John Learner Lives! @ 09:28 am
Remember when I yammered on about my Japanese language tapes and how someone should really record the language tapes we all really want, where there's an interesting story and things go horribly wrong on 'John Learner's trip abroad?
Well, I'm finally going to do it. It's not going to be exactly like my original vision, though I think it will be even more fun. I'm just starting to formalize my vision and gather resources. One of the resources I need is you. I'm looking for actors/people who can play pretend who speak ANY LANGUAGE OTHER THAN ENGLISH (or, possibly even any language other than American English). You don't need to be fluent, but you should be confident enough in your skills to be recorded speaking a few simple (if fantasy-ish) phrases for the show.
Your language skills could even included dead languages, like Latin, archaic versions of modern languages, like say ancient Greek or Old Norse, and made-up languages, like Jibberish (which would require only a lot of confidence to pull off.)
The podcast is going to be one part travelogue into the "Unseen World"--a place, like in Night Vale, where magic exists and demons and Sirens and other such creatures are real and walk hidden among us. The other part is going to be a language guide to meeting these creatures or encountering magic. So, for instance, the end of the show would include one of those language-tape type conversations:
Me (in American): Hello! It is nice to meet a dybukk! You have possessed your host very thoroughly, I see!
You (in Hebrew): ---------
Me: Why yes, I am open to that sexual position, dear succubus, but please do not devour me.
You (in Greek): -------
And, similar sorts of "useful" phrases a person might need when encountering a demon/magical creature from the culture your language is associated with. Jibberish, btw, I would expect to go along with an alchemical creature/magic, since the words jibberish came from the alchemical writings of al-Jibar.
So, if you have any interest, please let me know! I'd like to start writing scripts for this ASAP.