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Conquering Babel: A Practical Guide to Learning a Language [Kindle Edition]

Claire Handscombe
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Book Description

So, this time you're really going to do it. You're really going to learn a language. 

But where do you even start? 

"Conquering Babel" offers hints, tips and recommendations from an experienced language tutor and answers questions such as:

- how do I stay motivated?
- do I really need to learn grammar?
- how do I get the locals to speak to me in their language?
- why bother learning anyway when they all speak English?
- what are the best resources available for self-study?
- how can I find a good language tutor?
Approximately 50 Kindle pages 

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About the Author

Claire Handscombe has been teaching French, Spanish and English to adults of all levels since 2005. She has a degree in Spanish and French from the University of Cambridge and is a native speaker of French as well as English. She also works as a translator and freelance journalist, blogs about language learning at, and writes fiction under a different name.

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  • File Size: 108 KB
  • Print Length: 78 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
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  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reference for language tutors March 6, 2012
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I downloaded this book when a director from my former company asked me to tutor her in Spanish for one hour a week. It's a wonderful, down-to-earth compendium of what language tutors and learners need to think about as they set out on the quest to achieve fluency in another language. It was especially helpful to me, in the role of tutor, to go about defining what my student's language goals are. I was able to search for a textbook that will best help us meet those goals, and come up with a tutoring syllabus for the year. I know I will look back to this book for additional help as the weeks go on--and I will need fresh ideas in coming up with sources of language input beyond the textbook!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable, motivational short read January 23, 2012
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As an American who recently lived in Mexico for about five years, I have thought and blogged a lot about learning Spanish--as well as having worked on my own Spanish! I enjoyed this little book, with good comments about goal setting, mentions of some websites she likes, a bit about the necessity of studying grammar, and more. The author is clearly British and some of her references to the British educational system I didn't understand, but I did enjoy her wry British humor.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Packed with great ideas February 9, 2014
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Excellent ideas for learning a new language.
My only regret is that I did not read this many years ago.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a good jump start. September 6, 2011
By vir85
Format:Kindle Edition
Ever catch yourself in Ignorant status? Have you ever felt misunderstood or you don't understand? Do you want to raise the chances of avoiding alzheimers? Do you just want to look cool sometimes in front of colleagues and peers or impress that hot date?
If you said yes to any of those question above then you need to LEARN ANOTHER LANGUAGE SILLY! I recommend this book, its inexpensive, it'll give you good praticals.
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More About the Author

Claire Handscombe studied French and Spanish at King's College, Cambridge, and has taught languages to adults for the best part of this century. She also works as a journalist and translator, and writes fiction under a different name.

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