Interview with

Gaston Martinez

Name: Gastón Ignacio Martínez

Nationality or Ethnicity: Argentinian / Latino

Where do you live? Puerto Iguazú, Misiones, Argentina

Languages (In order of Fluency): Spanish, English, Portuguese, French, Italian, German, Russian, Swedish, Polish, Greek, Dutch, Romanian, Welsh, Irish Gaelic

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

I started to learn English because it is a must to get a job in the tourism industry, which is the most important one
where I live. My next language was French and thanks to that, I realized  I wanted to continue learning more. I tend to start with one and then  go for the one that is similar to the previous so that I can compare  them. That is pure joy to me. I choose a language and then I go to music  because that is a great way to pick up new words and get involved with  their culture.


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

I  work as a receptionist so that is a great environment to train  yourself. I get to speak languages such as English, French or German  almost everyday but there are some other for which I struggle to get  native speakers. That is the case with Greek, Romanian or Polish so that  has to be my answer.


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

So far, I’ve only learned European languages. I would like to maybe add Finnish or Hungarian to the list and then
finally start with Asia. Japanese is always calling my name.


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

II  don’t reckon French or Italian to be that sexy or romantic. No, no. I  would say Slavic languages take the crown, maybe Czech? Now that’s sexy.


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

I  love being able to sing songs from many different countries and  actually understanding the lyrics. Also, it’s indescribable how happy it  makes me to see people get excited from the fact I speak their  language, mostly when it’s a non-common one.


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?

Well,  it is a fact many languages die out with time. Many reasons like very  few native speakers or social media not offering content on them, which  doesn’t make people want to learn them. So yes. There will definitely be  less but then again, there are many revival movement today and pride in  speaking one’s own tongue so hopefully a big amount of them will remain.


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

If  it’s your first time learning a language, take it slow and learn one at  a time because you have to fins your methods and see what is easier for  you. Also, don’t be scared to make mistakes because we make them even  in our native language so yes. Speak as much as possible and if you take  lessons, don’t just speak it during class but outside as well, make it a part of you.

The International Association of Hyperpolyglots - HYPIA. (c) 2020

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