For those looking to work in the world of localization, speaking at least two languages is almost always a must. And while most in the industry can claim at least bilingual status, there are a special few – polyglots – who blow most everyone else straight out of the water.
In her article titled “The secret to learning languages” published in Canada’s CBCNews, Colleen Ross explores the character of the polyglot, a person who speaks not two, but multiple languages. Exploring the questions of learning techniques, innate aptitude and even hyperpolyglots, those who speak an extremely high number of languages (including one man who, according to legend, knew a total of 72), Ross mixes her personal experience in linguistics with research and references in exploring a topic that is not often touched upon by most.
The result? An interesting and thought-provoking piece.