AFP 24 – Simon Ager: Omniglot and Learning minority languages

(Last Updated On: April 27, 2020)

This week I'm extremely delighted to welcome onto the show Mr. Simon Ager, founder of Omniglot.

Most of you will have heard of either Simon or Omniglot, but if you haven't unnamedyou are missing out. I was fortunate enough to meet Simon (briefly) in Berlin, and knew immediately that I had to get him on the show to share his story and experiences learning many languages including Chinese and the Isle of Man: Manx language.

This episode is packed full of philosophical musings about language, practical tips of learning and also some of Simons personal anecdotes of learning languages. Highly recommended.

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The Episode

Show Notes

In this episode you will hear about:

  • How Simon got into learning languages
  • How he founded Omniglot
  • How he got into learning minority languages of the UK
  • What he thinks about learning endangered or dead languages
  • How he learns languages today
  • The importance of listening
  • and much more!

Resources mentioned in the Episode

Note: I've removed most of the resources from this section, as I always had Anki/Memrise etc. here every week. Now I will only put resources here that are very exclusive to the episode. For any other resource please go to the resource page for more information.

Kris is the founder of Actual Fluency, and has spent the last 8 years becoming an expert in language learning software, methods, and techniques.

Originally from Denmark, he now lives in Portugal and speaks 5+ languages at varying levels. His other interests are Wine, Online Marketing, and Travelling.