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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony Books (18 Aug. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385348118
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385348119
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.8 x 23.4 cm
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""Fluent Forever" is the book I wish I had had during my numerous failed attempts at learning different languages. It's a refreshingly fun and engaging guide that shows you how to language-hack your brain. Wyner's done all the hard work so that the reader can actually enjoy the process of becoming fluent in a language quickly!"
--Nelson Dellis, 2011 and 2012 USA Memory Champion

"I know what you're thinking: "But learning a new language is soooo hard"! The solution? Stop being a whiner and start reading Wyner. This book is a winner! Guaranteed to rewire your brainin as many languages as you'd like."
-- Joel Saltzman, author of "Shake That Brain!: How to Create Winning Solutions and Have Fun While You're at It"
" "
"Americans refuse to realize that all languages are foreign -- yes, including English. It's time we learned how to speak like the rest of the world: in more ways than one. This book is a hilarious toolbox that helps you get a head start. Pick a foreign language (yes, including English) and "voila" "el futuro es tuyo". High-five to Gabriel Wyner!"
--Ilan Stavans, author of "Dictionary Days: A Defining Passion "

"Mash up the DNA of Steve Jobs and Aristotle, add training in engineering and opera, and you get Gabriel Wyner, whose ingeniously elegant system helps us knuckleheads learn not just foreign languages but, well, "everything." Autodidacts rejoice!"
--Jay Heinrichs, author of "Thank You for Arguing "and "Word Hero"

""Fluent Forever" is the book I wish I had had during my numerous failed attempts at learning different languages. It's a refreshingly fun and engaging guide that shows you how to language-hack your brain. Wyner's done all the hard work so that the reader can actually enjoy the process of becoming fluent in a language quickly!"
--Nelson Dellis, 2011 and 2012 USA Memory Champion

"I know what you're thinking: "But learning a new language is soooo hard"! The solution? Stop being a whiner and start reading Wyner. This book is a winner! Guaranteed to rewire your brainin as many languages as you'd like."
-- Joel Saltzman, author of "Shake That Brain!: How to Create Winning Solutions and Have Fun While You're at It"
" "
"Americans refuse to realize that all languages are foreign -- yes, including English. It's time we learned how to speak like the rest of the world: in more ways than one. This book is a hilarious toolbox that helps you get a head start. Pick a foreign language (yes, including English) and "voila" "el futuro es tuyo". High-five to Gabriel Wyner!"
--Ilan Stavans, author of "Dictionary Days: A Defining Passion "

"A brilliant and thoroughly modern guide to learning new languages."Fluent Forever" won't teach you French, or German, or any other language -- but it will teach you "how" to learn whatever language you do want to learn, and to learn it faster, and more efficiently. If you want a new language to stick, start here."
--Gary Marcus, cognitive psychologist and author of the "New York Times" bestseller "Guitar Zero"
" "
"Aspiring polyglots of the world, take note: this book will help you pick up any new language in record time. If you're looking for a practical, brain-friendly, field-tested approach to language learning, search no more: you've found your guide."
--Josh Kaufman, bestselling author of "The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything...Fast!"
"Never before have I seen a language-learning method -- or method for learning anything! -- that synchs up so perfectly with our current scientific understanding of how memory works. I now understand why my past attempts to learn other languages (Spanish, German, Latin) have left me with little more than a smattering of near-random vocabulary words, and I'm inspired to try again. "Fluent Forever" promises a fun, personalized learning regimen that is sure to wire a new tongue into your brain with speed and simplicity. And Wyner's sharp wit will keep you entertained along the way! I've never been so excited to challenge my mind."
--Karen Schrock Simring, contributing editor at "Scientific American Mind" magazine
""Fluent Forever "more than meets the daunting challenge of learning a new language by giving the reader a solid game plan based on how people" actually" learn and memorize information. From the first chapter, I couldn't wait to get started using Wyner's techniques and tons of resources. His writing is engaging, smart, and conversational, making learning a real joy. If you've ever wanted to become fluent in another language, do yourself a favor and start reading "Fluent Forever" now

