Laura Sofia Piris
Name: Laura Sofía Piris
Nationality or Ethnicity: Argentinian/Spanish/Italian
Where do you live?: Argentina
Languages: Spanish (native), English, Russian, French, Italian (Fluent), German, Finnish, Catalan, Japanese and Portuguese.
1. What’s your story? How did you get into all these languages?
Since I remember I was always imitating sounds and trying to understand other cultures. It’s essential to know other languages to understand other cultures. I love to travel and to put myself in other’s shoes. I´m an emotional person who loves arts and expressions, all this is related to languages. Most of the languages I studied by my own. There is always a sense of motivation to learn new languages, to learn new languages is to discover new worlds, to get out to our comfort zone.
2. Which language(s) do you wish you could spend more time practising?
German and Japanese! I work as a lawyer and I do my best to find time to learn languages, sometimes it’s pretty hard and as a result, I’m always a multi-tasking person. I try to coordinate all the activities of my daily-routine with language learning.
3. What are some languages you’d like to learn in the future?
Ancient Greek and modern Greek. I just love Greek culture. I can read some words in Greek, that helped me a lot when I was in Athens but I would like to seriously learn and dedicate time to this language. Also, I find interesting Irish, because I love to listen to celtic music, it’s such an inspirational music!!
4. So let’s be honest, what’s the sexiest language?
Russian. It’s very melodic and sweet if you understand it. And the best books are in Russian, the Russian literature and music is beautiful and dramatic at the same time.
5. What’s the greatest pleasure you get from speaking so many languages?
The greatest pleasure is to be able to travel without using an app to translate and understanding the language of the native speakers of that place. That’s a sense of freedom that if you only know English maybe you will communicate with others but you’ll lose for sure details and understanding a culture inside, as a citizen of this country or region. That sense of freedom and understanding makes me feel peaceful and embrace every culture.
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?
Yes. One part of me want to think that it’s not true but I must to be realistic and sadly, there is a global pressure which is putting a limit the languages we speak. It’s a global phenomenon that includes many political, social and economic issues. It’s complex to explain it in just an interview.
7. What is your message to young (and not so young) people out there who are interested in studying multiple languages?
Do it. It will open your mind; you can’t imagine how! There is a wonderful universe waiting for you to be discover. More that you study more you realize that stereotypes are foolish.