Fluent in 3 Months: Tips and Techniques to Help You Learn Any Language (英語) ペーパーバック – 2014/3/11
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Meet the man who makes the mission of learning any language possible! The all-you-need guide to learning a language. Language hacker Benny Lewis shows how anyone anywhere can learn any language without leaving their home, using a simple toolkit and by harnessing the power of the Internet. Benny definitely wasn't born with the 'language gene'. After graduating in electronic engineering in his native Ireland he spent six months in Spain struggling to learn Spanish. This frustrating experience fuelled his determination to take a different approach to learning foreign languages. Today he speaks over ten languages including Mandarin Chinese, Arabic, French, German, Portuguese, and Hungarian. He has also learnt Japanese in Spain. This typifies one of his '3-month challenges' where he targets a new language and proceeds to become fluent in it within just three months. He charts his progress on his blog, proving that his techniques allow anyone to learn a language from anywhere. Benny's blog, also called Fluent in 3 Months, is the largest language learning blog in the world. The key principles of Benny's method: * Speak from day one: find mother-tongue speaking partners online. Don't be self-conscious - keep the flow going! * Change your mindset: ditch the excuses, you can do it! * Stay focused and determined: even if you don't have much time, never forget the goal you've set yourself and work at it. * Learning a language doesn't need to be expensive: there is a wealth of free resources out there, if you know where to find them * Reap the rewards! Learning a new language is not an end in itself, but a means to meeting new people and discovering new cultures. Curiosity will fuel your determination.
"Benny Lewis is the Eckhart Tolle of language learning. Fluent in 3 Months is the definitive self-help guide for anyone who wants to master a foreign language." Anna Codrea-Rado, the Guardian. "This is a lively and down-to-earth guide to learning a language. It really communicates Benny Lewis's own passion for languages and encourages readers to take a more unbuttoned approach to learning them." Professor Mike Kelly, Honorary Secretary and Director of Speak to the Future "Buy this book and prepare to experience the world-no matter where you live or travel." Chris Guillebeau, author of New York Times bestseller $100 Start Up. "Benny is an inspiration! What a great motivator!" Paul Noble, language guru. "Fluent in 3 Months is the essential first step for anyone interested in learning languages. Its practical and insightful advice will inspire a whole new generation of polyglots." Alex Rawlings, Collins Most Multilingual Student 2012商品の説明をすべて表示する
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As other reviewers have pointed out, much of the content is the same as the blog. However, the organization of the book is good, the tone is light and fun, and it makes a great gift. Giving someone this book is better than saying, "Go to this website and figure it out." The cover design is REALLY cool, too.
The Keyword Method
I used James Heisig's method to learn Japanese kanji, where you make a keyword for each kanji and recall it by assigning an image to each component. Benny's book taught me that this method can be applied to individual vocab words, so that you can "capture" them when you don't have time to put them into Anki. This was the first time I've ever seen somebody write so simply and clearly about how spaced repetition and the keyword method can be used together. My only complaint is that while Benny mentions "memory palaces," he doesn't really elaborate on how to use them. I would have liked to see a chapter about that!
The book also gives a lot of resources that the reader can utilize to better learn a language.