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We use language all day, every day probably without thinking much about it. But if you stop and consider it, language is not only extremely important, it’s fascinating too! Use of language is one of the key things distinguishing humans from other animals, and nearly 7,000 languages are spoken around the world. Without it, we’d be hard pressed to communicate, express ourselves, or understand others. The Book of Languages begins with an introduction to why language is important, how it originated and how it changes. From there, the book profiles 21 of the world’s languages. Each spread showcases a language’s history, where it’s spoken, what it looks like and how to speak a few phrases and count to ten. Rounded out with sections on non-verbal and animal language, this book will stimulate readers’ curiosity about the world and spark appreciation for language learning.
Mick Webb is a travel writer and languages consultant who previously worked in broadcasting at the BBC. He was editor of the BBC Languages website and won a BAFTA for the interactive language-learning drama, Mi Vida Loca, which taught Spanish to beginners. Mick now lives in multicultural South London with his family, and as well as learning Croatian (to supplement his French, Spanish, and Italian), Mick is trying to understand the language used by their two cats.