Are you a polyglot?
- Posted by: oupseminars
- Category: Blog
How many languages do you speak? You may in fact already be a polyglot without actually realising. A polyglot is simply defined as someone who knows and is able to use several languages. Getting there, however, may take a vast amount of time, effort and dedication.
Some people think language learning is genetic, a skill we are born with. Others think that age is a contributing factor, that children are better equipped to learn languages than adults. Maybe it’s due to our memory capacity or even the sensation of a lack of progress and an inability to communicate with native speakers. In this inspiring and thought-provoking TED Talk language blogger Benny Lewis seeks to eliminate these preconceptions as to why we and our students struggle to learn a new language.
He discusses his transition from monoglot to polyglot and explains that the biggest obstacle to overcome is in fact personal motivation and a desire to communicate in another language. Watch the video as he shares how a simple change in his outlook opened up an entirely different world while also sharing some tricks and tips to hacking language learning.
And for all you polyglots and language learners, why not try the “Guess the Language” quiz put together by Oxford Dictionaries?
Finally, we hope you can spread some of your motivation for teaching languages to your students to create a fun and immersive environment.