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Learning languages has become easier in light of the spread of the Internet and the availability of electronic learning platforms. However, learning one language needs to dedicate a great deal of time and effort, so how did the carpet cleaner, Vaughn Smith, who resides in the United States, acquire 40 languages from around the world, including Arabic!
Canada’s Good News reports that it’s common to meet people in Belgium and Switzerland who can speak 4 or 5 European languages, but the American multilingual Smith, who resides in Gaithersburg, Maryland, is fluent in speaking all of Europe’s languages, including Welsh, Irish Gaelic and Scottish Gaelic. . He did not stop at the old continent, but learned several languages belonging to the indigenous Indian tribes, including the language of the Lakota people, the Salish, the Navajo and Nahuatl, as well as a number of eastern languages, such as Japanese, Mandarin, Sinhala and Indonesian, as well as Amharic, Arabic and Hebrew.
Perhaps the whole idea is about connecting with people, says Smith, 46. People are much happier and kinder when you speak their language.
Like his mother, he suspects that he suffers from autism. He faced difficulties while participating in school activities as well as in interpreting people’s feelings. But his ability to speak 40 languages leaves no doubts in people about his abilities.
It is likely that it is the well-documented “gifted syndrome” in the movie “Rain Man”, a syndrome that is generally associated with memory. Ironically, his turmoil has endowed him with a special ability that seems specifically designed to help him communicate with others.
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