Theories of Polyglotism

There are many theories explaining polyglotism. It is definitely recognized that somebody who is interested in a language, has a fair enough intellect, optimizes his learning technique with experience will surely become efficient as he picks up each new language. Such an individual is able to master new languages much more efficiently than an average person. In the areas of grammar and vocabulary certain languages like French and English overlap, so it becomes easier to connect these two.

Theoretical polyglotism suggests that hard work and the right type of motivation is responsible for polyglotism, though one theory says that a spike in a baby’s testosterone levels while still in the uterus can graduate brain asymmetry. Neuroscientist Katrin Amunts has studied the brain of German polyglot Emil Krebs and discovered that the part of the brain which is responsible for language called the Broca’s area is differently organized in comparison to the brains of any monolingual.

Some examples of polyglot theories are :

Maya Angelou: She is an American writer who speaks English, Spanish, French, Italian, Arabic and Fanti making her a colourful personality in the literature world.

Barry Farber: He is a host in radio talk show, who can speak Albanian, Bengali, Bulgarian, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, German, French, Hungarian, Hebrew, Korean, Indonesian, Italian, Portuguese, Mandarin, Serbo-Croatian, Norwegian, Russian, Tibetan, Spanish, Swedish and Yiddish.

Steve Kaufman: He is a former diplomat and also a businessman who became a language enthusiast through the website. His site shares with others the methodology that he implemented to learn the languages that he knows, which are English, Mandarin, French, Japanese, German, Cantonese, Swedish, Spanish and some Portuguese and Russian as well.

Ziad Fazah: He wanted to become an interpreter, since he was a child and developed an aptitude for learning languages. He learnt Albanian, Arabic, Amharic, Armenian, Bengali, Azeri, Bulgarian, Burmese, Cantonese, Cambodian, Czech, Cypriot, Dutch, Danish, Dzongkha, Fijian, English, Finnish, German, French, Greek, Hindi, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Icelandic, Italian, Korean, Japanese, Kyrgyz, Malagasy, Lao, Malay, Maltese, Mongolian, Mandarin, Nepali, Papiamento, Norwegian, Pashto, Persian, Portuguese, Polish, Romanian, Serbo-Croatian, Russian, Singapore Colloquial English, Spanish, Sinhalese, Swahili, Thai, Swedish, Tajik, Turkish, Tibetan, Urdu, Vietnamese, Uzbek, and Wu Chinese in his early twenties and stopped after that.

The above are just a few from a vast number of polyglots and theories defining polyglotism vary from their skill and aptititude and each case is unique.

Theories defining polyglotism:

Polyglots worldwide are of the opinion that there are no perfect courses to start with the language, it depends upon your choice and which language you want to acquire. When you start off with a new language first you have to know the basic grammar and vocabulary to take off. You need to understand practicing grammar in an intuitive natural way.

Intelligence in Polyglotism:

It is important to understand that the ability to learn and speak a language is not an overnight job, it will take time to develop. No shortcuts and no magic tricks. The only advantage is that the intelligence level in polygotism might be superior in one than the other.


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