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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Graphic by Ian Adelman I also discovered that drinking sage tea increases one’s recall of words modestly, as does the odor of rosemary. But this book made me realize that its kind of an addiction for me.


Babel No More

Michael Ernard delves into the lives of many important hyperpolyglots while addressing the important aspects and difficulties of multiple language acquisition, shattering many misconceptions, while trying to find psychological links between successful language learners.

But I dropped italian because it interfered with my Japanese. Rather, their accomplishments serve as a point of reference for the 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. Another reason is that they have powerful higher-order cognitive skills like working memory and executive function, mkchael helps them use a lot of languages.

I ended up thinking about the scene in Chaplin’s The Great Dictator where the Adenoid Hynkel character dances around with a globe-balloon. I’m still not totally sure what jaw-dropping thing we were being lead to about Krebs’ brain.

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

We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. How much of those qualities are mode cognitive strategies or processes and how much are innate drives to systematize the world that we simply polished and improved? Who can learn without erars and remember indelibly.

Similarly, I want a linguistic home but I’m not satisfied with just learning English. And so I thought for the first time, having known that autism was a scale for years, that maybe the traits you see in aspergers could exist at a subclinical level.


Aug 07, Louise rated it it was ok Shelves: Despite all the criticism that this book has received, this is truly an important book. One star was lost simply through endless re-explanations of possible causality, accompanied by “cliff-hanger” style breaks in the text implying some amazing discovery or unbelievable event. In the end he comes to no definitive conclusion as to why some people acquire languages faster than others, stating simply that it’s partially genetics, partially personal characteristics like determination and focus and partially the language environment of your locality.

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 babe, of an overall intelligence thing or a general apptitude for all literary related things. In one 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. No trivia or quizzes yet. Many, many surprising things on this journey! They were all “hyperpolyglots,” “language superlearners,” or “massive multilinguals.

The content of this document isn’t shared, but there is a quote from someone who calls it a “striking example of outward-lookingness Adventures in Hyperpolyglottery, Huffington Post, Dec.

This guy is definitely a positivist. Apr 02, Jena rated it liked it. Are there any downsides to being a polyglot? Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide.

I started out being very interested, but as the book wore on, the sloppy editing started to get to me multiple instances of what would strictly be called bad grammar or broadly be called “extremely casual writing style”; occasionally something was referenced that must have been taken out during the editing process, without removing the reference as well ; the author seemed to lose focus; and it got increasingly repetitious.

While there are some interesting anecdotes, this book is a missed opportunity to report on these unique language learners.

It was interesting to see how each one tackles language learning and what it means to them. I am confident that I could pick up any langauge I wanted. I also hope 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.


Overall, I loved getting a picture into the lives of micharl I admire in that I would love to be like them, able to speak lots of languages. Some people date languages for a long time but eventually break up with them.

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

Both were then surprised that his Erard writes on pp. How many languages can one person learn? Book trailer update 2 Hyperpolyglots in ActionStory of the book. I’ve always wanted to know the science behind things so I learned how to read microexpressions and use a tiny amount of mentalism but that doesnt make me cold or calculatin or remove my abilty to role switch or empathize. Oct 22, Jeremy rated it really liked it Shelves: As a person who enjoys language and the learn This book quickly began at 5 stars for me, but dropped to three by the end.

To ask other readers questions about Babel No Moreplease sign up. An informed and even addictive guide to why some people pick up new languages so easily and how maybe you can too. The book is a hodge-podge. 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.

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.

Though the book did feel a little long and cloyingly chummy at times, it was interesting on a superficial level. Return to Book Page.

However, it was far more interesting than I expected. Now, Erard has found them and shared their secrets with us.