Multilingualism, and also bilingualism, refers to a person's ability to speak more than one language. Although there are many ways to become bi- or multilingual, the capability of becoming multilingual is universal to all humans, barring severe mental and/or language impairment. Verbal aptitude as well as verbal giftedness may play a part in becoming multilingual, but they are not necessary preconditions for successful language learning. Finally, bi- and multilinguals who are also gifted are frequently overlooked in schools, as these children may be in the process of learning the language of the classroom and are assessed by instruments that have been normed on monolingual children.

Bilingualism and multilingualism are technically not synonyms, because bilingualism refers to the ability to speak two languages and multilingualism refers to ...

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