Monday, April 18, 2011

Little Language Learner

Image by Nutdanai Apikhomboonwaroot via

A 10 year old blind girl named Alexia Sloane
has proven her skills could take her far from home.
Trilingual since birth, she guest translated for parliament.
I wonder if she yet knows how much that day meant.
It seems that she's driven by love of language and learning.
Currently learning her fifth -- for German fluency she's yearning.
I hope she also uses those skills for games like scrabble
and that with many kids her own age she does babble.

© Rachel Hoyt 2011.  All rights reserved.

My NaPoWriMo poem #20.


  1. I read about her! They say children learn languages faster than adults, but she's a genius!

  2. Children do learn foreign languages so much easier than adults. Now if I could just master English, I'd be okay.

    Once again, well written rhyme.

  3. Geez..what a smart little girl! I only know English, unless knowing how to count to 20 in spanish is acceptable! :D

  4. I manage bits and pieces of a couple... but I stand in awe of people, children, adults like her who can master more than one.

  5. Thanks everyone! I'm glad you liked the rhyme. I agree with Lolamouse... this girl is a genius. Sure, kids learn languages faster than adults, but she has an even more special gift. I (think) I have English down (haha) and am pretty good at Spanish. Perhaps I'll try for a third language some day. I dunno.

  6. Trilingual at birth? I wasn't even uni-lingual at birth. I just made a loud annoying crying noises :)

  7. That should say, "A lot of annoying crying noises"

    Clearly, I'm still struggling with English.

  8. Bryan... are you sure you aren't just misspelliing things to make me feel better about "neaklace"? :)

  9. That's amazing, Rachel. Thanks for sharing :)

  10. I hadn't heard of her until now. What an inspiration!

  11. Wow that's amazing, she's gifted! I just know one ..and half languages ;) I love French but it doesn't love me back very much! Thanks for sharing this!

  12. Plus she's blind! At the risk of sounding corny, I do think that having a "disability" in one area heightens other areas. Love the poem and the link. <3

  13. @Corinne - you're welcome! She IS amazing. :)

    @Belinda - She definitely inspires me that I should try for language #3! :)

    @Jessica M - Hehe. French doesn't love you back. That's cute. :)

    @sweepyjean - I totall agree with that theory. It doesn't detract from her brilliance, but... :) She is amazing.

    @Alejandro - It's rhymerachlisch... a new dialect of english I've been working on. :)

    @Jan - Thanks for stopping by! :)

  14. Alexia inspires me totally. I am wowed

  15. Great poem ~ and number 20! Fabulous! : ))

  16. @Jessica - Thanks for visiting. Glad she/we could wow you. :)

    @Louise - Thanks! You've been keeping up the NaPoWriMo pace as well. Bravo. :)


Rhyming or not, I would like a lot to hear the thoughts my words brought...