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Edwin Nazarian

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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 10 2013: I was born in Russia, grew up in Ukraine, and now live in the U.S. I'm fluent in Russian, Ukrainian, and English and can understand a little of Polish and German. I feel that I would learn any language if I happen to live in the country where it is spoken.

    Languages fascinate me. I think, language determines how we think or, conversely, language reflects how people in certain culture structure their thoughts. E.g. Germany has produced many musicians, philosophers, and is known for superb engineering. I believe, punctuality, attention to detail, and structure are reflected in German language. English is very flexible - pronunciation is not set in stone, many words sound similar: (here, hair, hear, heir, hare, hire, etc.) words and names are routinely chopped and abbreviated (William - Bill, Robert - Bob, comfortable - comfy, information - info, memorandum - memo), new words are created all the time. This makes it (and Americans) very practical and pragmatic.

    It's interesting for me to discover how seemingly unrelated languages have common words. E.g. "mur" means "wall" in both French and Ukrainian, "Rat" means "council" and "Dach" means "roof" in both German and Ukrainian. I think, it points to some common cultural roots.

    It's also interesting that speaking common language does not increase our capacity to understand each other. Ironically, trying to overcome language barrier does.

    What would be the global language? I don't know and I don't care. As long as we can understand each other. I'll learn it.

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