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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more



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Media: Polyglottery discussed in ''Babel No More''

Submitter: Brent Woo

Submitter Email: bwoo@linguistlist.org
Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition

Media Body: A review of Michael Erard's book "Babel No More", in which investigates and
interviews living polyglots and their life, habits, and language regimes.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/22/books/review/babel-no-more-
the-search-for-the-worlds-most-extraordinary-language-learners-by-michael-erard-
book-review.html
Issue Number: 23.367
Date Posted: January 20, 2012

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