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Normally, it takes about 2 years to become fluent in a language. How can a polyglot speak 15-20 languages? That’s 40 years of learning.

Gluttons for punishment, or for self-realisation?

You talk about 40 years of learning as if it were some huge punishment, but the thing about a polyglot is that he or she has that as a hobby. Not many folk get paid for it. It relaxes them and fascinates them to learn languages and so they do it. The fact that some spend 40 years indulging this love is really no more remarkable than someone who spent 40 years over a lovely big garden.

More of less or less of more?

Yes, some people do have bookshelves a bit like this…

Whether it really is forty years or more or less depends on intensity of learning, committed time in an average week, choice of methods, choice of materials, how efficient the learner is at getting a lot of mileage from a vocabulary of only, say 2,000 words, and if the learner has chosen a lot of similar languages and all of them are similar to his native tongue, or if a person has chosen languages with little common grammar and few common lexemes, and even a very different phonology and alphabet to his or her own.

By the numbers

The minimum time to get to 20 lots of 2000 words (40,000 words) with a reasonable cover of 20 not totally dissimilar grammars is something like 4,000 hours, although it could be with more efficiency done in closer to 3,200 hours. Let’s go with the 4,000 and allow the learner a thousand hours of learning time a year. What’s the result? Just four years. You’re not getting massive fluency but a solid base in 20 similar languages. On the other hand another person might work leisurely and start at about the age of 14 when the bug often hits and suddenly at age 90 die of natural causes on a tricky piece of Javanese polite form. That’s 76 years of learning. Let’s take the average of 76 years and 4 years and we get your 40 years, so it’s a perfectly reasonable estimate, but you see how the mileage can vary.

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Metodologia Gold List #2 – Jak To Dziala w Praktyce

Original YT playout date: 18 April 2010
Duration: 1:35:00

Second part of Gold list method in Polish. The first part has been up for sometime, when Kuba came for a lesson, but it cut off before I got on to the practical part, of how to actually maintain a gold list book, or set of books. Dziękuję pani Krystynie za możliwość uzupełnienia wyjaśnienia metodologii po polsku. Jeżeli ktoś nie widział pierwszej części – teoretycznej części wyjaśnienia, to radze najpierw patrzeć na to. Widać łącze do niego i po prawej stronie, i tez zrobiłem to wideo jako “odpowiedź” tamtemu.
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Drive, Drove, driven, drivel – or “Road trip meets linguistic meandering”

Original YT playout date: 2 April 2010
Duration: 29:10

Driving from the Amber Hotel through Olesnice towards Namyslow I start to talk about why Polish language has more exotic elements in it, more aspects usually more associated with oriental languages, than Russian has. This is really developing a thesis of mine that Poland has an oriental culture.

Learners of Slavic languages will love this one, as will those of you who use my videos to go to sleep, as some have told me…
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Summing up 4 years on YouTube

Original YT playout date: 23 March 2010
Duration: 25:26

This was my summary after 4 years. It is of course 11 and a half years since that time, that I am adding it to this blog, but the thing about the vlogging hobby is that it does keep former times fresh like nothing else really can.

I wrote:

“I’ve been here 4 years – and on this night drive I talk about that and my whole YouTube agenda, about huliganov.tv, about facebook, about LinkedIn and finish off with something about road safety. Even Salma Hayek gets a mention, so there’s something for everybody in this. Recorded in HD but rendered without HD as the video is simply a dark road with not much to be worth the extra bytes, this is more of an audiocentric piece. Some people said they missed the longer talkier ones after I got my new camera, so this one is more for you if you were one of those people who said that.

http://www.linkedin.com/profile?viewProfile=&key=1090210&locale=en_US&trk=tab_pro

I think this is the way to link to me on LinkedIn, as requested in the video. The group name on LinkedIn to join is “”Linguists and Polyglots””. TIA.”

This group is still active by the way and taking members. A decent level of community discussion has never been achieved in all that time. Maybe one day that will take off.

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Metodologia Gold List – Pochodzenie i Dlaczego To Dziala

Original YT playout date: 5 February 2010
Duration: 39:06

Tu po raz pierwszy mamy cos w języku polskim o Goldliscie. Kuba przyszedł z swoja babcia i wyjaśniałem mu w jaki sposób może używać Goldlisting, aby nadrabiać swój angielski. Niedawno jego poprzednia szkolą uległa zamknięciu przez miasto, wiec musiał zmienić szkole. Tam studiowal niemiecki, a tu maja tylko angielski, wiec musi szybko nadrobić. Czy metoda ta jest w stanie pomoc w tej sytuacji? Powinna być idealna.

Niestety mamy tu tylko pierwsze 40 minut lekcji która trwała 2 godziny, bo odcięło się po tym czasie (mój syn ciągłe tam majstrował podczas filmowania) ale dla moich widzów polskojęzycznych, którzy licznie prosili cos o metodologii po polsku po moim występie w TVNie, to już jest cos, wiec dziękujemy mocnie Kubie i jego babci za zgodę filmowania lekcji. Przy kolejnej okazji będę filmował dalszy ciąg wyjaśnienia.
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RL102-21 Basic Russian Grammar – “with” for instrumentality and accompaniment

Original YT playout date: 10 January 2010
Duration: 24:15

“You waited a long time for this, longer than I promised. But this episode should show to you that the Huliganov Russian Course is not dead. The more people I get staying the course to this level, the more inclined I’ll be to do more. When 12 hours of solid work get me the same view count as something that basically needs an hour, you can see why I don’t do them that much, so it’s up to you. If you share the course, the course will grow. “”Simply as dat””, as the Professor might say…

Complete with a joke and a Russian song, hopefully you will say that the lesson is just as good as they used to be.

