- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp. (1 Jan. 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0806512717
- ISBN-13: 978-0806512716
- Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 1.4 x 20.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 638,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
How To Learn Any Language: Quickly, Easily, Inexpensively, Enjoyably and on Your Own Paperback – 1 Jan 1991
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About the Author
Barry J. Farber is the president of Farber Training Systems, Inc. and The Diamond Group, and a noted author, speaker, television talk-show host and consultant in the areas of sales, management, and personal development. Among his many corporate clients are Allied Signal, AT&T, Chase Manhattan Bank, The Perrier Group, Merck, and Val-Pak. The author of Diamond in the Rough, Diamonds Under Pressure, and State of the Art Selling (available in both book and audiocassette format), Farber has been interviewed on CBS, NBC, and CNN and featured in leading business publications. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and three children.
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Top Customer Reviews
This isn't a bad book but don't expect it to totally transform the way you learn.
Although a lot of the book consists of anecdotes and other padding, the material relating to studying and learning a language is all helpful, especially to someone learning a new language for the first time. A lot of material is the sort of thing that seems obvious after you've been told, while other material is the same as the advice given in more general guides to self-study. That said it's all useful and it doesn't hurt to be reminded about good study habits.
the book suggests a multi-activity way of learning your target language instead of ploughing through your language textbook from beginning to end. he suggests use of flashcards, kids books, magazines, etc, even music in your target language. the book seems to be written pre-internet. but this was a bonus as i found myself being able to think of extra ways to incorporate fun study; for example, i discovered you can study virtual flashcards online, a store online that sells audio recordings of my language for listening practice. i'm even studying recipes in my language now!
i'd recommend this if your finding your language course book a bit dry and need a boot up the behind to feel motivated and positive again. i'm certainly feeling a lot more excited about my own course book, now i know its just one tool of many i can use to becoming fluent in my target language.
My personal view of this publication is as part language learning guide, and part biography. The author clearly has had a life-long love of learning languages and Mr. Farber's personal experiences and anecdotes make for interesting reading.
I found this motivating and it helped me to envision that I will eventually use the languages I learn whilst travelling in other countries and in doing so have much fun and make new friends and acquaintances in the process.
I'm a great believer in the principle that if out of 100% of a book you can get a 5% benefit from something you did not previously know then that makes reading it worthwhile. Thus most people should be able to read this book and take something useful from it in becoming a more astute linguist. The main reason I did not give this a five out of five is because I feel that the book could use updating slightly.
However, the author continually boasts he learnt a language within a matter of months using his methods. He did this many times over. What he does not say is what he means by "learning a language". Does he mean he can pass the time of day with a native speaker, or does he mean he can converse fluently on abstract philosophical and political issues? He makes several claims but leaves disconcertingly vague what his abilities actually are. He's most likely either being dishonest about his skills or he is some kind of Wunderkind who possesses a very rare and innate talent for languages that most of us do not have. We will not be able to emulate his achievements. Learning a foreign language to a high level of fluency and correctness in speaking, reading and writing will take the average person several years of fairly dedicated application. Doing the same for two or more languages - especially if they are unrelated - is the work of an appreciable portion of an adult lifetime.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is OK only if you are American, gregarious and superficial about languages. I bought it thinking it might offer useful help. I was wrong. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Mme Sosostris
I love books about people's adventures in language learning!
This won't teach you a language but is an interesting account of the author's life-long enthusiasm for... Read more
I read this book when I was 17 and it inspired me to a life of language learning. 10 years later I live and work in Japan and I can honestly say that this book was the first step. Read morePublished on 21 Jan. 2013 by FC
Out of date.
Interesting enough to read but not a lot there really.
Everyone's language learning experience is different. This is the authors.
This book, written by Barry Farber, is a must have. Instead of wasting time with following the routines prescribed in language packs, you can follow the procedure recommended by... Read morePublished on 18 Jun. 2011 by Panopple
Very good. The techniques outlined should enthuse jaded language students. His obvious enthusiasm for language-learning is inspiring and should stop boredom setting in. Read morePublished on 17 Feb. 2011 by P Jones
The books ok, like the others have said, he does just write little stories about him and not too much about actually learning but i found that they were a nice touch and didn't... Read morePublished on 14 Dec. 2010 by Ricky Freeman
I bought this book on an American friend's recommendation, but was disappointed by it. If you do not already know any foreign languages and are American, then this is the book for... Read morePublished on 3 Dec. 2010 by Jen
I feel a bit harsh giving such a bad review but these method DON'T WORK. Mnemonics don't work.
It's an interesting read and I enjoyed reading it, but it is dangerous in... Read more