Sonia Yang is only 10 years old but she can speak an incredible 10 languages.
The young student at private Greenbank Preparatory School in Stockport has been crowned the north west of England’s best young linguist after stunning teachers with her detailed knowledge.
Sonia, from Cheadle Hulme, Stockport, was born in Taiwan but moved to England with her family to begin primary school.
When she arrived in England, Sonia was already fluent in Japanese, Chinese and English, as well as her native Taiwanese.
But she can also now speak German, French, Spanish, Portuguese and has recently picked up Kazakh and the Ugandan language of Luganda.
More than 5,000 students from across the region took part in the language contest and they were tested on their knowledge of other tongues – as well as their ability to pick up entirely new ones.
For the regional heat of the contest, Sonia was challenged to learn the Ugandan language known as Lugandan in just a few weeks.
Sonia had previously picked up both Kazakh and Portuguese for the qualifying rounds of the contest.
And her German, French and Spanish is spoken with varying degrees of fluency.
Commenting on her achievement, she said: “Lugandan was easier for me to learn than it might have been for an English person, because some of the words are very similar to Taiwanese and it does get a little easier to learn a new language with each one you try.
“English is definitely my favourite language, everyone can understand you.”
Heather Burnett, the school’s deputy head, said: “Sonia is a very bright and hard-working girl – definitely a star.
“Her family moved to England specifically to give her the best education possible and we are delighted they chose Greenbank.”
Sonia will now go on to represent the region in the national finals in London later this year.