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”

Although I do dissagree with the author on a few points and think he could have delved deeper into a few things that he didnt seem to have a erar understanding of I have this extremely systematizing thinking process that I’ve honed due to my rigorous education in reaserch feilds. How many languages can one person learn?

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

I speak six languages with native, or near native fluency, and two additional dialects as a native. New Scientist, January 11, PraiseReviews. Going to South India where communities are naturally multilingual was bable eye-opening. Books by Michael Erard. Overall, I loved getting a picture into the lives of people I admire in that I would love to be like them, able to speak lots of languages.

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

But I dropped italian because it interfered with my Japanese. I also spent some time wondering if I was autistic There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Whether you are a polyglot or a monolingual, you will feel appreciation and excitement in that humans have been gifted with the art of languages. 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.

While gathering research for his book, Erard traveled to far and distant lands — from Mexico to South India to California to Belgium — in search of hyperpolyglots, people who speak at least 11 languages. I want an actual connection to the languages Ispeak and I want to learn languages to speak and use them.

The book takes you on an exploration of languages and the people who have mastered them. I have mixed feelings about this book. I memorized facts about autism in classes and never thought critically about it because it didnt relate to me.

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Long-term recall improves by a larger 36 percent. In his book, Babel No More, Michael Erard takes us on a fascinating journey — one that is both personal and intellectual — to discover the secrets of polyglots. The results are interesting and not quite what I expected.

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 am babwl 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.


Such people aren’t parrots. Probably the biggest impact came late in grad school, inwhen I realized that I would be happier as a writer, not as an academic.

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But I dont want to speak 13 langaues. Book ratings by Goodreads. Deborah Fallows, author of Dreaming in Chinese, says It never occured to me that the structure of my brain would impact how much I love listening to languages or how quickly I pick them up. Just please no more brain-as-a-globe models, something that I feel seriously insults the intelligence of the reader!

Then in college I told myself I wasnt autistic because I loved people so much and craved real connections with other human beings and my emotional intelligence is so high.