Name: Cameron Farr
[Fluent]: English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Dutch, Russian, Ukrainian, Kazakh, Arabic, Chinese Mandarin, Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai, Lao, Indonesian, Malaysian, French, Polish, Latvian, Belarusian, Finnish, Turkish, Persian, Urdu, Hindi, Burmese
[Conversant]: Tagalog, Cantonese, Mayan, Hawaiian, Kurdish
1. Why did you want to learn so many languages at such a young age?
The reason I started wanting to learn languages at such a young age is because at age 9, I met a girl from Austria who couldn’t speak any English and she was upset all the time and nobody could understand her. Then, over that summer I studied German rigorously and by August of that year I could communicate with her in German, and it turned out the reason she was always so upset was because she was lonely and nobody could understand her. After I learned to speak German, I realized that learning languages was my passion.
2. Is learning languages something fun? Why?
Yes, Learning languages is definitely something fun! I love learning languages during most of my freetime. It is fun because you can communicate with people from around the world and view the world in a different perspective.
3. Which language(s) do you wish you could spend more time practising?
The languages I wish I could spend more time practising are all of them honestly.
4. What are some languages you’d like to learn in the future?
I am not exactly sure the languages I will learn in the future, every language I learn, there is always some sort of reason I want to learn it, either because of someone I met who speaks that language or because of something that is going on in that country where that language is spoken, for example I am currently learned Burmese because of what is going on in Myanmar right now (March 2021) and so I can understand the issue better.
5. What would you like to be when you grow up?
When I grow up, I have a few different ideas of what I want to be. Some of my ideas are being a nail tech, working for the government, travel photographer, news reporter in some other country, youtuber, translator, childcare worker and many other things.
6. What is your message to other young people who are interested in studying multiple languages?
A message I have to other young language learners is just to try learning languages and you might find out it will be the thing you want to do in life, or to start learning languages young because you can learn languages quicker at a younger age.