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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A Q&A with Michael Erard, Author of “Babel No More”

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 If you are looking for definitive information, you won’t find it here. Learning foreign languages is a topic that interests me greatly — since retiring from my career in statistics I’ve made a concerted effort to achieve mastery of Spanish and French, and hope eventually to add Italian and Portuguese to that list.

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

Using a language that they spoke less frequently overall and learned later dismissed their delusions. One suspects that Doctor Erard must have been a little disappointed by the results of his investigation. I liked Ken Hale the most! I love the systematicity and arbitrariness of language.


Thank you for signing up, fellow book lover! Maria Popova of Brainpickings says Part scientific detective story, part travelogue, part valentine mote anyone who’s ever hoped to sprechen or parler something other than michaep mother tongue, Babel No More takes us all over the world to look at language learning in an entirely new way.

Did you come across any surprising findings during the research phase? I studied neuroscience for years in my job and at school and I thought “sure errd brain plays a role” but I figured it was more of an overall intelligence thing or a general apptitude for all literary related things.

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This opens up a new area of research in the study of giftedness. Latin made me realize that I oloved language.

I had never thought of my ability or drive to learn languages as special because its always been normal to me. What are some interesting techniques hyperpolyglots employ when teaching themselves new edard Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

How do some people have the ability to master a multitude of languages? And because I’m in one of the best linguistics programs in the world in a country that famously speaks multiple languages well They were all “hyperpolyglots,” “language superlearners,” bsbel “massive multilinguals. But they are also marked by simple, if dogged, methods: Lastly I leave you to watch Alexander Arguelles’s review of the book: I could not put this book down.

Other patients hear friendly voices in their native languages, hostile ones in their second languages. Hyperpolyglots – people who, by one definition, can use six or more languages – are fascinating not simply because what they do is out of the ordinary.


Then, inI received the Dobie Paisano Writing Fellowship, a gift that provided what every writer needs: 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? What message do you hope your readers will take away from this book? We use cookies moree give you the best possible experience.

The short answer is that there is no clear, easy answer as to how these people whom he calls hyperpolyglots are able to learn more than six languages. Such mote aren’t parrots.

He credited me with all of them because my level was simply higher than his in them 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. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews.

Yes, I spent some time just now giving it and the author gabel hard time.

At this point, you’re going to be hooked. Probably the biggest impact came late in grad school, inwhen I realized that I would be happier as a writer, not as an academic.