Journalist Michael Erard has just published Babel No More: The Search for the World’s Most Extraordinary Language Learners. Now he’s testing readers’ language-spotting abilities with a video contest.
Erard assembled a group of friends who agreed to videotape themselves reading from his book. He collected these clips into the video embedded above–if you can list all the languages in the video, you could win a free book.
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
Michael Erard sets out on the trail of hyperpolyglots in Babel No More: The search for the world's most extraordinary language learners Read Post