The Most Inspiring and Famous Polyglots in the World

At MosaLingua, we often speak about the best techniques, tips, methods, and the like, for learning a language. We also write a lot of articles about the benefits of knowing multiple languages and talk about how to be an avid language learner. Today, I’ll be doing all three, as I’ll be talking about the most inspiring and famous polyglots in the world! Here, you’ll find out who those famous polyglots are, how many languages they speak, how they learn languages and links to their websites where you can find their advice for learning languages and more!

Famous Polyglots

The Most Inspiring and Famous Polyglots in the World^

Polyglots, or Poliglots and poligot as they are called in other languages, are people who speak many languages. The word polyglot comes from the Greek word poluglōttos, which literally means more than one tongue. Technically speaking, anyone who speaks more than one language is a polyglot. But most bilingual people don’t consider themselves polyglots. This is due to the fact that most people think that being part of the “polyglot club” means that you should be able to speak at least three languages. This is the definition we’ll be relying on for this article about the most inspiring and famous polyglots.

I have created a separate section for hyperpolyglots, people who know 12 or more languages. I will start with the famous polyglots, then I will present my selection of hyperpolyglots and I will finish off the list with a bonus polyglot!

What’s the difference between a polyglot and a hyperpolyglot?^

Hyperpolyglots and polyglots are both terms that refer to people who can speak more than one language. Although some people think that the two terms mean the same thing, there is a small difference.

We consider a polyglot to be fluent in more than three languages, whereas a hyperglot is a person who is proficient in at least twelve languages.

Our List of Inspiring and Famous Polyglots^

Olly Richards^

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Olly Richards is a language expert who runs the blog I Will Teach You a Language, a very interesting podcast and YouTube channel. He has eight languages under his belt and a lot of incredibly valuable tips to share on how to most effectively learn a language. He is a fan of the Spaced Repetition System and of flashcards. So much so, in fact, that he recently published a very positive review of the MosaLingua apps: check the video here.

Our co-founder Luca had the chance to interview him recently, and picked up a lot of useful tips about how to immerse yourself in a language without moving abroad (check out the video below).

Country: United Kingdom
Spoken Languages: English (native), Japanese, Cantonese, Portuguese, Spanish, French, Italian and Arabic
YouTube Channel: Olly Richards
Blog: www.iwillteachyoualanguage.com
Products: Language Learning Foundations Video CourseIntermediate Spanish Academy
How he learns language: listening to audio material, talking, using flashcards and SRS

 

Benny Lewis^

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When you think about famous polyglots, one of the first names that comes to mind is without a doubt Benny Lewis, also known as the Irish Polyglot.
Benny Lewis likes to define himself as a “fun-loving Irish guy, full-time globetrotter and international bestselling author.” Yes, because in between all the traveling, public speaking, blogging and language learning, Benny also somehow finds the time to write books.

Benny runs Fluent in 3 Months, one of the most popular language learning blogs in the world. The project started with his challenge to live in different countries and become conversational in the local language in just three months. We are big fans of his language-hacking-based approach. Benny loves finding shortcuts to getting by in a language in a very short amount of time. He also encourages people to accept and embrace their mistakes, which are part of the learning process. Benny shares our passion for flashcards and the SRS method, so it’s no surprise that we like his work.

Below is an interview we recorded with Benny in Berlin. He also wrote a nice review of MosaLingua apps on his blog, Fluent in 3 Months.

Country: Ireland
Spoken Languages: English (native), Spanish, Esperanto, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Mandarin Chinese, American Sign Language, Dutch and Irish
YouTube Channel: Benny Lewis
Blog:www.fluentin3months.com
Product: FI3M Premium – Why (language name) is Easy – Language Hacking Series (French, Spanish, German and Italian)
How he learns language: talking, hacking the language, flashcards, SRS

 

Lydia Machova^

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Lydia has learned seven languages without living abroad by using common polyglot methods. She uses her website as a way to help others do the same. Originally from Slovakia, Lydia is a professional language mentor and interpreter. She believes that the most important aspect of learning a language is being able to communicate in everyday situations.

She emphasizes the importance of speaking. This means that even if you don’t have a great command of spelling and grammar, you can still communicate. That being said, Lydia actually does have a good command of Esperanto, Spanish, Polish and English in speaking as well as  spelling and grammar, so she can use these languages for written communication quite proficiently.

