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Michel Erard is the author of “Babel No More”, a book which takes the reader on a globe-trekking adventure on the tracks of the world’s polyglots. It is a book that investigates the lives of the world’s leading experts in language acquisition, and makes inquiries into how it is possible for one person to accumulate several languages. It is also a portal into the past as he investigates the life of the 19th-century cardinal Giu­seppe Mezzofanti, famous for having known between 45 to 58 languages.

Erard’s previous book was titled “Um . . . : Slips, Stumbles, and Verbal Blunders, and What They Mean,” and his passion is the human language. The author calls himself a “monolingual with benefits” as he has learned Spanish, Chinese and Italian at varying levels of proficiency. What does it really mean to be a polyglot? Are a few words and phrases enough? Do you need to understand all the grammatical rules, speak without accent, live by these languages in your daily life? These questions and more are answered in “Babel No More”.

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