New York Times: Babel No More is “gripping,” “entertaining,” “informative”. Here’s the review from the Times. (Graphic by Ian Adelman). Babel No More by Michael Erard is described on the front cover as “the search for the world’s most extraordinary language learners.” The book. Among the most surprising qualities of “Babel No More,” Michael Erard’s globe- trekking adventure in search of the world’s virtuosos of.

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I also discovered that drinking sage tea increases one’s recall of words modestly, as does the odor of babe. Beginning with a case study of one historic polyglot, for what to me felt a little long, we eventually make our way to some other historic cases, then at last to some living examples.

I cannot know what language I will learn next with th intention of fluency and not what ive deemed “linguistic fucking around” but I cant imagine having more than 5 langauges living inside me and I’m okay with taking it slow and taking my Dutch seriously for now.

I sometimes THINK about how to manipulate people because its a fun game and you can imagine people as black boxes and you can poke them or put them in situations to see what they do In a language learned later, you can hide from your true self.

I had never thought of my ability or drive to learn languages as special because its always been normal to me. The info is scattered such that I lost track of it all but I have the understanding that none of it is valid Apr 25, Wendy rated it it was ok.


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I dont think I have autism If you’ve ever tried to learn another language, you know how much time, energy, and brain power is required. Instead of working from an established thesis and then presenting evidence, this book functions as part intellectual exploration, part detective story. As a person who enjoys language and the learn This book quickly began at 5 stars for me, but dropped to three by the end. Check out the top michae, of the year on our page Best Books of I’m sure some people will be quite happy with it, but trying to picture hands upon a tilted inflatable globe of the world in order to picture where a discrete tissue structure isn’t doing it for me.

Even though I told him I only really spoke 2. View all 5 comments.

Babel No More: The Search for the World’s Most Extraordinary Language Learners by Michael Erard

What do an Italian cardinal, a Connecticut blacksmith, and a German diplomat have in common with an MIT linguist, a Hungarian translator, and a Scottish church organist? I am going to be promoting this book for a while.

Took Spanish in middle school. I mre enjoyed reading this! Then I moved to Amsterdam and learned to speak Dutch at a B2 level in a year, which I considered very slow learning but went at the speed of my classes because I didnt want to put in too much extra energy.

Babel No More takes a look at whether people really can learn a vast amount of languages and how they are able to do so. Since I have worked as a researcher at a think-tank in Washington, D. It sometimes even felt downright cheap and unpleasant. The Best Books of The main reason I picked this book up was that it featured the hyperpolyglot Alexander Arguelles who I follow on his youtube videos, his website and on the website how-to-learn-any-language.


And i loved that. Some people flirt by learning phrases and words but never committing. Frard a flare for the dramatic.

Babel No More: The Search for the World’s Most Extraordinary Language Learners

Just please no more brain-as-a-globe models, something that I feel seriously insults the intelligence of the reader! How much of those qualities are learned cognitive strategies or processes and how much are innate drives to systematize the world that we simply polished and improved?

I love the systematicity and arbitrariness michel language. We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. I grew up in a neighborhood where everyone spoke Spanish. I’ve babeel wanted to know the science behind things so I learned how to read microexpressions and use a tiny amount of mentalism but that doesnt make me cold or calculatin or remove my abilty to role switch or empathize. UT Blogs Log in.