Books for language lovers
Are you passionate about languages or want to get an inspired gift for someone close to you who is a language lover? This list of books for anyone interested in languages can be your list of books to read this year or a source of inspiration for a thoughtful gift.
The Unfolding Of Language by Guy Deutscher
This book is an investigation of the evolution of language. How did it all start? How did people end up with complicated grammar and endless vocabulary?
The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language by Steven Pinker
What is the reason behind the invention of language? Is communicating information its sole purpose?
I Never Knew There Was a Word For It by Adam Jacot de Boinod
This book teaches you all the words from other languages that are not translatable and all the words that came to be due to specific social situations.
I’m Not Hanging Noodles on Your Ear and Other Intriguing Idioms from Around the World by Jag Bhalla
Each language has their own quirky and intriguing idioms, this book will show you some of them in an informative and entertaining way.
In Other Words: A Language Lover’s Guide to the Most Intriguing Words Around the World by C.J. Moore
This book opens the door to all those words in other languages, which you simply can’t translate.
Through the Language Glass: Why The World Looks Different In Other Languages by Guy Deutscher
What impact does your mother tongue have on your view of the world and how the world is perceived in other languages.
Fluent Forever: How to Learn Any Language Fast and Never Forget It by Gabriel Wyner
The author deconstructs the language learning process and shows you a new perspective.
Fluent in 3 Months: How Anyone at Any Age Can Learn to Speak Any Language from Anywhere in the World by Benny Lewis
The author, who you might know from his blog Fluent in 3 Months, shares his tips and debunks language learning myths.
In the Land of Invented Languages: Adventures in Linguistic Creativity, Madness, and Genius by Arika Okrent
The story behind building a new language.
Lingo: Around Europe in Sixty Languages by Gaston Dorren
This book takes a closer look at the languages of Europe and exploring their similarities and differences.
The Power of Babel: A Natural History of Language by John McWhorter
A linguistics professor reminds us of the variety of languages in the world, written with humor and insight.
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