Richard Simcott

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Richard Simcott
BornChester, England
NationalityBritish
Known forPolyglotism

Richard Simcott is a hyperpolyglot who lives in Chester, United Kingdom. He speaks 16 languages fluently. Harper Collins referred to him as "One of the most multilingual people from the United Kingdom".[1] Besides the languages that he exhibits fluency in, he also has actively studied more than 50 languages at some point in his career.[2]

Background[edit]

Simcott was born in the UK, with English as his first language, quickly learning French at a young age (he says he does not remember not speaking French). He grew up in the English Wales Border districts so quickly learnt Welsh as well. His Father re-married a Thai woman, so he started to learn Thai on some trips there as a teenager. Since that time he has learned a range of languages including Turkish, Polish, Hebrew, Chinese, Icelandic, Macedonian[3] and Esperanto.[4][5] Simcott has worked with languages in the UK diplomatic service, he has been a production manager for Emoderation as well as being the languages director for Polpea. He has also hosted a range of Polyglot conferences internationally, and is the current head of the Polyglot conference.[6] he was featured in the Canadian documentary on Polyglots "Word Play" [7] along with Axel Van Hout, Alexandre Coutu and Steven Kaufmann. Simcott runs his own Blog "Speaking Fluently" and has published a book on French Short Stories. In 2015 the Goethe Institut named him Ambassador for Multilingualism.[8][9]

Language abilities[edit]

He is regarded as one of the most proficient polyglots in the UK. Simcott can learn languages in very short periods of time, and has passed C1 Fluency exams after 3 months of study. He can speak about 30 languages in total to some degree.[10] Unlike many polyglots, Simcott continues to study languages in a university environment.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fotheringham, John Jan 16, 2015 http://l2mastery.com "Interview with Hyperpolyglot Richard Simcott of SpeakingFluently.com"
  2. ^ "An extraordinary story: Richard Simcott - The Polyglot Dream". www.thepolyglotdream.com. Retrieved 2018-01-28.
  3. ^ Alex Gentry "My Favorite Language Learners Series: Richard Simcott" Medium https://medium.com/@gentryalex13/my-favorite-language-learners-series-richard-simcott-c2c0ab0b7d8b
  4. ^ "an-extraordinary-story-richard-simcott" thepolyglotdream Jan 13, 2013 http://www.thepolyglotdream.com/an-extraordinary-story-richard-simcott/
  5. ^ Fotheringham, John Jan 16, 2015 http://l2mastery.com "Interview with Hyperpolyglot Richard Simcott of SpeakingFluently.com"
  6. ^ Mello, Jimmy "Richard Simcott – A polyglot from Chester and a life-long language learner speaking Portuguese" MyPolyglot http://mypolyglot.com/2015/07/09/richard-simcott-a-polyglot-from-chester-and-a-life-long-language-learner-speaking-portuguese/
  7. ^ 16x9onglobal (7 May 2012). "Word Play" (Video upload). YouTube. Google, Inc. Retrieved 7 May 2012.
  8. ^ Polyglotconference 2017 "Organisers Page" http://polyglotconference.com/index.php?/organizers
  9. ^ Williams, Martin "Multilingual speakers language learning" The Guardian 5 September 2013 https://www.theguardian.com/education/2013/sep/05/multilingual-speakers-language-learning
  10. ^ Robson, David 2015 "How to learn 30 languages" BBC http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20150528-how-to-learn-30-languages
  11. ^ Williams, Martin "Multilingual speakers language learning" The Guardian 5 September 2013 https://www.theguardian.com/education/2013/sep/05/multilingual-speakers-language-learning

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