Teen Polyglot Speaks 20 Foreign Languages, First Among Them: Hebrew

A New York teenager has taught himself to speak more than 20 languages at differing levels of fluency.

Like many teenagers in Manhattan, Timothy Doner enjoys getting an after-school snack from a street vendor. Except this 17-year-old can order in Arabic or in French, Latin, ancient Greek, Mandarin, Chinese, Japanese, Hebrew, Farsi, Pashto, Hindi and more.

Doner lives in New York – an immigrant city that’s a melting pot of cultures and languages — and he speaks more than 20 of them at differing levels of fluency. Best of all is that he is largely self-taught.

The first foreign language Doner learned was Hebrew, which developed from his love of Israeli hip hop.

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