21-year-old speaks seven languages
Twenty-one-year old Peter Haynes speaks seven languages. The Portland native is proficient in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Russian and Japanese.
He said that some of the languages he speaks were introduced to him through books.
"I did Spanish for a third of high school, but the other languages, I taught myself from books, movies and tutorials on how to actually enunciate the words," he said in an interview with JIS News.
Haynes is a two-time National Reading Competition champion. In August, he was named the 15-20 National Champion for 2021, by the Jamaica Library Service, and the overall champion among all age groups in the annual contest. Before that, he was the 12-14 National Champion in 2015.