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17 hours ago, Jan Finster said:

This is definitely true. I know someone, who is a simultaneous translator for the EU. He speaks 15 languages.



However im sure you understand that making a claim like that leads people to  naturally to disbelieve it, as it seems so outrageous. What level? Can he walk into any bookstore in 15 countries pick a book of the shelf and read it with no issues? 

Or are we talking a stock standard greating phrases in the most of them, like your standard YouTuber?


As you can see the two are light years apart in ability , difference between using 10k words and the other using 150k words across all languages outside your native one 


The question is not to find fault with any of these people but gauge of what exactly a polygots ability is ?


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