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Speak Like A Native: Professional Secrets for Mastering Foreign Languages

Speak Like A Native: Professional Secrets for Mastering Foreign Languages [Kindle Edition]

Michael Janich
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This is a distillation of the techniques and strategies used by the author and other professional linguists from the Defense Language Institute, State Department, CIA, NSA and other government agencies. It includes the 10 rules for establishing and achieving your goals, the author's unique 12-step process for accelerating your learning and 50 proven tips favored by the pros. This instruction program will allow you to speak any language like a native.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2853 KB
  • Print Length: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Paladin Press (1 Sep 2004)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00426DGJ0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #510,303 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly awesome 8 Mar 2014
At 15 I entered the education system and got qualifications in foreign languages. I am a professional translator and have dealt with Arab businessmen.This book is truly inspirational and unique. It is written by a professional linguist who worked for the NSA in the USA.

It is neatly organized and at no point tries to plug other products.

Without wishing to give the contents away it has many practical tips.

I credit this book with getting me to Japan, getting a business and improving my over-all standard of living.

One possible criticism could be that it focuses too much on Asian languages. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in foreign languages.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Learn a Foreign Language 22 Mar 2008
By Vulcan20mm - Published on
This one of three books I have read about learning foreign languages, and by far this book is the best for the cost. The book contains practical and useful information for anyone interested in learning a foreign language. There is little fluff contained in this book, and the author stays on topic with personal experiences interspersed into the text. His experiences tend to drive home a point.

The author starts with how and why establishing goals for your target language is essential, and progresses to 50 tips used by language learners. The author used many of the tips to learn two languages -- Chinese-Mandarin, and Vietnamese.

This book makes no guarantees, and points out that learning a foreign language takes work. The author ensures the fledging language learner understands the fact that learning a language will require effort.

This book contains quality information for learning a foreign language, and the book is easy to read. Overall a quality buy for learning quality tips and tricks on improving your odds at effectively learning a foreign language. I highly recommend this book to anyone seeking to learn a foreign language!
31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit disappointing 26 Oct 2009
By J. Goldstein - Published on
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I bought this book based on several positive reviews. I teach Spanish and am also a student of languages. I am always searching for more help to improve my learning and that of my students. This book started out fine but then the suggestions changed to ways to "get by" in a foreign language rather than actually working to improve mastery. While "getting by" is often necessary especially in a language one does not know well or does not want to master, I was looking for "tips" for moving toward fluency.
29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding resource for ANY language learner... 18 May 2007
By J. Lockridge - Published on
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I have been studying languages (other than my native tongue) for about the last 10 years. I have never (until now) taken any structured classes, doing the studies all on my own. However, this is not recommended as I feel that a lot of what progress I have made could have been amplified by using a book like Janich's in order to structure my learning, and to focus my learning. There is no other book out there that I'm aware of that does such a good job of making SPECIFIC recommendations on how to get the most out of study time, setting priorities for yourself, and developing a course of study that will be efficient and show results.

If you're serious about learning ANY language, this book is a must.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars practical, focused, not eurocentric 8 Mar 2009
By wch - Published on
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Becoming proficient in a new language is hard work; for Westerners wanting to learn Chinese, Tibetan or other languages not based on a romanized alphabet, even harder. Janich's strategies and tips are good reading for anyone hoping for more than parroting a phrasebook, will be especially useful for the second group.

The book is divided into three sections: ten rules for organizing your study, twelve steps for developing and working a study plan and fifty strategies for optimizing study. He offers both commonsense suggestions - surround yourself with language - and with some surprising ideas, like learning the gestural language that goes with the words. What I appreciate most? Janich cuts to the chase, sticks to the practical, and doesn't assume that the language you want to learn will look anything like the language(s) you already know. His focus on practicality is quite refreshing.

This book, though out of print, is worth searching out. It is the only "how to study language" book that I always pack around with my Tibetan study materials.
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars It's like reading a diary from a veteran... 2 May 2012
By Pazu Kong - Published on
This review is from: Speak Like A Native: Professional Secrets for Mastering Foreign Languages (Paperback)
The author worked as a translator during the Vietnam War and learned Vietnamese not because of his love for the country, but to help his countryman to kill the people who are using the "target language". It must be quite a different experience for most, as I learn a language to interact with the people, because of the love for the people.

I probably would not have started spending time on one if I really hate a place at the very beginning.

While some tips for learning a foreign language may be helpful, but nothing new. e.g. The author spent a long passage to tell you that you only get out what you put in, don't trust the 10-minute quick guide, decide on your specific goal, use flash cards, etc... okay, thank you for all these important advice, but I suppose everyone learning a foreign language should have known about it long time ago.

If you try to start reading this book, be prepared to read it like a diary from an old veteran, who is desperate to share his stories in a target country with the target fellows who are speaking the target language.

One story is like this:

When the author was working in Haiphong, Vietnam, some hotel staff asked the "linguist" to teach them some situational English like greeting a guest. The author did teach them, but "in the spirit of smalltime Cold War politics, the phrasing we (the author's team) taught them was, 'Hey, you! Sit your ass down. What the () do you want to drink?'"

The word in () is omitted because Amazon wouldn't let it.

Enjoy your language learning guide.
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Once you have documented your goals, start prioritizing them based on their level of complexity. Place the easier goals (e.g., learning basic greetings, asking the time) near the top of the pile or list and the more difficult goals (e.g., asking directions, shopping for specific items, debating the long-term political implications of the international arms race) at the bottom. &quote;
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The key to achieving your specific language goals is to have a specific curriculum geared toward those goals. &quote;
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If you get frustrated because you can't speak, read, or write as well as you'd like to in your target language, just remember that somewhere out there there's a person who is less educated, less intelligent, and probably less hygienic than you are who speaks that language just fine. &quote;
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