Breaking the language barrier

New York City teenager Tim Doner speaks more than 20 languages. When he is invited by media outlets to discuss his impressive ability to learn languages, it becomes clear that most people are only interested in hearing Chinese tongue twisters and other ‘exotic’ sounds.

Tim’s impressive talk, see below, shows that there are no shortcuts to getting to know other languages and cultures. He also explains that we can translate and carry little travel dictionaries around all we want, but that true meaning is a completely different layer that takes lots of time and effort to unveil.