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.

Author: Kagalkree Vudoshicage
Country: Cape Verde
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Health and Food
Published (Last): 6 September 2016
Pages: 318
PDF File Size: 11.99 Mb
ePub File Size: 12.91 Mb
ISBN: 640-2-65664-779-6
Downloads: 67432
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Monos

Had a brush with gaelic and Dutch where I learned some basic phrases and pronunciation but put them back down, having ho them as not useful.

Eragd want to be somewhat like him in my linguistic pursuits! I started formally taking Japanese classes in college. Part scientific detective story, part travelogue, part valentine to anyone who’s ever hoped to sprechen or parler something other than a mother tongue, Babel No More takes us all over the world to look at language learning in an entirely new way.

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

The book spends so much energy building it’s own vocabulary of power words that by the end, you’ll be reading sentences about neural tribes of hyperpolyglottery should that be hyperpolyglotteracy though?

Points are introduced, but just not developed. 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 But loking back on my lifeI can now see many areas where I had this kind of organization and systematic thinking but it was rough and unpolished.

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? Nov 08, Caroline rated it liked it Shelves: Rather, their accomplishments serve as a point nichael reference for baebl rest of us; in some ways they are what the author calls a gifted neural tribe, absorbing language for reasons, and with methods, that few people would emulate.

Babel No More eBook by Michael Erard | Official Publisher Page | Simon & Schuster

Using a language that they spoke less frequently overall and learned later dismissed their delusions. By studying a number of hyperpolyglots, he hopes to gain insight into the process of language acquisition. Sign up and get a free eBook! I don’t have any simple answers. The author goes around meeting a bunch of hyperpolyglotts and trying to find common threads between them.


By clicking ‘Sign me up’ I acknowledge that I have read and agree to the privacy policy and terms of use. And if I understand the basics, I can always improve them later.

It isn’t until p. Aug 13, Sophia rated it it was amazing Shelves: Do you have to speak a language as well as a native? Legend has it, the venerable multilingual defeated Lord Byron in a linguistic cursing contest. The Best Books of 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.

I studied neuroscience for years in my job and at school and I thought “sure my brain plays a role” but I figured it was more of an overall intelligence thing or a general apptitude for all literary related things.

This opens up a new area of research in the study of giftedness. I want an actual connection to the languages Ispeak and I want to learn languages to speak and use them.

But they are also marked by simple, if dogged, methods–the most prolific multilingual in history, Cardinal Mezzofanti, used flashcards. I ended up thinking about the scene in Chaplin’s The Great Dictator where the Adenoid Hynkel character dances around with a globe-balloon.

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. Case studies are interesting, patterns of hyperpolyglot personality and methods emerge, and eventually research is reviewed. Increased white matter someplace around Omaha, Nebraska or a pinkie around Gibraltar, I’ll guess.

But what I’ve come to realize is that I enjoy having a home.

While I was learning Japanese I started taking Italian classes, it was not difficult since I had studied it as a kid and because I took a two week spring break trip there. My Latin is useful but I’ll never improve it.

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

I also erafd that people take away the notion that even as adults they are capable of a considerable amount of learning, if only they abandon the notion that the native monolingual speaker is a meaningful standard or goal.


I am no polyglot myself but I have studied a fair few languages and have a fascination with them, and have done John McWorter’s three linguistics courses on The Great Courses. However, perhaps the best way to describe the kind of research Erard undertakes is to use his own terminology.

Its just so interesting! In a language learned later, you can hide from mote true self.

The theme is very interesting for me, being an avid language learner, but the structure was too loosy goosy for my taste. New Scientist, January 11, PraiseReviews. Babek always loved basking in the glow of eavesdrooping on foreign conversations. I spend a huge amount of time in the library for both of my books not to mention my dissertation.

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

In bavel case recorded by British psychiatrist Felicity de Zulueta, her psychotic patient, a native English speaker, switched into Spanish because he knew that Zulueta also spoke the language. Price may vary by retailer. At first thinking that the polyglot was part of cryptozoology lore like Bigfoot and Nessie, the author tracks down people who claim to know several languages.

Then, inI received the Dobie Paisano Writing Fellowship, a gift that provided what every writer needs: With a flare for the dramatic.

I was not really expecting to like this book. His book answers the age-old question, What are the upper limits of the human ability to learn, remember, and use languages? However, as the author comes into contact with brain researchers, and IMO hampered by his own admitted “positivism”, here expressed by a need to use numerical data to squeeze meaning out of case study, we digress into a number of speculations about the functioning ersrd the brain, accompanied by in case the author is reading, I apologize quite sincerely, but it must be said possibly the most awkward descriptive model of locations within the human mivhael, ever.

Author: admin