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Babel: Around the World in Twenty Languages

Babel: Around the World in Twenty Languages (Audio CD / Audio, Unabridged)

By Dorren, Gaston
Narrator Backman, George

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English is the world language, except that most of the world doesn't speak it - only one in five people does. Dorren calculates that to speak fluently with half of the world's 7.4 billion people in their mother tongues, you would need to know no fewer than 20 languages. He sets o...ut to explore these top 20 world languages, which range from the familiar (French, Spanish) to the surprising (Malay, Javanese, Bengali). Babel whisks the listener on a delightful journey to every continent of the world, tracing how these world languages rose to greatness while others fell away, and showing how speakers today handle the foibles of their mother tongues. Whether showcasing tongue-tying phonetics or elegant but complicated writing scripts, and mind-bending quirks of grammar, Babel vividly illustrates that mother tongues are like nations: Each has its own customs and beliefs that seem as self-evident to those born into it as they are surprising to the outside world. Among many other things, Babel will teach you why modern Turks can't read books that are a mere 75 years old, what it means in practice for Russian and English to be relatives, and how Japanese developed separate dialects for men and women. Dorren lets you in on his personal trials and triumphs while studying Vietnamese in Hanoi, debunks 10 widespread myths about Chinese characters, and discovers that Swahili became the lingua franca in a part of the world where people routinely speak three or more languages. Witty, fascinating, and utterly compelling, Babel will change the way you look at and listen to the world and how it speaks.
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ISBN 9781799719892
Released NZ 6 Aug 2019
Publisher Brilliance Corporation
Format Audio CD/Audio, Unabridged
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ISBN-13 9781799719892
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Publisher Brilliance Corporation
Imprint Brilliance Audio
Released 6 Aug 2019
Publication Country United States United States
Format Audio CD/Audio, Unabridged
Edition Unabridged
Author(s) By Dorren, Gaston
Narrator Backman, George
Category Audio / Visual (Audio books, Music, DVDs, CDROMs)
Historical & Comparative Linguistics
Number of Pages Not specified
Dimensions Width: 133mm
Height: 171mm
Spine: 13mm
Dewey Code 417.7
Weight Not specified - defaults to 400g
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