"This is a fun way for anyone to discover the secrets of language instruction presented in a conversational, stress-free way no matter how little time you have." --The Chicago Tribune

A brilliant and thoroughly modern guide to learning new languages. "Fluent Forever" won't teach you French, or German, or any other language-- but it will teach you "how" to learn whatever language you do want to learn, and to learn it faster, and more efficiently. If you want a new language to stick, start here.
--Gary Marcus, cognitive psychologist and author of the "New York Times" bestseller "Guitar Zero"
""
Aspiring polyglots of the world, take note: this book will help you pick up any new language in record time. If you re looking for a practical, brain-friendly, field-tested approach to language learning, search no more: you ve found your guide.
--Josh Kaufman, bestselling author of "The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything Fast!"
Never before have I seen a language-learning method -- or method for learning anything! -- that synchs up so perfectly with our current scientific understanding of how memory works. I now understand why my past attempts to learn other languages (Spanish, German, Latin) have left me with little more than a smattering of near-random vocabulary words, and I'm inspired to try again. "Fluent Forever" promises a fun, personalized learning regimen that is sure to wire a new tongue into your brain with speed and simplicity. And Wyner s sharp wit will keep you entertained along the way! I've never been so excited to challenge my mind.
--Karen Schrock Simring, contributing editor at "Scientific American Mind" magazine
" Fluent Forever "more thanmeets the daunting challenge of learning a new language by giving the reader a solid game plan based on how people" actually" learn and memorize information. From the first chapter, I couldn't wait to get started using Wyner's techniques and tons of resources. His writing is engaging, smart, and conversational, making learning a real joy. If you've ever wanted to become fluent in another language, do yourself a favor and start reading "Fluent Forever" now.
-Melanie Pinola, Contributor Writer for LIfehacker.com and author of "LinkedIn in 30 Minutes"
""
""Fluent Forever" is the book I wish I had had during my numerous failed attempts at learning different languages. It s a refreshingly fun and engaging guide that shows you how to language-hack your brain. Wyner s done all the hard work so that the reader can actually enjoy the process of becoming fluent in a language quickly!"
--Nelson Dellis, 2011 and 2012 USA Memory Champion
This is the book I'd use next time I want to learn a new language. It employs an intelligent mix of the latest methods for learning a language on your own using the web, apps, and voice training tips in an accelerated time frame.
--Kevin Kelly, Senior Maverick for "Wired "Magazine and author of "What Technology" "Wants"
""
"I know what you're thinking: "But learning a new language is soooo hard"! The solution? Stop being a whiner and start reading Wyner. This book is a winner! Guaranteed to rewire your brain in as many languages as you'd like."
-- Joel Saltzman, author of "Shake That Brain!: How to Create Winning Solutions and Have Fun While You're at It"
""
An excellent book Wyner writes in an engaging and accessible way, weaving in his personal language journey.His method, proven by his own achievements, is clear: focus on pronunciation, avoid translation, and use spaced repetition extensively. And he offers lots of specific techniques to make sure you ll never forget what you ve learned. I'd recommend this book to anyone who is serious --not just aspiring but really "serious "-- about becoming fluent in a foreign language.
--Kevin Chen, Co-Founder, italki.com
Mash up the DNA of Steve Jobs and Aristotle, add training in engineering and opera, and you get Gabriel Wyner, whose ingeniously elegant system helps us knuckleheads learn not just foreign languages but, well, "everything."Autodidacts rejoice!
--Jay Heinrichs, author of"Thank You for Arguing"and"Word Hero"
Americans refuse to realize that all languages are foreign -- yes, including English. It's time we learned how to speak like the rest of the world: in more ways than one. This book is a hilarious toolbox that helps you get a head start. Pick a foreign language (yes, including English) and "voila" "el futuro es tuyo."High-five to Gabriel Wyner!
--Ilan Stavans, author of "Dictionary Days: A Defining Passion""

"This is a fun way for anyone to discover the secrets of language instruction presented in a conversational, stress-free way -- no matter how little time you have." --The Chicago Tribune

"A brilliant and thoroughly modern guide to learning new languages. Fluent Forever won't teach you French, or German, or any other language -- but it will teach you how to learn whatever language you do want to learn, and to learn it faster, and more efficiently. If you want a new language to stick, start here."
--Gary Marcus, cognitive psychologist and author of the New York Times bestseller Guitar Zero

"Aspiring polyglots of the world, take note: this book will help you pick up any new language in record time. If you're looking for a practical, brain-friendly, field-tested approach to language learning, search no more: you've found your guide."
--Josh Kaufman, bestselling author of The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything...Fast!

