Polyglotism in politics

What is polyglotism?
When you know and can use multiple languages then you are a polyglot. With a developed intellect, when you optimize your learning technique with experience you will become increasingly efficient as you go onto learn new languages.

Benefits of multilingualism
Multilingualism helps you to tap your intellectual capabilities and develops it. You start associating other things in life and approach problem solving carrying your learning to life in general. Your ears become sharper and you listen more than just hear deciding intelligently the information to keep and the one to discard.

Your grasp over your first/native language improves, you tend to construct better sentences, and your language becomes more sophisticated. You suddenly become a conversational wizard, your vocabulary shoots up and being eloquent feels second nature.

You can now enjoy and absorb another culture in the same way that a native does. You are now a notch higher in the social circles because of this added advantage. Polyglotism opens up new opportunities and gives you a upper hand in the job market too.

What is political polyglotism?
When a political polyglot drops a phrase in a foreign language, it is either an attempt to express friendship or contempt. The biggest examples in history being John Kennedy saying “Ich bin ein Berliner” or Bill Clinton touching on “Shalom, Khaver” at the funeral of Yitzhak Rabbin. Again the Turkish prime-minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan shouting out at the Israelis in Hebrew “Lo Tirthzakh” expressing hostility.

Mastering languages Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton, well known for authoring «The Arabian Nights» was also renowned for his trips to Asia and Africa. He spoke 29 European, Asian and African languages. His expertise in Arabic enabled him to make the pilgrimage to Mecca as he was undetected as a European. Hillary Rodham Clinton could proudly make the comment that “America is ready for a multilingual president” self proclaiming her multilinguistic qualities.

Importance of polyglotism in politics
Parliamentary polyglots have an interesting role to play in politics. In the European parliament, Yorkshire-born Daniel Pashley confirmed that understanding politics was no easy and you need to learn a lot of technical languages, but overall they are easy to understand and quite predictable unlike a soap opera. It did take time to learn to have confidence in your judgment of words.

The European Union has got 23 official languages, the official documents are translated in all of them and the speakers at the Parliament may decide to speak in any one of them with simultaneous repetition. Multilingualism is therefore practiced in Europe and they take an effort to teach their children another language apart from English simply to prevent the Union from falling apart.

Nick Clegg is a British Polyglot political activist, who is an internationalist of Russian and Dutch descent, can speak fluent in six languages including Dutch, Spanish and German. When he goes to Madrid he stuns the natives with his immaculate Spanish, there is no better way to flatter a German than to speak in his or her tongue and Dutch is his mother-tounge, so cant be better than anyone when he rattles off in Dutch. The deputy prime-minister is therefore, in good touch with his neighbours. This is always an additional advantage in politics. You can act that you are one of them when you are visiting any of the states/countries and the locals also treat you more cordially when you speak in their language. Its a human trait.

Therefore, polyglotism in politics is always an added advantage wherein you are a rung higher than your monolingual counterparts, especially when it comes to international conferences.


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