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Fluent Forever: How to Learn Any Language Fast and Never Forget It [Kindle Edition]

Gabriel Wyner
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The ultimate rapid language-learning guide! For those who’ve despaired of ever learning a foreign language, here, finally, is a book that will make the words stick. At thirty years old, Gabriel Wyner speaks six languages fluently.  He didn’t learn them in school -- who does? -- rather, he learned them in the past few years, working on his own and practicing on the subway, using simple techniques and free online resources. In Fluent Forever Wyner reveals what he’s discovered. 
 
The greatest challenge to learning a foreign language is the challenge of memory; there are just too many words and too many rules. For every new word we learn, we seem to forget two old ones, and as a result, fluency can seem out of reach. Fluent Forever tackles this challenge head-on. With empathy for the language-challenged and abundant humor, Wyner deconstructs the learning process, revealing how to build a foreign language in your mind from the ground up. 
 
Starting with pronunciation, you’ll learn how to rewire your ears and turn foreign sounds into familiar sounds. You'll retrain your tongue to produce those sounds accurately, using tricks from opera singers and actors. Next, you'll begin to tackle words, and connect sounds and spellings to imagery, rather than translations, which will enable you to think in a foreign languageAnd with the help of sophisticated spaced-repetition techniques, you'll be able to memorize hundreds of words a month in minutes every day. Soon, you'll gain the ability to learn grammar and more difficult abstract words--without the tedious drills and exercises of language classes and grammar books.
 
This is brain hacking at its most exciting, taking what we know about neuroscience and linguistics and using it to create the most efficient and enjoyable way to learn a foreign language in the spare minutes of your day.


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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good explanation on how to learn languages 22 Nov. 2014
By Jane
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The thing about how to learn a language books is that no one way will work for everyone. I have read a few and found that Gabriel Wyner's book works for me because it is a system described by someone who used it to learn the several languages he needed in his career as an opera singer. It is not a list of words or endless grammar, there are plenty of other resources for those things. Here he gives many practical approaches which anyone can use and he also looks at your mindset when you begin learning your chosen language. He gives access to the top 650 words to learn first on his website. He is a big fan of spaced repetition, which I am not, but I am giving it a go in case it fits my way of learning and, even if it doesn't, I have found that this doesn't stop you from getting good information from this book. This is written by someone who really wants to help you get over the early stumbling blocks you may come across in the early stages. I got so many good tips on how to take learning a block of vocabulary to something that can be used to communicate which is, after all, the main point of it all. Finally I feel I have found something that will help me speak a second language a reality.
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful
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I was slightly sceptical about this book prior to buying/reading as I thought it might not be that beneficial due it’s bias about learning and remembering “any” language rather than just the specific language I am studying, but wow – how wrong am I. This book is an invaluable resource that explains what happens in your mind when you learn a language, and how you can train your mind to be far more efficient, and therefore learn far more than you could without having read the book.

In a very simple style, and in places rather humorous text which makes this book fun to read, the author takes you through the processes of what happens in your mind when you learn a new language, and how you can overcome your minds “natural barriers” to learning. By explaining each process or learning stage in detail, and often with well researched (but not overly complicated) examples and charts, the author lays a strong and logical foundation which you can use to start efficiently learning your chosen language or subject.

The main methodology emphasises the creation and use of flashcards as the key aid to learning, which might sound tedious and a route that you might have attempted previously, but the author takes the time to explain the benefits and why this process is important. It also allows you to determine your individual learning speed as you can select the words or areas of interest that you want to study and focus on, and also takes you through the process of building the flashcards themselves (in either electronic or paper based format) – as ever, there are pros and cons with each, but again the book will highlight the drawbacks and advantages of each, and allow you to make an insightful decision about which media will be the most beneficial to your leaning style.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! 11 Jan. 2015
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If you follow what this book says it should be impossible NOT to make progress in any language of your choice! Remember, though, there is no shortcut to hard work and dedication. Like hypnosis, this book cannot put in your mind what you have not studied. A great book to help you get going in ANY language!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressed 8 Sept. 2014
By C-three
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Changed my view on my ability to learn languages, started with Spanish & am now rapidly learning words & their pronunciation using Anki flashcards.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly informative 20 Aug. 2014
By Angel
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Wow! What a brilliant read! This book is basically a flash card learning system, but not like any you think you know. The author's passion for both language and the system is extremely infectious and will have you learning like you never have before. I wish this book was out years ago, it is a system I shall be using from now on and I can't wait to add a few more languages to my brain. If you only read one language acquisition book, make it this one. It is packed with information, tips and links to really push you further. I can't rate this highly enough.
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2.0 out of 5 stars I was really impressed by the book, and in ... 10 Feb. 2015
By Richard
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I was really impressed by the book, and in Kindle edition links to web sites are really convenient. Then you come to putting it all together. What can I say? Have you ever taken delivery of flat-pack furniture only to spend the next week looking at the instructions wondering which is screw X and where the hell is hole Y?

I want to be positive about this: Gabriel Wyner is an enthusiastic and knowledgeable teacher. I will take some things from this book and use them But I can't help feeling that I could have got so much more had more thought been put into who would use it and how it would be used.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fundamentally New Way To Learn Anything 26 Nov. 2014
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This is a brilliant book! It introduces the latest concepts in teaching and learning and if you need to learn absolutely anyting and haven't heard of Spaced Repetition System, do yourself a big favour, buy this book and save countless wasted hours.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wish I knew all this years ago. 12 Sept. 2014
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I am loving this book. The explanation on how the brain forms memories will help with subjects beyond languages and it is well written with good humour, gives useful resources, and is not preachy on what to do or not do. Can't wait to try out all the many different tips.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Best language book I have read to date - the SRS learning technique is working a treat for me!
Published 1 month ago by HColbs
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius!
Genius! Speeded up my Chinese learning no-end
Published 1 month ago by Anthony Carlile
4.0 out of 5 stars Fluent Forever
I am working my way through the book. So far, so good
Published 1 month ago by Marguerita Moorcroft
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Highly recommended
Published 1 month ago by Artur
5.0 out of 5 stars What an amazing book. Why is it not compulsory reading before ...
What an amazing book. Why is it not compulsory reading before anyone starts learning a new language? It has absolutely re-energised my own study of Italian. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It has lived up to my expectations!
Published 2 months ago by Marios Akritas
2.0 out of 5 stars For memory experts only
This is a personal method the author has devised using flashcards. It's not for me. I hadn't realised it when I bought it, but I read an article by the author in an online news... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Neil
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really interesting!!!
Published 2 months ago by clayton barrozo de oliveira
3.0 out of 5 stars Have had to stop at chapter 3 to find my own resources that his...
As my first book into looking at building some core basic skills for learning a foreign language i found a lot of theory in the early chapters useful. Read more
Published 2 months ago by MonkeyD
5.0 out of 5 stars Gabriel has made it fun and the book coupled with his website is a ...
Fabulous book! I am enjoying learning a language for the first time ever. Gabriel has made it fun and the book coupled with his website is a wonderful way to learn.
Published 2 months ago by J Peri
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