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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 27 2013: I can't say I believe in a number of how many lagnuages people can know, but I do realize the fact that we as humans are capable to learning multiple ones. Someone I consider a close friend had a conversation with me about someone he knew that could speak 10 different languages. That person told my friend that the best way to speak another language isn't to just practice speaking in the language, but instead train your brain to think it that language. Once a person can do that, the langauge will become natural to them.

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