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 Message 97 of 149
05 February 2012 at 3:10am | IP Logged 
A minor quibble...

The book states that there is a MYTH (my caps) about poliglots that they speak all their languages equally well.

Has anyone out there actually heard of such a myth?

Surely anyone and everyone can work out for themselves that the more languages you learn, the less well you'll know some of them.
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 Message 98 of 149
05 February 2012 at 11:38am | IP Logged 
I wouldn't necessarily call it a myth, but as soon as people around me (friends, colleagues etc.) learn that I have studied a couple of languages, they somehow think that I can interpret and translate back-and-forth effortlessly. Same thing with music - if you know how to play more than one instrument, you're almost supposed to be able to use all of them in all genres.
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 Message 99 of 149
05 February 2012 at 8:29pm | IP Logged 
A new review of "Babel No More" by an anonymous blogger who is a polyglot and uses languages professionally.

The Language Blog: Inside the Mind of A Polyglot

If average language learners speak their languages on different levels, why shouldn't polyglots speak their languages on different levels as well?

I haven't heard about this MYTH about polyglots.

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 Message 100 of 149
05 February 2012 at 11:20pm | IP Logged 
Yeah, there's no such myth. Unfortunately the author seems to make up a few myths through the book just for dramatic effect or as a device to introduce a contrasting idea.
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 Message 101 of 149
07 February 2012 at 6:46pm | IP Logged 
YOU TUBE VIDEO:

SPA: Alkantre habla de "Babel No More" en el espaƱol.
ENG: Alkantre speaks about "Babel No More" in Spanish.


Alkantre: Platica sobre "Babel No More"

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 Message 102 of 149
08 February 2012 at 1:19am | IP Logged 
Actually Alkantre has made 3 videos about this book, one in English, another in Spanish and a third in a number of languages (and this last one he refers to a video by some mysterious Dane).

And Steve Kaufmann ('Lingosteve') has also made a video about it.

Erard certainly can't complain about the reception of his book!
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 Message 103 of 149
10 February 2012 at 4:25pm | IP Logged 
Now Michael Erard compares polyglots with translators (and some polyglots are or were translators). Here is his article:

Michael Erard: Polyglot vs Translator: Different Takes on Multilingualism

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Edited by Fasulye on 10 February 2012 at 4:26pm

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 Message 104 of 149
10 February 2012 at 5:13pm | IP Logged 
As a translator, being forced to precisely comprehend every nuance and convey the meaning of a foreign text into your native language (for a monolingual speaker) rather than just "understanding" the text in the foreign language can be a very humbling experience for any language learner, especially when faced with texts that you would not normally read or have access to as a non-translator.

Fasulye wrote:
Now Michael Erard compares polyglots with translators (and some polyglots are or were translators). Here is his article:

Michael Erard: Polyglot vs Translator: Different Takes on Multilingualism

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Edited by translator2 on 10 February 2012 at 5:15pm



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