Queen Elizabeth 1: The Most Multilingual Person throughout History
By Susan Johnes
Human beings are the most advanced creatures since they have the ability to speak several languages. Below is one of the famous polyglots in history.
The Virgin Queen is unique amongst monarchs not only for her elegant fashion sense but also for her linguistic skills. Elizabeth was born in Greenwich, London on 7 September 1533.
Being the daughter of a king, Elizabeth had educational opportunities denied to most women of her age. She learned six languages at the hands of private tutors: French, Spanish, Greek, Italian, Latin, and Flemish.
Thus, during her lifetime, she played a legacy in her translations from a religious work in English to Latin and French. We can remember that as a New Year’s gift, she offered Parr translations to her father.
When she got to power, her native English allowed her study theology and other subjects in which she had remarkable performance. Her rule witnessed the accomplishments of playwrights such as William Shakespeare which dramatically altered the course of her English history.
Elizabeth believed that learning several languages gave her an advantage when competing with native speakers, forcing them to support her reign. Additionally, she postulated that a constructed language could provide a suitable neutral ground for communication.
Elizabeth’s multilingual skills enabled her rule through her Council which included men from Leicester, Lord Burghley, and later the Earl of Essex. Further, her exploration of arts and literature flourished her power in a patriarchal society.
She reigned for 44 years due to the excellent multilingual skills and unified England. To date, she is referred to as England’s greatest monarch.
According to Scientists, an educated person should learn six languages in their cultural background. The following aspects give explanations;
• Native English-speaking people use English as their international language
• Classical language style of your civilization
• Any exotic language of your choice
• And a primary language in your broader culture.
We are born knowing our socio-cultural language. As we progress through socialization, we get to learn the various international languages such as English. Further, we might decide to specialize in a foreign language of our choice through higher education.
Learning different languages isn’t as involving as you may think. It calls for your dedication and drives towards the same. Just like Queen Elizabeth, you can spend 2 hours a day, transcribing languages and immersing you in the sounds, structure and dynamic of the chosen tongue. That describes the moment where a language finally reveals itself as wax falling from your ears.