The International Association
Sophia Katerina Nyberg
Name: Sophia Katerina Nyberg
Nationality or Ethnicity: United States and Russia (dual citizenship)
Where do you live?:Alameda, California
Languages: English, Spanish, German, Chinese, Russian, French, Japanese, Swedish, Norwegian, Icelandic (near native or native) Tibetan, Old Norse ( fluent reading) and Runes in progress.
(Her Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UColqyfToetwcdCPS59ILrfA/videos)
1. Why did you want to learn so many languages at such a young age?
I do not remember learning language until 10th language when I was 6years old, and even then it came almost naturally, though I remember study Norwegian alphabet and words, but it was very easy and I understood almost everything immediately.
2. Is learning languages something fun? Why?
It is fun, I love languages. I do not really study languages except last three and 14th Italian language I just started the fun with family friend, other languages I speak when I study school programs in 10 countries. I study on the languages not language.
3. Which language(s) do you wish you could spend more time practising?
I do not know since almost all of them are natural to me, I do not practice language I learn different subjects, I like science and programming and languages just part of my life.
4. What are some languages you’d like to learn in the future?
I started Italian because I want to speak with our family friend in his languages and in future I would like to know Danish.
5. What would you like to be when you grow up?
I would like, to be a teacher or a scientist or a programmer.
6. What is your message to other young people who are interested in studying multiple languages?
They should think why they want to learn the language, think how they can learn, each language takes time, they will need time to practice. They also need to find good resources. I remember this year I learned Old Norse grammar and watched Jackson Crawford videos, I could understand everything, this resource helped me a lot. They will need good teachers, I am lucky, first all my nannies and then tutors/teachers are great!
It is good to know more then one language, it will help in future careers and in life.