Talk:Multilingualism

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Unclear claim[change source]

The claim that "There are more multilingual people in the world than monolingual people" is unclear and the suppport ref is vague. There is all the world of difference between speaking, say, Portuguese and Mandarin (two different language families and speaking Portugeuse and Spanish (two closely related languages). And what are the tests? And can they write in both languages? The rarity of real bilinguals is testified by the gratifying salaries they can earn working for international organisations. Macdonald-ross (talk) 11:18, 19 August 2018 (UTC)

We have two citations, both vague on definitions and methods. Good pay for major commercial languages does not refute, as millions of poor people are illiterate in two or more languages having little impact on commerce. Or billions? That is the question. Jim.henderson (talk) 23:54, 21 August 2018 (UTC)