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Inspiration: how to get closer to the people and cultures you meet.

If we could all learn 11 languages fluently, well, UN translators would be out of work and maybe there would be fewer wars. But seriously, one guy – 21-year-old Alex Rawlings – really can speak English, Greek, German, Spanish, Russian, Dutch, Afrikaans, French, Hebrew, Catalan and Italian. And he picked these up so he could communicate with people around him and make new friends. Simple! Most of think that speaking even a few words of language is beyond us but we all have experience of how just ordering a beer in the local parlance while on holiday does wonders for your relationship with the locals. Just a few more words and you can get an insight into the lives of those people and their culture, something you can’t get from a book or a tour guide. Check out this video on the BBC and take inspiration from his straightforward motivations and methods.

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