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Last Updated: Wednesday October 31 2007 07:39 GMT

Schoolboy masters 10 languages

Arpan can already speak 10 languages

Most of us would be happy to have a chat in a language other than our own, but 10-year-old Arpan Sharma has mastered 10 of them.

The schoolboy can speak English, Hindi, Spanish, Italian, German, French, Thai, Swahili, Mandarin AND Polish.

Arpan, from Oldbury in the West Midlands, picked up his skills from his parents, at school and by teaching himself using study DVDs.

Now Arpan is learning Lugandan - spoken in the African country of Uganda.

Arpan said: "Learning these languages is my favourite part of school, along with music.

"Learning Swahili was probably one of the biggest challenges I've faced and Mandarin Chinese was hard too."


Arpan hopes his language skills will help him when he grows up.

He wants to be a surgeon and to travel the world making people better.

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