‘Thinking in Meanings’ Sneak Preview on Jcademy – ต่อ tɔ̀: with vector words ไป pai and มา ma:

This is a sneak preview of the second Cracking Thai Fundamentals module “Thinking in Meanings” is going to change the way you think about language and meanings. This module has hours of quality content that will become a cornerstone to your language learning in Thai and other languages from around the region. Escape the Limits […]


Chinese English Thai – Language Reveals Another World Hidden in Plain View – Same Sign Different Message

How do You Know What You Are Experiencing is What Everyone Else Is? Watch this Clip First So many expats that I meet in China, Indonesia, Thailand and other countries around the region tell me that they get around just fine without knowing the local language. I suppose that is a fair enough statement. It’s […]


The Korean 한글 Han-gul Indian Connection and My Personal Language Learning Operating System

Language DNA (Before you watch the clip – my apologies for the Korean typo in the rendering – it should be 한글 ) What do Korean, Tibetan, Chinese, Spanish and Danish have in common? This clip is one that I have been wanting to put together for many years now and it’s one that I’m […]


Evading the Foreigner Speak Trap when Learning a New Language

Going to a Country to Learn a Language Doesn’t Ensure You Will Learn It Like They Speak It Are you aware that when you go to a country and learn the language spoken there, that the language you learn might not be the ‘real’ language spoken? I put this clip together on avoiding falling into […]


Skype Me Maybe – sung in 30+ languages by 17 polyglots!

Language Lovers Unite Just over a month ago, Benny Lewis (better known as Benny the Irish Polyglot from his site http://www.fluentin3months.com) contacted me and asked me to be part of a project he was working on that would bring many of the familiar faces in the Internet Polyglot World together.  The project – a music […]


In Defense of Accused People Smugglers – ABC TV story on Stuart Jay Raj and David Svoboda’s Work

ABC Newsline FEATURE: People smuggling: from the village to the courts On one recent People Smuggling mission in Banten province, West Java Indonesia, ABC Reporter Auskar Surbakti came along for the ride and filed this story. Transcript There’s a growing outcry over mandatory sentences for Indonesian boat crew convicted of people smuggling offences in Australia. […]


How to Be a Beauty Queen and Influence People … Stuart Jay Raj on the Language of Miss Universe

  Somebody’s Gotta Do It … The Miss Universe 2009 pageant has just wrapped up (not without controversy) at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas. Another amazing year where I was fortunate to spend a lot of time meeting some wonderful people and rub shoulders with the gorgeous, the glamorous, the influential … and the […]


Jazz Lessons on Language – Improvisation 101 – Stuart Jay Raj’s Indic Script Compass

  Find Your Way Around Indic Based Writing Systems (Devanagari, Tamil, Panjabi (Gurmukhi), Burmese, Bahasa Bali (Balinese), Bahasa Jawa (Javanese), Thai and Khmer (Cambodian) Without a GPS Theme and Variation The reason I love playing and listening to jazz so much is because you’re able to get into the soul of the players by hearing […]

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