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Conquering Foreign Languages: An Uncommon Guide to Reaching Fluency in ANY Language [Kindle Edition]

Tristan King
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Book Description

Conquering Foreign Languages is the result of over 15 years of learning languages. It explains techniques that helped the author become a speaker of four foreign tongues, transition from beginner to teacher in less than a year in one of them, and converse with locals in several countries around the globe.

In this uncommon guide from self-confessed language fanatic, writer and travel-addict Tristan King, you will learn:

• How you can make language learning part of your everyday lifestyle (without taking extra time out of your day)
• How Tristan transitioned from newbie Spanish learner to teacher in less than one year without visiting a Spanish-speaking country, and how you can too
• How to learn faster, retain more, and develop memorable cues to boost your vocabulary
• Creative, free methods and techniques to sky-rocket your confidence when speaking another language
• Bonus: Insider tips on getting discounts for language courses (this alone will likely save you more than double the price of the guide)

Who is this guide for? This guide will help you if:

• Learning a foreign language has always been on your 'to do list', but you haven't started because you thought it seemed to difficult, or you could never find the time
• You've started learning one, but aren't progressing as fast as you'd like
• You want to experience the real sense of exotic places and impress the locals, or your partner speaks another language

You don't need to slave for hours over boring textbooks: what you need is real, tested techniques that you can apply now and use every day. That's exactly what you'll find in this guide - so join Tristan as he uses all of these techniques himself while learning French (his 5th language), and discover how to build confidence by skyrocketing your fluency.

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  • File Size: 263 KB
  • Print Length: 61 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006QHW0DQ
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  • Lending: Enabled
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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As a bi-lingual myself, it was a big journey to learn a foreign language - my native is Korean and learned English as a second. But I have enjoyed the journey along not only fluency of the language I can build up but also learn different cultures and thinking processes. I truly believe learning or speaking a different language is not about knowing grammar or vocabulary but understand and familiarise their thought and culture. The author seems to fully understand this and apply into his learning process. His approach to reaching fluency in any language should be aware by anyone who is thinking or about to learn a foreign language because I totally agree that it often fails if your effort is focused into a wrong direction. Thank you for motivational and inspirational guidance.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great starting point for new language learners January 1, 2012
By Finchy
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I'm really glad i stumbled across this guide. I was able to read the guide in just under half a day, and it contains some great tips and examples for fast tracking new language skills.
The authors writing style is quite entertaining and humorous which is a nice change from the mostly academic language books out there. It makes for an interesting read and one that has really inspired me to finally have a go at learning to speak another language.
I'd recommend this to anyone as a great starting point for learning a new language.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful for beginning learners. November 5, 2012
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As a foreign language teacher, i decided to read this to find tips for my students. i got some great ideas for them. for those who are already a year or so into learning a language, some of these tips might seem obvious. still, it is worth a read if you‘re thinking about learning a new language.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Takes the edge off! May 23, 2012
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I've gotten myself in a situation where I have to learn a foreign language ASAP because I am going to a university where that language is primary (except for the courses I'll be taking). Pressure? Enormous.
And no, this will not be my first foreign language, but my third! But all beginnings are hard, and frankly I was completely scared and daunted by such a task. Where to start? What to do? Thankfully I found this book while searching for something else. Now, after reading it I can honestly and very happily say that I am no longer so horribly intimidated by learning a language I have previously never spoken a word of.

So, yes, this book is short, but that's because it gets to the point and tells you what you want to know. If you have a desire to learn whatever language, but have no clue where to start or are unsure how to begin learning, then this is the book you should be reading. For me, it really demystified the whole process. I've now got the confidence to start again, and most of all I now know that there are many ways I can start and tailor it to suit me.

Now I'm off to sticky-note my kitchen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I'm currently learning French and while I started out by taking classes once a week, I soon was forced to move away and switch to Rosetta Stone. In addition to those lessons, I have also been downloading simple books, listening to music in French, and talking to anyone I can. This book reinforced that despite what my friends think, my language learning style is not so much "all over the place" as it is a path towards fluency. I hadn't thought of some of the suggestions the author had so I look forward to using even more of my downtime for language learning.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Like the methods July 26, 2013
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I bought this based on the recommendations of other reviewers, and I think that I got a great deal especially for the price.

I'm not a new language learner. I took 12 hours of Spanish in college about 15 years ago, and surprisingly most of it managed to stick. Now I want to teach myself to the level of fluency. I can attest that the methods DO work because I used them in class.

*Only learn what words are useful. If I see one more textbook lesson entitled "At the Beach," I'm going to throw up. King's right in that too many classes throw vocabulary that you'll never use at you and that clutters up your learning process.

*Download podcasts. There are plenty of free ones out there, and having a multimedia experience makes it easier to learn how to hear, speak and write in another language.

*Ask questions in your target language. I never even thought of that, but now whenever someone says something to me in English, I immediately start translating it into Spanish on the spot.

I highly recommend King's book to anyone who is just starting out in learning a language. His methods do work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Neat Book June 8, 2013
By Hannah
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This book is short, to the point, and has some useful tips, which I enjoyed! I am looking forward to putting it into practice with studying Japanese and Korean.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Friendly start February 26, 2013
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This is a nice beginning to start learning a language. The author narrates from his personal experience and give practical advice on alternative ways to learn and practice the target language. However, it is not a very exhaustive work that can complicate beginners who want to get the grasp of the language. Using a friendly narration you can identified some aspect you might face. Personally I found useful ideas that can help beginners but not so much on higher levels
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I'm Tristan, a serial language fanatic, adventurer, teacher, student and writer based in Melbourne, Australia. My biggest passions are travel and learning foreign languages. After studying Japanese in early high school and throughout university, I moved on to German after falling in love with German beer halls; Spanish after drawing inspiration from my Colombian wife; and French as my most recent language project.

After making plenty of mistakes, practicing for thousands of hours and having experience living daily life in Japanese-, Spanish- and German-speaking countries, I turned to writing to help others learn languages, and encourage would-be multilinguals to take the plunge.

I live in Melbourne, Australia and hold a Masters of Applied Linguistics from Macquarie University.

My guides and their companion websites are:

* Passion for foreign languages -, companion site to "Conquering Foreign Languages: An Uncommon Guide to Reaching Fluency in ANY Language"

* Moving to Melbourne -, accompanying the guide "Moving to Melbourne: A Practical Guide to Save You Time and Money When Moving To Melbourne, Australia".

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