Video: Meet Young Arewa Genius Girl Who Speaks Hindi, Korean, Four International Languages

Video: Meet Young Arewa Genius Girl Who Speaks Hindi, Korean, Four International Languages


AREWA AGENDA – A young and talented young girl in Bauchi State, Hajara Haruna Aliyu has recently been spotted in a video recording displaying a rare talent for speaking six International languages including her native Hausa and official English tongue.

In the video obtained by our platform, Ms Haruna Aliyu was seen speaking Arabic, English, Hausa, Hindi, Spanish and Korean languages fluently as her body language flawlessly resonates with her speech.

Speaking to Arewa Agenda, Ms Aliyu said that she was inspired to learn and display this language skills when she saw the video of one other lady in a Polygot challenge about a month ago when a friend forwarded it to her and asked her to give it a try.

She admitted that it was indeed a perfect time for her to give such foray a shot after she had been very bored with the COVID-19 lockdowns and she felt the strong need to do something productive.

On how she was able to learn these languages, the young and easy going final year student of Information and Media Studies Bayero University Kano said, “I would say i learned them through watching movies, using translators and dictionaries online. I’m right now having a proper class in Spanish with a Master in the field. After that, I hope to also have classes in Arabic, Korea and Hindi as well to help me boost my vocabulary.”

Ms Aliyu who is an Origin of Balanga Local Government Area of Gombe State revealed that her interest in Hindi stems from her love for Zee World TV channel from childhood which her mum has tried effortlessly to have her father scramble while she picked interest in Spanish after she started seeing the TV series La Casa de Papel.

“Yes, we face challenges in almost everything we do. I had problem with their different pronunciations and tonation but I do hope that with time I’ll be able to speak them better than what it is right now.”

Hajara said of the challenges she is facing.
While emphasising that talent is a gift from Allah, Ms Aliyu called on all young people out there to make sure they use their various gifts wisely.

On what she hopes to achieve with her language skills, Ms Aliyu said, “there is a reason why people are uniquely gifted so I will like to see my own talent contribute to the overall good of humanity most especially peaceful coexistence and national development.”

The Polygot challenge is a challenge that requires participants who are versed in speaking various language to tape themselves on Camera while speaking it.

In 2013, a group of researchers from the University of Edinburgh established that bilingualism has a deep impact on neurological structures and processes.

It has long been established that humans’ capacity to use their native language is stored in the left hemisphere of the brain in over 90% of the normal population.

The main parts of the brain involved in language processes are the Broca’s area, located in the left frontal lobe, which is responsible for speech production and articulation, and the Wernicke’s area, in the left temporal lobe, associated with language development and comprehension.

Language learning, however, is a complex procedure that scientists have determined is not limited to any hemisphere of the brain, but instead involves information exchange between the left and the right sides. Nothing that comes as a surprise, if we consider just how many elements a single language entails.

The professor of Psychology and Linguistics at Pennsylvania State University Dr. Ping Li explains that full knowledge of a language includes remembering the words (lexicon), learning its sound system (phonology), acquiring the writing system (orthography), getting familiar with the grammar (syntax) and picking up the subtle ways to express oneself (pragmatics). These distinct linguistic elements require the brain to activate different parts, including the frontal and parietal cortical regions, the frontal and temporal regions, the occipital and temporal-parietal regions and the frontal and subcortical regions. Also involved in the process is the corpus callosum, a white matter pathway that connects the left and the right hemispheres, enabling the transfer and integration of information between them.

The process of learning something has an effect on the brain similar to the one exercizing has on the muscles. If we make them move, they increase in size and become stronger. The same thing happens to the brain. By putting it to work, we’re making it alter its structure, while at the same time improving certain functions.

Arewa Agenda is a Publication of Young writers from Northern Nigeria towards National Development and peaceful coexistence through positive narratives.