Someone recently commented on one of my posts from 2014 about my studying 20 languages simultaneously. They are studying 2 languages, and are interested in learning from my experiences.
I found this great article on another blog post by a fellow language enthusiast called Eureka Language Bits. Below is the article about using Duolingo to learn two languages at once.
If you have recently tried to learn a new language, you are probably already familiar with Duolingo, the free app that can help you learn as many as fifteen languages if you are an English speaker.…
So as I mentioned in my last post, I want to start a series where I post every Monday on my own language journey.
As I wrote in My languages & multilingual journey, part 2, my language journey over this past year is quite varied, and requires me to split the story into two posts. Herein lies the second part to the story of how I came to study 20 languages simultaneously.
At the end of July I was still focusing on 8 languages – French, Spanish, Portuguese, Tamil, German, Japanese, Norwegian, and Tagalog. At the same time, I was becoming more active on UniLang (UL).
Since I want to utilize this blog more, and update it regularly, I think it’s time I write about my own multilingual journey over the past few months, as well as the languages I’m studying. (I initially wanted to write this as one post, but then decided to split it into two posts, due to the amount of content. This first part is quite lengthy, so be forewarned.)
Currently I’m studying 20 languages. Which languages? If you recall from My languages, I was, earlier in the year, learning French, Spanish, Portuguese, Tamil, German, and Japanese. I am still learning these six. I have added to them Korean, Norwegian, Filipino (Tagalog), Indonesian, Swedish, Italian, Hindi, Polish, Hungarian, Turkish, and Mandarin Chinese.
My friend just sent me an article about a tool being utilized at an English school in São Paulo, Brazil. The school is called CNA, and the tool is called a Speaking Exchange. CNA decided to connect their students with senior citizens in a retirement home in Chicago, USA. The exchange is in English. And it’s wonderful to view the conversations. Not only do the students improve their English, but they do so by connecting on a human level with another human being. For after all, what is the purpose to language? Communication; communicating with one another on a personal level.
My goal is to become a polyglot. What is a polyglot?
A polyglot is one who speaks multiple languages fluently or at an advanced level. You could also call this person multilingual.
Now technically, according to the dictionary definition, if you speak 2 languages, you can call yourself a polyglot. But in English we generally call someone who speaks 2 languages bilingual, 3 languages trilingual, and only reserve polyglot or multilingual for the person who speaks 4 or more languages.