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Speaking in Tongues

3 years agoNews : The Daily Beast

Why would someone learn 20 or 50 languages? Michael Erard meets a hyperpolygot who doesn’t even want to speak the numerous languages he’s learning.
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How Many Languages Can One Person Learn?

Politics : The Daily Dish By Andrew Sullivan (3 years ago)

Graeme Wood reviews Michael Erard's Babel No More: Hyperpolyglots argue that what they do is not fluent speaking but instead a sort of mechanical reproduction, a robotic trick rather than a human skill. Hale, an MIT professor who di... Read Post

THE BOOKSHELF: BABEL NO MORE.

Academics / Linguistics : Language Hat (3 years ago)

Back in 2009 I posted about Michael Erard's Babel No More project ("a book about language superlearners and the upper limits of the human ability to learn and speak languages"); now the book is out (well, it's not actually available... Read Post

So you want to learn a foreign language?

Lifestyle : Confessions of a Pioneer Woman (4 years ago)

By Kristen Chase. I’ve always believed in the importance of learning a foreign language, but for someone who speaks very little German thanks to home school lessons from my German grandmother, the idea of teaching my kids a language... Read Post


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