A quirky language-lovers tour of the twenty most-spoken languages in the world - what puts them a cut above the other six thousand?
Gaston Dorren is author of the bestselling Lingo (Profile, 2014) and contributes regularly to Onze Taal, the popular linguistics magazine. A true polyglot, he speaks Dutch, Limburgish, English, German and Spanish, and reads French, Afrikaans, Frisian, Portuguese, Italian, Catalan, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Luxembourgish and Esperanto. For this book, he also learnt to speak Thai.
Eye-opening and thoroughly entertaining ... [Dorren] is wonderful
company: chatty, informative, enthusiastic. -- Laura Freeman * The
Hugely readable ... Dorren is both an intimidatingly gifted linguist and a wonderfully eloquent writer. You couldn't wish for a better guide to the wonders of the world's bewildering array of tongues. -- Simon Griffith * Mail on Sunday *
Gaston Dorren's punchy book gives us a fascinating insight into what we're missing out on in the linguistic jungle ... I loved this book * Irish Independent *
Praise for Lingo: The depth and breadth of Dorren's understanding and knowledge are awesome. * The Times *
Dorren's tour of the continent is a richly diverting exercise. He has something interesting to point out about nearly every topic ... brilliant. * Guardian *
A new approach to understanding the world ... ideal for any cunning linguist * Wanderlust *
Full of odd linguistic facts ... fascinating * Times Literary Supplement *