As an introvert, I’ve always thought it a little odd that I’m also a polyglot (I speak French, German, Italian and Spanish, as well as my native English) because I would normally associate polyglotism with being able to speak multiple languages, rather than just read, write or listen to them – and that involves quite a lot of social interaction if you want to become fluent.

And, as we know, social interaction is rather like Kryptonite to introverts…!

So, in May 2016, I attended the Polyglot Gathering in Berlin to deliver a talk entitled “Do Introverts Make The Best Polyglots?”

This is the video of the talk I delivered – I would have posted it sooner, but it has only just finished being edited.

The talk lasts for just over one hour, and covers (in a humorous way):

  • stories of my own experience of learning languages as an introvert polyglot
  • insights into the different brain chemistry and processing for introverts and extroverts
  • results of a survey about extroverts, introverts and language learning, which I ran prior to the event
  • suggestions for introverts who would like to practise speaking other languages

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