Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Alex Rawlings, Oxford University Student, Speaks 11 Languages

Alex Rawlings and other Polyglots

Meet Alex Rawlings. He is a student of foreign languages, but he's not really like you or me...
  1. Watch the video and decide what the secret to his success is.You can find the video at the BBC site...
  2. What does it really mean to be "fluent" in a language?
  3. Read some of the comments people have made. Whose opinion do you agree with most?
  4. Alex can currently speak 11 languages:  English, Greek, German, Spanish, Russian, Dutch, Afrikaans, French, Hebrew, Catalan and Italian.  Group them according to how similar they are.
  5. Cover up the language in the top left and try to guess which language he is speaking. How can you tell? What are the distinctive features of  Dutch, compared to Afrikaans, for example.
Here are some interesting polyglots. Who do find most impressive? Tim, Benny, or Alex?

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