AFP 99 – Fiel Sahir: Indonesia and Indonesian

Indonesian is one of those trendy languages that a lot of people seem to be learning these days. To learn more about the language and the culture behind it, I invited Fiel Sahir on the podcast to give us all the details.

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Show notes

  • Fiel's language learning story
  • Why everyone is learning Indonesian
  • Why Indonesia is worth a visit
  • Where to visit in Indonesia
  • The food of Indonesia
  • And much more…

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  • Israel Lai says:

    I recall that in the gathering, me and other people would just look at each other’s name tag and try out all mutual langauges one by one. And I say as long as our other languages are reasonably strong, they certainly don’t hinder the conversation but only add fun!
    Maybe some time in the future, we would just look at someone and get info about their hobbies and languages etc on a pair of glasses 😉
    Also! Definite get someone to teach you to roll your Rs on the podcast! I’d need that 😛

  • acutia says:

    Just some feedback from a long time listener and Polyglot Berlin veteran.

    So, I’m finding with the recent long interviews/chats I stop listening after 35/40 mins and don’t really find much desire to return to the podcast.

    Why? Well, there are several possible reasons. One, As a long time member of this “polyglot” community I’m no longer excited by all the things I once found so fresh and find some topics uninteresting as I’ve heard them done to death. Two, I often want the aspects of language and culture learning I am interested treated in a more thorough and intellectual and historical way, what some might call an academic way, and I find the biographical approach too anecdotal and not comparative enough. Three, it could just be a combination of the length (over 60mins) and the freeform chat approach doesn’t produce enough quality moments for me.

    So what should you take from all this? I don’t know. It may be that I’m no longer really in your target audience and so the podcast isn’t going to suit me and as they say – them’s the breaks. Or maybe you might consider some different ways to present or conduct the chats. Maybe flag some as focussed on a single topic and structured around that and highlight others as open biographical chats. Maybe you might learn something from committing to a shorter time limit for some interviews? It might make you and the interviewee get to the essentials quicker or maybe not?

    Anyway, take from that what you will. All the best.

    • Kris Broholm says:

      Thanks for the feedback, it’s greatly appreciated.

      I have a somewhat ambitious plan of splitting the podcast into 3 topics:

      – Learner profiles/stories
      – Specific topics/sites/methods
      – My own episodes, rambling on topics on my mind

      I haven’t quite figured out the logistics yet, but one way would be to make 3 different podcasts. This would make the recording easier for me, because I’d be able to focus down on these topics (and explore them to a greater extent) with each guest, rather than having to fit everything into one long episode.

      With that said, are you enjoying those 30-40 minutes or are they just bearable? A lot of people have given me the feedback that they really enjoy the long episodes, so I won’t aim to make them drastically shorter but if the time that you do listen is not enjoyable that’s something I can look into.

      Either way the episodes should not drag on, and I don’t aim to make them long or anything but I won’t cut people off interesting either.

      Thanks again, I really appreciate the feedback.

      • acutia says:

        After reflection, I realised still don’t know if the length factor is crucial, as when I find the person or the podcast interesting I will listen to it all, but probably in two or three ‘sittings’. So I think the dissatisfaction I have with some podcasts is when two aspects are present, one, overfamiliarity with the discussed language learning topic and two, my personal dissatisfaction with the approach you prefer (biographical, stories etc).
        So, when the topic, languages, method or cultural perspective is new enough to me then I will give it 15/20 mins before deciding whether to stay with it, irrespective of my preferences about approach. But if it’s very familiar, especially if its very long (nudge nudge wink wink – the 2 hour Goldlist episode) I’ll probably pass.

        The more thematically structured formats sound interesting. I look forward to your experiments. I would, though, suggest you brand or name them clearly so a listener like me could have an idea what approach each episode is going to take.

        I hope that helps.

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