Eliseu Rosa Jr
Name: Eliseu Rosa Jr.
Nationality or Ethnicity: Brazilian/Portuguese
Where do you live?: Warsaw, Poland
Languages: Portuguese, English, Spanish, Italian, German, French, Catalan, Venetian, Polish, Russian, Ukrainian and Serbo-Croatian.
1. What’s your story? How did you get into all these languages?
My language learning started after finishing high school. I wanted to visit a friend who had been living in Vienna. Therefore, I bought the ASSIMIL book for German and started learning by myself. I realized that the results were impressive and I could learn much more than I could with the traditional and academic methods.
From that year on I decided to use and to improve the method and started learning a new language every year according to the circumstances I was encountering.
Two years later I had my first experience teaching a foreign language when I went for a volunteer project in Turin, Italy. I fell in love with it and decided I wanted to work with languages from there onwards.
In 2020, I had the idea to start my own project, LingoCast, a podcast in which I share methods, interview polyglots and content creators and build a community of language lovers.
2. Which language(s) do you wish you could spend more time practicing?
Venetian, Serbo-Croatian and Belarusian.
3. What are some languages you’d like to learn in the future?
Mandarin, Turkish, Japanese and Korean.
4. So let’s be honest, what’s the sexiest language?
Argentinian Spanish and Italian.
5. What’s the greatest pleasure you get from speaking so many languages?
I can connect to different cultures and understand them better by communicating and becoming friends with their speakers. By doing so, I believe I can create a better version of myself.
6. Some people say the world is really just going to have a few languages left in a 100 years, do you think this is really true?
I think it depends on the approach we have. We can revive some languages and create standard versions for unofficial languages with multiple variants. But it also depends a lot on politics.
7. What is your message to young (and not so young) people out there who are interested in studying multiple languages?
Enjoy the journey, trust the process and allow yourselves to experience and make mistakes.