16-Year Old Can Speak 23 Languages

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16-year old Timothy Doner of New York City started learning Hebrew to better understand Israeli rap music. Now he can speak 23 languages, including Hindi, Arabic, Latin, Swahili and Ojibwe. Doner uses the Internet to have conversations with people around the world and quickly absorbs new languages as he does so.

-via Slate (warning: auto-sound)

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Impressive, but it does highlight what an impossible task it would be if we all wanted to learn everyone else's language, just to communicate with them. I could spend years learning French and Spanish, only to find that they are pretty much useless when I go to Germany or Denmark, for example. At some point we may as well all give in and speak English, simply because that's the second language of choice around the world.
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