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 Message 49 of 149
09 January 2012 at 4:14pm | IP Logged 
I certainly will.


PS: a video with an interview with Erard can be seen here

Edited by Iversen on 11 January 2012 at 9:42pm

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 Message 50 of 149
10 January 2012 at 7:09am | IP Logged 
In the article "The Road to Hyperpolyglottery with Michael Erard" there is a podcast interview of 33 minutes length with him about his book "Babel No More".

Topics of the interview:

- The Hippo Club (= a language immersion and exchange club)
- Cardinal Mezzofanti
- Emil Krebs' brain
- the importance of brain plasticity

There will come a second interview!

Link to the website with the interview:


Patrick Cox interviews Michael Erard on "Babel No More" (Part 1)

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 Message 51 of 149
11 January 2012 at 1:40am | IP Logged 
I've also ordered the book and I am very much looking forward to reading it. I'm glad to see polyglottery discussed in the media, even the full extent of the topic can't be conveyed in a brief article.

I'd gladly take part in a discussion, although I don't consider myself to a polyglot (I need a few more years, at least!). I have thought of a question already but will wait to see if it is discussed in the book. Also, if there are any readings in the New York/New Jersey metro area, I will try to attend.


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 Message 52 of 149
11 January 2012 at 7:36am | IP Logged 
Just got my copy today and am already in chapter two. Its not much to go on, but so far
its pretty interesting with its description of Mezzofanti. Also, it has lots of pages of
notes, often a good sign.
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 Message 53 of 149
11 January 2012 at 8:08am | IP Logged 
There is a newspaper article about the hyperpolyglot Emil Krebs (1867-1930) written by Michael Erard.

Here is the link:

The Morning News: King of the Hyperpolyglots

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 Message 54 of 149
11 January 2012 at 10:45am | IP Logged 

Here's another related link:

Excerpt from Babel No More
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 Message 55 of 149
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"Over the last 456 days, according to Alexander’s spreadsheet, he’s spent 4,454 hours (about 40 percent of the 10,944 hours of those 456 days) on languages" [Adventures with an Extreme Polyglot: Excerpt from 'Babel No More']

This averages as almost 10 hours a day over 15 months - absolutely breathtaking commitment!

Edited by Teango on 11 January 2012 at 11:26am

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 Message 56 of 149
12 January 2012 at 5:54pm | IP Logged 
Teango wrote:
"Over the last 456 days, according to Alexander’s spreadsheet, he’s spent 4,454 hours (about 40 percent of the 10,944 hours of those 456 days) on languages" [Adventures with an Extreme Polyglot: Excerpt from 'Babel No More']

This averages as almost 10 hours a day over 15 months - absolutely breathtaking commitment!


I can't even coming close to touching that. I wish I could. I haven't seem anyone posting their thoughts yet on the book. I picked my copy up on Tuesday when it was released but have been so tied up with work this week that I haven't gotten past the first 10 pages. I'm really looking forward to hearing people's thoughts, especially some of our own hyper-polyglots like Iversen, Fasulye, and the number of others that frequent our forum.


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