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Tim Doner is a senior at the Dalton School in New York City who has studied over 20 languages. His interest started at the age of 13, after several years of French and Latin, when he began learning Hebrew and soon moved on to more obscure tongues such as Pashto, Ojibwe and Swahili. As he describes it, his goal is not to achieve fluency in each, but rather to learn about foreign history and culture through the medium of language. He spends much of his time perfecting his linguistic skills in different neighborhoods around the city, and to date his Youtube channel has received over 3 million hits. Tim has been interviewed (in English, Mandarin, Arabic and Farsi, among others) for media outlets such as The New York Times, BBC, The Today Show, Reuters and The Economist. He is starting his freshman year at Harvard next year and plans to study linguistics.
He's right about learning a new language by associating words with things that are in the physical world that you see. I have been trying to learn Ndebele (a Southern African language) since I was a teenager by myself but never really made any progress in my knowledge of the language till now. The office that I work in is full of post-it notes with Ndebele translations of the name of the object. For example, the table has a note with the Ndebele word, "Itebulu". That way, even if I had forgotten the word the previous day, I can relearn the word every time I'm at work.
This guy is truly inspiring. In Africa, it's pretty normal for people to know at least two languages, one African and another European. There are others like the Daily Show host Trevor Noah, who can speak like 8 languages. But Tim Doner takes it to a whole new level with 20 languages. I wonder how many more he can learn.
My favorite thing about learning Spanish is how the literal translation of a phrase doesn't always match it's intended meaning. And becoming more fluent in the language is so much fun once you get past the hurdles of learning how to use your mouth and ear in the new language!
I love this speech!!! I'm Japanese, and everybody knows Japanese are poor at learning languages. Now, I'm trying to learn many languages, which are English, Chinese, Cantonese, Spanish, Turkish, Russian, Korean and Arabic. I don't expect practical effects for learning languages at all, it's just for fun. He inspired me a lot.
Tim Doner. You are a great inspiration. You have inspired me to follow my language passion and to learn a new language. Your closing line is a real killer punch. "You can translate words easily, but you can't quite translate meaning". I am inspired. God bless you.
Language is a tool to give sense to our thoughts and feelings. It's technology that evolved through the ages and with many civilization their impact still until now.
The saddest thing that many people suffer from a programmed assimilation in another strange culture and language, as in south America, with the kurdes, with the Amazigh of north Africa and many countries. Some say that these languages aren't compatible with technology and they forget intentionally that language itself is a technology.
Learning new languages open the mind to another culture and way of thinking, to break down with the standards of our cultures and think in an innovative and creative way.
I only speak 5 languages!! Swahili, English, Korean and Japanese...
....I plan on learning more though.
Hes been one of my biggest inspirations for language learning. Hes soo confident in what he does, and is motivational.
You Should try to learn Sanskrit language, which is mother of all Indian languages and who's grammar is so perfect that even after thousands of years, it has remained same, even without a small change.
Learning German rn
So far so good but the prepositions and cases are killing me. The verbs dont help either. And I also have a hard time differentiating between ö and ü. Specifically in the word "drücken". The strange German pronunciation of r and the ü are making it difficult to pronounce this word for me.
Antidepressants are medications that can help relieve symptoms of depression, social anxiety disorder, anxiety disorders, seasonal affective disorder, and dysthymia, or mild chronic depression, as well as other conditions.
They aim to correct chemical imbalances of neurotransmitters in the brain that are believed to be responsible for changes in mood and behavior.
Depression Medications (Antidepressants)
These are the most commonly prescribed type of antidepressant.
Serotonin and noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) are used to treat major depression, mood disorders, and possibly but less commonly attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety disorders, menopausal symptoms, fibromyalgia, and chronic neuropathic pain.
SNRIs raise levels of serotonin and norepinephrine, two neurotransmitters in the brain that play a key role in stabilizing mood.
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are the most commonly prescribed antidepressants. They are effective in treating depression, and they have fewer side effects than the other antidepressants.
SSRIs block the reuptake, or absorption, of serotonin in the brain. This makes it easier for the brain cells to receive and send messages, resulting in better and more stable moods.
They are called "selective" because they mainly seem to affect serotonin, and not the other neurotransmitters.