Country: Slovakia
Spoken Languages: Slovak, English, German, Spanish, French, Polish, Esperanto, Russian
Blog:www.languagementoring.com

 

 

Jimmy Mello^

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Jimmy Mello, also known as “the Brazilian Polyglot,” has his own language school in Brazil and writes books on language, making full use of his two university degrees: Linguistics and Pedagogy.
Unlike your typical Brazilian person who loves soccer, Jimmy’s passion (and hobby) is learning languages. Despite his extensive knowledge of language, he has surprisingly never lived abroad. He attributes his language-learning capacity to motivation, dedication, and commitment. Jimmy has an incredible energy and his real gift is being able to share his enthusiasm and passion for languages. He is the author of the Mello Method, which is entirely based on speaking the language you want to learn. Jimmy is also a fan of flashcards and apps.

Country: Brazil
Spoken Languages: Portuguese (native), English, Spanish, Italian, French, Catalan, Polish, Russian and Esperanto
Blog: www.brazilianpolyglot.com
YouTube Channel: My Polyglot TV
Products: The Mello Method
How he learns languages: speaking them from an early stage, using flashcards and apps

Aaron Myers^

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Aaron is someone who wanted to be everything when he grew up, and that’s pretty much what happened. So far, he has been a whitewater rafting and adventure guide, bus driver, religious worker in Mexico, waiter, Boy Scout camp program director, ESL teacher and high school English teacher. After getting married, he went back to university to get ESL teaching credentials, and that’s where he started being interested in languages. He and his wife moved to Turkey as Christian missionaries, and he now teaches English and keeps a blog that includes tips for learning languages.

Country: USA
Spoken Languages: English (native), Turkish, Spanish
Blog: www.aarongmyers.weebly.com

Donovan Nagel^

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Donovan, like most people, started learning a foreign language at school. And, like most people, he didn’t like it, nor was it truly enough to learn a language.  It was when he started studying theology in college that he got a taste of what language learning should be like: enjoyable. He first started with Ancient Hebrew and Greek, and moved on to Arabic, Italian, Korean, Russian, and the list goes on. He combines his love for traveling, languages, and his wife by learning languages while traveling abroad with her. Donovan has two websites: one is for learning different Arabic dialects, and the other is about languages in general. They’re both worth taking a look at!

Donovan hails from Australia and is a big believer that you don’t need to know grammar to learn a language. He argues that the best way to learn a language is to copy the way we learned a language as a kid. Even before their first grammar lesson, children learn by listening to and imitating their parents. His theory is that as children, we learn sentences in fragments instead of individual words. For example, “look at that!” instead of “look,” “at,” and “that” as individual words.

Country: Australia
Spoken LanguagesEnglish (native), Egyptian Arabic, MSA, Korean, Russian, Irish, Ancient Hebrew and Greek
YouTube Channel: mezzoguild
Blog: www.mezzoguild.com

Judith Meyer^

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Judith is a polyglot who is also a computer programmer. Not being able to choose just one as her career, she killed two birds with one stone by making use of both skillsets to build programs for language learning. Which makes sense, for someone who was conversational in eight languages and could understand five computer languages by her 18th birthday! The way she learns a language is by finding an area of interest in the language, be it a TV series, music or a book, and concentrates on being able to understand that. She also highly recommends finding native speakers to practice with and reinforce what you’ve learned.

Country: Germany
Spoken Languages: German (native), English, French, Italian, Esperanto, Chinese, Swahili, Greek, Spanish, Indonesian and Dutch

Conor Clyne^

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Conor is another perfect example that shows that you don’t have to be born in a multilingual environment to learn a language. He first started studying a foreign language when he was 21… Fast-forward 10 years, and he now knows 11! After having lived in France for an Erasmus year, he saw that his French was improving. It was then that he realized that he wasn’t bad with languages, but rather that most schools aren’t good at teaching languages (a common realization for famous polyglots). Through his language-learning experience, he has learned the right and wrong ways to learn a language. Conor runs a very nice vlog about traveling and learning languages (see links below).

Country: Ireland
Spoken Languages: English (native), French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Russian, Romanian, Irish and Catalan
Blog: www.languagetsar.com 
YouTube Channel: Language Tsar with Conor Clyne

Simon Ager^

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Simon Ager speaks 11 languages at a conversational level and has basic knowledge of another 13. He runs the Omniglot website, an encyclopedia of writing systems and languages, and also the Omniglot blog, where he writes about language and linguistics. In other words, Simon loves languages. However, he was not taught languages as a young child. In fact, he only knew one language until he was 11. He started studying languages at school, then studied more languages for his undergraduate degree, and that’s how it all started. He has lived in 6 different countries so far: England, Wales, France, Jersey, Taiwan and Japan. Despite truly deserving his spot in this article on the most famous polyglots, he isn’t just interested in languages. He also loves music; he sings, plays various instruments, and writes his own songs.

