With Babbel, SLN launched the search for the most multilingual student in Canada and discovered Georges Awad from McGill, who speaks 19 languages!
Hey, did you hear that? (ALL)
Did you know that the Canadian Census of 2016 showed that 18% of Canadians speak two or more languages? This points to the highest level of multilingualism recorded in Canada
So when we merged the application with the application, teaching it, Babbelle, to find the most multilingual student in Canada, we had reasonable expectations. We decided to find someone who made an impression on us, speaking in a handful of languages. But we never expected to meet someone like 20-year-old George Awaad, who says he speaks 19 different languages. 19!
So we had a little chat with him
In fact, he doesn't speak 19 languages
English, French, Arabic, Japanese, Portuguese, Italian, German, Russian, Hebrew, Romanian, Swedish, Georgian, Armenian, Cantonese, Korean, Esperanto and Dutch. That's 19 languages. And George talks to them all
We're not just talking about a few words here and there. He can actually talk to them at the colloquial level. He had even proved that to several different linguistic experts in Babbel
Of course, someone was harder to pick up than the others. As his own French presenter, Geroges found other languages with Latin languages such as Portuguese and Esperanto were easier to master. While languages such as Georgian, Mandarin and Arabic, were complex thanks to their structure and grammar
How does he teach them all?
It began when he was 10 years old and his grandfather with Arabic began to help him learn the languages. He always remembers that they like different sound signals, but that's what makes sense when he really starts to recognize his interest. He would also appreciate the way in which those languages had been connected to other cultures over time
Georges, whose first language is French, selects languages using a variety of means. Conversations with friends, using applications, and viewing YouTube videos are just some of its preferred resources. Sometimes he will also listen to music, watch movies or even use Google Translate
If you want to know, I do
Considering that SLN is still only struggling with the main English language, be aware that we have made an impression on us
Multilingual Trip to Berlin
Today, he's just a miren with his linguistic skills more than ever. Georges confirms that he likes to study different languages, and that he does not like working with him
It didn' t stop the Babbel team from being commended on it. Ted Mentele, their editor in didactics, said, "As a staff of hundreds of linguists from around the world, we are immensely impressed by the George's team, especially for someone so young."
It is worth noting that the prize he won will be at his guest at the headquarters of Babbel HQ in Berlin, where he will enjoy one of the brightest and linguistically diverse capitals of Europe. He will also see how these language skills can be applied in a professional environment. According to his own words on a business trip, "You bet I'm very excited."
What's next, more languages?
You'll never guess what he's learning. Yeah, he's completing a linguistic degree in McGill, how do you know? He hopes to eventually turn this degree into teaching and research linguistics at the university
As for the next, more languages, obviously
At the moment, he is doing his best to help keep the endangered languages around the world. Its sights are currently set in the project to document the Mayan language of northern Guatemala/southern Mexico
He's already started collecting data
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