Name: Nicolas Seferian
Nationality or Ethnicity: Belgian
Where do you live?: Argentina
Languages: Dutch, French, German, English, Armenian, Hungarian, Spanish
1. What’s your story? How did you get into all these languages?
Well, as we all know immigrants speak several languages, not because they wanted to learn them, but because it was their lives destiny. As immigrants from Hungary we left for Germany, continuing our move to Spain, in Lebanon I learned French, English and Armenian, in Belgium Flemish, in Argentina Castillan.
2. Which language(s) do you wish you could spend more time practising?
Hungarian, my mother tongue, due to not exercising I fear I might lose it. But this never really happens, it just goes to sleep, and listening to it wakes up again. I do attend subtitled motion pictures as much as possible. I also do speak it occasionally with my sister.
3. What are some languages you’d like to learn in the future?
Chinese & Arabic, to read & write, and in addition Italian & Russian (read & write). Latin is challenging me, if time permits.
4. So let’s be honest, what’s the sexiest language?
French (certainly the most charming of all the languages I know) - perhaps I say that because I don't know Italian (but it is on the bucket list).
5. What’s the greatest pleasure you get from speaking so many languages?
Being able to communicate with foreigners in their own mother tongue.It is a sign of the showing the utmost respect towards an individual (or to several individuals) - showing an effort of willingness to communicate.
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?
No I don’t that this will happen.Nobody shall abandon their mother tongue, never ever. Keep in mind that, years ago, it was thought that Esperanto was going to be the world’s most common language and yet it failed completely.
7. What is your message to young (and not so young) people out there who are interested in studying multiple languages?
Enjoy learning languages, it serves as a huge enrichment to yourself. Languages will open up new horizons and will reinforce your thinking & reasoning processes. Every additionally acquired language will make you an "additional individual."