Country: Great Britain
Spoken Languages: English (native), Mandarin Chinese, French, Welsh, Irish, German, Scottish Gaelic, Manx, Japanese, Spanish and Esperanto
Blog: www.omniglot.com

Kerstin Cable^

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Kerstin Cable has accumulated a vast pool of knowledge about language learning. She blogs about new concepts, motivational tips and excellent techniques. She uses her own experience in learning new languages to give her readers amazing insight. You’ll love her savvy advice and engaging writing.

Kerstin believes that language learning is not just for those who are smart, rich, young and/or privileged, and she thinks it should be something that people enjoy doing. Additionally, she informs her readers that when y0u find the right resources and tools for you, language learning can even become easy.

Country: Germany
Spoken LanguagesGerman (native), French, Spanish and three others
Blog: www.fluentlanguage.co.uk

Martin Boehme^

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Martin Boehme creates interesting and informative posts on his blog Powlyglot to share his insider knowledge on studying languages.

He writes simple but informative articles that are easy to read and include tons of tactics and tips. You’ll find information on staying motivated, getting the most out of your language classes, and his own interesting anecdotes.

Boehme has experience teaching English to ESL students and has a declared love of linguistics in general. He also has a lot of experience in coding, which he has been doing for over ten years. Now, he combines his coding skills with his love of languages by coding in the different languages that he knows.

Country: German
Spoken Languages: Spanish, French, English, German, Japanese
Blog: www.martinboeh.me

Sam Gendrau^

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Sam didn’t care too much for languages until around six years ago, when he moved to Australia for two years. It was there that he began learning Korean with his partner. He soon moved onto another language, then another, and so on. He has since lived and traveled in Oceania, Southeast and East Asia, and across North America. His approach to language learning is similar to that of most famous polyglots: whether it is by listening to music, watching films, or reading books, make the process simple and enjoyable.

Country: USA
Spoken LanguagesFrench (native), English, Korean, Spanish and Portuguese
Blog: www.lingholic.com

Olle Linge^

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Olle is a Swedish language enthusiast who has a degree in teaching English and Mandarin Chinese. He runs a website dedicated to learning Chinese and is a Chinese language coach. As all famous polyglots do, he believes in studying languages, but, because he loves games and sports, he makes sure that language learning is as fun as possible. Apart from his own blog, he writes a lot of articles on learning Chinese on Skritter and about.com.

Country: Sweden
Spoken LanguagesSwedish (native), Mandarin Chinese, English, French and German
Blog: www.hackingchinese.com

Maha Yakoub^

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Maha is a Palestinian polyglot living in Italy, who first started teaching Arabic through private lessons and later moved to YouTube. You can find Arabic, Italian, and Hebrew lessons aimed at beginner and intermediate learners on her channel. She also teaches about Arab culture and shares traditional recipes. There is even a section where she talks about her experience and progress in the German language. Additionally, she organizes 12-day intensive courses to Palestine for people who want to learn Arabic. Despite being the object of islamophobia and negative criticism, she has calmly carried on teaching languages to this day. Maha truly deserves her spot on this list of the most inspiring and famous polyglots!

Country: Palestine
Spoken LanguagesArabic (native), Italian, Hebrew, German, English
Blog:
www.learnarabicwithmaha.wordpress.com

Brian Kwong^

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Brian is originally from Hong Kong, but moved to the U.S. when he was 12. There, he was bullied for his poor English skills, and because of this, he found it hard to learn English. Later in life, when he started Add1Challenge (encouraged by the support he received from other learners when he decided to learn German), he made sure it would be a pleasant, stress-free and encouraging environment. Something we love and completely agree with!

Country: Hong Kong
Spoken LanguagesMandarin, Cantonese, English, German, Romanian and Japanese
Products: http://add1challenge.com

Kris Broholm^

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Growing up, Kris was a top student. Not only that, but he loved foreign language lessons. That is, until the divorce of his parents, and, later, the death of his father. He fell into depression and felt as though he was moving through life without a true purpose. Higher education in Denmark is not only free, but paid, so this is what Kris did, and it is also where he was diagnosed with depression. What helped him out of this was watching famous polyglots on YouTube learn languages.

