Vilnius resident Simonas Reksnys was a special child. He began when he was just two. And when he was four already knew all the world capitals. It was not surprising that from the first class he was offered to jump directly to the fourth: it was decided that in lower ones it will not be anything to do.
Now 43 years-old Simon is working as a lawyer, speaking at least 15 foreign languages, and collecting phone numbers from memory. – Simon, what are your extraordinary abilities? – The inheritance, I would say. Daddy, physicist, defended a thesis from highly educated Čibiras relatives. Povilas Čibiras was Professor long-term head of the department of infectious diseases as well as infectious hospital head, author of the first Lithuanian textbook of infection diseases.
The mother, being pregnant, ate a lot of fish. Now reading about the latest research, I found out that the fish phosphorus is very positive in fetal brain development. These are factors to inheritance. – When you understand that your abilities are different from their peers? – Perhaps after seven years I went to the first class and school leaders invited me to go straight to the fourth, If you pass five exams. Then it was still with a five–point system, it was necessary to maintain at least at four all exams. And I succeeded. I remember I was writing dictation, tests and maths. Immediately I was moved to the fourth grade. – You probably have not ever left the second year? – No, I have not been. (Laughs.) I have graduated with good marks.
I specialize in:
1. International private law
3. Tourism development
4. NGO and Charities law
My clients – foreign companies, that have interests in Lithuania. Also the Lithuanian companies that have interests abroad. – In this case it is very useful to know a number of foreign languages. In what languages can you easily communicate? – Lithuanian, Russian, English, Polish, German, Italian, French, Norwegian, Swedish, Iceland. Language learning – my hobby, in line with my work. For example, during the study years I accompanied groups of tourists and excursions for Italian tourists. Of course, it helped to improve the language. Once was an order: two weeks with one client and driver to ride from Vilnius to Tallinn and continually communicate during the trip. One has to be in the country you will visit, to capture the knowledge of practical memory.
– Now as a lawyer representing one Japanese company. Perhaps the hardest is to read Japanese? – I am still learning Japanese. There are two thousand hieroglyphics and their learning can spoil the eyes. So, a lot of Japanese walk with glasses. (Smiles.)