Name: Luis Duran
Nationality or Ethnicity: Mexican
Where do you live?: Montreal
Languages: Spanish, English, Portuguese, French, Italian and German
What’s your story? How did you get into all these languages?
I remember listening to a conversation between my grandmother and her neighbour in Mayan in Merida,Mexico and then switching to Spanish in minutes to speak to other people. I was amazed by the capacity one can have to communicate in a different ways with the people surrounding us. I also found an old French - SpanishDictionary that belong to my grandfather and I became interested in learning this language after learning English like most Mexicans do. Once you learn 2 languages after your mother tongue I think you learn a method and the steps to become fluent in other languages. I also always had the support of my family to continue learning languages. They never told me that I was crazy or anything like that.
Which language(s) do you wish you could spend more time practising?
Italian, I think that this is one of the most beautiful languages spoken worldwide however I have very few opportunities to practice it in Canada face to face. However, I am always reading articles in Italian.
What are some languages you’d like to learn in the future?
I would like to learn Japanese. I think the culture and the methods of working there are worth learning and why not learning the language to immerse completely in the Japanese culture.
So let’s be honest, what’s the sexiest language?
I think Spanish.
What’s the greatest pleasure you get from speaking so many languages?
I can understand and connect with people from different countries and really learn about their culture. I have been speaking Portuguese for over 8 years now and I am amazed by the amount of Brazilian friends I have now. I think there is a relation between speaking one language and making a bond with other people.
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?
No. As long as there are people like us many languages will continue to be spoken.
What is your message to young (and not so young) people out there who are interested in studying multiple languages?
Learn a new language to become a better person no matter what your age is.
I think languages are key for a better world. No war would exist if both parties understand and speak the same language. World peace is possible if we all could communicate and understand each other.