Ep1Pt1 Polyglot Stu Jay Raj – Multilingual Presentation

Language Secrets From a Linguistic Junkie This is the first of my personal video posts. This episode is divided into 2 Parts / 2 separate clips. I’ve tried to answer some of the many questions that have been sent to me in emails and messages since I posted my first clip on Youtube in 2007. I thought to make it interesting, I’ve tried to choose several different languages to respond to (subtitled in English). Questions include: What separates languages – politic or linguistic differences? What’s the history behind some of your languages? What’s the most difficult language? What are some secrets to learning new languages? How do I get motivated to learn languages? I’ve chosen languages that I’m at different competency levels in – and as you can see, it shows! Some of them I hadn’t used for a long time – just putting this clip together was great to get the linguistic juices flowing again in some of my dormant languages. I also used as a personal challenge for the first time in public Vietnamese. I put this post public to set a bar for myself – so hopefully in a few months time, my Vietnamese will be much more fluent than what you see in this clip. I’ll keep you updated on my progress! Languages that I speak in or about in this episode include: English Bahasa Indonesia Javanese Bahasa Melayu Japanese Chinese – Mandarin Danish

Stuart Jay Raj is a polyglot who specializes in the languages and dialects spoken in South East Asia and China. His talents have allowed him to earn a professional living as a simultaneous interpreter in Thai, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Indonesian, among others, providing language and cultural training for multinational companies in the region and hosting his own TV programme on Thailand's Channel 5. He holds a degree in Cognitive and Applied Linguistics from Griffith University and has become an expert in the field of language acquisition with a strong track record of success. Stuart's background knowledge of Sanskrit, Khmer, Lao and various Chinese dialects and minority languages enables him to present a fascinating and unique perspective on the Thai language which makes everything fall logically into place.