japanese and Classical Chinese. I’m very happy to study Asian languages! Every weekend, I go to Chinatown with my friend. In New York, there many Chinese people including people from Canton, Beijing and Shanghai. I can also speak a little Cantonese now.
When I was in France, I stayed with a family. In which the mother was Italian and the father was American but I only wanted to speak Italian. However, I met Luca Lampariello in Paris and he said I should learn Italian, so we’d have another language to practice. After, the family started teaching me the basics. It wasn’t hard because I learn Latin at school but I think that languages with difficult grammar or a strange pronunciation – like Turkish! – are more fun.
Good morning everyone! I like this language because I also speak Farsi and Arabic and Turkish uses many words from them but sometimes, in my head, Turkish, Arabic and Farsi become one language. I’m learning at home with books but sometimes I don’t want to talk with Turks because I’m impatient. Pronunciation in Turkish is very hard but Turks are very warm people. I want to learn Turkish because I have a friend Richard and he know it really well. He speaks better than me.
I taught myself a little bit about the language and history of Indonesia last summer but now I want to learn Sundanese or Malay because those languages are very similar. Last night, I went to a Malaysian restaurant and ate “Nasi Lemak” which is rice with coconut and pandan leaves. I don’t know if Indonesians eat that dish but it was very tasty.
I can speak a little Dutch but my accent isn’t so good because I’m a beginner. I think that Indonesian is interesting because it uses many Dutch words: buku (book), kantor (office), karcis (ticket). I’m learning Dutch with German and when I speak it, I think about German words and pronunciation. I want to learn it because Dutch and English are “sister languages” I also have two friends, Richard and Luca, who speak fluently. I want to practice with them.
Hello! My name is Tim I’m learning isiXhosa. I don’t speak much, but I know how to say: “When did you notice that mark on your neck?”
I think I speak Swahili better than Xhosa. I started learning last summer. My professor was from the Congo and he could speak 4 languages. At home he’d speak Lingala and another language. In school or the city he used French and Swahili. If you want to learn African languages, you should learn Swahili because Kenyans, Tanzanians, Ugandans and Congolese people can understand and, after studying a bit, you’ll also understand a few Arabic words.
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I went to India two years ago but I didn’t learn Hindi. I can speak it now because I have some friends who speak it and chat with them but I don’t use books. Many Indian people live in New York so, I can leave my how every day and practice Hindi or Urdu.
I know a little Ojibwe, so I’ll try to speak now. I certainly find this language hard but I like it. See you soon, thanks for listening!
Timothy Doner – American Polyglot Practicing 20 Languages. I know a little Ojibwe, so I’ll try to speak now. I certainly find this language hard but I like it. Complete Full Transcript, Dialogue, Remarks, Saying, Quotes, Words And Text.