The polyglot project

Have you see this video?
I`think this is a wonderful project!

Thanks, Jolanda, I’m already half-way through the document, it’s fascinating.

Thanks for posting that link!

For those who do not want to watch the video can you tell us what the project is about.

This guy (I forgot his name), asks people who have learned at least one foreign language for essays on how they did it, their experiences, philosophies, etc. in language learning.

He is accepting submissions through August 31. The book will be non profit. The current draft is 64 or so pages, he wants 200 - 250 pages if he can get it.

Some people that have already submitted to this: Prof. Peter Browne, Moses McCormick, and our own Oscar (whose essay I especially enjoyed).

That’s the executive summary. :wink:

Thanks Angela. How long is the essay to be?

From one of his other videos (he did extend the deadline as I said earlier):

I want to put a book together, available to all for free which is written by you language lovers for all language lovers. How did you learn your languages? How has the study of foreign languages enriched your life? Who influenced you? I want to know. Send me a written piece, in English, by July 31, 2010. About 1-15 pages, covering any topic you wish relating to foreign languages. Send the finished piece by email to:

I’m looking forward to hearing from you guys!

Angela, thanks a lot for this information. Where were you able to read the other submissions, like Oscar’s?

This link:

Oscar’s is on page 47. I like his because he speaks of learning his first foreign language as an adult, without going to the country or other things I can’t do.

Keep in mind that the above is in draft form (not yet edited)

Also, I’d love to see writings from some of the people here at LingQ that speak foreign languages. Not wanting to possibly embarass anyone is the only reason I am not calling anyone out.

Claude’s name is ?sycygycc. ( I just had to go back into the document to check that.) The first contribution of all is that of Yurithebest! Steve gets a mention in quite a few of the contributions. I can’t recall that LingQ is mentioned that often, though.

What strikes me on reading the articles is how determined people are to learn languages once they are bitten by the bug, in some cases this happens early on, in others the outbreak is delayed, but cannot be stopped…

Hi everyone, the book is coming along nicely–have a look at the latest draft!

Thanks a lot Jolanda for sharing this link! :slight_smile:

Only Two Weeks Left–Write, Write, Write!

I hope I will find a lot of text from lingq. friends!!! :wink:

Jolanda, thanks for sharing it. I wanted to mention this project in the forum, but I forgot it! By the way, I tell a little about the project in a youtube video(in Spanish) in my channel:

Steve, are you going to write something? I think it could be interesting. So far there are several polyglots that already wrote an article on this project.

SanneT hehe yeah - I mentioned lingQ in my essay for that project so hopefully that’ll bring in some people

Steve it would be awesome if you’d write like several pages for that project

Encouraged by this thread I wrote an article but I’m not sure if I should submit it for the project. I’m worried that it sounds too much as an advertisement for LingQ. But its my opinion and I’m not paid by Steve :wink:

This polyglot project is interesting. Michael Erard also is searching (or was) for polyglots. He’s working on a book. I think he is searching for hyperpolyglots. People who speak two or three languages aren’t that rare.

I am somewhat interested in hyperpolyglots who speak more than seven languages well. Actually, I’m interested in finding out if there are people who speak, read, write and understand more than seven languages with minimal errors. I don’t think it is that difficult to become a conversational polyglot on a basic level in several languages.

What people don’t know is that some people who claim to have “advanced” knowledge or “speak” a language simply have conversational skills and that’s enough to impress a lot of people who don’t understand what they’re hearing.

Mait very well said - a hyperpolyglot that can discuss any complex subject like philosophy and be generally fluent like that language was almost his own (accents are permissible) is totally different from someone who just studied a language for some time (be it several months or a year (some languages take longer to learn) ) and then checked it off on his list. Neither of those things are bad btw - even having the ability to communicate simple things in a language can be a lifesaver sometimes. what’s dishonest is people that gain publicity that say “I know this many languages” without specifying how well they know them. Depending on peoples definitions I could be considered a polyglot. I’d describe myself as knowing:

3.Greek (rusty, used to be fluent)
4.english (fluent, strong accent)
5.Japanese (beginner - still learning)

Now, If I was dishonest I’d say “w00t I know 5 languages”. however that would not reflect that I know 3 languages well, and the other 2 being more of a work in progress.

Claude explains in his videos that he is not only looking for polyglots and people who speak several languages. He is also interested in people who learned only one or two foreign languages.