Four Words for Friend

By Marek Kohn,

Book cover of Four Words for Friend: Why Using More Than One Language Matters Now More Than Ever

Book description

A compelling argument about the importance of using more than one language in today's world

In a world that has English as its global language and rapidly advancing translation technology, it's easy to assume that the need to use more than one language will diminish-but Marek Kohn argues that plural…

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1 author picked Four Words for Friend as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

As the title suggests: there are languages where there's no single word for "friend." What does that tell us about the way the speakers think and about their cultural history? This is a book about multilingualism and about the benefits of bilingualism—the normal human condition, for three-quarters of the people on this planet speak more than one language. It's especially insightful in the way it discusses future trends, such as Babel Fish technology. 

From David's list on words and their history.

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