Polyglots: How and Why They Can Learn So Many Languages

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ABC English
I can't speak even one language
My native language is English. I speak French. I learn Japanese at school. I speak Yoruba at home with my parents (African dialect). And my childhood friend is deaf so I sign sign language with him
Alberto C.T.
everything is about comunication and how you are exposed to the language you are focused to learn
Alissa K.
I grew up trilingual, mother tounge Russian, grew up in Germany, learned English in Kindergarten and always wished to be a polyglot. In School I learned Spanish and continued in college with it, learned in the meantime Japanese and now I am studying Chinese and Japanese in University. Still, I feel like I could do so much more but never find the motivation or time for it. My best friend teaches me Arabian and my largest friend group is studying Korean now, which might I pick up very soon. (Hangul is really simple, actually)\n\nGreat video, with a lot of infotmation. Loved it.
Amythest Gemini
Can you be a polyglot at the age of 46 even if I picked up a few words here or there?
Andrew Giancola
This video is well produced and the layout very digestible. Thank you.
Anthony Robertson
It's because they are spending every hour they can studying these languages. We're talking 4 to 7 hours a day. Of course you are going to speak several languages when basically that is all you do. Though also you probably will find those who claim more than 5 languages, can't really speak that deeply in all of them. Also the other secret is to downplay the actual amount of time you've put into it all. Acting as if you've only put in a few hours a week over the last 5 years. \
Everyone learns their native language before we even go to school. You just have to find a motivation.
Beanie Treasure
Oh my goh i think im a polygot\nIm learning russian and im only 2\n days in and know TOO much
Beta Vulgaris
Please don't show pictures of Richard Simcott without spoiler warnings. I was eating.
Blue Tsunami
I speak Mandarin, Hokkien, Japanese and English. I'm currently learning Okinawan
Carol Lutz
Excellent! Thanks!
Cat Satan
What if I want to immerse myself in English ?
Cate Deans
Unfortunately with duolingo’s latest update (as at April 2018) they have abandoned SRS. :(
Chris Ashford
Polyglots speak multiple languages badly. They should stick to at least 5 languages and master them.
Constantin Marian Buhă
To bad \
Do a response to MattVsJapan.
Daniel Garcia Quevedo
Awesome! All you need to learn a new language in one video!
Daniel de Oliveira
The polyglots LIVED in the countries whose languages they speak best.\nWhen that's not the case, is an EXCEPTION.\nYes, there is much hypocrisy in the \
David Dennis
I love learn english by eroge, then my target is play eroge with japanese language~~~\n😂
Some traded their eyebrows to learn a new language
Emilio Borselli
Excuse me? Perdóname? Pardonnez moi? Icche t’ha’ detto?
Faramarz Parandeh
if that's easy why don't you speak any? go ahead and learn 5. 6 languages.
Fluent Japanese From Anime
How and why you can potentially learn faster through reading vs. any other language learning method (featuring hyper-polyglot Alexander Arguelles):\n\nhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJJXT_ALRjk
Frank Pichardo
Childhood development years are the best to learn and still sound native.
Cardinal Mezzofanti is reputed to have been fluent in over 40 languages, but had nothing to say in any of them.
Giugno Caparo
It's one thing to speak many languages, it's another thing to speak them well. Beware of pretentious people.
Iain Callaghan
The secret is to focus on listening. The reason you speak your native tongue so well is that you've spent thousands of hours just listening to it.
7:51 you don't need to understand even half of it to enjoy it. You could do it like Miyazaki and just make up stories yourself extrapolating from the 10 to 20% you know or first somehow understand the rough plot to then be able to recall what is happening to follow along. Or just be a mad man and enjoy it without understanding it (the most delightful and most frustration in my experience)
Ice CubeMaker
My native languages are German and Norwegian. I speak English fluently and I'm learning French in school and Japanese in my freetime.
J Comper
Just for comparison.\nSlovak alphabet is an extension of the Latin alphabet used for writing the Slovak language.\nIt has 46 letters which makes it the longest Slavic and European alphabet.\nThe modern English alphabet is a Latin alphabet consisting of 26 letters\nThe Greek alphabet has 24 letters\nWho originated from whom and how?
Jeryshan Xavier
for the SRS thing, Duolingo is no longer useful as they changed their system.
Johnny Learns Skills
I'm sure there are some legitimate polyglots out there, but all I'll say is: beware of YouTube polyglots who put out videos of themselves speaking in various languages. Be especially sceptical when all they ever talk about in their languages is how they learn languages.
