What does it mean to be a Polyglot? By definition, a polyglot is somebody who can speak several languages fluently.
Last week we were lucky enough to attend an event in Berlin that gathered together more than 200 polyglots from all around the world.
YES! They can speak an amazing number of languages.
Some of them more than 10.
Some of them more than 20.
Some of them, more than 30.
Some of them, they can’t even remember how many languages they can speak or understand.
Claudio was there and he was amazed: he could not tell if most of them were italians or just foreigners speaking italian like a native.
How does anybody learn 30 languages?
Polyglots don’t use traditional methods and approaches to learn a language. They do not learn it at school.
Every polyglot has a different approach. The main difference is Active vs Passive. Should you start by speaking or by reading?
They all use both approaches, just at different stages.
They start from what works for them, because the most important thing, when you learn languages, is to get positive reinforcements from the environment.
If you are introvert, speaking from day one won’t be good for you, it won’t feel natural. If you try to speak with natives too early it won’t feel right. Memorizing lists of words and reading is what keeps you motivated.
On the other hand, if you are very social and you don’t mind role playing and acting, the role of the “stupid tourist” could be fun and it will be easy to try out the few phrases you know.
All you need is positive feedbacks for your ego.
Check how much Russian you can speak after only 3 days of studying it
…but there is ONE SKILL all polyglots share…
A polyglot connects with strangers very easily: talking with a polyglot feels like talking with an old friend.
A polyglot is very good at adapting. To learn a language you need to start so many conversations – you learn very fast how to connect, read people, understand situations and interpret body language.
…more coming soon…
In the next week we will go into the details sharing with you some of the lectures we attended and interviews with the most influential people in the language learning community.
PS: during the workshop, Bliu Bliu was mentioned by 3 speakers