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  • 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: 408,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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This book contains some very useful tips on how to learn a foreign language. Unfortunately these only take up about 2 pages. The rest is filled with stories about the authors experiences learning languages. Some reviewers like this but I just found them very tiresome.
This isn't a bad book but don't expect it to totally transform the way you learn.
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I bought this book on the strength of recommendations on several language-learning websites and afterwards I was very glad that I'd read it within the first few weeks of starting to learn another language. I'm sure that by employing the methods given here I've managed to adopt a more intelligent approach to my language studies that's made the best use of my available time.
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.
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I bought this book when I first began to think I MIGHT want to learn another language. Just reading this book was enough to convince me. I would recommend this book not only to someone who wants to learn a language and wants to learn an easy, fast, fun, way to do it; but to any language lover. Mr. Farber's love of language comes out loud and clear in this book, illustrated by his fun, witty stories about his first forays into the world of foreign languages. This book kept me in stitches, while also teaching me the fundamentals of a GREAT system for learning ANY language. In the few years since I first read it, I have read and reread it, for pleasure and for reference, and I am now proficient in three languages-- and can converse at least brokenly in at least three others. And I haven't spent as much time as I would LIKE to spend on it! Read this book, you won't regret it.
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due to the mixed reviews of this book, i got myself a cheap second hand copy. i was pleasantly surprised by the content. ok, there is a lot of chit chat and loads of anecdotes, like most books aimed at the US market. but its easy to skip these bits if you want to cut to the chase. his story is interesting, tho, and his enthusiam is infectious, so come back to it later!

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.
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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. The writer is a chat show type who does not lend himself to my way of thinking anyhow. I wasted my money this time. There are other books on the subject. Just be careful you don't buy another of these. Consolation: I won't ever have to meet him..
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If nothing more, with an open mind this book should prove an interesting read for those with only the slightest interest ranging to the avid language enthusiast.
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.
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In this entertaining and inspirational book, Barry Farber passes on what he has learned during a lifetime of learning languages. The techniques he suggests are those that have evolved for him. "Do as I now say, not as I did then." What I especially got from the book was the ability to squeeze in study time while doing everyday activities. I found this book very valuable. I had already studied a little Italian when I got this book in 1992 at age 47. I now speak Italian fairly well and have several friendships that are exclusively in Italian. But thanks to Farber's book, I have also re-learned my college German after 30 years and know enough Greek to get along in remote areas of Greece where nobody speaks English. Not only did Farber's book inspire me, he gave me a lot of confidence to persevere during those inevitable periods when things do not come easily or quickly. I have loaned my copy of this book to four or five people, all of whom have been inspired by it. One co-worker who is a part-time German student told me that he had now gone to the head of his class as a result of reading this book. Farber writes well, tells some amusing anecdotes, and peppers the text with some truly funny jokes to illustrate various points. I still laugh when I think about the one concerning a parrot. How to Learn Any Language is a delightful reading experience.
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