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Book: The Five-Minute Linguist

Chapter: 36. How Many Languages Can a Person Learn?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.38156


We are all born as potential polyglots. Learning five or six languages is completely within the normal range, and requires no skills other than those we use when we learn our first language in childhood.

Chapter Contributors

  • Richard Hudson ( - rhudson) 'University College London'