Learning languages while traveling is something he always wanted to do; it gave him a purpose and a reason to live. He now does exactly this, and his goal is to learn ten languages in ten years! On his website, he gives tips and talks about his language-learning journey to help others learn languages.

Kris Broholm doesn’t claim that you’ll become fluent in your target language overnight, or even over the course of a year. However, he does provide a massive range of resources to help inspire your language-learning journey. He also produces a podcast about resources, articles and inspirational people.

Country: Denmark
Spoken LanguagesDanish (native), English, German, Esperanto, Russian, and Hungarian
Blog: www.actualfluency.com/blog

Susanna Zaraysky^

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To say that Susanna loves traveling is an understatement, because she has traveled to 50 countries, and lived in nine of them! Needless to say, she is no stranger to languages. On her website, we learn that “she has given presentations at the Defense and State Departments of the United States to help diplomats and military personnel learn languages using music.” She has also spoken in various countries, at countless universities and conferences, and her language learning techniques have been featured on TV channels such as CNN, BBC, NBC, CBS and The Guardian. In other words, Susanna is a pretty incredible woman, and she fits in quite well with the rest of our famous polyglots!

Country: Russia
Spoken Languages: Russian (native), English (native), French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Serbo-Croatian
Blog: www.createyourworldbook.com/blog

Lindsay Williams^

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Lindsay first started learning French in primary school. She didn’t care too much about the language back then. However, getting to have croissants at the end of the year made her stick with it. She later developed a love for one of Shakira’s songs and decided to learn Spanish because of it. She took Spanish as an optional class, in addition to her French classes, and that’s how her love of languages grew. Having taught everyone from individuals to corporate groups, she now teaches languages online via Skype. Apart from teaching both French and Spanish, she is one of the most active on this list of famous polyglots as she vlogs, blogs and does podcasts about languages.

Country: Great Britain
Spoken Languages: English (native) Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch
Blog: www.lindsaydoeslanguages.com/blog


Gabriel Wyner
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Gabriel has a systematic approach for learning and teaching languages that he developed after learning German in 14 weeks. To prove that his method was effective, he became fluent in French in five months, and then learned Russian in nine months. He is a strong believer that leaners, at first, shouldn’t just translate, but should instead focus on the correct pronunciation. He also believes, like us and like many other famous polyglots, that they should use flashcards for memorizing vocabulary.

Country: USA
Spoken Languages: English (native), German, French, Russian, Italian, Hungarian, Japanese
Blog: fluent-forever.com/language-blog

Gabriel Gelman^

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Another Gabriel also made our list, this time from Germany. Gabriel Gelman is the creator of Sprachheld, one of the most popular language blogs in German-speaking countries.

Gabriel was raised bilingual (German and Russian), but did not stop there because he later decided to learn French and Spanish. During a talk at the polyglot gathering, he admitted that he is a lazy polyglot who is always looking for the best methods to learn a language without spending too much time and effort. Needless to say, we like this approach – get 80% of the results with only the 20% of the effort.

Luca interviewed Gabriel at the Polyglot Gathering 2017 in Bratislava (in French, but you can turn on English subtitles if needed).
Country: German
Spoken Languages: German (native), Russian, French, Spanish
Blog: https://www.sprachheld.de/

Emily Liedel^

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Emily started out as a journalist and later turned to copywriting, photography, translating, coaching, web designing, blogging and tour guiding. Her goal is to learn all of the UN official languages and become fluent in them by 2019. This means she would be able to communicate with close to 35 percent of the world’s population. Her blog gives tons of language-learning tutorials and tips that are great for those who are interested in learning the most common and useful languages.

Country: USA
Spoken LanguagesFrench, Russian, German, Chinese, Spanish and other languages
Blog: www.everydaylanguagelearner.com

Noel van Vliet^

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Noel van Vliet’s goal is for his readers to learn a new language as efficiently as possible. He is fluent in three languages and has a lot of valuable information to share. He also knows a lot about the benefits of learning a language. You can tell that Noel is passionate and cares about his readers. We really enjoy his “Case Studies,” where Noel tests out different techniques, products, and language learning tactics.

Country: USA
Spoken LanguagesSpanish, French, German, English, Italian and Japanese
Blog: www.smartlanguagelearner.com

 

Ellen Jovin^

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Ellen is a former freelance writer, and founder of Syntaxis, a communication skills training firm. In 2009, she decided to stop freelancing and start learning as many languages she could find in New York City (where about 800 languages are spoken) simply because of her love for New York and languages! The original plan was to only do this for a year, but she hasn’t been able to stop. To date, she has studied more than 20 languages! Her aim is not to learn the languages to full fluency, but to achieve a conversational level. On her blog, you can find out more about her experience with learning languages.

