The Internet is mean! Wahhhhh… (photo: Storyvillegirl)
Every time I stumble across a “Tim Ferriss claims to speak…” post regarding Spanish, Japanese, or whatnot, an orphaned kitten loses a small part of its soul. And then I cry.
Granted, I’m no master hyperpolyglot, but on my best days, I can speak five languages to differing degrees:
- English (unless I’ve had too much wine)
- Mandarin Chinese
Below are videos of me speaking each.
German is the language I forget the fastest, which I believe is due to articles and noun cases. Japanese is what I retain best without practice, thanks to length of immersion and a nasty manga habit (e.g. One Piece, Rokudenashi Blues). Spanish is what I use most, and I think it’s improved dramatically since the below video from several years ago.
There are other languages I really enjoy studying. Sadly, I sound like Sloth from The Goonies when I speak these: Italian, Korean, Brazilian Portuguese, Arabic (aiming for Levantine), Greek, Turkish, and Norwegian. The last is hardest to learn, as they all speak flawless English.
Forthwith, assorted vintage Tim…
German (for Amazon.de ages ago):
Spanish (For the Spanish publisher of The 4-Hour Workweek):
Mandarin Chinese (Dinner placemat doodle; The Randow Show with Kevin Rose, filmed in Beijing):
Practicing Chinese characters during dinner after a long lay-off. Smatterings of Japanese.
Japanese (Trial by Fire TV pilot from History Channel):
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