Polyglots of Asia and Europe - and their testimony

There are polyglots all over the world, including many Asian polyglots. Polyglots normally speak, and read, many different languages besides their native mother tongue. In Asia there is Swami Rambhadracharya, George Fernandes, and Gayatri Wailissa. The European polyglots are Alex Rawlings, Bulcsú László, Frans Timmermans, and Zdeno Chára.

Swami Rambhadracharya is a religious leader in the Hindu religion. He lives in Chitrakoot, India and he can speak 22 different languages. He can speak Sanskrit, English, Hindi, French, Bhojpuri, Oriya, Maithili, Gujarati and many more Indian languages. He is blind and has been since the age of 2 months and he has never been formally educated before he turned 17. He has authored over 100 books and does not rely on braille or any other aids to write or learn.

George Fernandes is a politician in India and he can speak 10 different languages. Those languages include Hindi, English, Konkani, Kannada, Tamil, Marthi, Urdu, Latin and a few more. He is interested in journalism and writing and had edited a monthly magazine that was published in Konkani, as well as a weekly one in Kannada. He had learned Urdu and Marathi while he was in jail and he learned Italian while training in the seminary. His mother tongue is Konkani.

Gayatri Wailissa is from Indonesia and was born in Ambon, Maluku. By the time she was 16 years old, she could communicate in around 13 different languages. These languages include Italian, English, Dutch, Spanish, Chinese, German, Arabic, French, Korean, Japanese, Russian and others.

Alex Rawlings is an undergraduate student studying at Oxford University and is only 20 years old. He was recently named the “most multilingual student” in Britain. He had spoken 11 different languages with people who speak the languages as their mother tongue. He can speak Greek, English, French, Italian, German, Russian, Hebrew, Afrikaans, Dutch, Spanish and Catalan. He was raised speaking English, a bit of French and Greek with his mother. He is studying Russian and German at Oxford and had taught himself the other languages to be able to speak to others while traveling.

Bulcsú László a writer, linguist, information scientist, accentologist and translator from Croatia. He can speak over 40 languages, including Sumerian, Hittite, Akkadian, English, Sanskrit, German, Latin and French. He had originally started to study electrical engineering before turning and studying Slavic. He had been employed at the Faculty of Philosophy, but has taught courses about Slavic languages to many different universities before getting his doctorate in 1986 from the University of Chicago. These universities include Indiana University, Yale University and University of Chicago.

Frans Timmermans is a politician in the Netherlands and currently holds the position of Minister of Foreign Affairs. He can speak 7 different languages, including his mother tongues Limburgish and Dutch. He can also speak Spanish, German, English, Italian, Russian and French.

Zdeno Chára is from Slovakia and is a professional player for the NHL. He can speak 7 different languages besides his mother tongue of Slovack, including Czech, Swedish, Polish, German, English and Russian.

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