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Why I taught myself 20 languages — and what I learned about myself in the process

Fascinating article about languages and understanding other cultures through them

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During the past few years, I’ve been referred to in the media as “The World’s Youngest Hyperpolyglot” — a word that sounds like a rare illness. In a way it is: it describes someone who speaks a particularly large number of foreign languages, someone whose all-consuming passion for words and systems can lead them to spend many long hours alone with a grammar book.

But while it’s true that I can speak in 20 different languages, including English, it took me a while to understand that there’s more to language than bartering over kebabs in Arabic or ordering from a menu in Hindi. Fluency is another craft altogether.

I began my language education at age thirteen. I became interested in the Middle East and started studying Hebrew on my own. For reasons I still don’t quite understand, I was soon hooked on the Israeli funk group Hadag Nachash, and would…

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How to stop caring what other people think about you

Wise words from a wise man

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We humans are like glass. It can be quite a process to build ourselves up. We may read self help books, make resolutions every January, or avoid voicing our opinion when we fear others may disagree with it. But, when a rock of judgement comes hurling our way it shatters us and everything we took so long to build up. Like many others I was a victim of self-consciousness. I would walk around school with my head held low avoiding situations that would help benefit me. Now, even though my situation has not changed I have been able to gain confidence and most importantly not care about others opinions (except for when there is something that can help me be a better person).
Psychology has always been a very interesting subject to me, and thankfully because of my interest in it I have been able to help myself gain confidence…

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