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How to Become a Polyglot by D. Spivak

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rcusickjr
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05 November 2005 at 12:42pm | IP Logged 
Recently I read in _The Art and Science of Learning Languages_ (Gethin
and Gunnemark, 1996) that the best book on polyglots to come out so far
is _Kak stat' poliglotom_ (How One Becomes a Polyglot) by Dr. Dmitri
Spivak (pub. 1989).

Curious, I ordered the book from a dealer in Russia. I've read it now, and I
can say that it is a singular body of work. Perhaps it is the best on
polyglots, though I don't know as books on polyglots seem to be very
hard to find.

Anyway, Dr. Spivak discusses multilingual people from all over Russia and
their language-learning methods. It is fascinating to know how well some
rural people can pick languages/dialects without language-learning
materials.

Have others read similar profiles of polyglots? Perhaps some kind of
informal exchange of books could be done. I am very interestd in reading
more profiles of successful language learners. Anyone else?

Thanks,
Richard
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ElComadreja
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 Message 2 of 73
01 December 2005 at 7:07pm | IP Logged 
rcusickjr wrote:
It is fascinating to know how well some
rural people can pick languages/dialects without language-learning
materials.


Maybe itís because they canít read?
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 Message 3 of 73
02 December 2005 at 12:21am | IP Logged 
Richard, I have this book in photocopies and it's a great book, where did you find it?
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Lugubert
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05 February 2006 at 11:13am | IP Logged 
rcusickjr,

I join administrator's question. Do you think there are more copies around? If not, please PM me for the cost of your copying it and sending it to Sweden.
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Conquistador
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30 March 2006 at 7:44pm | IP Logged 
I found the book on the Internet. It's in Russian, though... Download it from http://sadykov.org/library/#p14347-7
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Darobat
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13 April 2006 at 5:43pm | IP Logged 
Ooohh. Even better in Russian! Should be very interesting and very helpful in my Russian studies.
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Lugubert
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 Message 7 of 73
04 June 2006 at 11:45am | IP Logged 
Took a couple of minutes to find the necessary software - the blog link didn't work. I finally found the DjVu Viewer, and it was kind enough to install itself. It will be an interesting test of my knowledge of Russian! Lots of thanks!!
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frenkeld
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 Message 8 of 73
05 June 2006 at 9:07pm | IP Logged 
Lugubert wrote:
I finally found the DjVu Viewer, and it was kind enough to install itself.


The "official" way to read DjVu documents seems to be a browser plugin from LizardTech.


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