Interview with the Youtuber Richard Delamore aka Evildea

EvildeaToday, our interview is with Evidea, famous Youtuber that divulges the Esperanto language. In addition, he is an actor and public speaker. You can find him on his YouTube channel, Twitter and Facebook.

  1. Tell us a little about yourself

My online name is Evildea but my real name is Richard Delamore. I’m an Australian-Esperanto YouTuber, actor and public speaker. In vlog, I do skits, games, and present the newest happenings from the Esperanto community in Esperanto. All my recent videos are subtitled to English.

  1. What languages do you speak and at what level?

I speak English and Esperanto fluently, however I’m also conversational in Mandarin. I took part in my first Mandarin-speaking competition only three weeks ago but I didn’t win. I’ve played with many other languages, but I’m unable to converse in any of them.

  1. Why do you think people should learn Esperanto?

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Interview with the tumbler Laura Fitzgerald

Laura - Tumblr - InterviewToday, I will interview the Irish student Laura Fitzgerald. To know more about her, visit shootabluejay.

1) Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Laura, I’m 19 years old, and I’m from Dublin, Ireland. I’m studying Spanish and Japanese full-time in university. I like listening to music/singing and playing video games.

 2) What languages do you speak and at what level?

I’m a native English speaker, fluent in Irish and Spanish (non-native speaker of both). I can also speak basic conversational Japanese. Continue reading

Confessions of a Polyglot: demotivation

I don’t know about the other polyglots, but I can’t keep myself motivated all the time while learning a language.

In June, I had a big problem to keep me motivated to study German. Like everyone else, when I start to learn a language I get very excited, I search for thousands of information about the language, materials and methods.

Learning a language is to know a new world. Despite the difficult task ahead of us, every little step is a big step forward. By learning a word, you have improved 100% in your language. Every word learned is a victory. The feeling of understanding for the first time a word in a sentence and after a sentence in context is indescribable. However, the better you get, the lower the returns.

Suddenly, to understand a phrase is normal, to read an article is no longer difficult. You are not fluent, but manages to get by in the language. The language is no longer a novelty for you. Your curiosity fades, you become fascinated with some other language, focused on some other task, goal or challenge of your life and gradually abandon the language. The result? Days, weeks or even months without studying the language.

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Confessions of a Polyglot: Introversion

Students with different personalities have one thing in common, whether learning a language alone or in a classroom: shame/fear of speaking. The reason for this is always the same: shyness and/or introversion.

Well, I have a confession to make; I am shy and introverted. But, what these words mean and what is the difference between them?

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Introversion

Introversion is closely related to energy. An extrovert feels energized around other people, an introvert feels drained, so often he/she prefers to be alone. Introverts are more sensitive to external stimuli, so when he gets too much of it, he needs to be alone to recover.

Shyness

Shyness is the fear of being judged negatively, it is a kind of social anxiety. In the head of a shy person, everything is going to be bad. This fear happens not only around strangers; a shy may become anxious even with friends or relatives. Many shy people like to socialize (probably more than introverts), but fear prevents them from doing it. In cases of extreme shyness, treatment for anxiety is necessary, since extreme shyness can have catastrophic consequences in personal and professional relationships.

Everyone has moments of shyness and introversion. Even the most friendly, outgoing and confident people are afraid of being judged and need occasionally a quiet time to recover. Continue reading