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Would you consider the audio edition of Babel No More to be better than the print version?
This book inspired me to start learning a third language. Michael Erard take you in an amusing journey to the history of language learning processes and the most famous polyglots.
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What did you like best about Babel No More? What did you like least?
Most is that it was approachable and looked at the polyglots discussed as people and not freaks. Least is that it did not present the science in a wholly coherent and digestible way.
Any additional comments?
This book was not quite what I was expecting. A little more travelogue and observation than incisive look at the science of learning language. The anecdotes are thick on the ground and the author meanders a bit more than he needs to, with a lot of detail that feels more memoir-ish than scientific exploration. You definitely learn some of what is known about language and the brain, plasticity and what it means for language acquisition, and some theories about what makes a polyglot. But these bits are haphazard and pop up unexpectedly, sandwiched between personality descriptions and debates of what it means to know a language. All of this is interesting, but could definitely be better organized to make the science clearer and the reader come away with more than a vague sense of what kind of, sort of, might make a polyglot.
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