In the series "Zeitzeichen," the WRD (Westdeutscher Rundfunk) published on November 15, 2022, on the topic of Emil Krebs and language learning in general.:

"15. November 1867 - Das Sprachengenie Emil Krebs wird geboren
Emil Krebs is a linguistic marvel: the interpreter worked for the Foreign Office during the colonial era in China and mastered 68 languages. How is it possible to learn so many languages?"

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In the series DAS KALENDERBLATT, the BR (Bayerischer Rundfunk) published on July 16, 2008, on the topic of Emil Krebs:

"Emil Krebs becomes translator at the German embassy in Peking"

"16.07.1901: Thanks to his special linguistic talent, the interpreter Emil Krebs learned 63 languages. In diplomatic service, this was useful: In Peking before the First World War, he was the only foreigner who spoke Manchu. The Chinese highly esteemed him, the man who was so proficient in their language and meticulously wrote the characters in the documents that even the Chinese were amazed ..."

The following link will take you to the page of the BR

You can also listen to the contribution by Xaver Frühbeis directly