Kató Lomb Was Born 109 Years Ago

Culture

Kató Lomb (1909 – 2003) was a Hungarian interpreter, translator and one of the first simultaneous interpreters in the world.She was born on the 8th of February, 1909 in Budapest, Hungary. Originally, she graduated in physics and chemistry, but her interest soon led her to languages.

Native in Hungarian, she was able to interpret fluently in nine or ten languages (in four of them even without preparation). She translated technical literature and read in six languages. Kató Lomb was able to understand journalism in further eleven languages. As she put it, altogether she earned money with sixteen languages (Bulgarian, Chinese, Danish, English, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Ukrainian). She learned languages mostly by self-effort, as an autodidact.

One of her most famous writings is Polyglot: How I Learn Languages.

Source: www.lingualift.com

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