Hello and welcome to my blog.

This site originally started out as a place where I was sharing my thoughts about language learning, especially Mandarin Chinese, but slowly expanded and now is covering a wider range of topics.

There are three types of articles on this blog. 

The first type are my random thoughts about language learning (mostly Mandarin Chinese) and language related interviews, which can be mostly found under 'Language learning strategies' or 'Learning Mandarin' labels. The second type are translations of Classical Chinese texts into English or other languages and their analysis, which can be found under 'Classical Chinese - 文言文'. The third type of articles are my seemingly endless analytic struggles with Mandarin Chinese, where I try to analyze the Chinese script, character efficiency or character frequency. You can find these articles under the 'Chinese characters' label.

Additionally I also write about my travels in Taiwan or other parts of the world, which can be found under the 'My Travels' section.

Apart from this blog I have a youtube channel dedicated to Chinese characters, where I teach how to write them, explain their structure, history and usage. 

I also have a personal youtube channel where I talk about all sorts of things, some of them language related, some of them not.

Feel free to take a look it if you like. 

About me:

I am a translator of Mandarin Chinese, Slovak and English and a graduate of International relations and Chinese studies, currently living in Slovakia. I think it is a terrible show-off thing to say, but since this is the 'About' section, maybe it fits here better than elsewhere, I speak 15 languages, 9 of them at a C1-C2 level (you can read more about my language learning history here). 

I was born in Slovakia and lived in different parts of the World for the most part in Slovakia, Czech republic, Austria, Great Britain, France, Italy, USA, Russia and Taiwan. 



  1. Hello
    Le a kalappal. Nem semmi, amit tudsz. Csak gratulalhatok hozza.

  2. Hi Vladimir!

    I made a new rubrik on my own blog called "Popular Language Blogs" where also your blog is listed. So with one click I am here on your blog!

    I want to ask you which languages are you currently studying?

    I haved studied paralell Turkish and Danish and before my trip to Copenhagen I decided that it would be more efficient for me to concentrate only one target language. So I have chosen for Danish and I will continue this study project for the coming years.


  3. Fasulye,

    thank you very much for the add.

    I've been a little busy these days but I was planning on creating a similar section here on my blog as well.

    I am currently only studying Persian/Farsi... and I'm currently taking a one week rest:)


    1. Ahoj,

      super stranka, odporucil mi ju moj kamarat, ktory je tvoj fanusik.
      Len tak dalej! Ja studujem cinstinu v BA a tlmocim dost casto, tak bloguj, bloguj, mozeme vymienat poznatky :)


    2. Ahoj Ivana,

      dakujem za pekny komentar.

      Snazim sa robit co mozem, ale velmi sa tej stranke nestiham venovat:(

      Ako dlho studujes cinstinu?


    3. Caves, no studujem 3 roky, minuly som bola v Cine a aj ten buduci budem. Ak mas fb alebo cosi budem rada ak si ma pridas.

    4. Ahoj Ivana,

      poslem ti kontakt na skype. Ked mozes, napis mi na

      vladimir (at) foreverastudent.com

      Dufam, ze mi dojde posta na tu adresu, lebo minule mi niekto vravel, ze mi pisal, ale nic som nedostal.


  4. Привет Владимир! Я слышала твой подкаст! Прикольно! Ты - молодец!! Сейчас я изучаю русский язык. Раньше я изучила испанский, китайский, и тайский, но к сожалению, много я забыла! Но я надеюсь, я мечтаю, что когда-нибудь я тоже могу говорить на несколькым языком! Опять, молодец!

    1. Привет джей-ти,

      спасибо за комментарий.

      Ваш русский, по крайней мере, в письменной форме, очень хорош. Я к сожалению, что русского касается, тоже забыл много, потому что не занимаюсь ним столько, сколько было бы надо.

      Всего доброго.

      Желаю удачи


  5. Ahoj,Vladimír!Písala som na ten e-mail ale nič. Tak že tak. Som z Ukrajiny,rusky je môj materský jazyk teraz budú začínať výučbu na univerzite na Slovensku. Ak chceš,môžem pomoc tí s ruským,a ty mne pomôžeš zo slovenským. Если тебе еще это интересно,конечно. Тогда давай как-нибудь свяжемся,потому как твой мел не работает.

    1. Ahoj Yasmina,

      nedostal som ziadny mail :( Zatial mi vsetky spravy od ostatnych ludi chodili bez problemov, tak neviem, kde moze byt problem. Ak mozes skus mi ho poslat este raz na vladimir@foreverastudent.com

      Ked mi nic nedojde, nechaj mi prosim ta spravu tu na stene a dam ti iny kontakt.

      vsetko dobre


  6. Ahoj!

    Len teraz som si všimla, že máš blog! :) Želám Ti veĺa úspechov v TW! ;) Sok sikert Taiwanon, remélem minden rendben! ;)

    Cisa z How to learn any language

  7. Ahoj Cisa:)

    Dakujem pekne. Davno sme sa nepoculi. Aj tebe vsetko dobre. En is remelem nalad minden rendben van. Hivjal fel mar vegre valamikor a skypon :)

    tartsd magad


  8. Hello Vladimir!

    My God! I am so impressed. I was first inspired by Benny the Irish Polyglot (www.fluentin3months.com) to learn languages but now you are my new polyglot hero!

