Ever wondered how this one individual manages to speak around five languages and fluently at that too yet you can barely fluently speak your third language? This happens to many of us as we scratch our heads wondering how the other person speaks so many languages while we cannot.
Reasons why people speak more languages than others
There are special schools where students are subjected to learning two more languages different from their mother tongues and those used in their country or national languages. For example in the United States of America many students learn Spanish as a foreign language while most African schools teach German, French, English and Portuguese.
There are people who are products of mixed races or interracial relationships and therefore sometimes adopt the mother tongues of both their parents. If they happen to be in a foreign land they also learn that country’s languages as well.
There are people who for various reasons have traveled all over the world, never settling in a particular area and therefore get from one country to another as their jobs or passions demand; the passions might include sports, music, art, adventure, tourism and many more. Here one is exposed to many languages and ends up speaking as many languages as there can be.
There are people though who one can refer to as naturally born multi lingual because they easily learn and speak foreign languages fluently even on their own without having to go live in a particular country where the language is spoke, or without having to enroll for lessons of that particular languages thus being able to speak many languages.
Reasons why people are not multi lingual
There are people who were born, raised, got married and went to school in one single geographical area or country and therefore grew up speaking the language used and accustomed to in that particular country because they had no chance to travel anywhere else thus had no reason to learn a different language. For example, the ordinary people in Tanzania speak the Swahili language and bother not to learn any other because that particular language is spoken and understood by almost everyone in Tanzania and the East African community.
While others have no access to foreign languages like in the above case, there are other individuals who are just lazy to learn new languages. Even when they get to travel to foreign countries or learn foreign languages as part of the academic curriculum, the interest is just not there.
Others relax because of the existence of translations and interpretations services in their areas thus do not bother to learn other languages. There are very many translations agencies world over that focus on providing translations to and from all languages across the world as requested by the client.
International languages one can learn for easier communication include;