https://www.duolingo.com/lindrhound

What's left of the multilinguals...

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So, reading somewhere else, someone said that a surprising number of people who had intentionally learned or was learning several languges (? That's how I read it at least) was left-handed. It made me curious about how many of the people on duolingo who came here voluntarily, and has more than, let's say 2-3 languages other than their native and almost-native ones, that they know very well or are working seriously on, who are left handed? It'd be fun to know as anecdotal evidence.

I myself is left handed and have always been interested in other languages. Everyone on one side of my family are left handed as well, but ironically, and rather oddly, they're all dyslectics.

Anyone else?

May 4, 2016

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https://www.duolingo.com/scruffy
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I'm very left-handed. Heck, my left hand's in my profile pic!

I came by English and Dutch the easy way (Dutch parents in Canada) and am currently working on improving Dutch spelling/vocab, Spanish and Esperanto. Japanese is next in the queue.

May 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/NadiaYvette
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I'm right-handed, but am notably more verbal than visuospatial. My first language was Spanish, but I speak primarily English now.

May 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/John00625
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I'm righthanded and I don't know how to explain this but, my native language is English, BUT I was immersed in Spanish so I can speak it fluently and read it fluently too, but writing is AWFUL. I'm also learning French w/Duolingo, after I am fluent enough to a point where I like it, I will start portuguese because it's basically spanish w/ french mixed into it(my opinion) and also I know a couple portuguese people to practice with.

May 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Concatenate1
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I am "both-handed" :D and I learn English, Italian and Hungarian (in close future) and Finnish (in remote future) are on the line

May 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Theron126
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Right-handed and left-footed. I speak English natively, am seriously studying Russian, have seriously studied French and am still trying to convince myself that I'm not seriously studying Norwegian.

May 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/SuzuLingu
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Left-footed? I put my foot in my mouth a lot. Is that the same thing??? lol

May 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Theron126
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It means my left foot is my stronger one and I prefer to use my left foot when playing football (i.e. what you call soccer). It is, therefore, unfortunate that I have two right feet.

May 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/SuzuLingu
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Now did you have to go get all technical on me? Wait...wait a minute... just *how * many feet do you have?!?

May 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Theron126
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Two right feet and no left ones. As opposed to ordinary clumsy people who have two left feet.

May 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/SuzuLingu
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Gotcha! LOL

May 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/SuzuLingu
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I'm right-handed, dyslexic and have trouble with my native language some days. (Still not really fluent in Americanese.) Don't ask me what I'm doing on Duo. That will have to remain a mystery for people smarter than me to solve. ha ha

May 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Drummer_Boy

Ha ha!! This made me laugh out loud!! Thanks SuzuLingu! I needed that!

May 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/SuzuLingu
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welcome. tee hee

May 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Lahure
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Nice one Su! Ten out of ten!

May 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/SuzuLingu
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Thanks, Mark! lol ;-)

May 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/SuzuLingu
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I should learn English someday. Maybe Polly could help me with that. Being she's English, of course.

May 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Neco_Coneco
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I'm left handed trying to be ambidextrous. I speak 3 languages and working on 4 (two of them being intermediate). I also have read about this, left handed people being good at languages. All I can say is it depends on how you practice with your target language(s) and not with being either left handed or right handed though.

May 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Lrtward
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Right handed, two languages (but waiting on a third). Three will be my limit, though. I don't think I can remain competent in more than three in addition to my native English.

May 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/avrichard
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I'm right-handed, but also a raging polyglot.

It is true though, that certain things are more common for lefties. For some reason, left-handedness is more common in men than women.

Anecdotally, left-handed people are also more common in artistic fields and also in linguistics, but I can't remember if I've actually seen any legitimate research on that. Among conlangers (people who create languages as an artistic pursuit) there is a jocular stereotype that the typical conlanger is male, gay, bearded and left-handed.

Also, some studies suggest that homosexual men are reportedly more commonly left-handed than straight men, and in women the difference is even more marked. Here is some further reading for anyone who is interested...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Handedness_and_sexual_orientation

May 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Sapiophia
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I'm left-handed but I try to steer clear of any leftie exceptionalism, although it did make me feel pretty special (read: smug?) growing up and I do enjoy coming across other left-handers.

Personally I'm sceptical about the idea handedness has any bearing on personality or creativity, even though I do fit the typical left-handed polyglot creative label. For me I think it might be more because I grew up knowing several languages already, so I find it easier to pick up new languages than people who've never been exposed to trying to think in a different language before. All the languages I learn here are not my native ones, though.

I've heard and read many times that dyslexia is hereditary, so maybe that explains your family. Interesting that you're all left-handed though!

May 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/lunapersephone
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Right handed. I speak two languages fluently and I am now working with two others. Interesting, though.

May 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/contracteryin

I'm ambidextrous but I prefer my right. I am currently working on German. Once I have a better handle on that I intend on trying to learn Norwegian. I figure best to seriously study one before moving onto another.

May 4, 2016

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    Left handed, four languages and who knows how many more coming.

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    https://www.duolingo.com/amaratea
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    Ambidextrous, writing with my right but using left for many other occasions. Fluent en English for most of my life, was fluent in other languages when there was a need for them (living abroad, working with foreigners). I would say I am decent or more than that in three languages besides my mothertongue, and I have studied more than three (they are just in hibernation mode now).

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    https://www.duolingo.com/Marlinde1551
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    I write with my left hand, though I do everything else with my right hand. I can speak 2 languages fluently (including my native language) and can hold a written conversation quite easily in 2 others.

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    https://www.duolingo.com/Nylre536
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    right-handed. my native language is Dutch and am reasonably fluent in English. My French and Swedish are good enough to go on holiday and have simple conversations. Spanish is a work in progress. As for Russian I don't know if I will ever get anywhere with that language it is difficult!

    May 5, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/julie.maksimova

    right handed, three languages, two more learning, and who knows how many more in the future

    May 4, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/EpicNougat
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    I'm right-handed. My first language is English, I've been learning Spanish, and I just started French.

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    https://www.duolingo.com/Klgregonis
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    Right handed, one reasonably fluent language, a 3 OK, and several just skimming. Also artistic and musical and logical.

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    https://www.duolingo.com/remoonline

    Right handed, fluent in 3, learning one more, working knowledge of a few more.

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    https://www.duolingo.com/MGray01
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    Left-handed. Native English speaker. I’m learning German and French.

    May 4, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/NovaEuropa

    Left handed here, and I came here because I wanted to, I live in America so I don't really need to learn these languages. I do so because I find it fun

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    https://www.duolingo.com/jacob_sangi
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    I'm naturally left handed, and I speak 3 languages already. It's really kind of interesting to see how many left-handed people here are also learning languages.

    May 5, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/AlexanderM288777

    I'm left-handed - actually, a guitarist who plays it right-handed (it seems to leave the hardest work allocated to the left hand. Or what?). Native English- speaking (and Scots, not always the same!), fluent Norwegian and converse freely with Swedes. Learning French, currently about level B2 on the international scale. So, all the cliches in place :-? More right-handers in this discussion, I note

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