Did you know Malala Yousufzai can speak four languages?

Published 22 Feb, 2021 02:42pm

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Happy International Mother Language Day from the Nobel Prize laureate to you!

The youngest laureate to receive a Nobel Prize for her impressive achievements in education, Malala Yousufzai is celebrating International Mother Language Day, a worldwide annual observance to promote multilingualism and spread awareness about cultural diversity.

In a recent video posted on Twitter, the Oxford graduate introduced herself as a 23-year-old from Swat, Pakistan whose mother tongue is Pashto.

"My mother tongue is Pashto and at home, we all speak in the Pashto language," she introduced. Yousufzai continued to speak in not one, but four different languages, shocking viewers with the revelation that she is quadrilingual.

"I also speak Urdu, which is the national language of Pakistan," she added. "Most of the films, dramas and songs I see are in Urdu."

Naturally, the young activist also said she was well-versed in English, which she said improved once she went to the United Kingdom for her undergraduate education. "Most of my readings are in the English language."

Like that wasn't enough, Malala informed her audience that she was currently in the process of learning Swahili — a language originating from the coast of East Africa, and spoken by millions of people in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania.

"I like it," she exclaimed.

The video was uploaded through TikTok, an app Yousufzai first joined in December 2020 as she urged women to donate to the Malala fund for Giving Tuesday.