An unconventional guide to start speaking a new language today.
Benny Lewis is the creator of www.fluentin3months.com, the largest language-learning blog in the world. His proven techniques break down language learning myths and replace them with practical "language hacks" that take advantage of the skills we already possess. Fluent in 3 Months provides everything you need to make learning a new language fast, intuitive, and fun.
©2014 Brendan Richard Lewis (P)2014 HarperCollinsPublishers
Say something about yourself!
If you consider learning a foreign language but have any kind of doubts about your ability to learn it or about how to proceed, this is a perfect book for you -- a treasure-trove of motivation bust and practical advice. Also if you've been actually trying to learn one or more foreign languages but without much success, this well be a very helpful book for you. Even if you are already passionate about learning languages and made a tangible progress with one or more of them, this will be inspirational and enriching book for you and -- you will still find lots of useful tips for language learning and will be reassured that what you do is not a crazy obsession but a quest shared by many others.
The author is clearly passionate about languages; his advice is knowledgeable and sincere. Unlike so many others, he does not proclaim himself a discoverer of the best, the one and only, way to learn a foreign language but instead shares a lot of his personal experience and valuable advice, stating that the most important thing to succeed is to be passionate about learning the language. I couldn't agree more.
I didn't expect much from this book (fluent in three months, it's sounds like another marketing gimmick), but it turned out to be one of the best books about language learning I've ever read.
I grew up on Golden Age Radio, and while I love to read, I typically consume more books via audio thanks to a job that lets me listen while I work. As an aspiring writer, I try to read a great deal of non-fiction in addition to a variety of fictional genres. I especially love history, historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, and old-style gothic horror.
I've been following "Benny the Irish Polyglot" at his blog for a few months now, and this book is essentially all of his great hints and tips in one place, put together so you don't have to hunt for them. He's living proof that learning to speak multiple languages CAN happen, but he'll also tell you that fluency in 3 months requires 3 or more hours per day. If you don't need "mastery" or don't have that kind of time commitment, a slower pace will still get you where you're looking to be with dedication in the time frame you do have. If nothing else, dispelling the myths, addressing concerns, and providing a positive platform for beginners are what Benny does best. That's what this book is all about.
If I ever need to rekindle my enthusiasm for language learning, I would listen again. Benny Lewis is passionate about languages, and this book conveys that passion together with practical steps you can implement straightaway.
Benny's general approach makes sense (if you want to speak a language, focus on speaking the language, not, e.g., on grammar books). But it's not just a theory. His approach is grounded in his own experience - both in unsuccessful language learning at school using traditional methods and in successful language learning as an adult.
Hard to pick a favorite section, as the whole book was compelling - from dispelling all the reasons you "can't" learn a language, to practical tips (e.g., word associations, modal verbs, how to tell whether French words are likely to be masculine or feminine), different tactics to use at different stages, and discussing online and other types of resources.
Absolutely! But I didn't have six hours straight, so I instead got through it in only three days by listening when walking to and from work (well, when I wasn't otherwise listening to my daily language MP3s) and whenever else I could squeeze it in.
An invaluable resource for any adult who wants to learn a foreign language. You'll benefit both from having some of Benny's enthusiasm rub off on you and also from his practical, sensible how-to advice. The best thing I have read on adult foreign language learning.
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