"Never before have I seen a language-learning method -- or method for learning anything! -- that synchs up so perfectly with our current scientific understanding of how memory works. I now understand why my past attempts to learn other languages (Spanish, German, Latin) have left me with little more than a smattering of near-random vocabulary words, and I'm inspired to try again. Fluent Forever promises a fun, personalized learning regimen that is sure to wire a new tongue into your brain with speed and simplicity. And Wyner's sharp wit will keep you entertained along the way! I've never been so excited to challenge my mind."
--Karen Schrock Simring, contributing editor at Scientific American Mind magazine
"Fluent Forever more than meets the daunting challenge of learning a new language by giving the reader a solid game plan based on how people actually learn and memorize information. From the first chapter, I couldn't wait to get started using Wyner's techniques and tons of resources. His writing is engaging, smart, and conversational, making learning a real joy. If you've ever wanted to become fluent in another language, do yourself a favor and start reading Fluent Forever now."
-Melanie Pinola, Contributor Writer for LIfehacker.com and author of LinkedIn in 30 Minutes

"Fluent Forever is the book I wish I had had during my numerous failed attempts at learning different languages. It's a refreshingly fun and engaging guide that shows you how to language-hack your brain. Wyner's done all the hard work so that the reader can actually enjoy the process of becoming fluent in a language quickly!"
--Nelson Dellis, 2011 and 2012 USA Memory Champion

"This is the book I'd use next time I want to learn a new language. It employs an intelligent mix of the latest methods for learning a language on your own using the web, apps, and voice training tips in an accelerated time frame.
--Kevin Kelly, Senior Maverick for Wired Magazine and author of What Technology Wants

"I know what you're thinking: But learning a new language is soooo hard! The solution? Stop being a whiner and start reading Wyner. This book is a winner! Guaranteed to rewire your brain in as many languages as you'd like."
-- Joel Saltzman, author of Shake That Brain!: How to Create Winning Solutions and Have Fun While You're at It

"An excellent book...Wyner writes in an engaging and accessible way, weaving in his personal language journey. His method, proven by his own achievements, is clear: focus on pronunciation, avoid translation, and use spaced repetition extensively. And he offers lots of specific techniques to make sure you'll never forget what you've learned. I'd recommend this book to anyone who is serious -- not just aspiring but really serious -- about becoming fluent in a foreign language."
--Kevin Chen, Co-Founder, italki.com

"Mash up the DNA of Steve Jobs and Aristotle, add training in engineering and opera, and you get Gabriel Wyner, whose ingeniously elegant system helps us knuckleheads learn not just foreign languages but, well, everything. Autodidacts rejoice!"
--Jay Heinrichs, author of Thank You for Arguing and Word Hero

"Americans refuse to realize that all languages are foreign -- yes, including English. It's time we learned how to speak like the rest of the world: in more ways than one. This book is a hilarious toolbox that helps you get a head start. Pick a foreign language (yes, including English) and voila el futuro es tuyo. High-five to Gabriel Wyner!"
--Ilan Stavans, author of Dictionary Days: A Defining Passion



-This is a fun way for anyone to discover the secrets of language instruction presented in a conversational, stress-free way -- no matter how little time you have.- --The Chicago Tribune

-A brilliant and thoroughly modern guide to learning new languages. Fluent Forever won't teach you French, or German, or any other language -- but it will teach you how to learn whatever language you do want to learn, and to learn it faster, and more efficiently. If you want a new language to stick, start here.-
--Gary Marcus, cognitive psychologist and author of the New York Times bestseller Guitar Zero

-Aspiring polyglots of the world, take note: this book will help you pick up any new language in record time. If you're looking for a practical, brain-friendly, field-tested approach to language learning, search no more: you've found your guide.-
--Josh Kaufman, bestselling author of The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything...Fast!

