Giuseppe Caspar Mezzofanti

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Re: Giuseppe Caspar Mezzofanti

Postby linguoboy » Thu 27 Aug 2009 6:30 pm

Talib wrote:He seemed to be okay with reading the Persian

Yes, but he didn't speak any of it, though. After he reads it aloud and is told he's gotten it "100% correct", the man says something in Persian and he responds with some excuse about how reading it is one thing and speaking it another. Lame!
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Re: Giuseppe Caspar Mezzofanti

Postby Talib » Thu 27 Aug 2009 6:36 pm

Well, it's true that passive and active understanding are different, but he shouldn't claim to be fluent if he doesn't have both.
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Re: Giuseppe Caspar Mezzofanti

Postby rickardspaghetti » Thu 27 Aug 2009 8:18 pm

mike92s8 wrote:Wow, now that guy is pretty amazing. Where did you hear about him?


I followed the Wikipedia link and read it. One word caught my eye, "hyperpolyglot". It sounded so funny I had to check it out. I read through it and came over Ziad Fazah. "59 languages!? OMFG!"
So, yeah. That's it.
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Re: Giuseppe Caspar Mezzofanti

Postby Aeetlrcreejl » Fri 28 Aug 2009 1:52 am

I do wonder, now, how true the claims of Uku Masing were.
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Re: Giuseppe Caspar Mezzofanti

Postby linguoboy » Fri 28 Aug 2009 2:15 am

Aeetlrcreejl wrote:I do wonder, now, how true the claims of Uku Masing were.

At least he left a paper trail. Experts could review his translations and pronounce on how accurate they were.
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