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Teen Speaks Over 20 Languages

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Prodigy hyper-polyglot Tim Doner has been teaching himself languages since he was 13. He now speaks nearly 20 languages! Join Tim on a cultural tour of New York unlike any you've ever heard! See more of Tim: http://www.youtube.com/polyglotpal PRODIGIES is a bi-weekly series showcasing the youngest and brightest as they challenge themselves to reach new heights and the stories behind them. Created and produced by @radical.media, THNKR gives you extraordinary access to the people, stories, places and thinking that will change your mind. Follow THNKR on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/thnkr Like us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thnkrtv Check out our Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/thnkr/ SUBSCRIBE! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=thnkrtv
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Axel Mairtons (4 years ago)
huh,i didnt know my language (greek) was dead haha :P i guess he means ancient greek but i wouldnt call it dead people never stopped using it the language never died,it just involved we are taught ancient greek at school(kinda) so a lot of greeks can either read or speak ancient greek or they can do both
Gaming Turkey (4 years ago)
6:48 "התחלתי ללמוד לפני שנת חצי"? לזה אתה קורא לדעת שפה?
Zsmbr Gabor Mt (4 years ago)
Nem hiszem, hogy Magyarul is tudja, az kutya egy nehéz nyelv, és nem hiszem,hogy az a 20 nyelv közé tartozik, amit megtanult :)
Sturm Königin (4 years ago)
Pashto is an Indo-European language, not a semitic language, it's insulting that in the thumbnail of this video Pashto is depicted with an arabic alphabet, where actually its original alphabet is similar to those of Punjabi and Hindi. It's a sensitive topic because the indo-european populations of middle eastern countries are being heavily persecuted and forcefully assimilated by muslim-arab regimes, be more aware of that next time.
badreligion292 (4 years ago)
I hope this kid grows up to become Daniel from Stargate SG1
Michael Evans (3 years ago)
+badreligion292 yes please
金本銀次 (4 years ago)
OMG he's watching Psycho-Pass to study Japanese xD おいおい、サイコパスじゃないか(笑) 他在看【心靈判官】學日文啊! 애니메 PSYCHO-PASS를 보고 일본어를 공부하고 있어요! Está vendo o anime PSYCHO-PASS estudar Japonês! ...yep that's all I got T_T
Kuro Neko (4 years ago)
you sir are amazing. I'm barely bilingual
kippensaus20 (4 years ago)
before i watched this video i read the title, and i was 100% sure he coudn't speak dutch ''yet''. en ja hoor, ik had gelijk ;))
Nickscan77 (4 years ago)
mantenere apprendimento della lingua italiana di romanticismo
Elvin Huseynov (5 years ago)
really inspired meee:) thanks fellow
jess mill (5 years ago)
Awesome! i know three languages and was trying to choose between Japanese and Korean maybe i should learn both!
Learn bulgarian
Most inspiring Polyglot ever.
Gabrielle Cruz (5 years ago)
I have watched so much anime i have watched over the years and i cant speak Japanese. SMH
lynch (5 years ago)
Currently I can speak English (my native language is Russian), German, Mandarin. Studying Swedish and Japanese, soon going to pick up Arabic and Spanish. Thanks for inspiration, Tim!
William (5 years ago)
Thnkr: Prodigies, Restoring hope for the human race.
Mateusz Dzielicki (5 years ago)
Lol I did not know that Yiddish is spoken in Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Romenia. Get your fact straight!
kbu bilisim (5 years ago)
5:14 TÜRKÇE BEYLER YARDIRIN UP UP UP
Khan (5 years ago)
I speak Pashto, Urdu, Hindi and English. I understand some Arabic and I am learning Spanish. And I am here thinking that I speak a lot of languages!
Sri Gadde (5 years ago)
he should run for secretary of state
lili heidari (5 years ago)
omg i just know Persian ,Arabic and English. i wanna learn more good luck Tim
KIK ME (5 years ago)
I know only english :( and I am learning arabic
DistortedV12 (5 years ago)
ummm.....does he have something against the Spanish language?
