13 Tongues, Three Years

Francis Hult francis.hult at utsa.edu
Fri Oct 15 14:55:05 UTC 2010

Wall Street Journal


13 Tongues, Three Years


Elizabeth Gilbert ate, prayed and loved her way to best-sellerdom. Julie Powell cooked her way through Julia Child's oeuvre. And now Ellen Jovin, her book deal still in the aspirational phase, hopes to study her way to fame and fortune. Learning languages, that is. Italian, Chinese, German, Russian, French, Korean, Arabic; 13 languages in all over the course of three years, and lingering no more than three months on any particular one. She's 15 months into it.


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