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Incubator Stories: Meet Simius and Vortarulo

This week, we are going to introduce Simius, a moderator for the English <> Dutch courses and Vortarulo, a moderator for the Klingon for English speakers course.

<h1>Meet Simius</h1>

What country and city are you living in? Amsterdam, the Netherlands

What are your interests? Where do you work? I am currently doing a PhD in theoretical physics. Apart from that I am a passionate rock climber, which causes me to travel a lot (there's no rocks here!).

What's your native language? Dutch

What languages do you know? Dutch, English and some French

What is in your toolbag for translating on the Incubator? Chocolate! Also various online dictionaries and grammar pages. Linguee is a great resource too.

When do you translate on the Incubator? Usually on weekends. Although sometimes if I need a little break from work, my head wanders off to the incubator.

What's your greatest language related accomplishment? I regularly beat native English speakers at Scrabble! Also, I'm currently reading Les Misérables in French, which is going better than expected.

Is there anything else you'd like to share about yourself with the rest of the community? It took me well over two years to finish the French tree. Don't worry if your progress is slow, you'll get there! And even after a long break, getting back into it is easier than you might think at first.

<h1>Meet Vortarulo</h1>

What country and city are you living in? Zurich, Switzerland

What are your interests? Where do you work? I'm doing my PhD in linguistics at the University of Zurich, I love languages, Star Trek, reading and watching movies.

What's your native language? German

What languages do you know? German, Esperanto, English, Chinese, Thai, Dutch, Russian, Klingon, French, Burmese, Spanish, Lojban

What is in your toolbag for translating on the Incubator? My bed, my self-made Klingon dictionary program (only running on my own computer)

When do you translate on the Incubator? Usually in the evenings, especially on the weekends. I wish I had more time on my hands, but work and my PhD thesis don't allow me to work on Klingon full-time.

What's your greatest language related accomplishment? Having lived a year abroad in China, I'd say.


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May 10, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jack.Elliot

Such a pleasure

To see and read

and enjoy

with thanks

May 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Luke_5.1991

Your poems make me smile :) hope that doesn't sound cheesy.

May 11, 2015

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

isn't that a haiku?

May 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Luke_5.1991

I'm afraid it's not. A haiku must have three lines. This is a haiku.

May 11, 2015

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

took the 4th line to be part of of the third.

May 11, 2015

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

but now i see that the syllables are not 5 7 5

May 11, 2015

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

there are examples of 4 line haikus and 1 line haikus. //

<pre> she watches satisfied after love he lies looking up at nothing pw (Blithe Spirit 10:4, 2000) // </pre>
May 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jorg.Ancrath

Nice to meet you both. :)

Simius, you made me laugh so hard when I read that you beat native English speakers at Scrabble regularly. :))

Votarulo, you are amazing, knowing all those language, especially Chinese. :) Are you able to speak them with ease?

May 10, 2015

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

Thank you! :) I now see that I should have said the levels at which I speak those languages. Only German, Esperanto and English I speak fluently. I'd say I am able to speak Chinese with ease, but I'm not fluent, perhaps somewhere between B2 and C1 level, depending on the topic. I spent a year there. The languages after that I speak less well, in descending order. With Klingon it's a special case: I know all its grammar and a lot of words, but to compose real texts, I need the dictionary. So my spoken Klingon isn't actually that good, but I think I'm fairly good in writing. :)

By the way, here's a video of me speaking Klingon (New Year wishes during an Esperanto festival): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_ObPtnOOxU

May 10, 2015

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

It's awesome that you speak Esperanto fluently! (By the way, I call a C1 level and sometimes even a B2 level "fluent", but that's debatable). May I ask how you did learn Esperanto?

May 11, 2015

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

Sure. ^^ I learned it 13 years ago when I was still in high school. I bought a dictionary online, and had a look at some online description of the grammar. I made a kind of cheat sheet for the grammatical endings and pronouns and then tried to write blog posts and later, to chat with people. They corrected my posts and chatted with me, and this is how I became better in it very quickly. And well, half a year later I found myself in Sweden on my first Esperanto gathering. =)

May 11, 2015

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

That's an awesome and thorough way to learn a language. Thanks a bunch for sharing!

May 11, 2015

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

Nice to finally meet you, Simius! :) Chocolate is definitely a necessity. :)

I believe we've met before, Vortarulo. :) I didn't know you had your own dictionary just for Klingon, that's new. :)

May 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/languagelover0

Cool! Nice to meet you guys!

May 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Erven.R

Simius: I'm gonna use Linguee from now on. :D

Vortarulo: I have heard a lot of your recordings (Esperanto) in Forvo! I also stalked your Facebook account last week. :D

May 10, 2015

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

Nice to meet you Simius. Great picture! ;)

Vortarulo nice to meet you as well. So glad to meet a trekky! I can finally check that off of my bucket list! :P

May 10, 2015

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

@Moos:
Haha, I'm reading Les Misérables too... I'm stuck on page 11 though!
Where was that picture taken? It doesn't look like Canada I don't think...?
Thanks so much for being Team Dutch's third musketeer by the way.
Our courses wouldn't be the same without you(r help). :)

@André:
I don't think we talked much (or at all) at last week's gathering, but I did hear you speak Dutch to Kai, and I was super impressed!
I visited Zürich earlier this year too and it seems like a great place to live. :)
Good luck with your thesis and thanks for being a part of the incubator!

May 11, 2015

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

The picture was taken in Morocco, in the Rif mountains. And I'm also kind of stuck in Les Mis, near the end of the first part. It's a seriously long introduction!

So glad to be third musketeer. :D

May 12, 2015

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

Nice to meet you both. :)

@Simius - Wow you are Rock climber.

@Vortarulo - You really work hard.

There are a lot of PhDs working on Duolingo. : )

May 12, 2015

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

good work guys

May 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GabrielRob12

@ Vortarulo Ihr seid super. Would you be willing to be a moderator for Lojban to English, German, if the course becomes available.

May 23, 2015
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