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Primal Var

Language learning, story telling, technology, and other curiosities. Join me on a whirlwind adventure as I learn 6 languages (Russian, Spanish, Italian, French, German, and Greek) at same time. (I also dabbled in Polish and Swedish in the past)

My native languages are English, Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese, and Hokkien (the last two are Chinese dialects, one from my mother's side, one from my father's side).

¡Hola! Меня зовут Vincent. I'm a software developer and research engineer in a university in Singapore, working in the fields of artificial intelligence, cyber security, and machine learning. I have an applied maths degree but has never seen fit to remember more than 5 decimal digits of pi.

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How much does a high end price range English italki tutor charge (Feb 2023)?

Salut! English is considered to be the langua franca for much of the world. Many people want to learn English for various reasons. The most pertinent reasons being increasing business options and growth (career or personal) opportunities. So I was wondering, how much does an hour long lesson of English

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One language deck to rule them all

Cześć! So I’ve been using a spaced repetition system (SRS) app to help organise the new words or phrases I encountered. I’ve been resistant to the idea because the big hit polyglots seem to say immersion is the way to go. Which I agree. However, they probably never

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ChatGPT has dreams of flying

Salut! I did a short interview with ChatGPT in Russian. The AI appears to be quite creative. I was pleasantly surprised by the answer to the last question. Vincent: Привет ChatGPT: Здравствуйте! Чем я могу вам помочь сегодня? Vincent: Можно на ты? (This is the typical way Russians reduce the