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- Publisher: Harmony (5 August 2014)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00IBZ405W
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 662 customer ratings
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"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
--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 voilà el futuro es tuyo. High-five to Gabriel Wyner!"
--Ilan Stavans, author of Dictionary Days: A Defining Passion --This text refers to the paperback edition.
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I sensed the methodology to be correct (as confirmed by the author's prescription) because I grew up being fluent in two languages, so I knew what it is like to think and speak in each of the two languages (without translations).
As a child I simply learned (by natural immersion) to communicate in the language with whom I spoke. The world we live in consists of objects and the actions that connect them, so the mind evolved language to describe this world in communication.
The sounds of the words (pronunciation) naturally connected with their meanings when being used. It is inherent in the way the mind works. There wasn't any unnecessary thinking of "I am learning a language" while communicating. One simply just does it without the belief "I can't".
The language spoken in my dreams is in my predominantly spoken language, though.
The ideas it encapulates are sound and the advice is pretty good, but it is long winded and is basically a book explaining the benefits of Flashcards. Don't get me wrong, I love flashcards and can highly recommend the AnkiDroid app for those who are learning, but you don't really need as much detail and a book of this length to explore the concept.
This does briefly touch on other concepts in language learning, like audio and speaking etc and the science behind languages, but you do really feel the main focus are the Flashcards.
If you are looking to read a book about Language learning that touches on flashcards, but also explores other resources and techniques, then I can say 'Fluent in 3 Months' by Benny Lewis is the best of the bunch I have read.
This is OK, but not great (a solid 3.5 stars). It's worth a read if, like me, you are fascinated by this topic and are striving to improve your language skills. But if you only want one book to use to learn skills and improve your ability to learn a language, then try to aforementioned book by Benny Lewis first.
Es gibt bereits zu viele Bücher über das Sprachenlernen am Markt, in denen es um fragwürdige oder altbekannte Methoden (wie die Mnemotechnik) geht. Das ist leider sehr ärgerlich, wenn man in jedem Buch über bereits bekannte Methoden liest. Es scheint, alle haben sich mit den selben Methoden die Sprachen beigebracht - oder zumindest behaupten sie das...
Ich bin solchen Büchern sehr skeptisch, da Autoren immer wieder versuchen den Lesern alte Lernmethoden als neue zu verkaufen. Mir war auch Gabriele Wyner von seinen vorigen Beiträgen und Videos nicht unbedingt sympathisch - um jedoch endgültig einmal sagen zu können, ob dieses Buch gut ist oder nicht, musste ich über meinen Schatten springen und es lesen...
Dieses Buch nutzt einen neuen Ansatz von Merktechnik, der mir in dieser Form noch nicht bekannt war. Es gefällt mir schon bereits von Anfang an, als Gabriel Wyner davon schreibt, wie er bei einem schriftlichen Test gemogelt, und dann für den mündlichen schnell noch etwas Französisch gelernt hat, um nicht als Lügner abgestempelt zu werden. Damit hat er sich selbst unter Stress gesetzt und er MUSSTE die Sprache lernen - was er dann auch in kurzer Zeit geschafft hat!
Des Weiteren zeigt er wissenschaftlich auch auf, warum RECALL besser ist als REVIEW, wie man auf einfache Art und Weise neue Vokabeln mit Hilfe seinen "Five Principles of Never Forgetting" merken kann und wie man das "Language Game" spielt. Denn es gewinnt nicht derjenige, der die Regeln (wie Konjugation usw. funktioniert) kennt, sondern derjenige, der das Spiel gut spielt. Wie man Sprachenlernen als Spiel und "Vokabel Karten erstellen" als kreatives Projekt sieht, motiviert mich, mich mehr mit der Materie zu befassen.
Ein Buch über das Sprachenlernen ist nicht gut, weil es uns erklärt wie einfach es ist, und dass wir JETZT beginnen sollen. Es ist dann gut, weil es NEUE Methoden aufzeigt, die dazu MOTIVIEREN, sie sofort umzusetzen - wodurch das Lernen von Sprachen (wieder) Spaß macht. Dieses Buch hat es geschafft, dass ich mich gleich nach den ersten 30 Seiten wieder meiner Fremdsprache gewidmet habe. Es ist spannend geschrieben, dass es mich interessiert, weiter zu lesen - es hat mich dennoch MOTIVIERT mich dem Lernen einer Fremdsprache zu widmen.
Auch zu empfehlen:
Schneller Sprachen Lernen: Neue effiziente Lernmethoden zur richtigen Technik
Sprachenlernen leichtgemacht!: Die Birkenbihl-Methode Fremdsprachen zu lernen
It's very detailed and explains exactly why the methods work. Having read it I've changed how I learn my German and will continue to use it as reference material during my course.
I wonder why so few learners do this when the reward is being so much more accepted by people speaking your target language? Maybe it's the fear of being laughed at. The author gives many examples to illustrate how he learned and keeps learning (he's an opera singer, among other things) and I felt personally drawn in by his story.
Got a bit lost on the system of flash cards, but each to their own.
Price wise, I notice another similar book is much cheaper. I did not regret paying for this book as it has helped me refine what is more, and what is less useful in my own methods.
My goal in purchasing this book was due to the fact that I had a sudden inspiration to want to become fluent in more languages, and I truly believe that the tips I've received in this book will help me on that journey.
The author has a very interesting way of perceiving how the human memory works and, for the first time since my 10 years of learning French at school only to come out not even close to fluency, I now believe that I have found the inspiration and the tools required to get me there.
His tips are for beginners or intermediates looking to get to fluency in your chosen language (whatever fluency might mean for each individual person) and he recommends a whole host of other resources to equip you on your path.
His style of writing is very relaxed and approachable, he explains things in a very easy to understand way and just overall shares lots of wisdom on ways of learning a language that don't involve sitting at a desk and reciting verb tables.
Overall, thoroughly recommend!