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Welcome to this month's edition of the Wits Language School newsletter. In this instalment, we explore what it means to be a hyperpolyglot and we provide you with some handy tips for learning multiple languages.

We also delve into the world of translating and interpreting and we discuss how our English for Specific Purposes courses can help catapult your career to the next level. We would also like to congratulate our winners of the #Nolanguagebarriers competition!

APRIL 2016 Edition
Are you a hyperpolyglot?
Tips for learning multiple languages
Boost your career with our English for Specific Purposes courses
Some notable polyglots
Translating and Interpreting



Are you a hyperpolyglot?


Many of us, at one point in our lives, have wanted to learn a second or third language. Learning a foreign language, and being absorbed into an entirely new culture, can be a very rewarding experience indeed. Many people want to speak a second language, but for some, a second language is never enough. Speaking multiple languages is not uncommon, and there are many people around the world today that can communicate in a number of different languages.
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Tips for learning multiple languages


1. Choose a maximum of two languages at any given time.
Learning three languages simultaneously can impair the quality of your learning and ultimately the language core you're trying to build. Two languages will enable you to focus and enjoy the learning experience more.

2. Choose two languages that are different from each other.
Languages that are similar in words and grammar, such as Italian and Spanish, will create confusion. Opting to learn two distinct languages, such as Spanish and Mandarin, will eliminate the overlap and provide a more comprehensive learning outcome.

3. Plan how much time to spend on each language.
Creating a schedule will ensure that you are dedicating enough time to learning your chosen languages. A helpful tool is to assess the complexity of the languages. For example, Spanish can be placed at the 'easier' end of the complexity scale, therefore 20-30% of your budgeted time can be allocated to learning Spanish. On the other end of the scale, Mandarin is a more complex language and may require 70-80% of your time. Or you might opt for a more balanced approach by dividing your time between the two languages more equally, for example 45% and 55% respectively.

4. Study and practise both languages every day.
Daily study of both languages will help reinforce the material you are learning in your mind as well as help to develop your learning strategies. For example, translating between the two languages.

5. Register with Wits Language School.
Our aim is to assist you with your language goals and to provide you with a rewarding language learning experience. So connect with us and start a conversation!