Yahoo! published an interesting news article about an elephant at Everland Theme Park in Yongin, Korea that speaks some Korean.  Apparently elephants have the ability to mimick sounds, including noises and rudimentary speech.  In this elephant’s case, he spent so much time with his caretaker over the years that he learned how to mimick several short Korean words, including "yes," "no," "sit," and "lie down."  Elephants actually communicate through sound and body language.  It’s unclear whether this elephant understands the meaning of the words he’s speaking, but one could argue that he expresses them as a form of communication. 
What I actually wondered tonight was whether the elephant could learn multiple languages and become bi- or trilingual.  He already speaks elephantish (referred to as "a-rroo!" in native elephantish), and now he can imitate some Korean words.  If this elephant was shipped from Everland to the San Diego Zoo and stayed there for several years, could he imitate a few English words too?  The possibilities boggle the mind.  As it is, one could make the case that he is the world’s first bilingual elephant.  Given the Korean’s insatiable thirst to learn English as a second language, it’s surprising that the elephant did not gravitate towards learning English instead!

Books by MG EdwardsMG Edwards is a writer of books and stories in the thriller and science fiction-fantasy genres. He also writes travel adventures and children’s books. A former U.S. diplomat, he served in South Korea, Paraguay, and Zambia before leaving the Foreign Service to write full time.

Edwards is author of six books. His memoir, Kilimanjaro: One Man’s Quest to Go Over the Hill, was finalist for the Book of the Year Award and the Global eBook Award. He has published four children’s picture books in the World Adventurers for Kids Series: Alexander the Salamander; Ellie the Elephant; Zoe the Zebra; and a collection featuring all three stories. His book Real Dreams: Thirty Years of Short Stories is an anthology of 15 short stories.

Edwards lives in Taipei, Taiwan with his family. He has also lived in Austria, Singapore and Thailand. For more books or stories by M.G. Edwards, visit his web site at or contact him by e-mail at or on Twitter @m_g_edwards.

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