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.