In answer to the requests for a translation:
1. Original, 2 literal, 3 free and rhyming (just).

В юности боль забывается скоро
In youth pain forgets itself soon
When you are young you get over things quickly

Слезы смахнув ты смеешься опять
Tears having-wiped-down you laugh again
Your eyes soon dry, you can smile once again

Время пройдет и всегда лишь такою
Time goes-by and always as such
As days go by I’ll recall how you look now

Буду тебя вспоминать
I-will you to-remember
That’s how for me you’ll remain

Счастье короткое бог нам отмерил
Happiness short God to-us measured-out
People are not put on earth to be happy

Непостоянна людская душа
Inconstant (is the) human soul
Or if they are not for long anyhow

Я ведь не зря в эту сказку не верил
I after-all not for-nothing in this fairy-tale not believed
You won’t fool me with “”happy ever after””

Слишком она хороша
Too good it is.
It’s just too good to be true

Как ты красива сегодня
How you beautiful today
My, you look lovely this evening

Нет в моем сердце ни боли, ни зла
There-is-not in my heart neither of pain, neither of bad
I don’t feel angry no more, all is fine

Как ты красива сегодня
How you beautiful today
My, you look lovely this evening

Как ты сегодня светла
How you today bright
I see your bright beauty shine

Может быть, время кого-то и лечит
May be, time somebody and heals
Maybe there are those who find time a healer

Только мне помощь его не нужна
Only to-me help of-it not needful
I don’t need healing, I’ll take any pain

Ты возвращайся, а я каждый вечер
You come back, and I each evening
You just come home to me, and like this evening

Буду тебя вспоминать
I-will you remember
For me you’ll always remain

One translation is if you want to understand how the Russian works, the other is to understand the sense of the song and sing it in English if you want to.

Hey Valeriy, sing my English words and have yourself a hit in the entire world. You deserve it.
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RL 102-20 Basic Russian Grammar lesson 20 – Prepositions governing the Dative

Original YT playout date: 10 August 2009
Duration: 27:29

The 20th lesson in this series, the 30th Huliganov lesson in the Russian course, and we’re not even half way to what I have in mind. Sorry that this one is a bit disjointed, but there were interruptions and I had very little preparation time. Just wanted to go a step forward as there has been nothing for 3 months. Thanks for your patience.
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Huliganov’s non-pretty, non-intense Japanese lesson

Original YT playout date: 5 July 2009
Duration: 6:13

Just because I don’t know anything about a subject doesn’t mean I can’t teach a lesson in it. After all, it never bothers quite a few people on YouTube!
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Some scenes from time back in Poland

Original YT playout date: 28 June 2009
Duration: 17:02

In between the Prague vlogs, obviously I am back home in Poland. Here are a few scenes from Poland in May. They are mixed content, and include a further discussion of the goldlist methodology, of weather, and my usual trick of filming what I see, not all of it particularly pleasant, but we are, after all, sharing this planet with the girl who was sitting crying on the kerb next to her own vomit, and with the gentleman who was slapping his bitch near my house, who also got caught on camera. These people we share the planet with, and the scenes are real and not staged, as you can find on many channels on youtube, unfortunately! There is also joy and family pleasure among the grim reality, such as seeing a Portuguese student band in traditional garb in the tram as they were visiting Warsaw, Sophie’s birthday, and treating my wife to a fine meal of sushi. In short this is a mixed bag of everything.
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A demo of the GoldList Method is included.
Includes Sophie’s 9th birthday party.

***Statistics and Credits***
Views at the time added to HTV: 790
Likes at the time added to HTV: 16
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 1
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 94.1%
Comments at time added: 3
Total interactions at time added: 20
Total interactions to views 2.5%
Location: Home in Ochota
Other people featured: Family
Genre: Family, miscellaneous
Music used: Various
Languages used: English
Animals/plants featured: None
Other remarks:

Musings from the road at sunset

Original YT playout date: 1 May 2009
Duration: 8:06

Featuring thoughts on applying the GoldList Method to the learning of poety, a presentation of Wordsworth’s “”Daffodils”” and whether man’s release of chemicals into the sky has affected the natural world much or not.

You might say “”why get sidetracked onto daffodils when there aren’t any there?””. Ah, but that’s precisely the *point* of the poem, isn’t it?
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RL 102-19 Russian Basic Grammar #19 3/3

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Original YT playout date: 20 April 2009
Duration: 13:46

This is the third part of the nineteenth basic grammar lesson in the RL 102 course by Viktor Huliganov. Here we are looking at Genitive Prepositions other than the four covered two lessons back.

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RL 102-19 Russian Basic Grammar #19 2/3

Original YT playout date: 20 April 2009
Duration: 15:26

This is the first part of the nineteenth basic grammar lesson in the RL 102 course by Viktor Huliganov. Here we are looking at Genitive Prepositions other than the four covered two lessons back.

http://groups.google.com/group/huliganov is the group on Google Groups.

On Facebook there is also a group called ‘Huliganov’s Lessons Really Work”” by Lafeen Maggio, which I will leave you to find your way to if you are on Facebook. Both of these places are good places for help.

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