Fluent Forever

How to Learn Any Language Fast and Never Forget It
Narrated by: Gabriel Wyner
Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Memory is the greatest challenge to learning a foreign language; there are just too many words and too many rules. For every new word we learn, we seem to forget two old ones, making fluency seem out of reach.

Fluent Forever tackles this challenge head-on. Starting with pronunciation, you'll learn how to rewire your ears and turn foreign sounds into familiar sounds. And with the help of sophisticated spaced-repetition techniques, you'll be able to memorize hundreds of words a month in minutes every day. This is brain hacking at its most exciting, taking what we know about neuroscience and linguistics and using it to create the most efficient and enjoyable way to learn a foreign language in the spare minutes of your day.

©2014 Gabriel Wyner (P)2017 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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i love it

i have the readable version of this book and it's vital in order to get the full benefit of the audio version .. long story short: get the PDF first if you wanna enjoy the audio book.

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Don't get the audiobook.

If you are interested in this book, do not get the audio version. There is no way to access the graphics- they are not available on the authors website- at least not without paying, and these are vital for understanding the material. The author keeps referring to the appendices which are unavailable in this format. Save your money

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Great info

Great information. Hard to follow occasionally without the visual illustrations available in the hardcopy though.

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It REALLY works.... IF you do!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely!The techniques really work, and work for more than just languages.I now use the SRS system to create guides to study nearly everything...

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Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It helped me find a key to unlock a language I could not speak, NOW I am truly speaking coherently, writing clearly, and learning every day.It does take a lot of preparation work, but its the preparation work that opens the door to the language, the SRS methodology is what makes it STICK...

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If you want fast, permanent fluency in any language, are willing to work to get it, and love exploring the magic of languages, this is the method you are looking for....

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Ger audio and haedcover

Passionate about his cause and methods and no doubt they work. Well resourced. Certainly requires the hardcover version, but audio keeps up interest. Good narrarator for an author.

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  • 02-04-18

Not worth the money.

Buy the book. The author’s performance is great but the audio book isn’t worth the price. Not even a free credit with audible.

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The first learning system I have stuck with

I have tried more learning German systems than I can remember. From Rosetta Stone to intensive classes. This is the first method that has kept my interest and gives me the instant gratification that I am actually getting somewhere with my German. It does take a lot of work but I know it is working and I really appreciate the methods, tips, and results.

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This audiobook is excellent

As a book it is a very intelligent, insightful and easy to follow reading. I got a lot of practical tips and correct ways to study a language, as well as the reasoning behind everything.

The audiobook reading is superb. The accents for foreign languages are on point, the reading moods conveying, and I didn't need any chart or visual aid (although it has a mobile friendly website for footnotes of these kind). I like to listen to it for its insights and humor.

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Exceptional language guide

Very informative, educational and enlightening. Best information ever heard for learning a new language. Excellent, most efficient.

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Great reference guide.

Mr. Wyner does a great job explaining how to acquire a second language as an adult. Through a step by step plan tackling self-studying, habit building, ideas to boost your learning, and how to make acquire another language as a part of yourself. I am glad I have read it and will be rereading it again in the future.

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  • Konstantin
  • 05-04-18

Innovative

This book has completely changed my efforts to learn German, a language I wanted to learn since the age of 8. I was fascinated by the book since the beginning. Sometimes I was begging for more traffic (listening while commuting...)! I was never expecting to get stuck with a book. I love the author's passion about languages. I went to his website and I spent time searching around and watching his YouTube videos . I never thought that pronunciation is so important. I admire the quality of work invested for this book. I imagine that the author is very happy because he has discovered the reason of his existence, the purpose of his life! He is on a mission and there many who want to follow him and try to find out their own mission!

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  • C. Munro
  • 08-24-18

Great method

I enjoyed every minute of this book. I think it makes a lot of sense, and I hope that a year from now I'll finally be fluent in the languages I've been trying to learn for almost two decades.

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  • I T Platt
  • 07-30-18

Best used in conjunction with book

I really like the method presented and the audio book is very good though reliance on internet resources and imagery can make it a tough listen. Great overall an I recommend it wholeheartedly.

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  • Mari
  • 03-20-19

Good method

I highly recommend it ; easy to follow and good explained; if you want to learn a new language this method is a must

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  • Ellie Boot
  • 11-17-18

Really useful tips

I'm glad I found this book because it had some really good tips for language learning. I found it a bit long-winded though and it could have got its points across a lot more quickly.

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  • Patrik Karlsson
  • 03-26-19

Actuall chapters?!

A great resource that really actually tries to be helpful 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 You mean i get to find whatever I actually look for easily with written out chapters?! not cryptic numbers. F I N A L L Y!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Sharon Tatlock
  • 09-14-20

Loved it!