Jonathan Lusk
Thank you for mentioning HelloTalk!
Katarina Stojadinovic
People say learning a language should be enjoyable and not feel like a burden, they also recommend SRS techniques. The issue I have is that I find SRSs mind numbingly boring and just can't enjoy them whatsoever
Natural Polyglots -\u003e Filipinos(the farther from the capital, the more language,- english included. Pretty fluent as well.)
Krystal Kat
Wow, there's so many people saying such negative things like \
Not good advice here is why a math genius learns diffently then the average person and often fails to understand their struggles. Note most of these Polyglots have the perquisite high IQ my guess at least 125 combined with some language aptitude.\n Benny Lewis was an Engineer my guess his IQ is in the 130 range and probably has same innate talent. \nJust as someone with an IQ of a 90 will probably never become an MD no matter how much dedication they put into this pursuit the same is true for a polyglot ( fluent in 5 languages.).\nthe most important question of all is why you wanted to become polyglot and can you realistically do it? I personally see this as a waste time for most people that being said you should try to master at least one foreign language.\nImmersion is a waste of time until your a solid CEFL A-2 level as this will result in mental fatigue and you will eventually quit in frustration.
Mark Simons
IMHO Any language learning system that avoids grammar simply sets students up to fail. But then once you've go the hang of it you can whip through the grammar by yourself in a few days. Why struggle to work things out for yourself when a descriptive grammar can give you all the answers straight away. You don't need to capture it all in the first round, but at least you know what the structure is.
6 at 22.. Wait that's me too
Mayank Singh Rajput
My Native Language is Hindi/Urdu learnt English in school and uses it as L2 and can also speak Esperanto very fluently apart from these have knowledge to some degree also about Sanskrit, Arabic and Farsi.
Mikhail Merkulov
Just find a YouTube channel in your target language and watch it regularly. The more you learn the language, the more interesting channels you will find. If you want to write a comment, do it, no matter what your level is. \nFrom now on, learning that language will become a need.\nThat's how I (kind of) learnt English. -Smosh and Minecraft Machinimas, sweet memories…-
Thank you for your effort in putting together this informative video. I presently aim to be fluent in Japanese and I want to try out some of the methods shared. Thank you!
My native languages are Italian and Spanish and I have learned English from a young age. I was taught French in middle school but I can't say I really speak the language more than just understanding it. I consider myself to be fluent in the first three languages but I really want to learn some more. Currently, I'm learning Japanese at uni and I'll probably pick Chinese soon.
Morgan F.
I can only speak English fluently, when I was young I was introduced to Spanish and was absolutely fascinated and wanted to learn it though I didn't have a way to until seventh grade. I took a class in school, then another the next year, and another after that. I've been trying to get into Spanish 3 but now I'm only self taught with apps. I took a break from it and don't plan to again. I learned to read in Korean before I realized the ice wasn't breaking and switched to Japanese because it's much easier to remember though the system of the writing is extremely intimidating. I've also started learning French somewhere down the line but am only comfortable with speaking Spanish and English. I haven't met any other language learner that I could converse with, and want inspiration to start learning another one.
Better than all the videos entitled: \
how to communicate in the lagwej Chinese
Mutt Fitness
You should have mentioned Pimsleur. It'll brain wash you by the time you get to level 5 to be able to speak the language fairly well.
Little witch Academia represent! :D
Everyone in Europe knows at least 3 and everyone in India knows 4-7 languages. Africa knows their countries language their tribal language, and English. Canada knows French. Russia is so big that there are a lot of languages and cultures in it's boarders. It's only China Japan, US and maybe places in South America that know one.
Great video! Well-produced and informative. I think the best thing we can learn from these people is that they have a desire to learn these languages. Methods are great, but without desire, you will easily give up. However, a poor method can really discourage you and you can lose your desire. That has happened to me several times. So, find a cool language that you would like to learn and make it fun!
Nintendo gamer 222
Sorry, I'm not native to english, but wouldn't the thumbnail question be written \
Nuraili De Paepe
The problem is that I'm already billingual but I have no idea how I became so fluent in English..
hey, isn't that a picture of Stockholm's city library? 6:51
PerfectlyExtr a
I thought it was poly-got\nNot poly-glot\nI just noticed this .i am heated
Pink Magic Ali
My best experience trying to learn Japanese is learning the grammar because that’s where a lot of my language interest lies. I studied linguistics so it’s what I find interesting. I also find listening learning difficult.\nMy friend is a reader. She’s trying to translate French poetry because she loves French culture. It’s so personal.
