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