10 Mar, 2012 @ 14:34
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British lingo king

WHO said the British were rubbish at languages?

Student Alex Rawlings, 20, can speak a total of 11 and is still learning more.

The Oxford grad showed he had fluency, or near fluency, in the languages to win the Harper Collins nationwide search for the most multilingual student in Britain.

Of the 50 entrants, half spoke four languages or more and were tested by native-speaking judges.

For the record Rawlings speaks French, Spanish, German, Italian, Greek, Catalan, Dutch, Hebrew, Afrikaans, Russian (and English).

Rawlings, who is studying Russian and German, grew up in London, with a Greek mother, who also spoke to him in French.

Actor Stephen Fry was so impressed he expressed his awe via Twitter.

You can see Rawlings showing his skills at  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-17107435.

Eloise Horsfield

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