How many languages can a person learn to speak Fluently ?

How many languages can a person learn to speak Fluently ?

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The most famous polyglot in modern times was the Italian Mezzofanti (1774- 1849)


The number of languages that learnt to speak fluently was one-third of his age when he died

He could also translate to and from many other languages
In fact ; a number equal to his age

So how many languages did he know ?





    Guess how many different words a person uses in his or 

her own language


In studying to become a doctor , you learn about 8,000 

_10,000 new words

What do you think is the minimum vocabulary that a normal 

adult could use ?

How many words , in your opinion , could an educated 

person use in normal , non-technical speaking and writing ( 

in the mother tongue)

How many words could an educated man or woman 

understand ( in their mother tongue ) ?        
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