- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Harmony Books (18 Aug. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385348118
- ISBN-13: 978-0385348119
- Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.9 x 23.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Fluent Forever: How to Learn Any Language Fast and Never Forget it Paperback – 18 Aug 2014
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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.Read more ›
Firstly, I found that, when I began to listen to conversations, native people spoke so fast that I was just unable to detect what people were saying. Because this book encourages you to focus so closely on the sounds that make up the spoken language I find it much easier to discern the words already.
Secondly, I previously experienced a disconnect between the written and spoken forms of any language I tried to learn. I found that if I tried to learn by reading then I ended up with shocking pronunciation. I found that my initial attempts at pronunciation were often so poor that the phrases I had "learned" simply didn't work properly. People simply just didn't understand what I was saying and would quickly switch to English if they could speak it. Again the book's focus on the sounds and how variously spellings translate to those sounds via the IPA clears up this confusion right away. I'm far more confident that my pronunciation will be reasonable from the off this time.
Thirdly, I dislike classroom style courses with exercises and a translation orientation. I like the prescriptive formula for self-study that this book suggests. It tells you exactly what materials you need to get, how to systematically go about teaching yourself and effectively use the Internet to help you do so.Read more ›
I purchased some of the Anki software produced by Gabe and the quality is fantastic. You can really tell this guys takes real pride in what he does and has a passion for languages. He really has gone over and above what you would expect from a book.
Even if you are quite advanced in your studies of your chosen language, I imagine you will still find a number of hints, tips, strategies for learning, software etc. in this book very useful.
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I feel like I have been learning Italian forever. I first went to Italy for three months in 1968 to work - that's a clue about age. Read morePublished 20 hours ago by Chris Downing
There are some very good ideas here that I can use personally and in my workPublished 2 days ago by Steffi
Some of the techniques are very good but overall I don't think it is as simplistic to learn a language as easily as suggested.Published 24 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is one of the few books that I loved so much, I bought both the kindle and the paperback version. I have been struggling with French, Spanish and Chinese for many years now. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sonrosado Roses
I wish this book had been put out many years ago, when I first started with languages - it is a wonderful shortcut to all that I had to learn painstakingly. Read morePublished 1 month ago by T J Laurence
Amazing book. Read it twice and now I'm using Gabriel's methods to learn MandarinPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Very curious and well written. Had quite a few lightbulb moments when reading this material. Backed up by a website with extensive resources.Published 2 months ago by S. Parsons
I've only just started reading through the book and I've had a skim through the information on the website. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer