Evildea (Esperanto YouTuber) AMA!
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Mi nomiĝas Evildea (kompreneble, tio estas mia kaŝnomo), mi naskiĝis en 1987, kaj lernis Esperanton en 2010. Mi estas aktoro, produktoro, kaj prelegisto de Sidnejo, Aŭstralio. Mi fondis Esperanto-TVon kaj produktadas ĝin kun Roberto Poort. Mi estas aktiva Esperanto-JuTubisto, kiu ĉiutage produktas novajn diverstemajn filmetojn en aŭ pri Esperanto. Kutime, ili estas amuzaj kaj stultaj sed ne ĉiam.
My name is Evildea (Of course, that’s my alias), I was born in 1987, and learned Esperanto is 2010, I’m an actor, producer, and lecturer from Sydney, Australia. I founded Esperanto-TV and continue to produce it with Robert Poort. I’m an active Esperanto YouTuber, who produces new, assorted films in or about Esperanto every day. Usually, they are funny and stupid but not always.
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My family have never criticised me. Lots of other people have, of course. When someone calls it a fake language, I generally laugh at them and then look at them like "Oh you're serious". I then ask them to define "fake language". Usually it's based on some idea of "No country", "No culture", "No one speaks it". All of which are easy enough myths to destroy or clarify. I don't try to convert anyone to my thinking, though. I give them enough information to make them want to at least Wikipedia it themselves.
Hello. I like videoblogs in general, because being aware of different point of views and different lifestyles is so interesting. But because of English, most of the point of views are actually quite similar. At one point in my life, I wanted to make videoblogs in English, but I gave up because of the difficulty of pronouncing this language. I could make videoblogs in my native language, but I did not, because I wanted to speak to the world. With Esperanto, I would not have this problem. If we happen to have a big movement of Esperanto videobloggers, sharing elements of our everyday lives, from all cultures of the world, would become so easy. That would be some interesting! People could easily understand the lives and cultures watching short videoblogs in a easy way! It is a future I would like to live in, and thanks to your channel, the probability of this becoming true is bigger than ever.
Do you think I am crazy, or in a way you think the same?
I totally agree. I'ill actually in the next few weeks be doing a few collaborations with fellow YouTubers who are bigger than me here in Sydney. All had never previously heard of Esperanto. As a result through our collaborations, though, I'll be able to expose Esperanto to potentially tens of thousands of more viewers some of which might learn the language. I also believe vlogs are a great way of learning about a community without feeling like a stalker. You can watch, listen and learn without feeling intrusive. Vlogs also glue a community together, most of us don't have Esperanto speaking friends, but I hope, though my videos, that for five minutes a day we can all live in Esperantujo.
Such a hard question really. Since I love film, and I know film, I'd probably focus on making the most epic sci-fi movie ever (like friggen Avatar) in Esperanto with English subtitles and send it to every theatre world wide. That should spare some interest :D Or maybe I'll just invest in Chuck Smith as everything he does seems to be awesome.
I come from a fairly poor uneducated family so my parents see it as astonishing that I'm able to speak a foreign language so well. My younger brother speaks a bit and my mum wants to learn but she's too busy atm. Most of my close friends already speak Esperanto (I met them locally through Esperanto). One who is moving back to Sydney plans to learn with me. I don't encourage people, I just keep telling them how awesome it is, and sometimes that rubs off.
Mi ne ofte legas librojn. Mi preferas legi vikipedion. Kvankam mi ŝategas "konvinka kamuflaĵo" kaj "Rakontoj el Oomoto". Mi ŝatas la unuan libron pro personaj kialoj; la verkisto Trevor Steele kreskiĝis kaj edukis en la sama urbeteteteto kiel mi. Mi ŝategas la duan libron ĉar ĝi prezentis al mi vivmanieron antaŭe neniam priaŭditan. Aliaj legindaj libroj: "Rakonto de Ovoj", "Parnasa Gvidlibro", kaj "La Ŝtona Urbo".
Yes many times. I've had hundreds of ideas. The problem is I know how much effort it is to put a film together; script, finances, crew, legalities, promotion, etc. I figured if my channel ever gets so big that it gains interest in the English speaking community, I'll definitely invest in that idea. However, atm I think my time is best spent making short, funny, and informative videos. One day though ...
