This is the video of the talk I delivered at the Polyglot Gathering in Berlin in May 2016. I would have posted it sooner, but it has only just finished being edited!
As an introvert myself, I 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, of course, social interaction is rather like Kryptonite to introverts…!
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