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  • 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 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jane on 22 Nov 2014
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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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C-three on 8 Sep 2014
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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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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By The Warwick Reader on 11 Aug 2014
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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 By regornomis on 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By flgiusti on 9 Sep 2014
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I think the book is extremely well written. I have ordered the suggested titles for my target language and can't wait to try ou the techniques!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Angel on 20 Aug 2014
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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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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By draconian alligator on 11 Aug 2014
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Fluent Forever is one of the best books I've read on language learning. Where many language books rely solely on the experiences of the author - "I learned 37 languages, so can you!" - Gabriel Wyner has clearly done a great deal of research into the scientific literature on memory, speech perception etc. The result is that you end up learning a great method for teaching yourself a foreign language, but you also gain a basic understanding why this method works.

Wyner's method is fun yet efficient. It revolves around using spaced repetition (flash card) software to learn pronunciation, spelling, word meanings and grammar. While he isn't against the use of translations altogether, Wyner argues against *memorising* translations, and provides a really clever method for memorising the meanings of words using pictures, and later monolingual definitions.

The best thing about this technique is that you create your own learning materials throughout, using sources such as dictionaries (both bilingual and monolingual), google images, grammar textbooks and your own writing (corrected by native speakers via online language learning communities such as lang8.com). This means that you are not reliant on the content of a particular language course, but can easily customise your practice to learn areas of vocabulary or grammatical forms that particularly interest you.

The book is supported by a fantastic set of resources and articles at Fluent-Forever.com. Gabriel Wyner has also recorded a great video seminar series for Creative Live, which is well worth buying if you have $99 to spare.
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