There is so much information in this audiobook. I'm on my second listen, this time with a notebook. Gabriel's enthusiasm is addictive. For anyone using flashcards for learning, his methods are inspiring. Be warned, this book is packed full to the brim with information so be prepared to pause and take notes from the offset. Or like me, just enjoy it on round one and be armed with pens on round two. The information is incredibly useful. He does of course point you in the direction of his website, which I was happy to take a look at.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-16-20

Language learner/enthusiast? This is for you!

This is a very good way of learning languages, it provided much needed backup when I had lost hope in being able to learn. Wyner is a joy to listen to, having him explain everything himself is audiobook gold.

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  • Rayaan
  • 11-07-19

Exciting take on rapid language learning

A great summary of language learning and how to get the most out of your time when you study a new language by using mnemonics, personal experiences and lots of flashcards

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  • Anthony Earl
  • 01-08-18

Fantaatic resource, however...

It would be good if a pdf of the appendices was available from Audible. Apart from that, this is great.

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  • Rod
  • 12-23-19

A good place to start is to learn how to learn!

If your new year’s resolution is to learn a new language, this audiobook might be a great place to start. Wyner speaks multiple languages and, over the years, has combined the best elements of different learning programs and psychology to work out the fastest and easiest way to learn and retain a new language – for himself. Different people have different capacities to learn and remember. Ultimately, it’s our own interest and commitment that will make the biggest difference. Where Wyner’s teachings succeed however, is through providing a lot of tips and techniques that can be combined to help wake up our memory. He reads his own audiobook successfully and varies the recording from the printed version to acknowledge the different medium. It would help enormously to read along with the printed version however, so making use of Amazon/Audible’s Whispersync option might be the way to go. Wyner refers a lot to his own website and has set up a section for audiobook listeners to access the references that need to be seen, not heard. In Fluent Forever, Wyner discusses tongue and lip positions, the use of flash cards, word lists and word associations, delving in to the way our brain connects information and the power of visualising the meaning of a word. He pushes the need to recall, not translate and goes on to explain the difference. On top of his own teachings, Wyner also directs the listener to lots of free and paid online resources, and printed resources such as phrase books and language dictionaries. If you’ve not been successful learning a language in the past, Wyner teaches you how to learn, which is an important first step. Take the time to learn about learning and you might be surprised by what you learn! Fluent Forever is an older audiobook, released back in 2017, but it’s still a current and valuable 8 hour lesson.

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  • Dean Whitelock
  • 08-31-18

Inspiring

You will learn many techniques and strategies that are both practical and approachable towards learning any language. YET, I found the greatest takeaway from this book was the inspiration I got for learning my second language. Read, learn and be inspired. Fluency isn’t as far off as you’d think.

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  • Mr Michael P Foster
  • 08-11-18

Inspiring

After visiting Indonesia in 2013, I took up the challenge of learning Bahasa Indonesia. I tried many of the well advertised language learning tools, attended classes, and waded through many Learn Bahasa Indonesia books. It was a hard slog, but this year, when I was in Indonesia on holidays, I confidently held conversations with the local people in Bahasa Indonesia. Next year I'm off to Vietnam, and I thought to myself, how much can I learn before I go? I'd heard of Gabe's book, so I thought I'd try it out. This is a great resource for those people who are interested in learning new languages, whilst I was a little sceptical at first, having seen many advertisements on FB, I have started to apply some of Gabe's techniques to kickstart my Vietnamese language learning. It is easy to visualise the concepts laid down by the author, and I was inspired to start employing the language learning strategy laid out by the author. For those interested in learning languages, I highly recommend this book, and I look forward to mastering the basics of a new language much faster than it took me to learn Bahasa.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-03-20

A very valuable resource. Highly recommend. A++

Such an amazing book to listen too. Very clear, but trust me, you're going to want to take copious notes!!!

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  • Anita
  • 07-08-20

Easy Listen and Great Learning Insights

I found this book really useful and will listen to it again. The techniques discussed are backed up with the brain science behind the them. I haven’t tried putting it into practice yet but it has certainly motivated me to try.

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  • Tracey Davis
  • 06-24-20

Great book

Really good ideas on how to tackle learning a language. And the order which you should start I'll be buying the hard copy and marking it with a highlighter. I'll also use his website to see the best books to use to learn each step. Paris here I come once I master French!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-07-20

Well Worth A Listen

This book got me onto several very helpful methods of improving my language learning. While there is a little bit of self-promotion in the book, it is minimal and perfectly acceptable given the quality content within.

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  • Tam Hallett
  • 04-27-20

Easy listening

This book came to me with perfect timing. I now know I can easily learn my native language, Te reo Māori, which isn't supported here, nor is it a language google can translate, yet. However that doesn't matter because this book has given me all the skills I need to confidently become bilingual.

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  • Setefano
  • 08-03-18

Great Listen

narrated very well by Gabe and has given myself hope to learn a new language. worth a listen