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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (11 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007543921
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007543922
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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77 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Laura Walsham on 20 Mar. 2014
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Burnsteiger on 24 Jan. 2015
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I taught myself Spanish after reading the online PDF version Benny Lewis originally did. The advice was crucial to my success and the value is worth 100x that of which you have to pay for this book. I can't recommend this enough.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Vongolo on 28 Sept. 2014
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Not too much real substance and a feeling that it's a book that's been padded out to length. Far, far better is "Fluent Forever: How to Learn Any Language Fast and Never Forget it" by Gabriel Wyner, which is very well thought out and I found extremely helpful.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Hector on 31 Dec. 2014
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Just finished to read the book and I think it's a great inspiration by a skilled polyglot. I've been learning Norwegian for a while and I still can apply some of the methods he recommends.
First of all, speak the language from day one and build your knowledge through communication. To do that just have videocalls with language partners. There are plenty of websites to find people that are eager to learn your mother tongue or whatever language you know.
Second: live the language. Think in that language, read newspapers, hear the radio, write a blog, immerse in that language, use apps in your target language, etc.
In this way, you will be able to reach a B1 level in 3 months with a minimum use of text books. Of course you also need persistence and passion.
It was nice to read his point of view about Spanish (my mother tongue Spanish) and some tricks to learn it (and other latin languages).
The book is full of great tips that can boost your learning curve or can motivate you to learn faster.
For me the book and Benny Lewis are absolutely inspiring references to learn Norwegian (in my case) and any other language that I might try in the future.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By whatsup on 29 Mar. 2014
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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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I bought this book last year while I was learning German. German is the first foreign language that I set about learning by myself (as opposed to learning in a class). I was struggling with it and didn't really know how to proceed. Fortunately I stumbled across Benny Lewis' website and his book.

The book is focused around Benny's favoured approach of speaking with the new language as soon as possible (from the first day of learning, when possible). He includes lots of language 'hacks' to help with the learning (various ways to help memorise vocabulary, tips to get you through your first conversation and methods for how to proceed into intermediate levels and fluency). He includes sections of advice about learning specific languages as well.

He also writes about his background in languages, how badly he did at school and how he came across the methods he presents here (which often conflict with traditional language learning, until you reach a higher level in the language). Throughout the book you get a real sense of his enthusiasm and love for language learning.

I would highly recommend this book for anyone learning a foreign language, especially if it's your first one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By redbooks on 2 Aug. 2014
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very good easy read. He show a good way to learn
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Davidge on 14 Dec. 2014
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I am trying to learn Spanish and was really struggling with memorising much at all. Started looking for something that could help me with the learning and memorising process.

Even though there is some useful information in this book, I found in general the information given was what I saw - and I think a lot of others would see, as nothing more than common sense, and information readily at hand on the internet.

I sometimes wonder if some of those that grasp learning languages so easily, really are on the same page as those that struggle with the learning - and just wonder why we 'don't get it' as easily as them.

I know there must be those out there that do - but unfortunately not in this book.

On finishing the book I was not left with a feeling of optimism and any greater confidence, and felt this may be a man who can learn languages easily enough - but really doesn't know how to teach that art.
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