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Polyglots are so freaking cool

#languagenerd post

Just checked my youtube channel and saw that someone has left me a comment. He mentioned in the comment that he’s learning Korean so, I went to check out his channel.

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The title of his video is so long that it’s not even shown in its entirety. So here’s my reactions while watching his 16 mins video.

0:00: ooo this is cool

o:10: 7 languages~ (realization hasn’t settle in)

0:30: this is interesting 😀 *think to self* ahh so he’s going to be speaking Chinese, Cantonese, Japanese, Korean~ mmm

*watches happily*

2:00: wow. Cantonese tones are so interesting. I only know har gao. ㅠㅠ

4:00: this is so cool. I can read the subs and hear him speak in Japanese!

6:00: WAIT. *hovers mouse over title* OMG. FRENCH, MALAY, TURKISH????!!!

*cues 멘붕 state*

6:50: omg. He’s so good for someone who has been learning only for a few months.

8:00: jaw drop

9:00: jaw drop lower

by 10:00: totally impressed.

And you know what I’m more amazed about? It’s that he actually can write in those languages!!!!!!!!

Most polyglots or “polyglots” can say things, but they can’t write in that language. So I’m doubly impressed. Especially for Russian and Turkish. In the video, he said that he just learnt Turkish ‘recently’. And went on to say ‘two, three days’. IMPRESSED.

O_________0

And unlike lazy people like me, he actually spends time to put in subs for the video. Really really appreciate that. Those who have experience in making videos will know that subs are so annoying to make, particularly if you are doing a video impromptu. It’s like having to transcribe yourself wtf. And even if it’s scripted, time is need to make the script and turn it into subs okay.

I am inspired to work harder and put subs in my videos too ㅠㅠ

Go subscribe to his channel and hopefully he will make more language videos soon!!!

😀

p.s. Be nice and go read my translations for Kang Dong Won’s HIGH CUT interview in the previous 2 posts k!! 😀 Really really have a lot of respect for him!

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19 Comments

  • Reply
    mishmash
    17 December, 2012 at 11:44 PM

    fascinating~~ what am i saying. that’s freakin amazing!

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      hangukdrama
      19 December, 2012 at 11:26 AM

      i know right ><

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    skrwitch
    18 December, 2012 at 1:23 AM

    He’s amazing! I subscribed.

    Just stating my opinion, but I don’t believe a person is a polyglot unless they can write in the language. If they cannot, they’re illiterate.

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      hangukdrama
      19 December, 2012 at 11:26 AM

      hahaha!!! okay i laughed at the last line 😛 but true!

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    Yanko~
    18 December, 2012 at 2:16 AM

    OMG~ ~~Even though he only said like 4 things in Russian I am impressed his accent is really clear :D~ * wants him to put up more Russian videos*!!!

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      hangukdrama
      19 December, 2012 at 11:27 AM

      😀 😀 😀 wow I hope he saw your comment!

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    Van
    18 December, 2012 at 9:35 AM

    I agree with the writing thing, but what if it was the opposite? Would you consider someone a polygot if they know how to write but not speak well?
    But this guy is amazing. Man in general, all polyglots are amazing! Especially the ones that learn more languages past that young age.

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      hangukdrama
      19 December, 2012 at 11:28 AM

      mmmm i think i will consider them as a polyglot to be? hahaha The only type of person that I don’t consider a polyglot are people who can only say set phrases but not express their own opinions!

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        Van
        20 December, 2012 at 10:56 AM

        hahaha funny xD you should give them like ½ polygot status haha
        i concur!

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    Keisha
    19 December, 2012 at 8:09 AM

    AGH! Where did my comment go? D:

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      Keisha
      19 December, 2012 at 8:12 AM

      *second attempt*

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        Keisha
        19 December, 2012 at 8:14 AM

        Let me know if the long comment ever shows up. TToTT

        Power to the polyglots (that learned most of their non-native languages from classes and/or self-teaching)! I mean, if you can speak English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French because your family taught you as a kid, that’s one thing, but if you’re learning it yourself or in a class, it’s so much harder and really shows dedication.

