Posts By: Willem

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    Fluency: Changing Our Paradigm of Learning

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    [UPDATE 2012: Out of my time at WAYK emerged the evolving craft of language hunting, which I continue to work on at at the 501(c)(3) non-profit Language Hunters, along with a growing community of staff and volunteers. I no longer work with Evan Gardner.] I’d like to prepare you for the next podcast interview with… Read more »

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    Animist Language

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    [Warning to sensitive e-prime ears; I use a lot of “to be” language in this article to make a point.] Animist language, otherwise known as intact, indigenous language, differs profoundly from all modern languages. Each belongs to an entirely different sphere of endeavor. Modern languages occupy themselves with encouraging their speakers to disassociate from the… Read more »

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    The Development of Language

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    I have refined a ridiculous theory based on pure speculation, concerning the development of language. I believe humans belong to that group of animals that we call “mimics”; the australian Lyre bird, the Parrot, the Mynah bird, Corvids (Jays, Crows, Ravens, Whiskey Jacks, Magpies), Octopi, Cuttlefish, Chameleons, Coyotes, all these animals specialize in a specific… Read more »

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    Building a Podcast Nest Egg

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    I’d like to keep the podcasts coming out, but I’ve already run up against the archiving limit at liberated syndication, the podcast hosting service I use. I downgraded the archive size over the winter, due to me thinking I wouldn’t put out more podcasts. Now I don’t have the funds to up the hosting again… Read more »

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    EPISODE 24: The Learning Revolution

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    [UPDATE WINTER 2012: For my most current thinking on language acquisition, fluency, and learning, please see the free eBook at http://leanpub.com/gettingstartedlanghunt or the-almost-free Five Rules of Accelerated Learning and explore the website at http://languagehunters.org. My language work has changed significantly – I’ve moved on from my former partnership at WAYK and am opening up thrilling new frontiers in… Read more »

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    EPISODE 23: “WHERE ARE YOUR KEYS?”: an Interview with Evan Gardner

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    [Please note: after a couple of years working with Evan Gardner, in 2011 I left our partnership and am now working on the Language Hunters project with a gifted team of new colleagues. Please check out the ebook the Language Hunter’s Kit, and the language hunters youtube channel with loads of free language game videos… Read more »

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    What does Storyjamming mean?

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    The only way back to life-affirming Story, lies in taking back the responsibility to tell it. I coined the word Storyjamming to refer to a specific style of collaborative storytelling. When jamming Story, the performers fill the role of the audience as they weave a story together, using one of very many story games to… Read more »

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    The Grave of Right and Wrong

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    We belong to a culture founded on enslavement, even into the present day, even into our own workplaces, neighborhoods, and living rooms. I don’t refer to just the every-day third world enslavement of sweatshop workers and cash crop laborers of all kinds that make cheap goods and food possible; I also mean the modern first-world… Read more »

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    TIME

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    [For those of you not in the know, a reference to Evan T. Pritchard’s book, and to the fact that no intact indigenous languages have a word that corresponds to the word ‘time’ in modern languages. Also check out my podcast EPISODE 20: The Ceaselessly Latering Day].

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    Language Means Directed Attentions

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    The mind, along with the body’s needs, chooses and directs attention. I think we can start there. Our culture, our idiom, our language, all direct our attention. Questions direct our attention. How we move our attention, either supports or distracts us from our intentions. Our ability to talk about a task easily, makes it easier… Read more »

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    What does Rewilding Mean?

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    Rewilding means different things to different people. To a scientist, it may mean the reintroduction of a wild species into its former habitat. To an anarchist, it may mean the political and personal freedom achieved by abandoning modern values and habits. I, and others, have adopted the term to describe a large part of what… Read more »

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    Widening Conversational Scope: Doin’ It For Real, Part II

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    Honestly, we haven’t stopped talking about ‘widening conversation scope’. It just has a lot of parts to it. I make no guarantees how far we’ll get. So, where did I leave off? Family. Now, we have tools, modern social technologies (soon you’ll recognize these as the most valuable of all technologies, once you realize what… Read more »

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    Widening Conversational Scope: Doin’ It For Real, Part I

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    I’ve rambled on and on about the Tzutujil and the Roma because I want to underscore that all this has to do with now, today, here. Not ancient traditions from the dawn of time, but what we have the ability and response-ability to attend to in our own lifetime, in our own families, amongst our… Read more »

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    Widening Scope: Making Your Own Meaty Bits

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    I offer the Gypsy Roma and Tzutujil examples to how how Family and Village relationships to peace, community, collaboration, still work even in the modern climate of the predatory mass media culture. Tribal peoples today deal with this culture and retaining their identity constantly. Some more successfully than others, sure, so all the more reason… Read more »

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    Widening Coversational Scope: More Meaty Bits

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    Author, speaker, and teacher Martín Prechtel writes on this from the perspective of the Tzutujil Mayans of Highland Guatemala. In their village of Santiago Atitlan, they have a similar proceeding to the kris romaniya (excerpted from Long Life, Honey in the Heart, pages 168-170): …On regular [Sundays] we repaired outside the church to the old… Read more »