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Not the heroes we thought we needed but the heroes we really needed all along
Dorothy Wang on Rich Kids of Beverly Hills (via equaaanimity)
WHAAT DOES THIS MEAN I CAN’T WATCH THE SHOW HERE :(
Steal his look - Bulbasaur
yay ur back
I like his outfit, but it scares me when people’s eyes are looking in two directions :(
need to get my chest like that soon.
This vid is a couple of years old, but it hit the front page of Reddit this week and came to our attention. We love the infectious enthusiasm that this guy has for new languages and his love of connecting with people across the globe as they support each other’s language learning.
The comment thread on Reddit is interesting - quite a few people ask what criteria need to me bet to earn the label ‘polyglot’ (which simply means "many tongues" or "many languages").
A polyglot is generally described as someone who has the ability to gain mastery or fluency several languages. It is a contested concept though. This forum of self-identifying polyglots (and aspiring polyglots) discusses their various criteria for achieving polyglot status. Michael Erard’s Babel No More looks at hyperglots who push the limits of what we know about the human ability to learn multiple languages.
This young person is clear in saying he is a learner in many of the 20 languages he presents in the video, and doesn’t make claims to fluency or proficiency in all of them.
So does that make this person a polyglot?
Language proficiency is a contested area and it’s tough to find consistency in how organisations or theorists classify it.
Proficiency is hard to measure - for example people might know lots of words, but use bad grammar, or be able to listen and understand most things but have poor speaking skills (such as children of migrants). Or someone may be very fluent in an office environment, but doesn’t have the vocabulary to talk about sport.
One framework for assessing competency is the Common European Framework of Reference of Languages. Its six reference levels are becoming widely accepted as the European standard for grading an individual’s language proficiency. CEFR levels can be compared to other common tests of proficiency across the globe (see this set of comparisons).
Ideas of linguistic competence and communicative competence have been tossed around for quite some time, by some of the big thinkers in linguistics and language acquisition - think Noam Chomsky and Dell Hymes. You can find more here on that.
So while we continue to debate the standards and definitions of polyglotism, let’s take a moment to applaud this young person’s energy, enthusiasm and commitment to language learning. We think he’s making the world a better place.