LadyBellaCookiez (5 years ago)
I only know, English, Portuguese, and Spanish. What an amazing 'talent'!! :)
Alex Skywalker (5 years ago)
you kick ass tim! 완전 멋저!
diego777cas (5 years ago)
I have loved learning languages too, but as I keep getting older and more busy, I can't find time to continue studying :( So far, I know Spanish and English at high levels, but French is getting up there. I know introductory sign language and German. I need to work on those and Arabic as well as begin on Mandarin.
destinydcp (5 years ago)
This video is great! It's inspiring. I want to learn Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Shona and ASL :)
BK-201 (5 years ago)
this is what i want to do but now i only know English and a little bit of Russian
irvan listiono (5 years ago)
Halo Tim, saya indonesia, mungkin kamu bisa belajar bahasa indonesia dengan saya...
Psinixe Official (5 years ago)
OMG he was watching Psycho-Pass XDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
Psinixe Official (5 years ago)
OMG he was watching Psycho-Pass XDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
TheSoundBoss (5 years ago)
Why is no one talking about how hot he is?
Kate Wills (5 years ago)
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ivan sakurai (5 years ago)
U live in the u.s and from all them languages you know you dont know the one that is more useful to you...spanish!!! just saying
hadeerbeauty (5 years ago)
i bet ur arab...most of arabs speak arabic,french and english and ur doing a good job,keep it up :)
Seraspe (5 years ago)
Wasn't surprised when I realised he was left-handed too. 4:17
demon6937 (5 years ago)
this man doesnt need subtitles watching anime dubbed in japanese seriously cool and with games that are exclusive for example in japan where the final fantasy series are in japanese
paleobc65 (5 years ago)
7:07 lmao he's in a hookah lounge
renelle daigle (5 years ago)
O_O ! WOW
ianvdwoude (5 years ago)
Wtf this guy speaks Dutch? I speak Dutch as well and I don't understand the language sometimes. It is awesome that he speaks a language that about twenty million people speak.
demon6937 (5 years ago)
he has no problem playing games with many language support
Moose (5 years ago)
He can speak my language!!!
SmileyFace (5 years ago)
What no Korean? Hahaha! 20 languages, I can barely speak three! I'm amazed!
Kathleen Mae (5 years ago)
I'm FIlipino but I grew up in HK and I speak English, Tagalog, Cantonese and Mandarin fluently. The fun thing about knowing different languages is that I can think of a phrase in a language and translate it around when I'm doing a composition for school.
Moch Lutfi Fauzi (5 years ago)
i am from indonesia, Bangga padamu Brother.
Only 17 years old.... Amazing!
Royal Flyness (5 years ago)
What about Jive?:)
PlayerTHEgamer (5 years ago)
i speak English,French,German,Portuguese and spanish
Marta Bortas (5 years ago)
You can try learning croatian on serbian because if you learn one you also learn the former language of ex Yugoslavia.
Henry Li (5 years ago)
How does he not speak Spanish.... one of the most spoken languages in the world. But he knows some random African language..
درب النسور (5 years ago)
عمل رائع اعتقد انه رائع للعمل في الاستخبرات !! هناك فرص كثيرة جدا له
Vbruzas798 (5 years ago)
Hey i'am Lithuanian and is apparently a hardest languages in Europe can Tim talk in this language??? would like to see him ..
Giguit (5 years ago)
But... Greek isn't dead.
Trufax (5 years ago)
oh he didn't learn spanish ><
Mrbadass (5 years ago)
I can speak 30 languages google translate
Una Pavlovic (5 years ago)
I understand the way you learn with TV because that is the way I learned English. I'm from Serbia and I can speak fluid English because when I was a kid Disney Channel and Jetix didn't have serbian subtitles so I had to make myself understand.
NeiraAlfina (5 years ago)
Wow he is amazing! U know what? I'm going to start learning Spanish soon in my junior year and practice some Italian and Japanese at home by myself.
Ali Aghamohamadi (5 years ago)
wow amazing you learned Farsi(Persian) as well? Really hard language ...
He doesn't speak spanish!!???
Samuel Pence (5 years ago)
seriously, no Spanish??
Maggie W. (5 years ago)
marry me.
gazambaa (5 years ago)
Wow. I thought the only foreign language americans learn is klingon^^
Unorthodoxism (5 years ago)
Lui parla italiano :D Santa merda... lei è incredibile con lingui! Io parlo italiano, spagnolo, tedesco, un po' di portoghese, e molto fluente inglese. Lui è un fonte d'ispirazione! (I'm just practicing with Italian in this comment... :3)
David Jambedebois (5 years ago)
Я лишь изучаю российский стиль, а он уже этак непростой... x)
sarah sarona (5 years ago)
amaizing >>> WoOoOoW>> ممتاز . احسنت . رائع .جدااااا
Eman amon (5 years ago)
omg I want to be like him. mashallah ya akhi ant cool
Bader Qh (5 years ago)
ماشاءلله عليه ،
tt901901 (5 years ago)
You can find more multi-lingual persons like him in asia. And people don't see them as special, lol.
tt901901 (5 years ago)
You can find more like him in asia.