Omg those peppers killed me hahahaha! My favourite videos are the ones where I discover something awesome in Esperantujo and I just want to share it with you all. Such as the games from Ludisto, funny stories, and awesome websites like Verduloj.com. It's so hard to popularise stuff in the Esperanto community because there's no easy way to do it. So having lots of viewers puts me in a unique position to help other artists and creators. However, my all times favourite video is "La Naskiĝtago de Mia Edzino!" This video showed me how vast and kind the community really is. It also touched my wife emotionally. She even sent it to all her friends and cried over it for days. video link: https://youtu.be/lXGV-OhUlio
As many of your viewers know, you are a trained actor, and while some critics have claimed that the bumbling and indefinably creepy character of Evildea the Esperantist that you portray on your channel is a little unrealistic, it is inarguably a talented and enthusiastic portrayal. Did you base the character on anyone, and how long are you planning to continue the social experiment?
The character is an energetic reflection of my self. I really am like this in real life. Kiah will attest to that. However, all the threats and crazy laughs are over the top. I haven't killed anyone for not watching ... yet. I plan to make these videos for as long as possible.
I don't know if it will become the secondary language of the entire world. In my life time it will definitely become an economically powerful language. However, my job is to entertain those who do choose to learn it. I'll leave the world wide promotion up to people and organisations way better equipped than myself.
I had my first conversation after three months. I could read Esperanto within a week with the use of a dictionary. However fluency is one of those things that comes in segments. I could speak fluently about languages and international politics within a year, but sucked at talking about the groceries. I don't know when I had my first real conversation. My first conversation with a foreigner was a guy from Spain though. I remember his accent made it a tiny bit harder to understand but not much.
My wife knows enough Esperanto to know when I'm talking about her. I will teach my kid Esperanto, along with English and Mandarin (my wife's language). Esperanto is growing more important every day and I want to give my kid the best opportunities. Also, why not pass on something I'm passionate about?
Like I said to Nootmuzakaatje, Esperanto will definitely become an economically powerful language within my life time. If it becomes the second language of the entire world is another matter. No language has ever achieved this and I wonder if it's at all possible; politically, culturally, etc. etc..
It needs to form a critical mass at the grass root level. Politicians rarely act on good ideas, they act on what their constituents demand (not ask - but demand). At the moment, Esperanto has semi-official status in various ways in various countries and this has helped it a lot. However, it's still up to us the people to hit that critical mass. The way we do that is by making it desirable. We need a lot more soft power.
UEA politically represents the Esperanto community (or at least a small fraction of the most hardcore Esperanto speakers). I've been a member some years and others not. It's a personal choice. UEA plays an important role in gluing the Esperanto community together and historically is very important. Though they seriously need to engage with their member base better. At times, as an Australian, I feel completely cut off from UEA as they are sometimes too out facing.
Grammar. I'm highly uneducated and I didn't even know what an adjective was when I started learning Esperanto. I had to learn all these concepts. I conquered it by reading about the concepts a lot. Esperanto's logical system made it easy to see how it all fit together once I knew what each concept was supposed to do.
Do you like ducks? (No, really, i love ducks and must know!)
How visible has the impact of Duolingo been thus far in the Esperanto community? Obviously it has had a visible impact in places like Facebook and Reddit, but how many have already penetrated deeper into the community, if any?
I am aware your favourite letter is Ĥ, but what about favourite words and favourite affixes?
If somebody were to learn Esperanto using Duolingo and only one other resource, which resource would best compliment Duolingo? (Your channel is an acceptable answer :P)
What is the biggest misconception people unfamiliar with Esperanto are likely to have?
Dankon! Mi volas rediri, ke via kanalo multe plibonigis mian Esperanton, precipe pri aŭskultado kaj fiparolado!
I love ducks :D Who doesn't love ducks??? On the surface, very visible, most new speakers however will require a few more months before they start integrating into the community fully. The impact on my channel has been massive though. Lots of my viewers are young Duolingo learners. As you can imagine a lot of older Esperanto speakers don't like my shenanigans.
Favourite word: Fek' and Mojosa Favourite affix: -aĉ- One other resource: Well apart from my channel, "Mazi en Gondolando" or "Pasporto al la Tuta Mondo". Hearing spoken Esperanto as soon as possible is very important.
Mi ĝojas, ke mi plibonigis vian fiparoladon :D
I've met Esperanto speakers in small groups in Europe and China. But I've never attended an international event. I really, REALLY, REAAAAAALLLLLY want to but finances generally stop me. I don't read books very often, usually just Wikipedia in Esperanto. I read the local Esperanto newsletter and that's about it. I'm more a get up and speak to people type of person.
Duolingo is the most obvious one. A lot of Duolingo learners have found their way to my channel. The sudden explosion in new Esperanto websites is another. I've also randomly bumped into to a few more Esperanto learners this year at the language festival. There was a period where I think I knew everyone locally. Now, I'm seeing lots of new faces.
