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Accelerated Fluency: The Guide to Fast, Free, Effective Language Learning [Kindle Edition]

Rick Dearman
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A book for people who know learning a language isn't easy, but want, even NEED, to be successful.

The benefits of learning another language aren't immediately evident, but a second language can make you a better listener, boost your creativity, spur brain growth, and for some people, even delay Alzheimer's. Additional rewards could include opportunities for employment, increased salary potential, new friends, and interesting travel opportunities.

Learning a 2nd language can help you to become more creative. Researchers concluded learning a new language improves planning, cognitive flexibility, and working memory.
Learning a 2nd language can help you become a better communicator in your own native language. It will help you to clarify your native tongue, force you to evaluate the words you use, the word order, verbs, and the ways you use your own language to translate them into another. Becoming more conscious of your own language will make you communicate more clearly. This effect carries over to your writing as well as speech.

Bilingual people hear better! A study at Northwestern University provides the first biological evidence bilinguals have enhanced attention and working memory. They can pick out a speakers voice amidst distracting noises better than monolingual people. Being bilingual not only makes you a better speaker, but a better listener.

Studies show people who make decisions in a foreign language are more detailed, less biased and generally better decision makers.

Everyone knows anything worthwhile isn't easy, and most easy things aren't worth it. When searching for a book on how to learn a language you typically hear two types of approaches.

No grammar! Learn like a child.
“You can learn a language like a child learns their native language.” Is this really so great? Developmental experts agree it takes eight years for a child to master all speech sounds as well as rate, pitch and volume and have the ability to use complex and compound sentences. Speaking with an adult would take eight years, do you really want to wait that long?

Learn a language in only 3 months!
Other books say you can learn a language in three months. It is possible to learn a language to intermediate level in three months if you are doing 5-10 hours per day of reading, writing, speaking and listening. The United States Foreign Service Institute estimated 750 - 1320 hours of work before reaching an upper intermediate fluency in a language. So if your spending 8 hours a day learning you can easily reach upper intermediate level in only 3 – 6 months.

Now the bad news.
OK, now the reality of learning a language. It is hard work, and if you don't start off correctly you'll wind up redoing a lot of hard work. Let's be realistic:
- People aren't going to dedicate 5-10 hours per day to learn a language in 3 months
- Nobody wants to talk baby talk to another adult, even in a foreign language
- It is hard to stay motivated over a long time without an action plan

This book is about the reality of language learning. It covers subjects and ideas which will make the time you invest in language learning productive and effective. This book teaches you what you need to know and offers tips along the way to become fluent in any language. To stick with the language over the long haul you must:
- Stay motivated when learning gets tough
- Develop habits and methods to help you learn effectively
- Manage your study time in the most effective way possible
- How to use grammar as a framework. Don't learn like a baby, learn like an intelligent literate adult
- Develop reading, speaking and writing techniques to maximise your learning

This book will show you all this and assist you in creating a learning plan specifically tailored to you. Learning any new skill is hard work and practice, but with the right action plan, the motivation tools, you'll become fluent and successful in any language you

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 329 KB
  • Print Length: 164 pages
  • Publisher: XGI Publications (27 Oct. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004A8ZW4C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #517,542 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Rick Dearman (1964 - ) was born in Newark, Ohio. After 10 years in the USAF I moved to Britain where I now live in Essex with my wife and three children. I have always been interested in Sci-Fi and Fantasy novels. Originally writing non-fiction (available on Amazon) I have recently started to pursue my interest in writing Fantasy novels and launched two series: Frontiersman and Librarian.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Easy ! wow 11 Oct. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I speak Spanish fluently, but my fiance does not, and I'm not the greatest teacher. We wanted to take a drip to Spain and he needed some passable Spanish to get by! This book was a great deal as he could study on his own time in the two weeks left before our trip, and feel confident he could easily get by without me in Spain. In fact he did a great job at the bars while I was shopping!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Radical, practical and very unexpected 17 Jan. 2012
By Ian E
Format:Kindle Edition
If you've tried and failed, using all those seductive tapes and discs and books that promise to teach you French or Japanese in less time than it takes to boil an egg, try this. Dearman's approach is startlingly sensible, original and down to earth. I just wish I'd come across something like this before wasting so much time on get-slick-quick methods or plodding text books that don't seem to have been updated since my schooldays. Great stuff -- and presumably equally applicable to any language at all.
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This was much better than I expected it to be. It tells you how to make time for study, what materials you need, how to plan and make goals for your language studies and then how to actually study the language. It also covers motivation for language learning and how to train your ear / tongue to the new language. Also included is a chapter on self-immersion. I would read this again.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Motivational Book 10 Sept. 2011
I am often asked at work to provide Microsoft Powerpoint presentations so needed a motivational book like this. I did like the section on creating your own immersion environment.
There are excellent links to free opensource software and systems to help learn languages. The chapter on staying motivated was the best for me, I've given up before so staying motivated is a key factor in my progressing. I could have done with more explanation about the different tools, but I understood once I started.
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