Country: USA
Spoken Languages: English, French and Spanish
Blog: www.ellenjovin.com/blog

Our List of Inspiring and Famous Hyperpolyglots^

As promised, this is the section for inspiring and famous polyglots who speak 12 or more languages!

Richard Simcott^

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Richard is a hyperpolyglot who has studied over 40 languages. He has been described as one of the most multilingual persons in the United Kingdom by HarperCollins and was named Ambassador for Multilingualism by the Goethe-Institut. One of the reasons he and Alex Rawlings are two of the most famous polyglots in the world is because of the annual Polyglot Conference they co-organize, which takes place every October. Apart from organizing this amazing event, Richard is a language consultant, offering his expertise on multilingual and multinational projects.

Country: United Kingdom
Spoken LanguagesEnglish (native), French, Spanish, Welsh, German, Macedonian, Swedish, Italian, Serbian/Bosnian/Croatian, Portuguese, Czech, Catalan, Russian, Dutch, Romanian and Albanian
YouTube channel: Richard Simcott
Blog: http://speakingfluently.com

Steve Kaufmann^

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Luckily Steve Kaufmann realized that the reason he was not “good at learning languages” was because of the traditional methods he was trying to use. He was only seventeen years old when he joined the polyglot club. Fifty odd years later, and he is now a hyperpolyglot and co-founder of Linq. Since his mid-fifties, he has started putting more effort in language learning, thus proving that it’s never too late to learn a language. Apart from being an avid language learner, he is also president of a company involved in the international wood products trade.

Country: Canada
Spoken LanguagesEnglish (native), Ukrainian, Korean, Romanian, Swedish, Portuguese, French, Spanish, German, Chinese, Czech, Russian, Italian and Japanese
YouTube channel: Steve Kaufmann – lingosteve
Blog: www.blog.thelinguist.com
Product: Linq

Luca Lampariello^

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Luca Lampariello is a famous polyglot from Rome (Italy). He has a very peculiar approach to language learning. It is based on bidirectional translation. Basically, Luca learns vocab and grammar by reading bilingual texts and constantly comparing the original to the translation. Lampariello has also mastered the art of the accent. If you ever hear him speaking your native language, you will be surprised by how close he can imitate a native speaker’s accent. We had the opportunity to interview him, so you can learn more about his approach here.

Besides being an amazing language learner, we love the fact that Luca Lampariello has a gift for sharing his passion for language – something we really care about!

Country: Italy
Spoken Languages: Italian (native), English, French, German, Spanish, Swedish, Russian, Dutch, Portuguese, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Polish and Hungarian.
YouTube Channel: Luca Lampariello
Products: training and courses on www.linguacore.com
How he learns language: translating, comparing bidirectional texts, speaking

Alex Rawlings^

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Alex is English and of Greek descent. In 2012, he competed against other famous polyglots to earn the title of Britain’s most multilingual student, beating Richard Simcott (above), who is now his business partner. He and Richard are co-organizers of the Polyglot Conference Luca Sadurny writes about here, and they also run polyglot workshops together. Alex also teaches four languages (English, German, Russian and Greek) and offers consulting and coaching services to people who wish to learn multiple languages at the same time.

Country: United Kingdom
Spoken LanguagesEnglish (native), French, German, Spanish, Greek, Dutch, Afrikaans, Italian, Catalan, Hebrew, German,  Russian, Yiddish, Hungarian and Serbian
Blog: http://rawlangs.com/ 

 

Vladimir Skultety^

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Vladimir’s language learning started early in life. He is originally from southeast Slovakia, which is not too far from Hungary. Although neither of his parents spoke the language, they decided to put him into a Hungarian immersion kindergarten class. Since he was living in what at the time was Czechoslovakia, he also learned Czech. At the age of eight, he went to live in the U.S., and moved to Austria when he was 12, thus learning both English and German. He went on to study in Italy and Russia, and later decided to learn French, Spanish and Portuguese. I think you know where this is going… Vladimir now speaks about 12 languages at a C1-C2 level. You can have a look at his incredible language skills in this video where he tries to speak 19 languages. He is now a translator and interpreter of Slovak, Mandarin Chinese and English.

