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How many languages is it possible to know?

I admit that I am not a genius. I have never had an idea that I would end up speaking more than one language but it happened.. in my early 20s I found myself speaking more than 4 languages... few years later a coupe of languages came along and I learned them as well... Why? I don't know.
true to be told I didn't go to university for this, I only went for Communication Science. after learning all those languages, it made me believe;
if I can, then anyone can (but maybe not everyone)

How many languages do you speak?
If you could learn one more foreign langues, what would it be?
What stopped you from learning more than one (if you speak only one)
why is it so important to learn any foreign language when we want a global village, and what language should be spoken in that village?

an interesting article to be read about the capacity and ability of human brain in learning and knowing languages:

http://mentalfloss.com/article/49138/how-many-languages-it-possible-know

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  • Mar 2 2013: An Israeli gentlemen,
    died in 2004 I believe and I happened to be reading his obituary.
    It said he read, wrote and spoke, fluently, 25 different languages.

    Recently, well last year, there was news of a young man who was up to 23 and in a video he told how he had done that.
    I think it is wonderful.
    Congratulations to you. I would like to speak about five but that will never happen.
    If I was young, in hind sight, I would leave my home every summer, go to another country for the three months of vacation and learn their language as intensely as possible.
    Keep it up and then go to another country the next summer. Alas, that is dreaming for me.

    I speak one, a little of another, much less of another, and even less of another.
    • Mar 2 2013: Hi RC

      Thanks for your comment.

      you said: "If I was young, in hind sight, I would leave my home every summer, go to another country for the three months of vacation and learn their language as intensely as possible. Keep it up and then go to another country the next summer. Alas, that is dreaming for me."

      I say: "The word impossible is reserved for those without a dream."
      but YOU have got a wish / a dream, what stops your from living up for that?

      let me answer your with A POEM (expressed with great psychological truth)

      If you think you are beaten, you are.
      If you think you dare not, you don't.
      If you like to win, but you think you can't,
      it is almost certain you won't.

      If you think you will loose, you have lost,
      For out of the world we find.
      Success begins with a fellow's will,
      It's all in the state of mind.

      if you think you are outclassed, you are.
      You have got to think high to rise.
      You have got to be sure of yourself
      Before you can ever win a prize.

      Life's battles don't always go
      To the stronger or the faster man.
      But soon or late the man who wins
      Is the man who thinks he can.

      Thanks
      Edwin

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