HArrybo Skyfoogle (5 years ago)
H-HE WAS WATCHING ANIME I SWEAR!!!
Jonathan Marquez (5 years ago)
LMFAO HE KNOWS ALL THESE LANGUAGES BUT NOT SPANISH!!!!! WTF THATS THE SECOND MOST IMPORTANT LANGUAGE YOU NEED IN THE US, COME MIERDA!
donoghuemd (5 years ago)
Amazing.
EANPSG (5 years ago)
Hes smexy.
Jaymi Grant (5 years ago)
Awesome video!! I'm travelling to South America in August and will be vlogging my trip. Come subscribe :) x
thatazn15 (5 years ago)
He was watching Steins;Gate!
juan ramos (5 years ago)
Why he cant speak Spanish??
theguyinthatvid (5 years ago)
It blows my mind that he doesnt know spanish
ethan7179 (5 years ago)
can you speak korean
Emilio Garcia Garcia (5 years ago)
what about spanish!?
Anthony Kernich (5 years ago)
ICELANDIC!!!
Prolex Vids (5 years ago)
Im kinda jealous
Spanish?
hauziae (5 years ago)
they could have coloured most of the map if he speaks spanish
slocorini (5 years ago)
I will agree with him on the movie watching thing. I've been watching movies and such for about a year now that are in German. And they help out A LOT, specially when you don't know anyone you can call up to have a conversation with.
slocorini (5 years ago)
This is awesome. I've been learning German for about 2 years now in school, but even then I couldn't compare with him in his Hebrew or anything. It's inspirational! I love learning it, though I definitely wish I was better at actually speaking it and communicating vs. just being able to write and read it. But this motivates me to practice speaking it much more! Language learning is so much fun!
Alpha-Q-Up (5 years ago)
Bet he can't speak ubby dubby......I'm fluent in ubby dubby.
legalman07 (5 years ago)
the sentence structure is crazy to actually accept, this is how it makes sense...its like our natural language is fighting us the whole saying thats not how you do it. crazy to me..
daveva88 (5 years ago)
Que estupenda descendencia! Israel es precioso. :D
Alexander Kang (5 years ago)
I highly suggest learning Korean as your first Asian language. Out of all Asian languages Korean is the simplest and easiest to learn. After mastering this language you will have an understanding of Asian languages. Good luck and the best of luck to you! (:
Rogério Lima (5 years ago)
Try easy, neutral and international language esperanto!
tom117323 (5 years ago)
I love this video. Thanks for posted it... :) I can only speak Dutch and English at a high level now, I hope I can get a high level with Spanish too because I want to live there in the future... this video gives me hope to get a high leven with other languages too! :)
RoxieRoxBanana (5 years ago)
I feel the same way :3 he is the closest "thing" that proves that humans will someday be in the same page and actually unite and progress as a whole. The key is to be open to others.
Ria Oo (5 years ago)
I used to think it's abnormal that I'm interested in 15+ languages and usually all I do in my free-time is learning languages but now I feel normal again hahah It must be hard to keep all of them at the same level, I tend to forget even easy English words
Reyi Torres (5 years ago)
Wow... :')
tamaji kent (5 years ago)
but・・・・・・・・・for what?
Yinshid (5 years ago)
I can speak five languages: Filipino, Chinese, Japanese, English, Indonesian (and little bit malaysian). Too bad no one supports me and often times I'm just self studying. I only rely on available resources - internet for example. I don't have money to afford formal education about languages. But by the way, this guy is really awesome. If he's going to speak filipino, primarily the tagalog, the grammar has a resemblance with Indonesian and Malaysian so it's not that hard to learn.
TheLilyellow (5 years ago)
what about spanish??
George Nikolov (5 years ago)
Try learn bulgarian... it's similar to russian, serbian and macedonian...
rahof2013 (5 years ago)
ما يتكلم عربيه فصحى .. قاعد يتكلم مصري خخخ
Claire Chabert (5 years ago)
I'm sincerely jealous.

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