A video of a reporter covering the conflict between Russia and Ukraine has spread in six languages. He speaks directly from Kiev in English, Luxembourgish, Spanish, Portuguese, French and German.
Philip Crowther, international correspondent for The Associated Press. Crowther is a polyglot: a person who speaks many languages.
Video on Twitter
He posted the video himself on Twitter last night. The journalist has a British father and a German mother, and was born in Luxembourg. He speaks English, German and Luxembourgish as his mother tongue and the other three languages - Spanish, French and Portuguese – fluently.
Crowther has been employed by the Associated Press as a television and radio journalist since March 2019. On his website to read. It covers major events around the world, such as the G20 summit in Japan, the G7 summit in the United Kingdom, and the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
It does this for the Voice of America, Euronews and TRT World news channels, as well as for national broadcasters in Australia, New Zealand, France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg, South Korea, Canada and the United States.
More than wonderful
The video has been viewed on Twitter millions of times, received tens of thousands of likes and thousands of tweets. “This is more than impressive. As a native speaker of two of these languages, your dialects are A+”, says woman.
Other comments: “Impressive, sir! And your Brazilian-Portuguese is perfect”, “Superman performance”, and “Amazing. That’s impressive.”
Crowther is currently reporting on the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, having recently covered the Winter Games in Beijing. In a lengthy televised address to the Russian people last night, President Vladimir Putin announced that Russia recognizes the independence of Donetsk (DNR) and Luhansk (LNR) self-proclaimed “people’s republics”.