13:08 that blue shirt guy LUL
Rowan Nieuport
I studied German in middle school and high school, and i have always remembered my lessons and vocabulary. I learned fast and found my own methods. Later in college I studied Latin for 2 years, and i found it was very easy. Unfortunately there was no conversation and reading Julius Caesar was difficult. Graded readers were good though--i looked for old used high school book. I studied Japanese more as a hobby for many years. I am disabled now, and cannot work. I enjoy using the internet to expose my mind to languages, learn about places and cultures. When i was in middle school it was the early 70s, what a bummer life was without internet---and of course i didn't know it, hahahha.
Will try the gold book method, thanks for the various tips my bro!
Sandeep Singh
Thank You Merci
Sarthak Shah
Richard Simcott looks like Thanos
Sc Bl
Another idea to #learning #languages with #immersion is to #translate information into the target language (including #abbreviations and technical materials if you are high enough in level) and avoid falling back as much as possible. Of course, this is meant to be done at a more intermediate to advanced level.\n\nTo get an idea of what this could look like with abbreviations at least in Chinese, see #缩写 & #缩写汉字.
Shadow 144
Well I can speak my native language(romanian) and I'm fluent in English(I dont know if I'm either level B2 or C1 but all the teachers I had since 6th grade untill 9th grade told me I'm probably B2... now in 11th grade my English teacher just says that I'm good so whatever) and at the begining like 6 years ago while still sucking at english I started watching a lot of youtube even tho I barely knew what people said but slowly I became more and more good at english... and for the past 6 months I've tried to decide on a 3rd language to learn and it was either German or Japanese and just last week I decided to learn Japanese and within a week I've already learned hiragana... Mind you I sill make mistakes... And a bit of katakana... And from watching a lot of anime in my spair time I managed to pick up some phrases...
Show Me What You Got
Most polyglots think knowing a phrase or two counts as being fluent. They are full of crap.
Sir Tophat
I am going to watch all of One Piece without subtitles, and all of the spanish dub of DBZ
I am a Polyglot , I think. I know English , Filipino , Korean , and a bit of Japanese . Does that count?
Learn a language means to attain the chosen skills of the language.\nStudy a language means to improve the chosen skills of the language.\nLearn to do something means to become able to do something.\n\nThere are 5 language skills:\n- reading comprehension: your skill of reading texts and understand it.\n- listening comprehension: your skiil of listening to speech and understand it.\n- readlistening comprehension: your skill of readlistening to audiotexts and understand it. Audiotext is a text with its version in speech and you can read the text and listen to the speech at the same time. As for readlisten, it means to read a text and listen to the speech version of the text at the same time. Audiotexts may be videos in english with subtitles in English, audios with transcription, etc.\n- speaking communication: your skill of communicating to others using speaking.\n- writing communication: your skill of communicating to others using writing.\n\nIn order to learn these skills, you must study them correctly. Unfortunately, a lot of people who desire to learn one or more of these skills can't do it successfully because they don't study correctly and don't know why they can't learn. i've been through this difficulty before, but eventually I find out that the correct way to learn languages is the same we learned our native language and we learned it unconsciously, so we don't recognize the real way of learning.\n\nThese are the correct way of learning these 5 skills:\n- reading comprehension: read a lot of English(for instance) by paying attention to what you're reading until you get used to as much as possible of English.\n- listening comprehension: listen to a lot of English by paying attention to what you're listening to until you get used to as much as possible of English.\n- readlistening comprehension: readlisten to a lot of English by paying attention to both audio and text until you get used to as much as possible of English. It teaches you the correct pronounce of what you're reading and helps you to improve listening easier.\n- speaking communication: actually, in order to learn it, you have to listen to a lot of comprehensible English speech by paying attention to what you are listening to. As a result, you learn to speak sentences with many vocabs and good pronounciation naturally, without thinking about what words you wanna speak and without using mental translation to form sentences in English.\n- writing communication: You have to read a lot of comprehensible english texts by paying attention to what you are reading. As a result, you become able to write texts with correct ortography and grammar. I am a portuguese speaking person from Brazil, I learned a bit of English as a second language using the correct way of learning languages and there was no need to write what I mean in English translating from Portuguese to English.\n\nThis is the truth about language learning, you probably believe in different methods, but every people from the world who learned any languages learned the languages in the correct way. I hope this to be useful for you and helps you to learn the languages you want. we only understand what we are used to lisen and read. i wanna know your comments about this. :)
Soumyo Mookerji
Not sure how to react on this! From my family background to know a foreign language is rather a tradition. Thus I did. Later on I have taken it as a profession. With a little less than 16 years in Spanish language experiences, I have leaned bit of Portuguese, Catalan, French, Italian and recently added Hebrew (included my Hindi, Bengali, Kannada and English). However have earned no respect the place I work. More or less all people at my work place see me as an infectious insect. Hopefully soon they will get rid off me. They say per company’s policy jejeje.
