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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 12 2013: Are you related to John Nazarian from New Jersey, USA ? He was a childhood friend of mine. His parents were missionaries.

    Concerning language, I believe the more musical ability a person has, the easier it is for them to acquire additional languages. There is a strong link between the temporo-parietal lobes, language and music. When I lived in Brasil, I learned Portuguese very quickly & with it Spanish and Italian. I currently speak, read and write 3 languages. English has become the lingua franca in today's global village.I would like to learn Chinese (Mandarin). I especially like Chinese calligraphy.
    • Mar 12 2013: Hi Richard,

      thanks for your comment... it is very interesting combination you have made, Language and Music.
      to be honest I have no musical ability, I play no musical instrument whatsoever ( but I love Piano, Violin, Guitar)
      as far as I could understand there are three (in fact they are five) main sensors humans used to decode information. Visual, Auditory, Kinaesthatic(feelings) ... and we actually learn new thing according our preferred neuronal system. (in most cases we communicate in that way too)
      ex: Painters are Visual people, they see/imagine things and talk about things in pictures and images.
      Musicians are auditory based people, they hear things and used words that has to do with listening and hearing when they communicate.
      doctors are kinaesthatic based people, they are talking about feelings, they express things in that way,
      (please note that they are not set on stone) we all have these neuro systems but one is that we use mostly.

      now it comes to learn languages. for example, I had to see a new word in order to know what it is... (but when I hear a new word, it is difficult to know, (picture in my mind that word) am I a visual person? YES. maybe that was the reason I couldn't hear the notes in order to play an instrument.

      these kind of approach is missing in our education system, because in every classroom, students have different preferred neuro system, and with who teacher's system match, they learn better.
      that is why not ever student is good in every thing, it comes from how they are taught and communicated.

      Portuguese - Spanish - Italian - French - belong to Romano Language group (if you know one, it is easy to learn another of them)
      English - Dutch - German - Denis - belong to Germano Language group (they are like each other : like brothers and sisters)

      thanks for participating to this talk.

      Edwin
    • Mar 12 2013: I was trying to send you mail about your first question... I have to say that I HAVE GOT half of my family in US (and I haven't been there yet) and so far I don't know anyone named John Nazarian from New Jersey., unless he has changed his name and moved to New Jersey.

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