Fluent in 3 Months Paperback – 11 Mar 2014
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"Benny Lewis is the Eckhart Tolle of language learning. Fluent in 3 Months is the definitive self-help guide for anyone who wants to master a foreign language." Anna Codrea-Rado, the Guardian.
“This is a lively and down-to-earth guide to learning a language. It really communicates Benny Lewis’s own passion for languages and encourages readers to take a more unbuttoned approach to learning them.” Professor Mike Kelly, Honorary Secretary and Director of Speak to the Future
“Buy this book and prepare to experience the world―no matter where you live or travel." Chris Guillebeau, author of New York Times bestseller $100 Start Up.
“Benny is an inspiration! What a great motivator!” Paul Noble, language guru.
"Fluent in 3 Months is the essential first step for anyone interested in learning languages. Its practical and insightful advice will inspire a whole new generation of polyglots." Alex Rawlings, Collins Most Multilingual Student 2012
From the Back Cover
An Unconventional Guide to Start Speaking a New Language Today
Benny Lewis is the creator of www.fluentin3months.com, the largest language learning blog in the world. His proven techniques break down language learning myths and replace them with practical "language hacks" that take advantage of the skills we already possess. Fluent in 3 Months provides everything you need to make learning a new language fast, intuitive, and fun. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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All in all, I found some of the information helpful and did go to his site to look at more, but I'm not sure that this is particularly groundbreaking.
I can't say that I would have tried it if I hadn't had the recommendation, so I am glad they did.
The reason I would have been reluctant to have a look at this book is that the title suggests that the author has found an easy way to learn a language fast, and that if you pay your money then you can too. If you pay your money.
I was brought up on the Jungle book, and "feed them silence when they say, come with me the easy way", so I was sceptical about feeding them money.
So when I started reading it, I already had one eyebrow raised, with the other at the ready, and was ready to sneer my way through the book.
So I was very pleasantly surprised when I found that the author is not offering an easy way to learn a language, quite the opposite.
This book offers a counter-intuitive way of learning languages, which involves:
1. Lots of time commitment.
2. Sheer bloodyminded determination to get past any social inhibitions that you might have.
3. Plenty of booklearning, but at a later stage than you would normally expect to do it.
Basically, the method is to find people who speak the language, either in your area or line. And start talking to them. A Lot. When you've built up a reasonable level of confidence, THEN you start on the bookwork, to set what you are doing in to a real life context.
So you need to jump in at the deep end and sink not swim. All the better to immerse yourself. And as this is just a metaphor, you can't actually drown. Just hideously humiliate yourself with a bunch of total strangers from another culture :)
So why do I like this book?Read more ›
The media hype helped a lot in convincing me to buy the book. However, I wish this book had more practical examples of how I can approach learning a (only one) specific language. Perhaps I was hoping for a day by day to do list on how to learn a language in 3 months. Towards the end of the book the author gives some guidance on some languages, but the book is trying to cover too many languages and is too high level. The author uses the approach of immediately talking and doing skype calls etc which is fantastic, but I don't think the book has fully answered the question how I can memorise some of the words and genders. To be fair the author does give you examples of how he memorised words, but those approaches will never work for me. I am still uncertain on how to progress between learning words, doing fun things with the language and learning some grammar. I fully agree with the author's approach to learn the language before he travels to the country, this author is clearly realistic and has shared great experiences.
Highly motivating book (I almost gave it 4 stars), but I walk away from this book not knowing what approach to follow going forward. I think it helps to sign up to the author's website version, because Benny Lewis gives some really good advice on there.
First of all, speak the language from day one and build your knowledge through communication. To do that just have videocalls with language partners. There are plenty of websites to find people that are eager to learn your mother tongue or whatever language you know.
Second: live the language. Think in that language, read newspapers, hear the radio, write a blog, immerse in that language, use apps in your target language, etc.
In this way, you will be able to reach a B1 level in 3 months with a minimum use of text books. Of course you also need persistence and passion.
It was nice to read his point of view about Spanish (my mother tongue Spanish) and some tricks to learn it (and other latin languages).
The book is full of great tips that can boost your learning curve or can motivate you to learn faster.
For me the book and Benny Lewis are absolutely inspiring references to learn Norwegian (in my case) and any other language that I might try in the future.
Even though there is some useful information in this book, I found in general the information given was what I saw - and I think a lot of others would see, as nothing more than common sense, and information readily at hand on the internet.
I sometimes wonder if some of those that grasp learning languages so easily, really are on the same page as those that struggle with the learning - and just wonder why we 'don't get it' as easily as them.
I know there must be those out there that do - but unfortunately not in this book.
On finishing the book I was not left with a feeling of optimism and any greater confidence, and felt this may be a man who can learn languages easily enough - but really doesn't know how to teach that art.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It tells you what you already know. If you keen to learn a language you don't need this book , this book is for people that need motivating but by the time I finished reading it I... Read morePublished 1 month ago by T. WOOD
Bought as a gift, went down as a huge success. The recipient learnt a lot! Quick delivery. Would highly recommend!Published 1 month ago by Kirsty Williamson
There are few good tips for passionate language learners. It's worth a read, and put some advices into action.Published 2 months ago by MR Mahdi Eftekhari Moghaddam
Lovely read. It encourages you to learn foreign languages and gives you tweaks and tricks how to do it faster.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Brilliant book for those who are considering learning another language, and for those who have already been learning for a year or so, and need some guidance. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Alex Stevens
Given the (self) hype, I was expecting quite a bit more from this book. Unfortunately, it fails to deliver and as others have noted, the 'tips' are quite generic, and the book... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Fascinating read, from a man who just seems keen to convince other people that they can conquer languages just as he has.Published 3 months ago by Michael