Is It Possible To Learn More Than 10

UnCategorized I always felt that growing up in a bilingual environment had its advantages. It not only enabled me to bridge the differences between cultures and countries, but it opened up a world of possibilities that would otherwise probably have been closed to me. I was raised speaking two languages in Latin America because of my American parents and Spanish speaking environment. At our home we never thought twice about switching back and forth between languages and we felt that having the ability to speak more than one language was an asset.It was natural to wonder if speaking two languages was an asset, would speaking several languages be equally rewarding. Eventually I learned a third language (Hindi) and discovered that I got much more that just acquire another language. A new language exposes us to new ways of thinking, new cultures and a new approaches to life.I was hooked on learning languages. I have always been fascinated by people who speak many languages and I wondered if you needed to be a genius to master many languages. To answer this question, it was time to do a little digging. It made sense to start by learning about the boundaries of the possible and figure out what science had to tell us about our ability to speak many languages. People that speak many languages are known as polyglots. It is .mon to find polyglots in places like Europe, where people have contact with and access to other cultures and nationalities. But there is another category of polyglots often known as hyperpolyglots: people who can speak more than 10 languages. There are many examples in history of people who claimed to have been hyperpolyglots. The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language lists aSir John Bowring (1792-1872), a British diplomat who could speak 100 languages. Sir Richard Burton, the famous British explorer who discovered the sources of the Nile River, is rumored to have spoken dozens of languages and a handful of dialects. Giuseppe Caspar Mezzofanti (1774-1849), an Italian priest, is thought to have spoken 88 languages. It is difficult to assess the language abilities of people who lived 200 years ago, and my search would necessarily need to be focused on modern cases. I found that one of the most famous living hyperpolyglots is Carlos do Amaral Freire, a Brazilian linguist who claims to .municate in, and understand more than, 30 languages. Is 30 or even 100 languages the limit of our capacity? Mr. Freire does not think there is a limit; he is still learning languages at a rate of 2 a year. What does it take to learn many languages? Is Mr. Freire a genius with special mental abilities? German researchers found that polyglots do not need a high IQ or even perform mental gymnastics to achieve hyperpolyglotism. German neuroscientists found that even though we do not need special mental gifts to learn many languages, the morphology of the brain itself significantly changes as it learns more languages. Other studies suggest that although some people are proficient in 10 or more languages, most of these people can only speak 7 languages fluently. There is still much research to be done in this area. If you do not need to be a genius, are you confident that you too can learn at least a couple more languages? Learning a new language takes three things: 1) determination to do it; 2) access to .municate in the foreign language of your choice; 3) practice. And, if you are shooting to be the next world hyperpolyglot, repeat these steps at least 10 times! About the Author: 相关的主题文章: