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Often, being in the 21st century is just a synonym for being on the go. Everyone’s constantly got places to be, things to do and people to meet. But in doing so, we have a lot of empty time in between. The question is: How are we using it?
Productivity, On the Go.
In high school, I had a bus ride to school one hour there, and one hour back every day. I lived in a neighborhood that was really far which meant that I never really had friends to talk to on the bus. Sitting with my iPod touch, I would spend hours and hours listening to podcasts to help me learn French, watch French movies, or simply listen to language podcasts. You may be thinking, “OK Fiel. I’m not a language learner what does this have to do with me?” Podcasts are awesome conversations by people who are usually top-dog in their field discussing life. These are people you’ve followed or who you’ve learned many a thing from through the internet or books, and now you get to sit in conversation and get to know them a bit better! There’s more to life than Candy Crush and Temple Run. Your ride to work or school doesn’t have to be a drag! It might even be the only escape of your day!
A few weeks ago I was interviewed by Kris Broholm of the Actual Fluency Podcast. I had lunch with the guy and a few other people at the Polyglot Gathering in Berlin but had no idea who I was sitting with. Fast forward a bit, and now I’m a guest on his podcast. I talk about how I got into languages and “Why Indonesia(n)?” In the language learning community, Indonesian has become all the buzz. Not a bad thing but people often don’t have much of a reason. We discuss this and a whole bunch of other goodies on the show. Kris Broholm is a Dane currently living in Budapest on a mission to interview language learners from around the globe whilst learning 10 languages in 10 years. He’s gone a long way struggling with depression and now is constantly striving to expand his horizons by learning about the world. Even if you don’t learn languages, I suggest you have a listen. Why? Because you’ll see that nearly all the people he interviews weren’t naturally born little Einsteins. In fact, a lot of the people (like myself) did pretty bad in language classes but something moved us to be who we are today and we all come from different walks of life! He’s interviewed great people like Opera singer Gabriel Wyner, Actor Michael Levi Harris, young British hyperpolyglot Alex Rawlings, and many many others. There truly is something for everyone. So have a listen, send Kris some love and tell him that you enjoy his work.
If you are at all curious about Indonesian culture and other things I’d be more than happy to send you a list of resources. Sign up for the mailing list because there will be more posts in the future both here and on Polyglot Indonesia about this mystical country. This is just the beginning. Let’s bring it further!
Listen to me reading this post here:
- Actual Fluency (Kris Broholm)
- Polyglot Indonesia
- Fluent in 3 Months (Benny Lewis)
- The Art of Non-Conformity (Chris Guillebeau)
- Fluent Forever (Gabriel Wyner)
- The Mimic Method (Idahosa Ness)
- I wasn’t born in Indonesia, rather Portland, Oregon.
- I was 9 in 2001 (not 2011) and I began learning languages at the age of 13 when I went to Indonesia in 2005.
- The names of the major Hindu deities are: Brahma, Wisnu, Siwa, otherwise known as Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva.