Did you know that the world’s population has more multilingual people than speakers of just one language?
If you can speak two languages, you’re bilingual; three and you’re trilingual.
If you speak even more than three, you might be known as a polyglot. And if you’re any of the above, you can also describe yourself as multilingual.
So what of those who long surpassed being merely bilingual or trilingual? There have always been people who can talk or write in several tongues.
For example, German polyglot Emil Krebs could communicate in 68 languages.
Kató Lomb, a Hungarian interpreter and translator, worked in 16 languages.
A modern-day polyglot who can speak more languages than we can imagine doing is American professor Alexander Arguelles, who fluently speaks about 36 languages.
Another example is teenager Timothy Doner. He became well known via his YouTube videos, in which he speaks more than 20 languages.
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