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How To Learn Any Language: Quickly, Easily, Inexpensively, Enjoyably and on Your Own [Paperback]

Barry Farber
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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp. (1 Jan 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806512717
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806512716
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 1.4 x 20.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 217,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tells how to learn a foreign language by using all available language tools, taking advantage of brief moments of free time, using a special vocabulary memory system, and reading publications and watching movies in the language one's learning.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it before you start learning 30 Jan 2004
I bought this book on the strength of recommendations on several language-learning websites and afterwards I was very glad that I'd read it within the first few weeks of starting to learn another language. I'm sure that by employing the methods given here I've managed to adopt a more intelligent approach to my language studies that's made the best use of my available time.
Although a lot of the book consists of anecdotes and other padding, the material relating to studying and learning a language is all helpful, especially to someone learning a new language for the first time. A lot of material is the sort of thing that seems obvious after you've been told, while other material is the same as the advice given in more general guides to self-study. That said it's all useful and it doesn't hurt to be reminded about good study habits.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book for ANY language lover!! 31 Dec 1997
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I bought this book when I first began to think I MIGHT want to learn another language. Just reading this book was enough to convince me. I would recommend this book not only to someone who wants to learn a language and wants to learn an easy, fast, fun, way to do it; but to any language lover. Mr. Farber's love of language comes out loud and clear in this book, illustrated by his fun, witty stories about his first forays into the world of foreign languages. This book kept me in stitches, while also teaching me the fundamentals of a GREAT system for learning ANY language. In the few years since I first read it, I have read and reread it, for pleasure and for reference, and I am now proficient in three languages-- and can converse at least brokenly in at least three others. And I haven't spent as much time as I would LIKE to spend on it! Read this book, you won't regret it.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good book but ... 15 Aug 2001
This book contains some very useful tips on how to learn a foreign language. Unfortunately these only take up about 2 pages. The rest is filled with stories about the authors experiences learning languages. Some reviewers like this but I just found them very tiresome.
This isn't a bad book but don't expect it to totally transform the way you learn.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Langauge-Learning inspirational tool 4 May 1998
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I read this book when I was 13, and it inspired me to learn a lot of languages. It includes everything you need: From how to approach someone with whom you want to converse in your langauge, to do's and don't's for learning; from what materials you'll need for efficient learning, to how to make use of every spare second you have for memorizing vocabulary. And all of this information is backed-up with the experience of 46 years of language learning. Barry Farber begins with a page-turning account of how he came about learning his 25 languages, and ends with "reviews" on popular languages to learn. Just the act of reading this book will make you want to learn languages!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars gets you thinking... 16 April 2012
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due to the mixed reviews of this book, i got myself a cheap second hand copy. i was pleasantly surprised by the content. ok, there is a lot of chit chat and loads of anecdotes, like most books aimed at the US market. but its easy to skip these bits if you want to cut to the chase. his story is interesting, tho, and his enthusiam is infectious, so come back to it later!

the book suggests a multi-activity way of learning your target language instead of ploughing through your language textbook from beginning to end. he suggests use of flashcards, kids books, magazines, etc, even music in your target language. the book seems to be written pre-internet. but this was a bonus as i found myself being able to think of extra ways to incorporate fun study; for example, i discovered you can study virtual flashcards online, a store online that sells audio recordings of my language for listening practice. i'm even studying recipes in my language now!

i'd recommend this if your finding your language course book a bit dry and need a boot up the behind to feel motivated and positive again. i'm certainly feeling a lot more excited about my own course book, now i know its just one tool of many i can use to becoming fluent in my target language.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 18 Jun 2011
This book, written by Barry Farber, is a must have. Instead of wasting time with following the routines prescribed in language packs, you can follow the procedure recommended by Barry Farber, a man who can get around comfortably in around 25 languages. He's perfected this technique throughout the course of his language learning life and even says that if he could start all over again, he'd do this the whole way through as it would have saved a lot of his time. Highly recommended.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "All learning is good" 3 Jan 2008
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If nothing more, with an open mind this book should prove an interesting read for those with only the slightest interest ranging to the avid language enthusiast.
My personal view of this publication is as part language learning guide, and part biography. The author clearly has had a life-long love of learning languages and Mr. Farber's personal experiences and anecdotes make for interesting reading.
I found this motivating and it helped me to envision that I will eventually use the languages I learn whilst travelling in other countries and in doing so have much fun and make new friends and acquaintances in the process.
I'm a great believer in the principle that if out of 100% of a book you can get a 5% benefit from something you did not previously know then that makes reading it worthwhile. Thus most people should be able to read this book and take something useful from it in becoming a more astute linguist. The main reason I did not give this a five out of five is because I feel that the book could use updating slightly.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my three favourite books on language learning
I love books about people's adventures in language learning!

This won't teach you a language but is an interesting account of the author's life-long enthusiasm for... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Ish
2.0 out of 5 stars Learn any Language
Out of date.
Interesting enough to read but not a lot there really.
Everyone's language learning experience is different. This is the authors.
Published 22 months ago by mr j stevenson
4.0 out of 5 stars Motivational
Very good. The techniques outlined should enthuse jaded language students. His obvious enthusiasm for language-learning is inspiring and should stop boredom setting in. Read more
Published on 17 Feb 2011 by P Jones
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing i didn't know before
The books ok, like the others have said, he does just write little stories about him and not too much about actually learning but i found that they were a nice touch and didn't... Read more
Published on 14 Dec 2010 by Ricky Freeman
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for linguists
I bought this book on an American friend's recommendation, but was disappointed by it. If you do not already know any foreign languages and are American, then this is the book for... Read more
Published on 3 Dec 2010 by Jen
1.0 out of 5 stars Charlatan that means well, which is potentially more dangerous than a...
I feel a bit harsh giving such a bad review but these method DON'T WORK. Mnemonics don't work.

It's an interesting read and I enjoyed reading it, but it is dangerous in... Read more
Published on 15 Feb 2010 by Workaholic
2.0 out of 5 stars Overrated !!
This book is contradictory and really just a "flash in the pan". The authors proficiency in multiple languages drew my attention. Read more
Published on 3 April 2008 by Perspicatious
3.0 out of 5 stars It's OK
When I saw this book at Barnes and Noble, I had to buy it since I was interested in learning languages. Read more
Published on 17 Jan 2008 by Brandon Simpson
2.0 out of 5 stars You can learn more just searching on google for 10 minutes
While it is interesting to read about Barry Farber's language learning experiences, and while his book gives you occasional insights into the languages that he has learned, there's... Read more
Published on 13 Jun 2007 by M. Roddison
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational!
I saw this book mentioned on a fellow linguist's website and was delighted to get a 2nd hand copy here on Amazon. Read more
Published on 9 Oct 2004 by Elizabeth
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