Lesson in Bahasa Sunda from one of my People Smuggling Journeys – Stuart Jay Raj

Many people ask me how I go about learning languages. As you can see from this clip, I never let an opportunity go to waste! This clip isn’t in the same vain as many of my other clips, but I think you can gauge just from this raw footage, the energy that is out there when learning a language and understand how for me, this has become a life-long addiction. Over the past year, I have been traveling all over Indonesia tracking the families of Indonesian men who have been imprisoned in Australia after being tricked into getting on a boat and bringing illegal immigrants across to Australia. This is the village of Cibeber Girang in Banten Province of Java. As you can see, all you have to do is ask, and you have a whole town full of language teachers at your service. If you’re wondering what a People Smuggling trip is, you can watch a documentary I just made with Al Jazeera via this link – http://stujay.com/2012/05/21/the-people-smugglers-scum-of-the-earth-mr-rudd/

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.