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 Message 1 of 58
02 October 2010 at 1:03am | IP Logged 
This site's description of Ziad Fazah is perhaps in need of editing.

http://how-to-learn-any-language.com/e/guide/ziad-fazah.html wrote:
If by linguist you mean a person who loves and knows many languages (thus not always a specialist of linguistics), then the world's current best linguist is a Lebanese man who lives in Brasil named Ziad Fazah. Actually, the word polyglot is better but less used. The guy speaks, reads and understand more than 40 languages, most of them learned before he was 20!

He has been invited several times on TV shows and has been tested by speakers of such odd (please excuse me) languages as mongolian and hungarian, always with success.


Ziad Fazah clearly has some significant knowledge and competence in several languages, but his test results have not been uniformly positive.

Is anyone interested in coming up with a more accurate description? Please only do so if you intend to take all available information into account; neither a glowing description of his strongest languages or a roasting for his failures in basic comprehension in his weaker ones strikes me as appropriate.


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22 January 2011 at 9:41pm | IP Logged 
I know there has been a lot of talk about Ziad Fazah on this forum and I know that there are people out there who will hate me for reviving this thread...but...

I have to...

Ziad Fazah has just started his own YouTube channel and is making videos in different languages. See what you think: http://www.youtube.com/user/srcforeignlanguages
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22 January 2011 at 10:12pm | IP Logged 
Finally!!

I am afraid his Mandarin is a bit far off. Sounds like a beginner. For sure he needs more work on it.

His English is actually very fluent. You may not tell from his video. But I did talk to him on the phone 3 years ago. He is a friendly guy. I enjoyed talking to him.

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22 January 2011 at 11:24pm | IP Logged 
I wouldn't say his English was anything to write home about. Considering he is the
'world's greatest living polyglot' I would have thought that his English would have been
alot better than it is, given it's gloabl status. His accent sounds like he has had
Pimsleur on repeat for the last 20 years as well.
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22 January 2011 at 11:30pm | IP Logged 

I found his English to be stilted and robotic. I can't comment on his Chinese or Japanese.

I see he is still clinging to that title of "greatest living polyglot"...I think it would be wise for him to drop that act, because he is going to get absolutely eviscerated if he is unable to back up his claims.

Not a very impressive debut...I think we have more accomplished and humble polyglots right here on the forum, including the man who provided the link.
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23 January 2011 at 1:21am | IP Logged 
His Chinese and Japanese sound robotic too. His Chinese sounds least stilted to me, but then I don't speak Chinese and it STILL sounds bad.
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23 January 2011 at 8:58am | IP Logged 
Torbyrne wrote:
I know there has been a lot of talk about Ziad Fazah on this forum and I know that there are people out there who will hate me for reviving this thread...but...

I have to...

Ziad Fazah has just started his own YouTube channel and is making videos in different languages. See what you think: http://www.youtube.com/user/srcforeignlanguages


Thanks for posting this link, Torbyrne!

I don't understand Mandarin or Japanese, but I listened to his video in English.

Here's the link: http://www.youtube.com/user/srcforeignlanguages#p/a/u/0/ouvA SFj0q1k

In this video he presents his name Ziad Fazah and says literally:

"I do keep being the greatest living polyglot in Guiness Book internationally and nationally."

I personally prefer polyglots who are modest people without any need to boast about their abilities or making absolute claims.

Fasulye



Edited by Fasulye on 23 January 2011 at 9:14am

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23 January 2011 at 12:59pm | IP Logged 
I just watched the youtube, and I have to say and confirm that, I have to really concentrate alot to understand his self-introduction in Mandarin and Japanese. As a matter of fact, for most parts of the self-introduction, I really have no clue as to what he was saying.   

Edited by noriyuki_nomura on 23 January 2011 at 12:59pm



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