Polyglot

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A polyglot is a person who knows and is able to use several languages. When mentioned as a special skill on Wikispooks, it normally means 4 or more.

The best multilingual speakers have acquired and maintained more than one language learnt during childhood. The first language (sometimes also referred to as the mother tongue) is usually acquired without formal education. Children acquiring two languages natively from these early years are called simultaneous bilinguals. It is common for young simultaneous bilinguals to be more proficient in one language than the other.

Languages learnt as an adult can never be as fluent.

Being able to speak two or more languages as a native is handy in jobs involving international relations. People listed with this skill on Wikispooks are normally involved in diplomacy, interpreting, spycraft or similar, but normally not in the top positions.


 

Examples

Page nameDescription
İhsan DoğramacıTurkish doctor and university administrator
Maurice Gourdault-MontagneSenior French diplomat
Vernon Kell
Katharine KlačanskýA member of the HCSS who unknowingly revealed some members and their link to the summer conference where the Dutch Cluster of the IfS was started.
Mira MilosevichPolyglot fellow of the Integrity Initiative
Hugh Montgomery (diplomat)63 years with the Central Intelligence Agency, where he was one of the agency's greatest linguists.
Harold WilliamsA polyglot who learned over 50 languages


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