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I focus on three things:
1. I'm a success trainer for personal and career development specifically in areas of communication (persuasion, sales, copywriting, negotiation, speech/presentation, foreign languages). Besides training, this kind of work introduces various kinds of business deals to me. Currently working on some sourcing and trade deals China to Europe/US. http://www.glossika.com/
2. Foreign language research, learning and training. I promote what I believe to be the most effective methodology to acquire new languages. I use a process that makes active use of stimulating the hippocampus creating synapses for long-term memory, and a methodology for students to build their working memory more effectively. It requires daily training and I rid all use of visual materials during class--everything being via aural training, in order to more effectively stimulate the hippocampus. In discussion with Professor Baddeley about incorporating a kinesthetic aspect into his model of working memory, largely based on my experience with music, memory, and languages.
My methodology is largely based on the following process: for acquiring any new piece of information, whether vocabulary, phrase, or sentence, requires 5 consecutive days of training and repetition. No use of reading or writing is used during the training and I encourage students to do this in free time.
3. I'm a concert pianist.
Started investigation of Austronesian languages of Taiwan. Met with last living speakers of Thao and recorded the language (2008). Working with Atayal, and Saisiyat (2010).
Most recent linguistic endeavours
• Languages studied in 2011: Vietnamese, Khmer, Georgian, Arabic, Hakka, Squliq Atayal, Thao, Pazeh, Kaxabu, Saisiyat, Tgdaya Seediq, Truku, Kavalan, Sakizaya, Nataoran, Amis, Isbukun Bunun, Tsou, Kanakanabu, Saaroa, Mantauran, Rukai, Puyuma, Paiwan, Dau.
• 18 LANGUAGES IN 4 MONTHS: Using all the strategies I have learned to master 18 languages in only 120 days. Preparing to do Taiwan government proficiency exams in November for the following 18 languages: Saisiyat, Atayal, Sakizaya, Pazeh, Seediq, Truku, Thao, Bunun, Amis, Kavalan, Tsou, Kanakanabu, Saaroa, Mantauran, Rukai, Puyuma, Paiwan, Dau.
• Glossika website under reconstruction until 2011.
• Languages studied in 2010: Hakka, Atayal, Khmer, Farsi, Georgian, Arabic
• Languages studied in 2009: Mongolian, Manchurian, Arabic
• Languages studied in 2008: Farsi, Dari, Arabic, Indonesian
• Additional Korean, Japanese, Spanish, German, Russian, training material in preparation for website (http://learnlanguages.glossika.com/).
• 2008: Launched English training site http://english.glossika.com. Launched learn-Chinese at http://chinese.glossika.com.
• Languages studied in 2007: Icelandic, Latvian, Czech
Language training materials in development:
Chinese, Taiwanese, Korean, Japanese, Russian, German, Arabic, Spanish.
Chinese Dialects Portal
I run a website on Chinese Dialects. Some linguists are now working with me on building more linguistic databases into this site.
A dictionary and phrasebook of the Gan Language (贛語) spoken in the northern half of Jiangxi province (江西省) underway.
Dictionaries and phrasebooks underway for Taiwanese, Hakka, and Wenzhou dialect (Southern Wu).
Most recent musical endeavours
Henselt's Meyerbeer Variations Wrote piano solo for Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto 3-2 Wrote piano solo for Rachmaninoff Variations on a Theme of Paganini Var. 18 Godowsky's left hand studies of the Chopin Etudes Writing left hand study for Rachmaninoff Etudes
New Repertoire for 2009
Alkan Concerto Mvmt 1 (sight reading)
Chopin Concerto 2-1 (sight reading)
Chopin Concerto 2-2 (sight reading)
Chopin Concerto 2-3 (sight reading)
Chopin Etude Op10-4 (on hold)
Henselt Concerto 1-1 (on hold)
Kapustin Dawn (studying)
Kapustin Etude Toccata (almost done)
Kapustin Toccatina (studying)
Liszt Etude Mazeppa (studying)
Medtner Concerto 1-1 (on hold)
Medtner Concerto 2-1 (on hold)
Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto 2-3 (almost done)
Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto 3-1 (Ossia Cadenza)
Rachmaninoff Song "Не Пой, Красавица" Op.4 No 4 (sight reading)
Rachmaninoff Variations on a Theme of Corelli (on hold)
Scriabin Etude 48-5 (almost done)
New Repertoire for 2008
Bach-Busoni Chaconne in d
Chopin Etude Op10-2
Kapustin Sonata 1-3
Kapustin Prelude 11
Kapustin Prelude 17
Rachmaninoff Etude 39-1
Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto 2-2
Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto 3-2 (a tempo più mosso to tempo come prima)
Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini
Rzewski El Pueblo Unido Jamás Será Vencido Final Theme
New Repertoire for 2007
Chopin Etude Op25-1 Harp Etude
Chopin-Godowsky Etude Op25-12
Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto 2-1 and 2-2
Chopin Balladen, Scherzi, Etudes, Preludes, Polonaisen, Imprompti, Walzer, Nocturnes
Granados Goyescas Quejas o la Maja y el Ruiseñor
Rachmaninoff Etude 39-5 (complete)
Scriabin Etude 8-12 (complete)
Warsaw Concerto (complete)