BABEL NO MORE BY MICHAEL ERARD
Knowing a lot of foreign languages is very beneficial, profitable, and fashionable nowadays. We admire people who are fluent in several languages. The knowledge of dozens of different languages might not be that practical, but anyway, we all want to learn as many languages as possible. In ‘Babel No More: The Search for the World’s Most Extraordinary Language Learners’, Michael Erard explores polyglots and their phenomena.
Michael Erard has graduate degrees in linguistics and rhetoric from the University of Texas at Austin. The author has been writing about language for the world’s most popular media outlets such as ‘Wired’, ‘The Atlantic’, ‘The New York Times’, and others. In ‘Babel No More: The Search for the World’s Most Extraordinary Language Learners’, Michael Erard researches and explores language super learners. He studies and analyzes hyper polyglots from the middle ages. The author contemplates about their motivations and the circumstances that stimulated them to learn loads of foreign languages. Giuseppe Mozifondi is one of those hyper polyglots which are very frequently mentioned in this book. The author also shares some interesting information and insights on the science of language learning and the brain parts which are mainly involved in this process.
To be honest with you, I stopped reading this book in the middle of the narration. In the beginning, the story was somehow interesting. But a little bit later, the whole story turned into the author’s personal contemplations, guesses, and analyses. The book tells a lot about unique language leaners, their lives, motivation, etc. However, if you expect to be given some tips on how to learn more languages, then, this is not a book you should consider buying.
The title of this book ‘Babel No More: The Search for the World’s Most Extraordinary Language Learners’ exactly describes the content of this book. This is not a handbook on how to simplify the language learning process. The author explores superior language learners. Thus, if you are interested in hyper polyglots who speak more than 11 languages, then, this is a perfect book. At the same time, you shouldn’t expect more than that from this work. Otherwise, you will be frustrated.