I can start a poll too! When I was watching Benny learn Chinese, I remember seeing videos by Steve Kaufmann. His Chinese is very good. But last night I read has never studies linguistics. So why can he call himself a linguist? I know bigdog will call me cdc again, but I don't care I found these definitions in wikipedia for linguist: So my question is, can he call himself linguist? I am asking because I'm not a native english speaker and I seen people arguing about this before. I speak Chinese and English. Am I a linguist?