IWTYAL 156: What to expect from me in 2017

In this episode, I talk about my plans for 2017 and thank some people who have influenced my life and work over the last year.

In this episode:

My big plans for the year:

  • Fluent Spanish Academy – growing the Academy into the best resource for Spanish learners on the web
  • New beginners Spanish course – watch this space!
  • Conversations – collections of fun, natural dialogues for language learners
  • Cantonese listening materials – a new project coming soon
  • Short Stories – a big (but still secret) project coming soon
  • Polyglot Pub – more events for language fans
  • Languages Of London – a new Instagram account celebrating the linguistic diversity of the greatest city in the world. #languagesoflondon


  • Steve, for being my biggest inspiration for language learning
  • Benny, for showing me what’s possible
  • Colin, for helping me reach more people around the world
  • Calif, for her passion for Cantonese and help producing amazing dialogues
  • Israel, for his help translating
  • Anthony, for his advice and friendship
  • Tetsu and Joey, for inviting me to Montreal
  • Jan, for being a great travel companion
  • Conor and Kris, for bouncing around endless ideas
  • Robert, for being the best supporter in the world
  • Kruu Nuu, for being an amazing teacher and putting up with my lack of Thai study
  • Stu Jay, for inspiring me to continue with Asian languages
  • Richard, for his friendship and many conversations about languages
  • Amy, for her help getting blog posts out on time
  • iTalki, for supporting this show
  • Shirley, for a great lunch
  • Karen, for showing me some of the coolest things in HK
  • Dave, for helping me manage an insane amount of email

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  • I’ve been meaning for a while to comment on this episode.

    Re: Languages of London. Sounds like a real “ecolinguistic” expedition! 🙂 I started a similar project for Minneapolis/St Paul, Minnesota, USA–a city whose multilingualism is underestimated. I also documented some of Denver and Madrid. I focused on still photos at https://www.instagram.com/richardlanguage/. I can’t wait to get a glimpse at London’s multilingualism up-close!

    Re: Conversations. I’m been working on something like this, but especially for languages with very little materials for learners, such as Somali, Oromo, Anyuak, and Hmong. I’m also interested in presenting material for linguists to use for language-analysis data. Let me know what you come up with. I’ll be happy to let you know what I come up with when I get things up.

    Thanks again for the episode! Look forward to your projects this year. Keep up the good work.

    • Sorry I missed this comment Richard. Sounds like we are thinking along similar lines! We have our first meeting here in London in 10 days, so I’m excited to see what we’ll come up with. Mobilising the troops!

      • Awesome! What’s the meeting you’re working on? How are the troops working together?

        • At first it’s just brainstorming, pure and simple. How can we expand beyond the polyglot community, how can we reach new people, how can we influence public perception of languages and language learning.