        Whenever I learn a language, for some reason I just can’t help but take the ENTIRE package- speaking, reading, writing, culture, etc. I couldn’t just speak the language. I’m greedy; I want to know everything. XD

        You haven’t seen me comment in a while since the semester was coming to a close. *finally done with finals… haha* I took my Japanese final and think I did pretty well on it, but now I see which areas need fine tuning. I’d always mix up the past+/- conjugations for い-adjectives and な-adjectives and occasionally forget the conjugations for past +/- verbs. It’s always the past that messes me up. XD

        I’d have to say the biggest problem I have is remembering vocabulary. I have NO problem with grammar rules and they just stick to my mind (except for past tense stuff in Japanese), but in EVERY language I have studied, I always have trouble getting vocab to stick. Do you have any suggestions on how to make words stick to my brain? ;A; I’m not sure if you made a post on that or not, but if you haven’t, I’d love you even more if you did. 😀

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          hangukdrama
          19 December, 2012 at 11:29 AM

          ㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠ so sorry!! i have been getting an influx of spam and I’m trying to tweak the settings to reduce them. Not sure why they love to wrongly classify comments D: D: If a comment don’t get through next time, just let me know and I will approve it asap!! 😀

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    Keisha
    19 December, 2012 at 8:11 AM

    Power to the polyglots (that learned most of their non-native languages from classes and/or self-teaching)! I mean, if you can speak English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French because your family taught you as a kid, that’s one thing, but if you’re learning it yourself or in a class, it’s so much harder and really shows dedication.

    Whenever I learn a language, for some reason I just can’t help but take the ENTIRE package- speaking, reading, writing, culture, etc. I couldn’t just speak the language. I’m greedy; I want to know everything. XD

    You haven’t seen me comment in a while since the semester was coming to a close. *finally done with finals… haha* I took my Japanese final and think I did pretty well on it, but now I see which areas need fine tuning. I’d always mix up the past pos. and neg. conjugations for い-adjectives and な-adjectives and occasionally forget the conjugations for past pos. and neg. verbs. It’s always the past that messes me up. XD

    I’d have to say the biggest problem I have is remembering vocabulary. I have NO problem with grammar rules and they just stick to my mind (except for past tense stuff in Japanese), but in EVERY language I have studied, I always have trouble getting vocab to stick. Do you have any suggestions on how to make words stick to my brain? ;A; I’m not sure if you made a post on that or not, but if you haven’t, I’d love you even more if you did. 😀

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      hangukdrama
      19 December, 2012 at 11:33 AM

      I think I did write about learning vocabulary in a few posts but somehow I can’t really find them -.-

      http://www.hangukdrama.com/learning-vocabulary-in-audiovideo-context/

      this is the only one i can find!

      It’s the same for me too. I want the entire package. I cannot be satisfied with just knowing a few phrases, or knowing how to speak but not write etc.

      hehe congrats on finishing the finals!! Holidays now?? 😀

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    Wei Qi
    19 December, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Thank you so much for your post!
    I’m really embarrassed but also very honoured to be recognized by you.
    言語学習でがんばれ!
    화이팅!

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      hangukdrama
      19 December, 2012 at 11:34 AM

      ㅋㅋㅋ anything for a fellow language lover 😀

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    Susan
    10 August, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    It’s actually quite easy to learn multiple languages once you develop a mental template for them and have a good ear. The secret? Learn like a child. Start with simple things and repeat repeat repeat until then are ingrained in your head before moving on. Learn daily – only about 20 minutes. You won’t remember much more than that. Make a structure or a map in your head that helps you understand the concept behind how people express themselves in a particular language – people who speak differently also think differently! That’s it. I can pick up the rudiments of a language that is somewhat similar to one I know in a few hours. 3 days is enough to become able to have simple conversations. 2 years to learn enough to read and speak conversationally in most situations. A lifetime to master writing. 🙂 If it’s a language with an entirely different alphabet concept (like Korean, which I’ve just started) it takes several weeks to acclimate to the new alphabet and to have the basic structure of sentences down. After that, the key is keep adding to your vocabulary (the most simple and useful stuff first) to find a native speaker or a lot of great dramas and movies to listen to so as to get the language tones and cadence.

    Bonne chance!

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    Tigra
    1 May, 2015 at 8:43 PM

    This guy is just so awesome !

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