Interview with Haikaa

haikaa#HonorYourself, #HonorOthers, #HonorThePlanet, these principles permeate the works of singer-songwriter and author Haikaa. From Brazil, Japan and the US, Haikaa promotes the celebration of diversity as a catalyst for change through music and writing. You can find her on her website, YouTube, Twitter and Facebook.

  1. Tell us a little about yourself.

Hello, first of all, it’s great to be here talking to you. I’m a singer-songwriter and author and I write and sing about love in its many forms. I have lived in three different countries – Brazil, Japan, US – and one of my passions is to celebrate diversity. I think that’s one form of love. I’m a language nerd too so combining music and languages is another way in which I express love. And I have many, many songs about love, self-love, romantic love, universal love because I think it’s a wonderful way to share this feeling.

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

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Interview with the President of the Venezuelan Esperanto Association

IMG_20140727_080532 - esperantoRicardo Rodrigues Coutinho was born on May 15, 1980, in Caracas and lives in the Valleys del Tuy. He studied at the School of History of the Central University of Venezuela. He began his studies in the international language Esperanto at the end of 2000 in the Venezuelan Esperanto Association. He was a member of minutes of the Cultural Esperanto Foundation (Fundaesperanto). He also worked as a member of library, secretary and he is the current president of the Venezuelan Esperanto Association. He coordinates the publication Venezuela Stelo , an official organ of the Association.  You can find him on Twitter and Instagram.

  1. Tell us a little about yourself and about the teaching role of the Venezuelan Esperanto Association.

The Venezuelan Esperanto Association is the only nonprofit organization in the country, which brings together Esperanto speakers and promoters of the Esperanto language. I have studied the language, since I was 16, I played a role as disseminator, as well as a teacher of the Association.

The range of courses and workshops have varied greatly over the years, since the work is voluntary and the country situation severely limits the possibilities of offering an intensive service. Despite this, we have: introductory workshops, courses by WhatsApp and You Tube. We also have very important achievements, which include; translations of Doña Barbara, Agriculture of the Torrid Zone, Pequeñas obras del Libertador, poems by Eloy Blanco, Otero Silva, among others.

Learning Esperanto is very fast, among other things because it is very regular and flexible, even though the study of any language is a hobby of high level of commitment. Esperanto is known to be an excellent tool to assimilate other languages, since it allows identifying the basic elements of a language, being an exercise to understand every language in the learning process. Continue reading

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

Interview with Shannon Kennedy from

shannon-kennedyShannon is a super talented person, besides learning languages, she’s an artist (singer/ songwriter). You can find her in her website Eurolinguiste, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.

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

I speak English fluently. It is my native language and the one that I use the most frequently. French comes in close second. It is one of the languages that I speak at home, but I don’t use it as often as English since I live and work in an English-speaking country.

After French and English, Mandarin is the language that I speak the best. Even though I’ve only studied it for a year (the shortest time I’ve spent with other languages), I’ve really worked on it intensely, so my ability in the language progressed much more quickly than languages I’ve studied longer (or that I’ve let slide).

Croatian, German and Italian are languages that I’ve studied in the past but haven’t done a great job of keeping up. I was working quite hard at Croatian up until recently, but I decided to take a break from it to really focus on Mandarin.

Lastly, I’ve recently started studying Russian. I don’t spend a lot of time with it because my focus is still Chinese. I also find it more difficult than the other languages I’ve studied, so my progress is quite  slow. Despite my snail-like pace, however, I really enjoy studying it and look forward to spending more time on it after I sit the HSK exam for Chinese.

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Interview with Noel from

noel-van-vlietNoel van Vliet is not a hiperpolyglot, he is a trilingual who gives great information on his blog Do you want to know how the experts do to learn a language and if a course is good? Well, you’ll find the information on his site.

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

I speak Dutch, English and Spanish fluently. But they’re never in a fixed state. If I slack off on speaking English, for example, that particular skill diminishes temporarily, even if my listening isn’t affected. It recovers quickly when I give it the necessary attention. I’ve even started to forget words of my native language Dutch. Not the simple words I used everyday, but those words that you only hear or read every once in a while. I speak something of several other languages as well but I can’t really hold conversations in those languages. And that’s what counts. Continue reading

Interview with Gustavo from the site

gustavo olivaresToday’s guest is Gustavo Olivares from Chile. Coincidentally, we have all languages ​​ in common, but on different levels. He is the owner of the website, where he gives advice on how to learn languages.

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

Native Spanish, English B2, French C1, German B1, Portuguese B2. All languages ​​are certified, except Portuguese.

  1. How do you choose the languages you learn?

I learned my first language at school. Before the Internet, I learned by the old methods, i.e., for 14 years of primary and secondary education I had at least 8 hours a week of English classes. I learned by osmosis without any special effort: I just sat and learned. It was a very inefficient learning.

I also learned a little French. At that time in Chile, French was taught, differently from today. Back in college, I decided to improve my French and I began German. I decided to learn more languages ​​for two reasons: to have a professional advantage and to meet exchange students who came to my school during college days.

  1. When did you begin learning each language?

I learned English at school. The French I started again at the university along with German. I finally began Portuguese last year.

  1. How often do you use each language?

I use a lot of English because I read a lot online. Portuguese I use daily now because I have a Brazilian girlfriend. The French and German I should use on purpose to not forget them.

  1. What materials and methods do you use?

My method is explained on my page. It is basically a combination of websites, starting with Anki to learn vocabulary, after that I begin to read to follow with Duolingo and to watch TV series. And to improve my grammar I start writing in

  1. Share any thoughts/tips you’d like with the readers.

The most important thing is motivation. Enjoy the study. Do not think about studying for money, do it for yourself or to grow as a person. So they’ll gain a greater worldview. Seek someone to talk to and ask for help and visit pages from polyglots: we have already a proven method based on our own experience. Do not be discouraged: here tenacity is well rewarded.

Interview with Vladimir from

Profile pic crop VladimirToday I’m starting a series of interviews with polyglots.

The first interviewed is Vladimir Skultety from, he is an interpreter and translator of Mandarin Chinese, Slovak and English. In his blog he writes about language learning, especially Mandarin Chinese learning.

He also has a very cool YouTube channel, you can check it here.

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

English, Czech, Slovak – native level

Chinese, German, Italian, Russian, Hungarian – C1/C2 level

Spanish, French – B2 level

Polish, Serbian, Portuguese – B1 level

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