One Keith Brooks over at the 37languages blog runs an interesting experiment. He is ‘speed dating’ the said number of languages, ie. learning a little bit about each to determine which are interesting/worth further study/whatever and then narrowing his choice. Interesting, even if the analysis is not particularly in-depth (how could it be?). Bonus points for embedding this lovely video. I mean, Great Albania and UCK and Mother Theresa and pop divas all in the same clip… wow.
I guess I could say I’ve been ‘speed-dating’ languages (and you can bet that there were more than 37 of them) for quite a number of years. Only in my case the break-up part wasn’t done on purpose – I never meant to only test them, I sincerily wanted to learn – but because of…. I dunno, call it language wanderlust, short attention span, laziness, whatever. Needless to say those days are (or should be) long gone – with the scarce amount of free time I have now, it would be foolish to triffle it away. But then again, everybody’s a fool sometimes.
Another thing I always wanted to try, and sort of never did, was taking up a challenge of learning a language up to a certain degree of fluency, in a limited period of time, say, three months. Hard to do if don’t have the patience and nobody’s watching (having an audience motivates).
There’s also a language-challenge of mine which is still on-going . There’s a couple of languages, either completely obscure or just underrepresented on the English- and Polish-language Intertubes, that I decided to build up an Internet presence for. I’m sort of happy with my efforts on Lezgi (for English-speaking audience) and Persian (for Poles), even though they have both had their ups and downs.
But then there’s a couple of more languages I am quite fond of and for which I would like to do the same thing, more or less, but find it difficult due to lack of knowledge/resources/contact with native speakers.
So, if you happen to be:
a) a linguistically-inclined fluent speaker of: Albanian, Bahasa Indonesia, Chuvash, any Daghestani language, Hawrami or any other Kurdish variety, any Iroquian language, Kabardian, Malagassy, Mari, Oromo, Pashto, Somali, Tetum, Wolof, Yoruba, Xhosa or Zulu
b) interested in creating Internet-based learning material geared towards Anglo- and/or Polonophones
… drop me a line. If b) applies and a) doesn’t – not a problem, write me, too.