https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mikerulez101

The polyglot who inspired me to learn languages

I'm not sure how many of you are aware of this guy, but there's a YouTuber named 'laoshu505000' who frequently posts videos of himself speaking a range of 50 different languages with various people in various places. He will just go up to people, sometimes speak a bit of English, then start speaking their language and almost every time you can see their faces light up with excitement/surprise as they hear an American speaking their language. The reactions and the way people's attitude completely shifts once they realize he can speak their mother tongue is so heart-warming and fun to watch. It's especially intriguing when the person he goes up to struggles with English and then he switches to their language and they have a fluent conversation. It has made me realize how powerful language is not just as a way to communicate with someone, but a way to connect with them as well.

Since finding his channel a year ago, I've made a serious effort to learn Dutch, German, Italian, and Spanish and I have had multiple occasions when I started speaking the basics of someone's native language and their faces lit up. To give you a specific example, I went to an authentic Italian pizza shop last month to grab a pizza in the evening and they told me in English, "Sorry, we're closing." I said "Veramente? Ma voglio davvero il cibo italiano!" and they got so excited that they not only decided to take my order, but even gave me a free glass of wine as well!

Now every time I feel unmotivated, I just watch one of his videos and remind myself why I need to keep going: So I can connect with people all around the world without boundaries. Here's just one of his videos, but I suggest you check out a few to realize what's possible when you're serious about language-learning: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUd4sdZ5Po4

September 4, 2019

31 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Samuel356333

Free wine? Guess duo and hard work is paying off!

September 4, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Langophobe

I like him and think he's a neat dude & like his videos. Only issue is when he speaks something other than Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean and maybe Japanese his conversational skills aren't too strong and you can see after a while that he only knows the phrases you are most likely to use in the first 30-60 seconds of conversation in most other languages. I only realized this after hearing him speak some languages I know.

September 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Carmen807459

To be fair, lots of people here on Duolingo have many flags by their name. It's ok to know the basics in many languages. Eventually, those languages will catch up with the ones he is fluent in.

Like you, I stick with one language (with the exception of one summer when I was part of a Duolingo beta test in Spanish). But my goals are different from his.

September 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Meg30309

I've got off- topic question. Flags mean languages you study, what about the numbers next to them? I learn Spanish and I am on my 80 day strike, but there are no numbers next to my flag. ;-)

September 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mikerulez101

@Meg30309, The numbers are your Duolingo language level. For some reason, you can no longer see them on your profile, but you can see them in the forums. You're level 21 in Spanish. The developers of Duolingo seem to be obsessed with taking things away from us recently..

September 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/la_danse_macabre

His Arabic was great as well! He struggled with French and Spanish.

September 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/_.ha_n_n_ah._

the thing is with laushu, i'm not sure if he asks permission of the people he films to put them on youtube ( he's never shown himself asking anyway ) other than that he's great.

September 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Fitt3
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Yeah. Its seems (to me) that he learnt couple of phrases and answers, but he can understand a lot, imma give him props for that.

And also mad props for Chinese 2x, Japanese and Korean

September 4, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mikerulez101

Watch more of his videos. He's most definitely fluent in all of the major Asian languages and he only occasionally struggles to have a fluid conversation in most other languages. There's even a video of him translating a customer service call for a Mandarin-only speaking man. Pretty incredible.

September 4, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/_katoma

He inspired me too, as well as the hyperpolyglot Tim Doner

September 4, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LucilleAtTheBall

Great post! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. Awesome story, by the way :)

September 4, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MarkTerpstra1

I saw a couple of video's of him a couple of years ago, recently rediscovered him and found out his channel is growing rapidly in the last couple of months.

He seems to have basic knowledge in a lot of languages enough to make smalltalk to people atleast, besides that his level of Mandarin and Cantonese is amazing! Him surprising restaurant staff is one of the most fun content on his channel.

September 4, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/J.Luxe

Yes, yes! I was introduced to his channel by another person who's learning languages. He's found a method that works well for him and it shows. Thanks for the reminder.

September 4, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/naifhawi

His name is Moses McCormick he said that he has been learning language for nearly 20 years , teaching himself , And now he is teaching others and making courses and methods to learn language . google him !!!

September 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Malamuse530

Great story -- languages truly break down the walls between us, and help us to remember we're really all connected! I love watching Moses' level up videos -- he's awesome!! I love the reactions he gets too :-)

September 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/neild00

Great story to share!

September 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FernandoTav96

Amazing! This inspires me a lot, more than learn new languages and be smarter, we can connect ourselves with people around the world...

September 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ronkisimo

time to level up!! that guy is rad

September 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/andresaalfaro

love laoshu! he has been a huge inspiration for me as well

September 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Samson547372

Fascinating

September 4, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ThroughEth

He also inspired me too

September 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RichieBeleznay

I also like Moses, he motivated me too to start learning foreign languages.

September 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bagobones

Black man does this, black man does that.. He is very into being black.. hehe

September 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Foblin

lol Well, I guess he is but... he is a black man after all... :D ... AND you have to admit that it is catchier for casual browsers than "Moses does this", "Mouse does that" or "老鼠 does blah blah"

September 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Foblin

Wow! Great! Thanx! =D

September 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BeCreative__

Thanks for sharing! I have never seen stuff from this guy, but he is great! He makes me really want to learn more!

September 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JACK208703

he doesnt tell you those are scripted

September 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mikerulez101

What are scripted..?

September 6, 2019
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