The International Association of Hyperpolyglots - HYPIA. (c) 2019

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Interview with

Ibrahim Chohan

Name: Ibrahim Chohan

Nationality or Ethnicity: American-born Pakistani

Where do you live? Montreal, Canada

Languages: Urdu, Spanish, English, Punjabi, French, Pashto

1. What’s your story? How did you get into all these languages?

Coming from a family of hyperglots and polyglots, it was inevitable for me to take interest in learning languages.

2. Which language(s) do you wish you could spend more time practising?

There is always room for improvement, and I wish I had the time to improve my skills in the languages I currently speak, but if I were to acquire a new one it would be either Arabic or Japanese.

3.What are some languages you’d like to learn in the future?

I would like to learn Arabic and Japanese

4. So let’s be honest, what’s the sexiest language?

Urdu, hands down.

5. What’s the greatest pleasure you get from speaking so many languages?

Funnily enough, the greatest pleasure I get from speaking different languages is not the fact that I can show off about them, but the fact that I can connect and adapt to situations that I would not have been able to adjust to otherwise.

6. Some people say the world is really just going to have a few languages left in a 100 years, do you think this is really true?

I can think of reasons why that could be true, and reasons why that would be impossible, but I am optimistic to the view that the spectrum of languages will  only broaden. The thought of a handful of languages in the world sounds too grim and dull.

7. What is your message to young (and not so young) people out there who are interested in studying multiple languages?

I would convey to them that language acquisition comes from practice, and that they should not be intimidated nor should they give up at the thought of learning different languages.