At an age when most struggle to learn more than 1 language, 10- year old Arpan Sharma has already picked up 11 languages.

Aside from English, Arpan speaks Hindi, which he picked up from his teacher parents, and, at school, he learnt Italian when he was seven, German at the age of eight, Spanish at nine, and French last term.

He also speaks Thai, Swahili, Polish, Chinese Mandarin and is currently studying the difficult Lugandan language of Uganda. Staff at the 560-pupil, fee-paying Blue Coat’s School in Edgbaston, Birmingham, described his talents as “extraordinary”.

At this rate, he will be more than well equipped to succeed in a global economy !