I’ve posted about Michael Erard’s Babel No More, about hyperpolyglots, a couple of times (project, book); now R.L.G. of The Economist has a wonderful interview with a 17-year-old hyperpolyglot, Timothy Doner. The interviewer is knowledgeable and asks good questions, the interviewee is charming and gives good answers, and it ends with clips of him speaking French, Mandarin Chinese, and Russian; what more could you ask for? (His spoken Russian isn’t great, but it’s perfectly understandable, and he’d be the first to agree it needs work—he’s very modest about his accomplishments.) I hope it gets seen by a lot of people, some of whom might decide studying languages looks like fun and not as hard as it’s cracked up to be!