Star Valeri
My native language is Spanish starting to talk at age 1, then I learned my second language which is English at 11, I learned Portuguese at 13, I got French classes in my sophomore year through Senior year and I teach myself Italian at 16 and then went to college to get a associate’s foreign language degree in Russian after graduating I teach myself Japonés and then Arabic. \n*This just happens in my imagination, it’s my dream to become a polyglot, and I’m trying to chase my dreams.*
When you need to understand like 20 thousand words for understanding fluency, I really don't believe these people are genuinely proficient in that many languages.
I lost count of the sponsors at...
0:12 there was no need to say who was the beast among them, we already had guessed )))
Susanti Siva
My mothertounge is tamil and I was brought up in Sweden then I learned English and Spanish in school I moved to Poland so I learned Polish and right I am learning Norwegian and Portuguese in few months I am going to learn Italian so by the end of the year I will be able to communicate in 8 LANGUAGES!! So happy it will be my biggest achievement so far
My mom speaks farsi pashto Urdu a bit of Hindu and minimal English and my dad speaks the same, they learned all of these because theyr home country was multilingual and their family members speak multiple languages interchangeable in ONE conversation
Team APA
I am a native English speaker and I also know Spanish. I am currently learning french and Serbian and the way I'm learning is through songs. It's helping me a LOT since I learn through music. :D
TenChittaphon's Smile
The two most important thing you need to learn are motivation and action.
I dont believe that people that speak so many language at a high level, whats the purpose of speaking so many languages if you don't fully master them.
That One Guy
I would like to learn every language in the world, but that is not possible. My top 3 languages I would like to learn are French, German, and Japanese.\nI have a list of 10 languages I would like to learn, but those 3 are at the very top.
The Fox
I became fluent in English by watching Youtube and using Google Translate. I'm not joking.
Very original and funny name
My fist language is Spanish which I started talking at 1, then at 2-3 I was fluent in Italian (my mom is Venezuelan and my dad is Italian), at the age of 14 I was fluent in English and at 15 (now) I am fluent in French. Right know I am also studying Korean on my own as my project is to be fluent in 6-7 languages by the time I graduate from high school, and after I'll probably learn more. Languages have always amazed me and the more you learn the more you can appreciate how many different cultures there are in the world.
Will Smethers
This was an excellent summary video. Very very helpful to get me started.
Thanks for the work, you just presented what i was looking for and it would have taken me so much time to know it all 😀
Xavior Pautin
I'm told by everyone I ask to not learn Japanese through anime. It'll confuse or mislead you quite often. See the way Naruto speaks, for example, once you know Japanese.
ambiguous username
Thanks! I'm not learning a new language but I want to try the goldlist method for my studies.
guys vrchat helps too
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pfft re read re write?\ni just learn the basic words\nthen i go watch youtubers that speaks that langaauge\nso me no know englush now
Lists\nI use WORD Document\n\nSuru to do\nKiite kudasai please listen\n\nMensch man\nAlles in Ordnung. everything is OK\n\nI have lists in various subjects / groups and review them.\nIt won't convert to flashcards that's a problem but I don't know what would work better.
hybrid green
Yes, turn your phone settings into japanese...and good luck ever getting them back..without learning Japanese 😂
11:03 i see somebody's mixing goldlisting and anki. i've been trying to do the same thing recently, got any recommendations for how to set the deck up for that kind of thing?
mesaky sama
Thank you for the great advices
Polyglots are people who know 4 or more languages, I for example know Italian, Portuguese, English and French, I know a bit Spanish and German, also, but not as well.
Dig the music at 2:00
Hooray for polyglots!
♥รัก\u200bニコニコ(^з^)-☆빤스 ♡
I speak like 30 languages, challenge me!