I was just looking at the amazing collection of nationalities and spoken languages we have here in the office of Myngle, and the couple of language-geeks who are moving towards 8-10 languages spoken (yes, Elisa & Tetyana, I am talking about you here), when I had to find the answer: how many languages is it possible to learn?
I know it is a part of a specific brain intelligence, the capacity of assimilating new languages, different from the visual or the quantitative IQ. But it has always amazed me to hear stories of people learning languages like they were reading books.
So I went to look for the most impressive polyglot of all times. There are different sources and people claiming different incredible amount of languages, but most of them have not been verified. Many belong to the past, which makes it in any case difficult to prove now.
But if you look for the ”confirmed” ones I found two names that stand-out:
The world greatest living polyglot is Ziad Fazah, a Lebanese immigrant currently living in Brazil, who is fluent in 56 languages, and won the mention in the Brazilian edition of the “Guinness World Book of Records”.
The greatest linguist ever as recognized by the Guinness book of Records is the New Zealander Harold Williams, who was born in 1876 and is said to have spoken over 58 languages fluently.
Pretty amazing! It makes you wanting to learn more…
And for the stars in our team: you still have a long way to go!
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