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Postby Delodephius » Tue 10 Nov 2009 7:29 am

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Re: Polyglottery

Postby Talib » Tue 10 Nov 2009 8:33 am

Yes, actually. I read about him on a site about notable polyglots, and saw some of his videos on Youtube. Reading his biography is crazy - he took positions in South Korea and Beirut to learn Korean and Arabic, because the languages he was learning already weren't hard enough.

I only wish I had that kind of time to devote to languages. I'll probably end up competent in five or six at the most.
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Re: Polyglottery

Postby mike92s8 » Wed 11 Nov 2009 12:28 am

I had actually found him on youtube as well when I did a search for Icelandic. I got hooked and ended up watching all his videos. Really informative and interesting. Thanks for posting the site.
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Re: Polyglottery

Postby Sobekhotep » Wed 11 Nov 2009 1:33 am

Delodephius wrote:Ever heard about this guy:
http://www.foreignlanguageexpertise.com/index.html

I'd never heard of him until now. I like the way he breaks down his ability in each language he has studied.
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Re: Polyglottery

Postby Talib » Wed 11 Nov 2009 2:24 am

He has his own page on Wikipedia. He appears in this list of notable polyglots: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multilingualism#Polyglots

Although some of these claims are rather, er, dubious. 100-200 languages? No way.
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Re: Polyglottery

Postby Delodephius » Wed 11 Nov 2009 7:22 am

Talib wrote:Although some of these claims are rather, er, dubious. 100-200 languages? No way.

I think that list also contains the languages he understands or all the languages he tried to learn. Even I can in whole understand about 20 languages but I can only like speak 4.
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Re: Polyglottery

Postby Sobekhotep » Thu 12 Nov 2009 12:43 am

Talib wrote:this list of notable polyglots: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multilingualism#Polyglots

I never knew that J.R.R. Tolikien was a polyglot! :o

Talib wrote:Although some of these claims are rather, er, dubious. 100-200 languages? No way.

I have to agree.
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Re: Polyglottery

Postby Talib » Thu 12 Nov 2009 2:55 am

Delodephius wrote:I think that list also contains the languages he understands or all the languages he tried to learn.
Well it's all the languages he has some proficiency in - reading, writing or speaking - and he is fluent or near-fluent in most of them. He also has a huge collection of materials for other languages which he isn't fluent in.
Even I can in whole understand about 20 languages but I can only like speak 4.
I'm curious - do you mean you can skim through them, or understand everything?
I never knew that J.R.R. Tolkien was a polyglot!
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Re: Polyglottery

Postby Delodephius » Thu 12 Nov 2009 3:15 am

I'm curious - do you mean you can skim through them, or understand everything?

Well not everything. False friends and upper index can be troublesome, but with a help of a dictionary I can pretty much understand everything.
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Re: Polyglottery

Postby Talib » Sun 15 Nov 2009 6:34 am

Delodephius wrote:Well not everything. False friends and upper index can be troublesome, but with a help of a dictionary I can pretty much understand everything.
You mean upper register?

I'd like to know languages you can understand (I'm assuming they're mostly Slavic) and which you have studied.
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