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3.0 out of 5 stars Motivating, but not giving a clear language learning approach, 29 Mar. 2014
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I just finished reading the book. The book is great for motivating you to learn a language and Benny Lewis is quite an inspiration!

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.
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Initial post: 23 May 2014 22:44:36 BDT
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Posted on 23 May 2014 22:46:06 BDT
A. Wood says:
Go to MEMRISE.com, seriously! I am using this to learn Swedish and am having great fun! To learn genders, I also used my own "mems" - back in the day, looooong before the internet - so for German, with three genders, I used the letters R and N for masculine (der oder den), I and E for feminine (die) and S for neuter.
I used these letters to create pictures in my head which included adjectives starting with the letters in question. Having learnt French before German, I tended to transfer French genders to German words and needed a way to remember the correct German genders (I studied German, so this was important to me). I did this with the word "Licht", which is daS Licht, (not die Licht, which was my standard error). Anyway, my mind picture was of a bedside lamp casting a "Soft light" or a "sanftes Licht". This technique worked a treat and I never made mistakes with this ever again! I can still "see" this bedside lamp in my head today, about 25 years after I made the mental picture.

Posted on 9 Aug 2014 16:13:26 BDT
SB says:
Try Fluent Forever, a new book just released.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jul 2015 11:17:19 BDT
Agree! Fluent Forever is terrific, and extremely pragmatic -- it outlines a practical approach with recommended tools, most of which are free or at least cheap.
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