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Introducing Yago – a site for language lovers

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Have been meaning to talk about this site for ages, but procrastination got the better of me. Better late than never!

Language lovers in Singapore may have already come across Yago Singapore – it is basically a site that promotes language learning here and it boasts a very comprehensive directory of local language classes for a number of foreign languages.

Instead of going straight into what Yago offers, I’ll like to introduce Guus, the founder of Yago. I always believe that knowing about the person behind an idea/site/business etc is important and it really gives you an insight of what is the driving force behind his/her works. I was really happy to meet up with Guus after corresponding with him for awhile over emails. I’m usually pretty awkward with new acquaintances but I was totally comfortable talking with Guus. Right from the start, I could tell that he really loves languages and he’s genuinely passionate and interested in what he’s doing. Passion is infectious, and I found myself being really interested in his business and site and we talked about various topics on language learning in Singapore, self studying etc!

Unlike me and my fixation with Korean (and now Japanese), Guus loves language learning in general. Hailing from the Netherlands, he speaks Dutch and English and is learning Mandarin Chinese. hehe his pronunciation is really good! We talked a lot about language learning and he told me that he loves foreign languages and wanted to promote language learning in Singapore, prompting him to create Yago.

I find that amazing, because that is kinda what I want to do also. Through Hangukdrama, I mainly want to share the joy of language learning and to encourage more people to pick up a foreign language and to show that it’s possible to self study (Korean and Japanese). We talked about how language learning is often given low priority in Singapore and many simply take up classes in schools but gradually give up learning due to “more important things to do”. Sadly, there’s also a “pragmatic reason” when it comes to choosing the language one wants to learn.

We didn’t talk for that long, but I’m truly inspired by what he wants to achieve with Yago and I really hope that more locals will be encouraged to pick up a foreign language!

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Yago has a very comprehensive directory of language classes in Singapore and it’s a breeze to find what you want, as the classes are categorized by language, class types etc! Reviews are enabled for each class listing, so if you are looking for language classes and unsure of which ones are good, check out the reviews.

The listing for Korean classes can be accessed HERE. If you have taken any language classes in Singapore, please help to leave a review. Promoting language learning is not something that can be done by an individual. Guus and I are both playing a small part in it, but do join us and share the joy of language learning. ❤

Guus, if you are reading this, hopefully we can meet up some time again and discuss more language issues ^^

Yago Site

Twitter: @YagoSG

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Guus
    3 May, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    Wow – that writeup makes me a bit shy! Thanks for your kind words. We’re always looking for more insights into language schools – so thanks for mentioning that! If anyone of you has any experience to share, please take a couple of minutes to add a review!

    And yes, we shall get together again. In fact, I’m thinking of setting up a small language promoters / bloggers / schools / teachers get-together. Will let you know!

    • Reply
      hangukdrama
      5 May, 2013 at 11:55 AM

      sure, sounds good! 😀

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