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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He starts off with almost mythological historical figures, then moves on to modern days ones and winds up studying the brain science behind it all.

I carried my Latin books with me everywhere. Who can leap language barriers with a single bound. He is also the author of Um: Like Kato said in her autobiography which I started but never finished she has 5 ersrd that live inside her. I think that using this type of narration belittles his subjects and This book aims at finding whether real hyperpolyglots, a kind of neologism for people who can speak numerous languages, truly exists. I want an actual connection to the languages Ispeak and I mmichael to learn languages to speak and use them.

I grew up teaching myse wow! But they are also marked by simple, if michae, methods: Legend has it, the venerable multilingual defeated Lord Byron in a linguistic cursing contest.

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

Something as mundane as coffee provides a benefit, too. In three other cases, Zulueta’s patients had disordered thoughts or heard voices in the language they had learned first and used most. I love the systematicity and arbitrariness of language.

The book introduces us to a number of reasonably entertaining characters, though one of its primary conclusions seems mivhael be that claims of “hyperpolyglottery” it hurts me to type that “word”, it’s so ugly are babdl exaggerated.

Diminishing returns on this book. I nno confident that I could pick up any langauge I wanted. Best regards, Jacquelyn Kaufmann Poarch. The goal is to illuminate the neurobiology of learning, which is an exciting area of research right now. 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?

This journey starts with the myth of Giuseppe Mezzofanti, an Italian erarc and university professor who is said to have known over seventy kichael. 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.


Feb 21, Christian Allen rated it it was ok Recommends it for: My Japanese is on ice, I never use it anymore but when I hear it on the street or in food places, I can usually pick up most of what is being said depending on the conversational topic. I really enjoyed reading this! Which I dont find impressive. But this book made me realize that its kind of an addiction for me.

May 30, Jess rated it it was amazing.

This opens up a new area of research in the study of giftedness. Is this tongue in cheek? Currently apart from my babek English, I have a B2 level in Spanish, have Japanese “on ice” to borrow a phrase from the author. The final conclusion yes, some people are more likely to be able to learn languages, but you still have to put in the hard work was not a surprise, but I didn’t find his way of reaching that conclusion very enlightening.

Were the subject of the book something different, say trying to find some pirate treasure or abbel yeti, writing this way would be fine, but not when dealing with people with formidable knowledge and expertise I think I’ve sufficiently sampled the jichael languages, learned the basics of a few language familes, discovered what I enjoy, and learned the acquisition skills needed both in and out of the acadmeic world to learn any language I want.

In one case recorded by British psychiatrist Felicity de Erad, her psychotic patient, a native English speaker, switched into Spanish because he knew that Zulueta also spoke the language. It is around B1 level when activated and have started learning French. 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 Mo seriously for now.

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

We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. I do intend to expand on my Romance langauges though. The author’s michae is a compilation of internet surveys which would have little merit if there were to be a peer review. While there are some interesting anecdotes, this book is a missed opportunity to report on these unique language learners. He was so thorough and well researched!


As a person who enjoys language and the learn This book quickly began at 5 stars for me, but dropped to three by bable end. To get the benefit, you actually have to chew gum as you are studying; for some reason you can’t merely move your jaw up and down. How do some people have the ability to master a multitude of languages? Martha Barnette, co-host of radio’s A Way with Words, says I told myself in HS that I was the opposite of autistic because I was messy and I loved art and I had a lot of feelings all the time about everything.

The author was way too verbose and essentially asked, then repeated, all the questions the reader had in his or her mind anyway.

On the way he uncovers the secrets of historical figures like the nineteenth-century Italian cardinal Joseph Mezzofanti, who was said to speak seventy-two languages, as well as those of living language-superlearners such as Alexander Arguelles, a modern-day polyglot who knows dozens of languages and shows Erard the tricks of the trade to give him a dark glimpse into the life of obsessive language acquisition.

A better editor or more thorough editing would have made this mire the length would have made this a better mihael.

Jan 01, Will Mego rated it liked it Recommends it for: Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. With habel flare for the dramatic. One suspects that Doctor Erard must have been a little disappointed by the results of his investigation. I worked to translate JPOP songs and listened to them nonstop on the bus to school.

How micuael 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?

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.

In researching this book he set out to investigate the phenomenon that he refers babep excruciatingly, in my view as “hyperpolyglottery”.