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Fluent in 11 languages? Blimey! PDF
Thursday, 08 March 2012 18:00

20-year-old Alex Rawlings has recently won a national competition to find the UK's most multi-lingual student. The Oxford University undergraduate can currently speak 11 languages - English, Greek, German, Spanish, Russian, Dutch, Afrikaans, French, Hebrew, Catalan and Italian.

The competition, which was run by the publishers Collins, invited youngsters aged between 16 and 22 and conversant in multiple languages to enter. Most entrants could manage four or five, but Alex beat the lot!

Maybe I should offer him a job at A1 Translations!

Click here to see Alex explaining to BBC News about his passion for learning languages and how he came to speak so many.

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Paul Whitelock

Paul is a Joint Honours graduate in Spanish and German, a qualified teacher (PGCE) and has a Member of the Institute of Linguists (MIL) qualification.

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