Country: Slovakia
Spoken Languages: Slovak (native), English, Hungarian, Czech, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, German, Italian, French, Spanish, Serbian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Dutch, Japanese and Cantonese
Blog: www.foreverastudent.com
YouTube Channel: Vladimir Skultety
Products: Understanding Chinese Characters

 

Timothy Doner^

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Timothy is a Harvard student who has been referred to in the media as “The World’s Youngest Hyperpolyglot.” When he was thirteen, he started learning Hebrew through music, and, without actually realizing it, he memorized around 20 songs he liked. You can only imagine his disbelief when he looked up the lyrics and realized he had learned a few hundred words without even trying! And that’s how his language-learning journey to becoming one of the world’s most famous polyglots began. He started learning Arabic, moved to Persian, then Russian, then Mandarin, and so on. In 2014, he started The Teen Polyglot Challenge, where teens are challenged to begin learning a language in five weeks and send a video of themselves speaking the language in front of a camera. Apart from this, Timothy has given talks at Sapphire, TedxTeen and Apple. Not bad at all!

Country: USA
Spoken LanguagesEnglish (native), French, Hausa, Wolof, Russian, German, Yiddish, Hebrew, Arabic, Pashto, Persian, Mandarin, Italian, Turkish, Indonesian, Dutch, Xhosa, Kiswahili, Hindi, Ojibwe, Kinyarwanda, and Creole
YouTube Channel: 
Polyglot Pal

Emanuele Marini^

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Emanuele is a real mystery in the language learning world, but he is definitely in the famous polyglots club. He has practically no online presence, and was only “discovered” at the Polyglot Conference a few years ago. He was spontaneously tested (see video below) to see whether his claims were true, and, indeed, they were. His language-learning method is picking up books he finds interesting in any of the languages he wants to learn, and, using a dictionary (often of another language he’s learning), he goes on to decipher their meaning. Later in the process he does language exchanges, and, with the help of a native speaker, learns more of the language. After getting the basics down, he travels to a country where the language is spoken in order to meet natives and get a better grasp of the language. So, how many languages does Emanuele know? Oh, only 34!

Country: Italy
Spoken Languages: Italian (native), Albanian, Arabic, Armenian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Finnish, French, Greek, English, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Dutch, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, German, Turkish, Hungarian, Ukrainian, Latin, classical Greek and Hebrew

Cesco Reale^

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An Italian phonetics and pronunciation expert (IPA certified) and Esperanto lover, Cesco speaks a whopping 16 languages. He is the UN representative of the World Esperanto Association. He especially likes combining games, languages and math. He helps organize the Polyglot Gathering (first with Judith Meyer and now with Lydia Machova) and various other language-related events.

Country: Italy
Spoken Languages: Italian (native), Esperanto, French, Spanish, Portuguese, English, German, Catalan, Romanian, Greek, Latin, Galician, Chinese, Russian, Sardinian and Dutch.

YouTube Channel: 
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Bonus Polyglot: Our Co-founder^

Luca Sadurny^

Luca Sadurny - MosaLingua's Co-founder and Polyglot

Of course, we could not leave our co-founder, Luca Sadurny, off this list of famous polyglots. Luca started learning languages on his own when he was 22. At that time, despite his 12 years of traditional language learning at school, Luca was not able to speak English fluently. After succeeding in teaching himself French by using unconventional methods, Luca realized that traditional methods do not work and that he had to create his own method. He explains why he has learned six of his seven languages in this multilingual video, in which he speaks six different languages.
Luca’s mission is to inspire others to learn languages and to show them that anyone can succeed. He believes that if even a non-naturally talented language learner like himself can learn several languages, his example should inspire and encourage others.

He’s one of the creators of the numerous MosaLingua language learning products and training programs for mobile and computer, which can help anyone who wants to have the pleasure of speaking one or more foreign languages.

Country: Italy
Spoken LanguagesItalian (native), Neapolitan (native), English, Spanish, French, Romanian, Portuguese, and German
YouTube Channel: MosaLingua
Blog: www.mosalingua.com/en/blog/
Product: The MosaLingua apps and MosaLingua Web
How he learns languages: flashcards and SRS for vocab, language exchange for speaking and using fun material for improving his listening skills

I hope you enjoyed this article on the most inspiring and famous polyglots in the world, and that it will motivate you to learn one or more languages for yourself. Check out all of these famous polyglots and their websites, read what they have to say about learning languages, watch their YouTube videos, and, most importantly, learn a language! 🙂

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