4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Incomprehensive and lightweight,
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This review is from: The Complete Guide to Learning a Language: How to Learn a Language with the Least Amount of Difficulty and the Most Amount of Fun (Paperback)
The book in its physical dimensions is small and accessible.
On the inside the text is in an appropriately sized font, and the design is understandable and intuitive. When it comes to the layout (space versus text), I found every page to have a lack of text - as in - too much empty space, the book is 190 pages (~20 pages for reference). Basically you're getting a small sized book with 100 pages of content; too little for this topic.
The book is designed for the absolute rookie of language learning:
- You didn't know language courses existed?
- Need a 101 basic intro to learning?
This book is for you!
The book encompasses motivation, course selection, partners, countries, and international scores for understanding, and some language tips and tricks.
I'm a solitary learner, and I purchased this book with the hopes of it actually providing some sort of insight, system or method to learn language effectively.
Sadly, this is not the case, as the book seems to dabble in minute, banal and trivial aspects of language and courses (or the authors personal life and personal stories).
I'm giving the book 2 stars because there are some lessons to be learned here. My favourites were:
1: Bring a notebook about and write down interesting phrases & words from the target language.
2: When learning the language, try to focus on your hobbies when learning terminology and vocabulary - This will make the process fun as well as useful.
3: Don't try to learn complex sentences early on: focus on the basic and compact parts of language that convey true meaning, rather than superfluous over-formulations (kind of like this book).
Can't recommend this book with the exception being people completely new to learning a language which need to take it in slowly.