No one knows everything
Mike does not mean to project that he knows more than he does; while he does have four years of professional experience as a certified linguistic specialist from the government of China, he's not fluent in every language he speaks. His accent isn't native-sounding on some, his listening ability isn't perfect on some, and his vocabulary is noticeably limited on others.
This is mainly due to limited exposure to each language, because he hasn't lived in the countries of each respective language and/or living among those of each respective ethnic group for an equal time each.
True exposure through travel
However, it isn't wrong to say that he does indeed speak them to some degree or another, his skill varying for each one. He has lived among French people, Russians, Nordic, Chinese, etc. in his nomadic travels around the world, so he knows from personal experience how to speak each language from actually having cohabited with each ethnic group; his linguistic ability doesn't just come from textbooks.
This blog is both meant to motivate and inspire him and his readers to continue their learning. It's meant to inspire followers by his demonstration by example, his leadership; it's equally meant to inspire him to keep going, because the readers can hold him publicly accountable for updates to each linguistic section over time, which gives him no choice but to study, and no wiggle room to be lazy and trail off in his studies.
As mentioned on the Home, About, and FAQ sections of this website, linguistic content is released as Mike continues his studies in each language. To follow him, would be to learn with him. His wife, Karina, also speaks another nine languages (for instance, English is actually her fourth), and may contribute what Mike alone can't at times as well, to add to the depth of the material.
After spending some time in Iceland, Mike fell in love with Icelandic culture, people, and history. Not only does Mike study the language in his spare time, but he also teaches himself the ancient runes as well, and draws much inspiration from the Norse pantheon.
If there's any language at all that Mike can teach you, it's English. He worked as an English teacher abroad, having taught children and teenagers, K through 12. He's a born and raised American, and while he may be seen deliberately breaking grammatical rules both in his verbal and written English, it's deliberate. Despite being born and raised American, Mike still ameliorates his vocabulary by anywhere between two to seven English vocabulary words per day. As he continually reads, he writes down and studies any word that he discovers he doesn't know, keeping an electronic dictionary on him at all times.
What led to the invention of Vanno is actually rather sad; however, the language itself was designed after Mike and Karina's research into the algorithmic patterns of linguistic expression of each major language in the world, coupled with Mike's studies in neuroscience/neuroplasticity. Vanno is designed to train the brain to be able to quickly adapt to any majorly populated country on the planet in extremely quick time.
The Lesson Planning
As Michael studies, he'll be releasing weekly updates to his own notes and vocabulary, as well as sharing what books he's relying on for studying materials, and what programs he's using to supplement his learning.
Mike uses a free flashcard program named Anki, and will upload his weekly flashcards to the server for other people (such as yourself) to download and learn with him if they would so choose.
Click here to follow his studying.