I’VE ALWAYS WONDERED what English must sound like to someone who speaks no English at all. I’m also amazed at how so many people, especially in developing nations, are fluent in their native language and English (and sometimes several more languages), while I can barely get by on “survival” foreign language skills. This girl named Sara, aka “Smoukahontas,” is pretty amazing in that she is able to translate, into gibberish, phrases in over 15 different languages. And I thought speaking Czech set me apart from other linguists…

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