The Polyglot Project Podcast – Episode #02 – Peter Brown

by David · 11 comments



In this episode of the podcast Claude and I spoke with Peter Brown. Peter is a university professor and a published author. We had a great conversation and I’m sure you’ll all enjoy what he has to say about language learning.


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  • Hi guys!~
    Thanks for another great interview!~ I was so happy to hear another interview, I barely even noticed the poor sound quality in the beginning. I was too interested in what was being said. I only cared that I could hear each of you and I had no problems with that at all,so, no worries!~
    I can totally relate to Professor Brown on many of the things he said. My school-based language learning consisted of 3 years of Latin, too. But, it was during my 9th grade year that I got my first nick from the Polyglot bug. During my 8th grade year, me and my AP schoolmates decided to put together a petition to have Latin taught in our school because we thought it would make us even more elite. When school started that year, for 9th grade, they had not yet found a teacher, so they split us up into the Spanish and French classes. I took two weeks of French before they forced us all out to take the Latin class we had petitioned for. After that, I was hooked!~ I could only take Latin through 11th grade, so my senior year I took German and loved it. Freshman year of college I took Spanish. I did well my first semester with my Cuban teacher, but the second semester teacher was a Venezuelan woman who spoke Spanish from the moment we entered her class and expected us to do the same. I was too intimidated so I dropped out. The next year I took Languages for Business Professionals, where I was able to learn French, German, Spanish, and Japanese. That is when I fell in love with Asian languages.
    Since that time, on my own I have continued my study of French and Japanese and also added Hatian Creole, Louisana Creole, Korean, Chinese Mandarin, Thai, Vietnamese,Tagalog, Hawiian and Samoan to my language learning regimen. I also study dialects like British, Cockney, Irish and Scottish English. Like Professor Brown, I study whichever language peaks my interest on any given day. However, I have stepped up my consistency with studying French and Korean because this year, I set some fluency goals for those languages. I have to say I agree with Prof. Brown, I too feel something like a euphoric high when I understand something I’ve read or a conversation I might overhear. It spurs me on to learn more of the language.
    I must admit my goal has always been to be able to understand what I hear in other languages, so I never set goals to be able to speak, although my greatest desire was to be able to speak AND understand any language. Because of that, I have always been too shy to speak the languages I know. However, after getting to know Benny,the irishpolyglot, on, I have been chiseling away at my shell and starting to speak more. I work as a security officer at the Coca-Cola North American Headquarters, so I have the advantage of speaking with people from all over the world on a daily basis. I set a goal for this year to learn how to greet and carry on a basic level 1 type conversation in all of the languages on my current list, which seems to get longer every month ;~> Again, thanks for this interview! Take it easy!~
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  • Very good job again as always.
    Prof Brown came off as that academic type of polyglot, one who’s knowledge comes almost exclusively from university study. For some I think they may not be able to relate to his ideas, but others of course would have no problem. I think I’m in the former unfortunately.nds

    That however doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy hearing about his methods and what he’s practicing. I find his yoga technique especially interesting in its strangeness. It’s something easily contrasted with Prof Arguelles’ shadowing technique. The secret to becoming a great language learner apparently is to not worry about looking like a fool. 🙂 Sounds like the perfect endeavor for me!

  • TheDIAHA

    These twin babies have what I consider to be the ultimate constructed language!~ Are you all thinking what I’m thinking? I think this is a new one to add to my bucket list :~) !~

    • I saw this and I find it incredibly interesting. We assume that it’s artificial but for all we know they really do understand each other 🙂

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  • Anonymous

    Languages as an alternative to narcotics! I like that idea. Euphoria can come in different forms.

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