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Interview with

Serira Hasani

Name: Serira Hasani
Nationality or Ethnicity: Iranian
Where do you live?: Iran
Languages: Persian (native), English (C1), German (C1), Spanish (C1), Hindi (B2), Urdu (B2), French (A2), Chinese (HSK2), Russian (A1), Arabic (A1), Turkish (A1).

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

I began learning English at the age of eight, with no intention of becoming a polyglot. At that time, English was merely an international language that everyone needed to learn for global communication. I often watched German cartoons without comprehending a word. Over time, as I continued learning English, I realized that each language is a complete universe encompassing culture, emotion, and history. It's a living entity. As I matured, I started to appreciate the significance of each language and decided to immerse myself more in various international communities Thus, I began simultaneously learning languages such as German, Spanish, Hindi, and Urdu.

And now I’m focusing on languages with a large number of speakers, such as Chinese, Russian, French, and Arabic.

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

To be honest, I have always strived to attain the highest level of proficiency in each language I study. While some languages received less attention due to time constraints, I am committed to improving my proficiency in those as soon as possible.

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

As I am keen on learning languages with diverse origins, I aspire to study more languages with Romance roots, such as Italian and Portuguese. Additionally, I am interested in languages with non-Latin scripts, including Japanese, Hebrew, Greek, and Korean. I am also passionate about learning Dutch and Hungarian, as they are considered challenging.

However, honestly, all languages are so fascinating that I may end up adding a few more to my list.

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

In my opinion, each language has its own unique allure, rendering them incomparable. Their distinct phonology, etymology, and other features make each language uniquely captivating and attractive.

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

I am a translator, interpreter, language coach, and language teacher. The greatest feeling I experience is when I teach English to non-native speakers. Sometimes, they struggle to understand a concept, and when I explain it in their native language, I can see genuine happiness in their eyes as they finally grasp it. Sometimes they decide to be polyglot.

Additionally, whenever I converse with someone in their native language, they are pleasantly surprised and appreciative. Another advantage is that I rarely need to use translation tools when navigating the internet.

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?

Unfortunately, this situation may indeed be accurate, prompting us to consider proactive measures to avert its potential consequences.

It is possible that the world may have fewer languages in the future due to globalization and language extinction trends, but it is difficult to predict with certainty. Efforts to preserve linguistic diversity are ongoing.

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

Be fearless in your endeavor to learn any language; just start. Embrace making numerous mistakes, but never give up. The key to fluency is consistency. You can achieve it.

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