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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book for anyone who wants to learn a language
I thought this book was excellent. It is about exactly what it says - learning a language (as against being taught a language).

Moving away from what teachers do in classrooms round the world - which so often leads to failure and disgust and often the sentiment that one is 'bad at languages' - this book proposes that students have to actively LEARN the language...
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3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting but, ultimately, unhelpful book.
I bought this book after struggling to get a grip on my Japanese language studies for about a year. Having now read the book, I feel it would have been more helpful if the title was changed to something along the lines of '3 rules for learning languages: choose an easy language; develop an obsesive interest in it; and then move to a country which speaks it.' The length...
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3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting but, ultimately, unhelpful book., 26 Nov. 2001
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This review is from: The Art and Science of Learning Languages (Paperback)
I bought this book after struggling to get a grip on my Japanese language studies for about a year. Having now read the book, I feel it would have been more helpful if the title was changed to something along the lines of '3 rules for learning languages: choose an easy language; develop an obsesive interest in it; and then move to a country which speaks it.' The length of the book could then have been halved.
That is not to say that there isn't plenty to interest here, particularly if you have an interest in the development of, and similarities between, languages. But if you are hoping to discover something that you probably couldn't have worked out for yourself about study methods and exposure to language; or you have already chosen the language you want to learn (and it is not that closely related to the language you already speak), then you probably shouldn't waste be wasting your money here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book for anyone who wants to learn a language, 2 Feb. 2011
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I thought this book was excellent. It is about exactly what it says - learning a language (as against being taught a language).

Moving away from what teachers do in classrooms round the world - which so often leads to failure and disgust and often the sentiment that one is 'bad at languages' - this book proposes that students have to actively LEARN the language and then shows how good language learners do it. Not by learning lots of vocabulary, as teachers seem to think, but by putting the accent on what is important - for example, just 40 little words make up 50% of spoken English, so they are the ones to learn. In other languages, there are the same few little words which must be thoroughly mastered. The principle is demonstrated and examples are given for several languages.

I would recommend this book to any language learner, and also to any language teacher. Teachers, if you really want your students to learn, don't do what the curriculum or the methods tell you to do. Do what this book says.
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