Moving into the Polyglot Age

By Neil Madden, Monday, 30th September 2013 | 0 comments
Filed under: Language Training.

Acquiring a range of different languages is easier than you might think, writes Neil Madden...

If someone said to you ‘flisni me mua’, would you know what it meant, or even which language was being spoken? With some 225 indigenous languages, Europe’s linguistic heritage is rich and diverse; a fact to be celebrated. But how good are Europeans at learning the languages of their near (and not so near) neighbours?

Many Europeans may think that a monolingual way of life is the norm. But between a half and two-thirds of the world’s population is bilingual to some degree, and a significant number are ‘plurilingual’, that is, they have some level of competence in a range of languages (understanding, and/or writing, and/or talking, …)

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