A Hyperpolyglot – A Review on an Interview of a Translator

By Ma

« lapis qui volvitur algam non generat »

(A rolling stone gathers no moss)

Old Latin Proverb

Recently one of the most eye catching has been a video about a man, Ioannis Ikonomou, being able to speak thirty-two languages, an impressive talent of which makes him fit in the United Nations, where he is working as a translator.

“I live my life in many languages, not just one” is apparently one important motto of Ioannis which may also strike the hearts of most eager language learners. Given the speedily growing interaction between peoples and societies across the national borders, multicultural experiences are becoming more common. The capability of speaking a diverse of languages thus enables one like Iaonnis to accommodate various cultures and to foster exchanges with many others.

One’s learning progress, for sure, relies heavily on the efforts and time devoted, as most agree. Just as Iaonnis had said “to learn a new language, you use it”, the more a learner have access to a new language, the more fluently he will speak. One important prerequisite for becoming a proficient user in a foreign language is thus perseverance in its learning.

It is time to motivate yourself to speak and to learn (a) new language(s) every day.

[Source of image: https://billzart.files.wordpress.com/2014/07/dictionary1.jpg%5D

[Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8iKZEra5I0&feature=youtu.be]



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