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Benny Lewis
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Book Description

11 Mar 2014 0007543921 978-0007543922

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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Product details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (11 Mar 2014)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0007543921
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007543922
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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, www.fluentin3months.com, 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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"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

About the Author

Irishman and internet sensation Benny Lewis was distinctly mediocre at languages at school and, upon finding himself living in Spain at the age of 21, struggled for 6 months to form a few simple sentences. But now, ten years on, he has learned to speak over a dozen languages, has travelled the world, and has countless friends in many different countries.

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42 of 45 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended! 10 April 2014
By Vincent
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Definitely deserving of a five star ranking, and Benny's blog is also well worth following.

I've tried all sorts of language products looking for some way to make sense of the actual process of learning languages, to find some way to become fluent, but this book delivers the reality- that you need to speak it from the start! Great tips and approaches to becoming fluent. Of course, the title isn't meant to be a promise. The point is to really get into learning regardless of your situation, set goals, beat them, and then keep going. All the while, you will actually be SPEAKING the language just like you want to!

Go buy this book, choose the language you want to learn, and get ready to make achieving fluency a much more effective and enjoyable experience. You can hold up on the grammar book (at least for now) as well.
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14 of 17 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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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In at the deep end 17 April 2014
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Someone recommended this book to me, so I thought I'd give it a go.

I can't say that I would have tried it if I hadn't had the recommendation, so I am glad they did.

The reason I would have been reluctant to have a look at this book is that the title suggests that the author has found an easy way to learn a language fast, and that if you pay your money then you can too. If you pay your money.

I was brought up on the Jungle book, and "feed them silence when they say, come with me the easy way", so I was sceptical about feeding them money.

So when I started reading it, I already had one eyebrow raised, with the other at the ready, and was ready to sneer my way through the book.

So I was very pleasantly surprised when I found that the author is not offering an easy way to learn a language, quite the opposite.

This book offers a counter-intuitive way of learning languages, which involves:

1. Lots of time commitment.
2. Sheer bloodyminded determination to get past any social inhibitions that you might have.
3. Plenty of booklearning, but at a later stage than you would normally expect to do it.

Basically, the method is to find people who speak the language, either in your area or line. And start talking to them. A Lot. When you've built up a reasonable level of confidence, THEN you start on the bookwork, to set what you are doing in to a real life context.

So you need to jump in at the deep end and sink not swim. All the better to immerse yourself. And as this is just a metaphor, you can't actually drown. Just hideously humiliate yourself with a bunch of total strangers from another culture :)

So why do I like this book?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Some of the tips I ignored, but others were okay. I find his emails and blog a little more useful than this, but the book is still a nice read for any new language learners
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some useful methods and information 3 Oct 2014
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Some useful methods and information, to get the results you really have to put the hours in which is the one thing I struggle with.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of great tips. 26 Sep 2014
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Great little book.

Picked up lots of tips to help me in my journey to cantonese mastery
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very good easy read. He show a good way to learn
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really enjoyed the book. found it knpiring with lots of common sense ideas. has great links to free websites too. Read more
Published 3 months ago by alan
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new here
Don't buy this book if you think it will make you fluent in any language in 3 months. This book is for people who continually procrastinate about learning another language and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by MissC
4.0 out of 5 stars Good motivator
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... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
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 :)
Published 4 months ago by T L Snodgrass
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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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