Circassian Language Activist & Accidental Polyglot Jonty Yamisha on How to Master a Language Through “Guided Immersion”

Circassian Language Activist & Accidental Polyglot Jonty Yamisha on How to Master a Language Through “Guided Immersion”

Jonty Yamisha is a language activist, an “accidental polyglot” in his own words, a “third-generation Circassian refugee,” and the founder of OptiLingo, an audio-based language app that uses “guided immersion” to help people reach fluency in foreign languages more quickly. We discuss the Circassian language and cultural history, how he’s raising his children bilingually, and how he “steals back” time for language learning amid his busy professional and family life.

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