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Interview with

Sirlara Alves

Name: Sirlara Donato Assunção Wandenkolk Alves
Nationality or Ethnicity: Brazilian
Where do you live?: Brazil
Languages: Portuguese, Brazilian Sign Language (Libras), French, English, Spanish and Polish

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

Although the area of languages has always fascinated me since I was a little girl, I had a lot of difficulty with languages in school and was taught late to read and write by my father. Learning languages has always been something that interested me since I was a little girl. Not only learning languages, but also writing and reading. Polish was the first language I tried to learn on my own as a child, but I didn't succeed. So I studied English at a language school and on my own, then French and Libras at university, Spanish on my own, and Polish with a private teacher.

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

Currently Polish.

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

Yes, Arabic, but currently I have no plans for it. My focus is Polish.

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


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

Meet different people and cultures.

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?

I don't think we can say that languages will disappear and that we will speak only a few of them. I think that a large portion of the population will be able to access in a more democratic way the teaching and learning of the most popular languages.

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

To learn a language requires time, dedication and constancy. Before you try to learn several languages, start cultivating habits that will give you a sense of responsibility and constancy such as organizing your living space, having a healthy routine, and staying away from people who don't support your projects.

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