The German polyglot Emil Krebs allegedly mastered 68 languages. Which, frankly, I find unbelievable. Unfortunately, I cannot find any reliable and convincing source.

Is there solid evidence that Emil Krebs mastered 68 languages?

The actual number of languages is rather unimportant, it is the order of magnitude that strikes me.

(EDIT: Upon request, I have removed all my research from the question. You might want to have a look at the edit history.)

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    @georgechalhoub I was hoping someone could a) either comment on what I have found so far, telling me whether any of it should count as evidence, or b) find another piece of evidence. – Mathias Müller May 3 '15 at 21:46
  • @MathiasMüller, I deleted my comment because it wasn't really accurate; there might be some pieces of evidence - for example we might find books he has written in different languages or voice recordings for him (but this is highly unlikely). As for what you found isn't evidence at all: testimonials do not prove anything - the study you linked really doesn't prove anything. We can track down the claims form old history books about him but probably that would be it. Worth the research though. – Display name May 3 '15 at 21:56
  • @Oddthinking I saw that question, and your answer, citing a trustworthy source. It's a shame Charles William Russell did not also write up the life of Emil Krebs. So, although the question is indeed similar, the answer is limited to a single polyglot. – Mathias Müller May 4 '15 at 10:16
  • en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friedrich_R%C3%BCckert a linguist who lived in my reagion could speak over 30 languages. If you go to the german version of this page there i a list of 44 languages he spoke and/or studied. – Julian May 5 '15 at 14:31

It is true!

Emil Krebs studied languages his entire life. Emil Krebs wrote many journals and kept notes on all his studies. These notes and journals are being kept along with his brain in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C.


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