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Why become a polyglot?

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Voltman
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Australia
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 Message 1 of 21
14 February 2011 at 6:59pm | IP Logged 
Why do so many people on here choose to become a polyglot? I mean is it just because of a passion for learning languages or other reaons?
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polyglHot
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 Message 2 of 21
14 February 2011 at 7:39pm | IP Logged 
I didn't choose it, I have merely been traveling for a long time, and the developing
world doesn't speak any English...
So I guess this is my reason for continuing my studies.
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Iversen
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 Message 3 of 21
14 February 2011 at 8:38pm | IP Logged 
Maybe I just like to collect things and to cover as much territory as possible? I don't go on holiday the same place every year, my music collection isn't restrricted to one composer and I like several kinds of pizza. So why shouldn't I want to know many languages instead of just limiting myself to one or two?
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Mauritz
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 Message 4 of 21
14 February 2011 at 9:00pm | IP Logged 
I feel that every language gives me a different perspective on life.
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darkwhispersdal
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 Message 5 of 21
14 February 2011 at 9:08pm | IP Logged 
Allows me to understand what my favourite groups are singing about
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jeff_lindqvist
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 Message 6 of 21
15 February 2011 at 1:45am | IP Logged 
Why not, Voltman? Why limit yourself? Nobody says you have to master each one. Besides, I know plenty who have devoted a lot of time to several sports/music instruments/etc. and are quite successful (not on a world professional level, but still quite good).
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jimbo
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 Message 7 of 21
15 February 2011 at 2:51am | IP Logged 
Voltman wrote:
Why do so many people on here choose to become a polyglot?


Multilingual labels on beer bottles.
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Fasulye
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 Message 8 of 21
15 February 2011 at 6:51am | IP Logged 
When I was in my 20-s I was totally focused on the Dutch language and people gave me the hint that I could achieve more with languages in general. Later on in my 30-s I got the chance to go to university again where I could study Romance languages, so then I wanted to try that out.

Fasulye

Edited by Fasulye on 15 February 2011 at 6:54am



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