Pete Buttigieg and languages

Pete Buttigieg is not my choice for president, let’s be clear about that. But the guy is no idiot.

Of particular interest to me is his facility for languages. He apparently taught himself Norwegian so that he could read novels in that language.

According to the articles I’ve found online, Buttigieg is proficient in English, Dari, Maltese, Norwegian, Spanish, French, Italian and Arabic.

Maltese and English he apparently learned at home. (His late father was Maltese.) The rest he subsequently acquired.

I’m especially impressed by the Arabic, which is a notoriously difficult language.