-Never before have I seen a language-learning method -- or method for learning anything! -- that synchs up so perfectly with our current scientific understanding of how memory works. I now understand why my past attempts to learn other languages (Spanish, German, Latin) have left me with little more than a smattering of near-random vocabulary words, and I'm inspired to try again. Fluent Forever promises a fun, personalized learning regimen that is sure to wire a new tongue into your brain with speed and simplicity. And Wyner's sharp wit will keep you entertained along the way! I've never been so excited to challenge my mind.-
--Karen Schrock Simring, contributing editor at Scientific American Mind magazine
-Fluent Forever more than meets the daunting challenge of learning a new language by giving the reader a solid game plan based on how people actually learn and memorize information. From the first chapter, I couldn't wait to get started using Wyner's techniques and tons of resources. His writing is engaging, smart, and conversational, making learning a real joy. If you've ever wanted to become fluent in another language, do yourself a favor and start reading Fluent Forever now.-
-Melanie Pinola, Contributor Writer for LIfehacker.com and author of LinkedIn in 30 Minutes

-Fluent Forever is the book I wish I had had during my numerous failed attempts at learning different languages. It's a refreshingly fun and engaging guide that shows you how to language-hack your brain. Wyner's done all the hard work so that the reader can actually enjoy the process of becoming fluent in a language quickly!-
--Nelson Dellis, 2011 and 2012 USA Memory Champion

-This is the book I'd use next time I want to learn a new language. It employs an intelligent mix of the latest methods for learning a language on your own using the web, apps, and voice training tips in an accelerated time frame.
--Kevin Kelly, Senior Maverick for Wired Magazine and author of What Technology Wants

-I know what you're thinking: But learning a new language is soooo hard! The solution? Stop being a whiner and start reading Wyner. This book is a winner! Guaranteed to rewire your brain in as many languages as you'd like.-
-- Joel Saltzman, author of Shake That Brain!: How to Create Winning Solutions and Have Fun While You're at It

-An excellent book...Wyner writes in an engaging and accessible way, weaving in his personal language journey. His method, proven by his own achievements, is clear: focus on pronunciation, avoid translation, and use spaced repetition extensively. And he offers lots of specific techniques to make sure you'll never forget what you've learned. I'd recommend this book to anyone who is serious -- not just aspiring but really serious -- about becoming fluent in a foreign language.-
--Kevin Chen, Co-Founder, italki.com

-Mash up the DNA of Steve Jobs and Aristotle, add training in engineering and opera, and you get Gabriel Wyner, whose ingeniously elegant system helps us knuckleheads learn not just foreign languages but, well, everything. Autodidacts rejoice!-
--Jay Heinrichs, author of Thank You for Arguing and Word Hero

-Americans refuse to realize that all languages are foreign -- yes, including English. It's time we learned how to speak like the rest of the world: in more ways than one. This book is a hilarious toolbox that helps you get a head start. Pick a foreign language (yes, including English) and voila el futuro es tuyo. High-five to Gabriel Wyner!-
--Ilan Stavans, author of Dictionary Days: A Defining Passion

About the Author

Gabriel Wyner graduated summa cum laude at USC, where he won the school's Renaissance Award. His essay on language learning for Lifehacker.com was one of the site's most read in 2012.


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I was slightly sceptical about this book prior to buying/reading as I thought it might not be that beneficial due it’s bias about learning and remembering “any” language rather than just the specific language I am studying, but wow – how wrong am I. This book is an invaluable resource that explains what happens in your mind when you learn a language, and how you can train your mind to be far more efficient, and therefore learn far more than you could without having read the book.

