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Fluency Made Achievable: The Fluent Guide to Core Language Skills
 
 

Fluency Made Achievable: The Fluent Guide to Core Language Skills [Kindle Edition]

Kerstin Hammes

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We all know this problem: Learning a new language can be difficult and frustrating. You spend hours with the book and CD set, or watching foreign movies, and when you open your mouth it feels like it's done no good.

But what you really want is to build your confidence and skills evenly, with fun and varied exercises that leave you ready to face all learning situations.

Discover the four core language skills for long-term success in language learning through
- fresh exercises
- expert interviews
- a personal 3-week Study Planner

The exercise suggestions are divided into the categories of listening, reading, speaking and writing to make it easy for learners to go straight to practicing core skills in a targeted way.

This entertaining book is guaranteed to help every independent language learner and language tutor evaluate their progress so far, and with the handy 3-week Study Plan this book can make a difference to your learning routines in less than a month.

Features interviews with David Mansaray, Gabriel Wyner, Jared Romey and more!

About the Author

Kerstin Hammes is native German speaker living in the UK, with a passion for all things language. Most of the time, she write factual articles and opinion pieces on her language learning blog at www.fluentlanguage.co.uk. Her first book Fluency Made Achievable is based on experience as a language learner and tutor, and will appeal to anyone hoping to add a fresh perspective to their learning journey.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 587 KB
  • Print Length: 38 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FRK55IA
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #150,487 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Kerstin Hammes is native German speaker living in the UK, with a passion for all things language. Most of the time, she write factual articles and opinion pieces on her language learning blog at www.fluentlanguage.co.uk/blog.

Kerstin is a creative, encouraging and focused 1 to 1 language tutor, popular with students from all over the world. Her first book Fluency Made Achievable is based on experience as a language learner and tutor, and will appeal to anyone hoping to add a fresh perspective to their learning journey.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I wish this was written much earlier. 4 Dec 2013
By Mr. B - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I just purchased this book a few hours ago and it's a quick read (for me, it was less than two hours); short and concise. This is an excellent piece of work and one that I think language learners should begin with before they even start learning a language (even though I say this, it's still very useful for those of us who have already been at work trying to learn a language).

Hammes gives straight to the point suggestions on how to best utilize ones time when working on languages and how to spread their learning over all four of the main skills rather than focusing heavily on one skill at the expense of the others. This is very important not only because it brings about balance to the learner, but it also (in my opinion) enables one to gain more confidence. The more areas a person works on, the more growth they're able to see and the more growth they see, the more they'll be encouraged to continue towards their objective.

This book is also refreshing for me because, while it does talk about results in language learning, it doesn't follow the current trend of searching for "language hacks" and trying to reach fluency overnight. More than anything, this book stresses effective study methods and how to use variety so one is not bored and also so the learner is well rounded in whichever language(s) they're learning. There's even a supplemental chart for writing out language goals and objectives over a certain course of time. I've already downloaded, printed, and wrote out my objectives for the remainder of this month, so almost immediately, I've gained something from this book. I'm glad I bought this. I only wish it had been out years ago, but better late than never.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A holistic no-nonsense approach to learning languages! 18 Oct 2013
By learning_to_learn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
There are too many books about language learning which are based on lazy shortcuts and empty promises. This book, however, is very different! Author and teacher Kerstin Hammes walks readers through the four language core skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing. Instead of favoring speaking over reading or writing over listening, Kerstin advocates a holistic approach in which all four skills are working concertedly.

This book is packed with practical tips, exercise suggestions, advice on how to create a learning schedule, and a series of interviews with language experts and polyglots.

Highly recommended!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy, practical guide to language acquisition 23 Oct 2013
By S.M. Traduções - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Just finished reading this book (it literally took me only 2 hours). It is well written and provides easy, to the point tips on how to build your language skills.
I liked the structure: 4 sections focusing on the core language skills, i.e.listening, reading, writing and speaking, and found the exercises extremely meaningful to brush up any foreign languages and achieve fluency.
My most favorite part are the interviews (will steal the idea) with professionals who share their methods for language acquisition.
I'm really looking forward to delving into the exercises and start seeing results.
Well done Kerstin!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You need a plan to learn a language... 25 Oct 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Kerstin lays it out in her book what it takes to learn a language. You need a plan, time and some hard work. She covers the four areas that everyone knows: Listening, Reading, Speaking & Writing. She gives some good examples and recommendations. Finally, she interviewed some popular language learners out there for their perspective too. If you get a chance, check out Kerstin's blog as she covers interesting topics all the time. -Shawn
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5.0 out of 5 stars A practical approach 25 Oct 2013
By Sofi - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I just finished the book and I will recommend it to all my clients who are learning french. This is a very practical approach with a plan and tips that will convince any language learners. I like the way readers can assess their current level on the four language skills and then adapt the proposed plan to their level. Also, the interviews with language experts are precious. Enjoyed it very much.
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