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Fluent in 3 Months

Fluent in 3 Months [Kindle Edition]

Benny Lewis
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"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

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Meet the man who makes the mission of learning any language possible!

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. At present, he’s learning 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.

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More About the Author

In 2003, Irish native Benny Lewis spoke only one language: English. After college, he moved to Spain and was soon frustrated that he could not speak Spanish after six months of trying. So he decided to abandon traditional learning approaches, and everything changed. Today Benny is the known as The Irish Polyglot and speaks over 10 languages, several at a fluent level. He also now runs the largest language learning blog in the world,, which receives more than half a million unique visitors every month. He uses his languages to travel the world and explore other cultures, living out of his backpack.

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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars You get out what you put in 20 Mar 2014
I was really interested to read this as I already speak one foreign language and am learning another. To be honest, the content in this book could be summed up in a couple of chapters and I suspect most of it is on Benny's website (the end of every chapter has a link to his website for further information). It gets quite repetitive at times and the main message is about immersion. While I agree with his points about using the internet and finding native speakers, not a lot of people have the time to dedicate to his style of learning.
All in all, I found some of the information helpful and did go to his site to look at more, but I'm not sure that this is particularly groundbreaking.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By whatsup
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I just finished reading the book. The book is great for motivating you to learn a language and Benny Lewis is quite an inspiration!

The media hype helped a lot in convincing me to buy the book. However, I wish this book had more practical examples of how I can approach learning a (only one) specific language. Perhaps I was hoping for a day by day to do list on how to learn a language in 3 months. Towards the end of the book the author gives some guidance on some languages, but the book is trying to cover too many languages and is too high level. The author uses the approach of immediately talking and doing skype calls etc which is fantastic, but I don't think the book has fully answered the question how I can memorise some of the words and genders. To be fair the author does give you examples of how he memorised words, but those approaches will never work for me. I am still uncertain on how to progress between learning words, doing fun things with the language and learning some grammar. I fully agree with the author's approach to learn the language before he travels to the country, this author is clearly realistic and has shared great experiences.

Highly motivating book (I almost gave it 4 stars), but I walk away from this book not knowing what approach to follow going forward. I think it helps to sign up to the author's website version, because Benny Lewis gives some really good advice on there.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! 16 Jun 2014
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Motivational book on how to learn any language in a short amount of time. Well written and full of great tips. Am enjoying it thoroughly :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Language learning tips 12 Jun 2014
By Stef
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A must for everybody who wants to learn a language independently. You set your own rules with the goal to be able to speak a foreign language.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes interesting, sometimes tedious. 22 May 2014
Whilst I enjoyed some parts of the book, I found the constant mention of his website very tedious.
Why not just list it at the beginning ? Every other sentence mentioned it. I get the message - visit your website.

Also found his manner irritating.

Did pick up some tips, but overall would not really recommend.

The book in a nutshell:
speak to people who speak the language you are wishing to learn.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Just what you would expect 28 April 2014
By Webjorn
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This is a book that tells you that if you want to learn how to speak with foreign people, you should practice by speaking to them. There are no magic tricks involved.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good motivator 3 July 2014
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Has plenty of good ideas and straight common sense about getting going in language learning. Plunging in and interacting in your target language is by far the best way to get over initial fear of being misunderstood or making a foo, of yourself. Very useful are the lists of tools and websites that may help.
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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST Langauge learning book EVER 18 Mar 2014
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If you're serious about learning a language, this is the ONLY book you'll really need. I learned more from reading it than I did from 16 weeks of a Spanish class I attended at a local college.

As Benny points out in the book - in traditional language learning you're taught not to speak the language from day one. That you have to learn the grammar and everything first then one day you can speak it. But this is wrong. This is exactly would was done in the class and I really got nowhere with this method. Sure, I learned a few sentences but that's nothing after 3 months!

One of the main things the book mentions that I didn't realize was that there were websites where you can do things called 'language exchanges' using Skype.You give the person you're doing the exchange with 30 minutes of your time to teach them English, and in turn they give you 30 minutes to learn their native language. This is an extremely FUN way of learning that it doesn't even feel like you're studying.

The book also mentions various other ways to learn, but this is by far my favorite! And is the most effective.

Overall, I would recommend Fluent in 3 months to anyone who want's to become fluent in their chosen language, or even just to jump up a level. You will NOT be disappointed.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I have been teaching and learning languages for years. I was somewhat disappointed as it didn;t really have anything new to tell me.
Published 1 month ago by Wayne L Holley
4.0 out of 5 stars Good buy
Arrived on time and in perfect condition. Benny Lewis is very creative and his tips are brilliant and very easy to understand. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rachael F.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book highly motivational
This book excelled. I could really relate to the content and it offered sound advice as well as motivation. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lucy
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
Really motivated me and pushed me past my personal boundaries that were inhibiting me from making the progress I wanted to make. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fluent in 3 months
A good guide to language learning but padded out with anecdotes. The relevant points could have been made in 25% of the pages.
Published 2 months ago by barry machin
5.0 out of 5 stars Fluent in 3 Months
Excellent. A must read for anyone who wants to improve their language skills. Great for Monoglots to Polyglots and everyone in between. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Juan lewis
3.0 out of 5 stars Some Useful Tips
I found the book quite useful for it's modern content re: internet sources. When I was learning languages at school the Internet didn't exist and we had to learn things... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sezza
5.0 out of 5 stars A great resource for every language learner!
I found this book so interesting and useful that I also bought it on Kindle, for quick and easy referencing. It gives great information and tips about learning a language. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Rua
4.0 out of 5 stars Gives you the push you need
Good well written and worth a read if you are approaching a language. No Miracle breakthrough here but may help you focus on how to make it worthwhile
Published 2 months ago by Sandy Julian
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