In a very simple style, and in places rather humorous text which makes this book fun to read, the author takes you through the processes of what happens in your mind when you learn a new language, and how you can overcome your minds “natural barriers” to learning. By explaining each process or learning stage in detail, and often with well researched (but not overly complicated) examples and charts, the author lays a strong and logical foundation which you can use to start efficiently learning your chosen language or subject.

The main methodology emphasises the creation and use of flashcards as the key aid to learning, which might sound tedious and a route that you might have attempted previously, but the author takes the time to explain the benefits and why this process is important. It also allows you to determine your individual learning speed as you can select the words or areas of interest that you want to study and focus on, and also takes you through the process of building the flashcards themselves (in either electronic or paper based format) – as ever, there are pros and cons with each, but again the book will highlight the drawbacks and advantages of each, and allow you to make an insightful decision about which media will be the most beneficial to your leaning style.
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I've read lots of books and websites about learning foreign languages. This is the best by far and I only wish I had read it before I recently began to learn Italian through some expensive audio courses. I've completely started again after reading this book for several reasons that might help you decide if this is for you too.

Firstly, I found that, when I began to listen to conversations, native people spoke so fast that I was just unable to detect what people were saying. Because this book encourages you to focus so closely on the sounds that make up the spoken language I find it much easier to discern the words already.

Secondly, I previously experienced a disconnect between the written and spoken forms of any language I tried to learn. I found that if I tried to learn by reading then I ended up with shocking pronunciation. I found that my initial attempts at pronunciation were often so poor that the phrases I had "learned" simply didn't work properly. People simply just didn't understand what I was saying and would quickly switch to English if they could speak it. Again the book's focus on the sounds and how variously spellings translate to those sounds via the IPA clears up this confusion right away. I'm far more confident that my pronunciation will be reasonable from the off this time.

Thirdly, I dislike classroom style courses with exercises and a translation orientation. I like the prescriptive formula for self-study that this book suggests. It tells you exactly what materials you need to get, how to systematically go about teaching yourself and effectively use the Internet to help you do so.
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The thing about how to learn a language books is that no one way will work for everyone. I have read a few and found that Gabriel Wyner's book works for me because it is a system described by someone who used it to learn the several languages he needed in his career as an opera singer. It is not a list of words or endless grammar, there are plenty of other resources for those things. Here he gives many practical approaches which anyone can use and he also looks at your mindset when you begin learning your chosen language. He gives access to the top 650 words to learn first on his website. He is a big fan of spaced repetition, which I am not, but I am giving it a go in case it fits my way of learning and, even if it doesn't, I have found that this doesn't stop you from getting good information from this book. This is written by someone who really wants to help you get over the early stumbling blocks you may come across in the early stages. I got so many good tips on how to take learning a block of vocabulary to something that can be used to communicate which is, after all, the main point of it all. Finally I feel I have found something that will help me speak a second language a reality.
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This is one of the few books that I loved so much, I bought both the kindle and the paperback version. I have been struggling with French, Spanish and Chinese for many years now. This really gave me a lot of insight into language learning and some new strategies. Despite years of grammar lessons, private tutors, expensive audio courses and so on this book really has equipped me with some new skills. Cusp of fluency (I hope so)
Others have attested to the brilliance of this book (and it is) and have also described why it is so good. Instead of repeating those claims, I would like to address some of the criticisms that have been laid here

1. The website is a fantastic companion to the book. I needed both, I wouldn't say you will learn as much just referring to the author's website. Infact after reading a particular chapter, the website has video tutorials which are very useful and helped me to 'get to grips' with a new method.
2. The items for sale on the author's website are not obligatory, infact the author gives several alternatives. However, having both a pronunciation book in french and the pronunciation trainer from fluent forever's website, I go for the trainer every time. It cost me under £20 (a few American dollars I can't remember exactly). The amount of time it takes to make one of these is really not reflected in the price either. Mr Wyner has to make a living (as do we all), but he really isn't charging a lot considering the effort he's gone to in getting these made. A reviewer said he should offer alternatives than his 'half baked' attempts. He does offer alternatives, you can go to his website right now and look at all the resources he recommends for various languages.
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