This Man Speaks 32 Different Languages

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Ioannis Ikonomou works for the European Commission as a translator. It’s a prestigious position, and yet it still sells him short. You see, Ioannis speaks 32 living languages.

He belongs to a very small and special group of people called hyperpolyglots who have the extraordinary ability to attain fluency in many different tongues.According to Ioannis, there’s no special trick or easy way to become a hyperpolyglot, but the best way to start is to boldly put yourself out there and SPEAK.

A polyglot is a person with a command of many languages. A polyglot may also be called a multilingual person; the label “multilingual” is used for communities as well as individual speakers.

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He studied linguistics at the University of Thessaloniki before pursuing an MA in Middle Eastern languages and cultures at Columbia University in the United States. He continued with a PhD in Indo-European linguistics at Harvard University.

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