31 Mar '12, 11pm

Multilinguist extraordinaire: 1 man, 50 languages

Multilinguist extraordinaire: 1 man, 50 languages

In the last decade, Dr Alexander Arguelles has spent more than 30,000 hours on language study. The 47-year-old American can confidently speak 10 languages and read 40 others. But despite living and working in Singapore for more than two years, he has still not learnt Mandarin, and says it feels like it is a 'huge gap'. -- ST PHOTO: RAJ NADARAJAN By Lim Yan Liang A multilinguist extraordinaire. That is what Dr Alexander Arguelles is. He says he 'can confidently speak 10 languages and read 40 others'. But Mandarin is not one of them despite his having lived and worked in Singapore for more than two years. 'I feel like there is a huge gap that I don't know Mandarin. 'Here I am, a polyglot, and I don't know the world's most widely spoken language,' said the 47-year-old American, who trains language teachers at the Regional Language Centre. Please enable JavaScript to view the ...

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