    My name is Paco. I am 20 years old, from Canada. I speak French, Spanish, Italian and Brazilian Portuguese. I am currently learning German, Russian and Japanese.

    At what age did you start learning languages? I wish you could post more about your biography. I cannot seem to find much about your life story . . . and it seems so interesting!

  9. Hello dear Paco,

    thank you for the nice words:)and congratulations on your language achievements.

    I learned English as my first foreign language at about the age of eight. I wrote an article a long time ago that I updated a little recently about my language history, in case you're still interested. You can check it out if you like:


    wish you the best in your studies


  10. Hi Vladimir,
    I was wondering if you'd be interested in a tool for learning Mandarin, Cantonese, or Farsi. I'm helping develop an app that open-sources language learning. I'd love to have you check it out at our Kickstarter page: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1632637185/lango-an-interactive-language-learning-app

    If you like it we'd love to have your help in getting the word out. Thanks and happy language learning this new year!
    Andy Larkin

  11. Hello Andy,

    I've sent you a PM on google+.

    All the best,


  12. Oi Vladimir.

    Meu nome é Aucelio. Sou brasileiro. Tenho muito interesse nas línguas eslavas , principalmente o eslovaco, porque acho o eslovaco uma língua linda. Entretanto , há tão pouco material disponível para aprendermos eslovaco que isto às vezes me desanima um pouco. Que tal se você fizesse podcasts e vídeos com texto em eslovaco ? Eu poderia fazer o mesmo em português. Poderiamos fazer algo semelhante ao italianoautomatico. Que tal , acho que seria um sucesso!
    Ps : pode me responder em inglês se preferir também...
    Um abraço Aucelio

  13. Hello dear Aucelio,

    thank you for your comment and thank you for letting me respond in English:)

    I am not very familiar with Slovak language materials, but there is a forum member at the how-to-learn-any-language forum called Chung who is more than well informed. He speaks very good Slovak too. If you need to look for resources, you might like to take a look at his posts.

    The idea of a podcast or youtube channel sounds good, but unfortunately I have no time for a project like that :( I barely keep up with my own small youtube channel. If I remember correctly, there are already some podcasts like that, but maybe I might be wrong.

    Best of luck with your Slovak studies:)


  14. Ahoj Vlado.
    Chcem ta pozdravit a popriat ti vsetko dobre, si bohovsky! :), ohromilo ma co vies, comu sa venujes no proste parada co som sa o tebe cirou nahodou dozvedela vdaka tvojmu blogu :) nadchol si ma aby som sa opat pustila do ucenia sa jazykov.Drzim ti palce a este raz k tebe leti pozdrav z Kosic
    Žofia Dučáková
    ps:(mozno si ma aj pamatas z Trebišovskej ;), mozno nie, nevadi)

  15. Ahoj Zofia:)

    dakujem velmi pekne.

    Nepamatam si podla mena, ked mam pravdu povedat, ale ja si mena velmi dobre nepamatam.

    Drzim palce v uceni:) Nech sa ti dari.


  16. Hi Vladimir, I`m a 27 aged polyglott from Germany with a slovak-turkish descent and I`m absolutely sharing your passion concerning foreign languages. I`m very excited to see you soon at the polyglott gathering in Berlin and using the languages which we have in common. Greetz from Munich, Niko

  17. Hello Niko, nice to meet you and looking forward to meet you in Berlin too.

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  19. Ciao Alberto,

    Grazie mille per i complimenti:)

    Scusami per la brevissima risposta, ma sono in treno. Mi piacerebbe molto parlare regolarmente in Italiano, grazie per l'offerta. Se puoi, manda mi una email per favore. Grazie.

    Saluti cordiali,


  20. Hi Vladimir.
    Ich finde dein Deutsch echt gut and du hast eine tolle Aussprache Respekt ich hoffe du kannst mir helfen ich möchte nämlich französisch lernen doch die Grammatik fällt mir sehr schwer was soll ich tun?

    1. Hi Candy. Grammatik ist etwas, was auch mir ziemlich schwer fällt, unabhängig davon, um welche Sprache es sich handelt. An deiner Stelle würde ich viel lesen. Vielleicht ist es ein Klischee, aber Lesen hilft wirklich und kann beim Sprachenlernen einen großen Unterschied machen. Besonders bei der Französischen Sprache, wo es in der Grammatik so viele Ausnahmen gibt. Hoffentlich hilft es wenigstens ein bisschen:) Liebe Grüße.

  21. You are so inspiring! :)

    Best regards!

    1. Ti si super polyglot! Ja sam Bruno iz Jugoslavije i pricam; Srpsko-Hrvatski, Engleski, Njemacki, Svedski i sada ucim Arapski i Ruski.
      Nadam se da cemo se sresti na nekom Polyglot kongresu da pricamo Srpsko-Hrvatski :)

      Ako zelis da naucis Svedski jezik ja sam tu preko Skype :)

    2. Hvala lepo Bruno :)

      Ne ucim Svedski trenutno, ali hvala u svakom slucaju.

      Pozdrav iz Taivana.