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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:



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  • Mar 9 2013: hi Edwin. Thank you for the motivation.
    I'm new here.
    I want to write and speak English fluently and I think I have a chance here. I find it hard to learn more languages​​, I speak Spanish, Chinese study, I defend myself (as I can) in English, but your words have made me think and I will try.
    Sorry my bad English
    • Mar 9 2013: Hi Rocio

      Thanks for your comment and may I say; welcome to TED.
      I am glad that my question has got an effect on you. wish you all the best in your studies.

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