Are you a polyglot or multilingualist?
Let me start with telling that a multilingualist does not exist.
Polyglottism and Multilingualism, 2 words that are often interchanged, while officially not meaning the same at all.
Polyglottism is the ability of using 2 or more languages,
Multilingualism is using 2 or more languages.
At most parts of the world you will know 2 or more languages and probably also use 2 or more languages, meaning you’re a polyglot…
Yes, something most do not realize is the fact almost all of the world is already a polyglot and there are a few locations this is otherwise, most often these are the locations where English is the main language!
Almost all of of Europe, The Middle East and Asia will use 2 languages.
Easiest example to me is Ukraine.
Ukraine previously was part of the Soviet Union, the language of the Soviet Union was Russian.
Most continue to speak and write Russian at Ukraine.
However, it has become an importance of the Ukrainian government to promote the Ukrainian language.
As for this most will now actually use both languages, meaning all of them are Polyglots…
But there are other examples.
Take for example Turkey and Russia.
Both are similar at languages.
While Turkey has Turkish as first language, and Russia has Russian.
Their second languages are quite often similar.
First is the actual exchanging of the languages.
You will see Turkish people who speak Russian,
But also Russians who speak Turkish.
But this is not all!
Most Russian and Turkish people will know either English, German, French or Spanish.
Basically, all of them would be Polyglots.
But if there are so many already who are Polyglots,
why do you see so many advertising online about Polyglottism?
The answer is easy:
At some countries it is not standard to know 2 languages.
Easy examples are the English countries.
English once started at Great Britain.
(Great Britain is only a part of the current United Kingdom)
The British language has taken over the world,
wherever you go, chances are slim you will find anyone who does not understand English.
Yet, while English has been spreading, the countries that made it their official first language have come to a standstill,
Most often only immigrants bring a language to these countries.
And yet, exactly those countries see themselves as moving forward fastly at international scale, while basically, they haven’t been doing so by not increasing their cultural ties.
making it even worse when they want to kick out others of their countries because of different cultures or religions.
It is at these locations where polyglottism remains special.
The next time you see something about polyglottism,
take a moment to ask yourself:
is being a polyglot truly special,
or just a worthless and negative status…?