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10-year-old Speaks Ten Languages

Proof positive it pays to start learning languages young: Northwest England’s newest top young linguist is only ten years old, but she can already speak ten different languages, one for each year she’s been alive!

Sonia Yang was born in Taiwan, but her family moved to England before she began primary school. By that time, she could already speak Taiwanese, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese and English. Once in school, she quickly added to her repertoire,  learning German, French and Spanish.

Then, she decided to enter a regional language competition. To qualify, she had to learn Portuguese and Kazakh. To win the “Best Young Linguist” crown, she had to complete one more challenge: learning the Ugandan language of Lugandan in just a few short weeks. Read more