People can't get enough of Philip Crowther, an international affiliate correspondent for The Associated Press, and his impressive range.
With the threat of war looming large, many people have been following the Ukraine crisis. Even as everyone remains on tenterhooks tracking the news, one reporter is making the headlines for his mastery over different languages. A clip showed Philip Crowther, an international affiliate correspondent for The Associated Press, delivering the news report in six different languages and it has left people in awe of him. Crowther was delivering the report of a potential invasion of Ukraine by Russia when he caught the eye of people online. The clip showed him flawlessly delivering the news in English, Luxembourgish, Spanish, Portuguese, French, and German, reported Comicsands. Crowther was praised for his language skills and was also flooded with marriage proposals.
Six-language coverage from #Kyiv with @AP_GMS. In this order: English, Luxembourgish, Spanish, Portuguese, French, and German. pic.twitter.com/kyEg0aCCoT— Philip Crowther (@PhilipinDC) February 21, 2022
The video posted by Crowther was watched more than 2.2 million times and garnered more than 180k likes. "Six-language coverage from Kyiv with @AP_GMS. In this order: English, Luxembourgish, Spanish, Portuguese, French, and German," he captioned the tweet. People were in awe of the reporter knowing six languages and also being to speak flawlessly in each one of them. According to reports, Crowther was born in Luxembourg to a British father and German mother. He learned to speak English and German from his parents. He studied at Athénée de Luxembourg, where he also became fluent in French, German, English, and Luxembourgish.
Oh my God is this man married?? If he’s not where can I submit my application? 😮🔥😍❤️❤️— Jennifer Thurman (@jenniferpao89) February 22, 2022
You know you'll have to submit it in all six languages though ...— Stevie Dallas (@medusa_dallas) February 22, 2022
He was deeply interested in soccer and the Spanish league, in particular. At the age of 14, he started learning Spanish to follow the league more closely. During a gap year in school, he traveled to Barcelona, where he learned Catalan. He then studied Portuguese as part of his education at King's College London. With the European Union having 24 languages, it's more common for people from Europe to be multilingual. One Twitter user touched upon it. "I've always been impressed, when I travel to Europe, by how many languages people can speak. It's usually no less than 3, so impressive. In Canada, we argue about 2 languages it's silly and self-limiting. Knowing more than 1 language automatically gives you an advantage," they wrote. However, even for European people, Crowther's language proficiency stands head and shoulders above the rest.
Philip I speak five of those languages (not Lux). Your accent for the languages I understand is fabulous. I applaud you. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻— Maya Manning (@MayaManning) February 22, 2022
People just couldn't get enough of Crowther after the clip went viral. "Damn impressive. So damn impressive. I have the utmost respect for those who speak multiple languages. But 6, yes SIX… I’ve not witnessed that before," wrote one user. Even Duolingo weighed in on the matter, writing, "And the owl was too stunned to speak." Another person added how being multilingual can help fight xenophobia. "My entire life I’ve been humble about speaking 4.5 of the 6 — plus a couple more... In this day and age, I guess I should feel some pride. Bravo for reminding the world how it’s done when we don’t let exceptionalism or xenophobia get in way," wrote the person. One person wrote, 'I love you' in the six languages that Crowther was proficient in."
Imagine being able to do this. 👀pic.twitter.com/oZ6XBB6TRI— Ava DuVernay (@ava) February 22, 2022
I bet you'll still passive aggressively annoy him to learn Dutch.— UFOSully (@UFOSully) February 22, 2022
Even as Vladimir Putin confirms Russia has undertaken a military operation in Ukraine, it's the voices of reporters like Crowther who will continue to shed light on the precarious situation from Kyiv. Crowther's proficiency in the languages will also mean he can deliver news directly to a wider audience.
Ehm, i'm a linguist (speak 3 fluently, understand 6) and this is still massively impressive ... not only can he speak the languages, but his accents are also almost flawless! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼— e-n M (@l10en) February 22, 2022
No, this is flat out amazing. I am European through and through, grew up bilingual, had more languages in school, lived in various countries. I can get by in a lot of places. But that’s very different from reporting from a crisis zone in six languages fluently and without accents— Melanie Stefan (@MelanieIStefan) February 22, 2022