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4.0 out of 5 stars Quick confidence booster for the first stages of learning, 10 Feb. 2004
This review is from: The Quick and Dirty Guide to Learning Languages Fast (Paperback)
I found this book very useful for getting that initial good start when learning a new language. The first couple of weeks of learning can often be difficult or demoralising as it feels like there is too much to learn and nothing is sinking in. The methods given here provide a way of building up some initial vocabulary and understanding that lays the foundations for further learning and provides some real sense of acheivement, which in turn boosts enthusiasm and encourages you to go on and learn in a bit more depth.
Anyone wanting to become reasonably fluent should be warned that the book only does what it says on the cover. After spending your first week or two using these methods you'll be able to understand the absolute basics, introduce yourself, deal with emergencies (doctor, police etc.), order food and other stuff of this nature. You are left in a position where you have the necessaries for day-to-day use but also some confidence and the sense of acheivement to continue (and want to continue) studying with other methods like textbooks and classes building on a good foundation.
There is a clearly defined schedule and lots of worksheets to provide some structure for year learning and avoid the trap of "serving time" where you decide to study for 30 minutes or an hour each day, but end up just reading through a textbook or listening to a cassette without clear focus and objectives and not learning as much as you could by making better use of the time.
In summary it will give you a good start, but don't expect to become super proficient using this method and nothing else.
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