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Babel No More: The Search For The World's Most Extraordinary Language Learners (2012)

by Michael Erard(Favorite Author)
3.46 of 5 Votes: 2
1451628250 (ISBN13: 9781451628258)
Free Press
review 1: Хотела срыва покровов про тайный мир полиглотов, специальные секреты - чтобы собственные усилия по изучению языка приобрели флер "искателя приключений". Получила подробнейшее описание переживаний автора по поводу трудности прохода в библиотеку и множественное повторение риторических вопросов. Не нашла мотивации для себя, возможно, просто ошиблась с ожиданиями.
review 2: I am a keen learner of foreign languages and consider myself a polyglot with experience in
... more about ten different tongues. This book focuses on the search for those rare people in our global society who take the study of languages to the extreme, accumulating masses and becoming masters of Babel. The story begins with the legend of Giuseppe Mezzofanti, a Bolognese cardinal who reached a zenith of 63 languages and used to regularly stun visitors to the Vatican with his linguistic prowess. The author of this book, Michael Erard, tells his journey of discovery and is constantly asking what it takes to be a multipolyglot. I found the book particularly inspiring and I think the advice therein is valuable to any budding linguist. I found the chapters and exploration of tehe brain a little dull but the meeting of various anonymous polyglots across the globe proved inspiring. Analysing little techniques and methods which can help us all improve our minds make this very much a self-help book and to give credit to these talented and unknown individuals is a handsome task. A definite book to read for anyone who is serious about languages. less
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Go and learn a new language. It does not hurt, and will make your life so much richer. :)
Probably 2.5 stars...would have been 3, but extremely redundant. Extremely.
Stick to the method. Whatever the method is, that's the method.
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