Sometimes called "bilingualism", Multilingualism is a term used to describe the ability of some characters to speak, read and write in multiple languages and/or dialects. People who are adept at speaking one language other than their own native language is referred to as bilingual. Not every individual possessing this skill is necessarily fluent in their specified alternative language. While some may be able to speak fluently in a foreign tongue, they may not be able to translate text from that language. The inter-galactic bounty hunter Lobo professes that he can speak 17,897 languages, including of course, American English.  In addition, Multilingualism may also include mystical and/or dead languages including the backwards-speak utitilzed by members of the Zatara family.