Kevin Ferath Rodriguez
Name: Kevin Ferath Rodriguez Avendaño
Nationality or Ethnicity: Colombian-Moroccan
Where do you live?: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Fluent in Spanish, Arabic (Modern Standard Arabic and several dialects, including Moroccan Darija, Egyptian and Lebanese), English, Italian, Portuguese and French.
Intermediate in Hebrew, Chinese, Galician, Aragonese, Wayuunaiki, Latin and Mozarabic.
Basic level in Albanian, Georgian, Russian and Kikongo.
1. What’s your story? How did you get into all these languages?
I started learning languages when I was a child, when I was exactly 7 years old. I really liked watching cartoons in Italian and my parents gave me Italian courses for children and every day my mother asked me for a list of words. That's how I started learning. I grew up in a multilingual home, my father is Colombian and my mother is Moroccan, at home we spoke Spanish, Arabic and French, that was of great help when developing cognitive abilities related to language learning.
2. Which language(s) do you wish you could spend more time practising?
I would love practising more Albanian and Georgian.
3. What are some languages you’d like to learn in the future?
I want to learn Japanese in the future.
4. So let’s be honest, what’s the sexiest language?
French is the sexiest one.
5. What’s the greatest pleasure you get from speaking so many languages?
One of the greatest pleasures of speaking many languages is having the opportunity to connect directly with different cultures, thanks to the languages I have the job that I have today, which allows me to travel without problems. Speaking many languages has also allowed me to meet friends from all over the world, which is something that I love since every day I learn something new from cultures that were previously unknown to me.
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?
Over time, many languages disappear but many others are also being reinforced, in addition to the fact that it is increasingly important to preserve cultural identity, so I don’t think many languages will die, at least not so fast.
7. What is your message to young (and not so young) people out there who are interested in studying multiple languages?
I think it is important to learn about linguistic roots, that has helped me a lot in the learning process.