Adventures of a Teenage Polyglot

Discussion in 'What's On Your Mind?' started by Lisa Simeone, Apr 4, 2012.

  1. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Time for something fun.

    This kid is so amazing, be prepared for your jaw to drop. As someone who's a linguaphile herself, I'm not fit to touch his hem. He started teaching himself languages when he was about 13. He's 16 now. He speaks -- I can't even remember how many. I mean speaks! Not just reads. He has posted videos of himself speaking them, and people around the world watch and critique and get in touch with him. His talent is gobsmacking. You've gotta see these videos:

    Adventures of a Teenage Polyglot
  2. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    Wow. Very impressive.
  3. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Pretty impressive -- almost 2X the languages I've studied and with far more proficiency, and all by age 16.

    What's most interesting is that that these are not all related languages, e.g. Indo-European. There are at least 5 language families represented in that list (possibly more since I don't even know what language families some of them, e.g. Kurdish, Pashto, Hausa, belong to.
  4. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    My co-worker has a daughter like this. She's currently blowing away the curve at CUNY Law School.

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