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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It's still a good book, though, although there are probably better books on the topic. How to Learn Any Language: Quickly, Easily and On Your Own by Barry Farber would be my recommendation, although it's a bit dated (having been written before the Internet was really a thing for language learners).
The content of this book basically boils down to:
* Practicing your target language with real people from day one is essential.
Beyond that, it brought my attention to Anki (http://ankisrs.net/), a free flash card program for PC, Android, IOS, and the web, which has now replaced my paper flash cards.
Bottom line: Not a bad book if you're a beginner at learning languages, but not the best one either.
As many of you know, I have been working with Duolingo learning Spanish and German. I have taken two levels of both in school but would like to be fluent in both of them. Right now I can read a bit but I feel so very elementary in both of them.
There are so many good ideas on how to learn a language and get to the point of fluency! And I read this using the Audible with the author's voice. What a delight to hear his accent and enthusiasm! And he is a polyglot. For those of you like I was, who don't know, that means he is fluent in many languages, all learned since he was an adult.
The best part is that there are web-links to study certain aspects of each chapter. I didn't follow those with the first reading, but I will with the next. And I will take notes and make flashcards.
This is the best book about languages I have ever read. If you are thinking about studying another language, this should be your first book to read to give you the best start.
The book also gives a lot of resources that the reader can utilize to better learn a language.