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APW 002: How Hyperpolyglot, Emanuele Marini, Learn to Speak 30+ Languages

How can one learn to speak 30+ language in 23 years?  (Yes, thats 1.3 language a year)

But wait, “Thats not possible right?”

That was my first thought when I heard someone yelled,

“HEY! This guy can speak more than 30+ languages!” at the Polyglot Conference in Budapest.

I was like “What?”

My next thought, “Prove it.”

And Emanuele did not disappoint.

Many polyglots at the Polyglot Conference verified it with the languages that we know.

Alex Rawlings, UK’s Most Multilingual Student, who can speak 11+ languages himself said this about Emanuele,

“It’s not only the range of languages that amazes me, also the depth in each language.  Thats amazing.”

Watch Emanuele in action, then learn how he did it in this first time ever, English interview with Emanuele.

Hyperpolyglot Emanuele In Action

We were only able to test 16 languages, he knows so many that no one at the conference can speak.

But we believe him :)

Emanuele’s Story and His Language Learning Method

What I Learned From Emanuele

Although his method is traditional, as it’s text book and written based first, there are three things that stood out for me.

  1. Learn the sentence structures of your target language first (Which is similar to Tim Ferriss’ method)
  2. Create a communication with someone by filling in those sentence structures with vocabularies (Very high chance that those vocabs are high frequency vocabs)
  3. If you mastered your method, I mean, REALLY mastered it, you can produce amazing result no matter what your method is

Over to you.

What stood out for you and what did you learn in this interview?

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  • Anna

    Woah! that guy’s just amazing! a very particular man, indeed, also very talkative and his laugh is so contagious!
    If I understood well he has over 400 dictionaries! that’s about +10 per language!
    I always thought that a balanced approach towards language learning was the best one, but his successes makes you wonder a little… Although I guess all depends on your needs and likes, also in your personality.

    His anecdote made me laugh, first time I hear that knowing a language put someone in a hard position!

    I hope you know already what ortography and homophones are :p

    PS: promising blog and great interview, hope you post regularly 😉

    • Brian Kwong

      Thanks Anna :) What I got most from this interview is that, there is more than one way to learn a language. Just need to experiment a method and routine that works for you :)
      Thanks for your support!

  • jojo

    I’m a Chinese French English polyglot. After watching all the videos on youtube about polyglottery, I’m disappointed to say that no western polyglot can speak Chinese fluently.

    • Brian Kwong

      Well Jojo, that’s not true, Luca can speak great Mandarin, I spoke with him and another Austrian polyglot in length during a train ride before :)

    • Marcus

      Are you sure? I notice that many asians like to hold their language in high esteem and even if a foreigner is 99% fluent which might be even more than most natives, they will still nitpick on some minor technicality.

  • Emmanuel

    “Language is not of our property, it’s a gift we receive from other people.” I LOVE that way of conceiving language! I have an awesome “tocayo” out there :)

  • Vladimir Georgiev

    I was at the polyglot gathering in Berlin and talked to Emanuele in my native language(Bulgarian) and his level is fantastic =)

  • pregret

    This is very impressive! I admire his tenacity and desire to learn. However all the languages he learned are similar in roots, with lots of overlapping vocabulary and grammar structures. Having grown up with Chinese, English, French and Spanish, and then picking up Japanese, Italian, Arabic and Turkish later in life, I can see how easy it is for him to quickly grasp a new EE language, especially when he already knows so many. Have yet to see someone who can be fluent (both in reading and writing) in various language families, not just one.