Listen to Benedict Cumberbatch try (and fail) to say the word “penguin”

Sep 26, 2014 By Abraham 0

As the narrator for a BBC documentary about the South Pacific, Benedict Cumberbatch was expected from time to time to mention penguins. Despite his assignment, he just couldn’t do it.

Pengwings and penglings were discussed, yes. But not penguins…

Doctors baffled when Australian wakes from his coma…speaking fluent Mandarin

Sep 10, 2014 By Megan Berman 1

When Ben McMahon woke from a coma two years ago, he was just happy to be alive. Speaking fluent Mandarin was just a bonus..

I wasn’t consciously thinking I was speaking Mandarin, it was what just came out and it was what was most natural to me.

The strange part? Ben wasn’t fluent in Mandarin before the car accident that put him in the coma. He had studied Mandarin and French in high school, but he says it never really “clicked.” Most of us who took a foreign language in school can relate. Studying it and knowing it are completely different.

Ben McMahon

But once awoken from his coma, he was able to speak and write Mandarin with near-native fluency.

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