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The "special forces" gimmick!, 5 Feb 2004
There is no such think as learning a language quickly so what you will find in this rather unsubstantial book is a way to learn how to speak the language very badly. Not only that, you will learn to do so in a time consuming way. The "technique" in thsi book consists of filling in grids of so-called high-frequency words and then, of course, you have to set about LEARNING them. Nothing innovative there, except that you had to waste your time finding out words to fill in the grids. You may as well have bought a phrase book and gone through the expressions in that! As far as grammar goes - ooh yes, grammar: the thing all language learners apart from real aficionados hate - well, Hawke's advice seems to be that you don't need to worry about it much. If you look at the section on the future tense, Hawke tells you not to worry if you don't get it exactly right! That's hardly the attitude I would expect from a soldier! If that's the way US elite forces operate (The "special forces " gimmmick is a new one on me - I thought I had seen them all, but this is the one used in this book!), it's hardly surprising a certain bearded gentleman from Saudi Arabia is still at large! Hawke is "certified" in seven languages, according to the blurb on the back. This pathetic little book makes me wonder just how little you need to know, and how badly you can get away with speaking a language in the military, if the system in this book is any indication of achievement levels.
There's no quick-fix where language learning is concerned, so obviously, this book is not going to do much for you!