Name: Francesco Bruno
Nationality or Ethnicity: Italian
Where do you live?: Torino
Languages: Italian (native), English (C1), Russian (C1), Bulgarian (C1), Ukrainian (C1), Portuguese (C1), Spanish (B2), French (B1), Polish (B1). Basic knowledge of German, Romanian and Chinese.
1. What’s your story? How did you get into all these languages?
I began studying my first language (Bulgarian) when I was 16 because I found it very interesting. Since that moment, I kept looking for some other languages that could be interesting and useful for my future career. My dream is to become an ambassador and I'm sure that I'll accomplish this goal and make this dream come true. I'm very focused on Slavic languages, in fact, besides Bulgarian language, I study Russian, Polish and Ukrainian. I speak most of the time Russian and Ukrainian since my girlfriend is from Ukraine and we pass most of time together. At the university, I study English, Portuguese and Russian. I study most of the languages on my own. I have studied Spanish for one year, while German, Turkish and Chinese for 7 months. According to me, Spanish is one of the easiest languages that I have chosen so far because of its similarity with my mother tongue. French is another language that I love. My father was born in the south of France. Unfortunately, he has utterly forgotten the language. Regarding Chinese and Turkish, I face more issues because they are very particular idioms. Every day I study 3 languages and I do different exercises for each of them. For me the kind of mindset that we have when we decide to keep up a new language is fundamental. This is my story and I hope you liked that.
2. Which language(s) do you wish you could spend more time practicing?
Well there are 3 languages that I speak every day, even more than Italian language. Ukrainian, Russian and Portuguese are my daily bread.
3. What are some languages you’d like to learn in the future?
I don't want to study other languages in the future, for me the quality is essential in what I do. I'll be focused better of the languages that I'm taking ahead in this moment of time.
4. So let’s be honest, what’s the sexiest language?
Well I guess Portuguese was my six one. I have done a great level up in the last 3 languages. I understood the method that works with me and now no one can stop me.
5. What’s the greatest pleasure you get from speaking so many languages?
Well, speaking with other people who have a different culture from yours. Languages can give you great opportunities, not only in the working field, but also in striking up friendship with interesting people with whom you can get something in common. Languages can change your life.
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 don't agree with that at all. For me Languages are true people who live their life and get to interact with the surrounding world. The question is “do you think that in 100 years the human being will be dying out?”. I don't think so. This is the reason why I don't think that so many languages can disappear in so much time.
7. What is your message to young (and not so young) people out there who are interested in studying multiple languages?
You have to understand that reason why you are doing that. The first thing that you have to do when you decide to study a new language is: to fix a concrete goal. Don't say “in one year I'll be speaking Danish well...” it doesn't mean anything!! You have to take a paper and write down “for this day, I'll be speaking this language at this level...”. You ll see the difference.. Another piece of advice that I want to give is “try to understand why”. If you understand the reason why you’re doing that, you will have more opportunities to attain your goal. There will be moment of discomfort when you won't want to do anything.. You feel lazy.. The strong reason that you had at the beginning will help you out to not give in and keep working.