Kato Lomb on Motivation to Learn Languages

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Kato Lomb was a very important polyglot who learnt about 25 languages and worked with 16 of them as a translator. She advocated reading books in foreign languages without using a dictionary in order to gather a huge amount of vocabulary. Paradoxically this is a very effective way to achieve proficiency in a foreign language.

When we celebrated Kato Lomb’s 105th anniversary in Budapest a few years ago we watched an interview with her from the seventies.  This part of the video has got an English subtitle as well. I hope you’ll enjoy it even if we are in the foreground.