My reason: I studied both Japanese and French and failed at both. I stumbled across Esperanto and decided that if I couldn't learn the easiest language, then I was buggered. After a few lessons, the history and culture of the Esperanto movement hooked me. How many times in history has a language been formed from scratch and developed a world wide speaker base. Also the language sounds sexy and is great for picking up girls.
Other's reasons: I think it's best to find out what interests people about languages in general then focus on that aspect of Esperanto when talking to them. - Esperanto is easy to learn - Unique - Culturally rich - Has speaker bases in every part of the world - Is massively growing - Is ready to accept everyone - and has lots of opportunities for entrepreneurship.
What I hope to achieve: Esperanto started as a hobby, turned into my life, and then morphed in a career. It has established me in Sydney due to my massive amount of international connections as a producer worth working with.
How to spread Esperanto: The living, modern aspect, of Esperanto needs to be presented to youth. Basically, we need to make Esperanto cool. I'm hoping to present this vibrant, living side of the language through my stupid films.
Hi, Evilidea. Good Morning, This AMA started in dawn in my timezone. So, I didn't know what to ask with you. What I wanted other persons have already asked.
I liked your YouTube videos series. First video I saw You were really excited when Esperanto was launched on Duolingo. A video about your experience with Passporta Servo really moving. Now, It (Passporta servo) had entered in "try before you die" list. I blame you for that ( In a good sense ^_^).
I may be strange to hear But I got to know about Esperanto through Duolingo. I never knew that it existed, if I had known, then I would have learned it years ago.
I have got a random wish to do something in Esperanto. Like writing some Books or making Games. But I am not a technical geek who plays with codes and all. (Not possible at all) Maybe I could write some books on learning some Foreign languages for Esperantists , But then, will that be useful?
Leaving my rantings aside. Can you tell about a funny incident or tale that you encountered related to Esperanto. Your that video (Passporta Servo) was really hilarious.
A funny story :P Ok, few years back my wife and me went out to dinner with some of her friends. I hadn't met these friends before. During dinner the topic of Esperanto came up (me mentioning it some how) and my wife joked "Yeah he speaks a language no one has heard of". Her friend's husband across the table then said "My grandfather speaks Esperanto". Turns out he was a big supporter of Esperanto in China and recently passed on. He then told me how his grand-dads apartment was lined with Esperanto books. My wife was totally caught off guard and I felt epic.
Duolingo has been great for the Esperanto community and I'm so happy you've joined us :D
Is it important to create an Esperanto culture or at least community according to you? Isn't it contradicting the idea of a language for all and there is no culture, because it belongs to any and every one? Isn't the idea of making it a specific culture, excluding people who might not like this culture? (I'm thinking: it might repel audience while it could actually use more audience)
Esperanto already has a culture. It's an international culture. It's a little mixture of every culture. I was speaking to a professor of linguistics about this as the Sydney Language Festival and he said, "Languages and cultures are linked; this is why language death is so dangerous". No matter what a language spoken by a large group of people will develop a culture. For instance we all know of the famous Willam Auld books, the terrible film Inkubo, the Esperanto town in Germany, the prosecution of Esperanto speakers at the hands of Stalin and the Nazis etc. These are part of our culture, and international culture.
Yeah, you're probably right. Most people wouldn't even notice that it was possible to choose to have Esperanto subtitles in the videos. But then we just have to make more Esperanto speakers make good, interesting and entertaining videos on youtube. And yes, I think that it is very important to have at least english subtitles for all videos with spoken Esperanto.
Esperanto YouTube channels worth subscribing too. Though not all are very active: Moosader: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChGz4e3DOAzC2mNigQsLgow Lunuloj: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeOYtxi0pGpxM62jD7AZk3A Justin Mair: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ7KjQnsM79GHja17QMDpmQ American Esperantist: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsysOv8GOLSQsbi8TcuQjqw Manekeno: https://www.youtube.com/user/MANEKENOoficiala
Just over six months. The only reason I have more subs is because I upload often :) Also I forgot to mention Viajante Independente: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2visps0yULA5lnn5Yjne9w He does videos in multiple languages but sometimes also in Esperanto. The Esperanto ones a very high quality.
I like to act. I like hanging out with other YouTubers. I like playing lots of videogames when I have the time. I like traveling. I like reading about random languages I've never heard about. I like watching Netflix and lamenting of the cancellation of awesome TV series. I like to try and scare my wife and my cat when they totally don't expect it.
So if you like to scare your wife and cat, and everyone now knows that a single hot pepper makes you cry like a toddler, I assume that you do all the cooking in the Evildomo yourself? And presumably you hide your shoes from the cat while you're asleep? Or are they both just so nice that you don't fear retribution? I mean, until I brought up the idea just now.