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Product Details

  • Paperback: 102 pages
  • Publisher: Marshall & Gilbert; 1 edition (August 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0987454897
  • ISBN-13: 978-0987454898
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #450,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Lynn McBride is an American writer, editor, and educator who has lived in France since 2003. Before moving she lived in Charleston, SC, where she was a Regional Editor for Meredith Publishing (Better Homes & Gardens et al) for 10 years. Since moving to Europe she has written for travel and home/garden magazines and websites for the US and the UK. When Lynn and her husband moved to France, they fell serendipitously into an apartment in a medieval château in Burgundy, where they lived with the owners for several years. She began a blog about their life there called Southern Fried French, with weekly posts about French culture, language, cooking, and château life. Her new book was born out her love of language study, the frequent questions about language from her blog readers, and her growing realization that Europeans enjoy great advantages with their mastery of multiple foreign languages. Lynn and her husband still live in Burgundy, where she is still studying her French.

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Lynn McBride is an American writer, editor, and educator who has lived in France since 2003. Before moving she lived in Charleston, SC, where she was a Regional Editor for Meredith Publishing (Better Homes & Gardens et al) for 10 years. Since moving to Europe she has written for travel and home/garden magazines and websites for the US and the UK.

When Lynn and her husband moved to France, they fell serendipitously into an apartment in a medieval château in Burgundy, where they lived with the owners for several years. She began a blog about their life there called Southern Fried French, with weekly posts about French culture, language, cooking, and château life. Her new book was born out her love of language study, the frequent questions about language from her blog readers, and her growing realization that Europeans enjoy great advantages with their mastery of multiple foreign languages. Lynn and her husband still live in Burgundy, where she is still studying her French.

Customer Reviews

I recommend it highly especially for those just starting out on their language learning adventure.
Michigan Mel
I read it quickly the first time, but will definitely be going back for second helpings and a more careful dive into the info.
JayBee
Even if you feel stalled in your second language, I believe you can find a new way to learn, one that works for you.
Joan

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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Yu on February 4, 2014
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Update 1: I received in my email box this morning, two comments on my post. Both had the exact same message word for word.

The first was by a person named Lynn McBride, the author's name is Lynn Mcbride. The first post was deleted, the second as of this update is still there. The second is by a Mr. Ronald Norton, who has no other activity. A quick google shows that the author's blog 'Southern Fried French' references that her husband's name is Ron. You can all draw your own conclusions, contained below in the comments is the proof. As reviews may not contains links.

I should begin this review by saying that I am not a beginner language learner. I was persuaded by the near flawless reviews and reassurance in the book's biography "for beginner to advanced learners." This book is suited for an absolute beginner audience, before you have even started learning a language. If you are already at an upper beginner or intermediate stage, most of these "tips" will be painfully obvious.

I thought there would be some sort of trick or tool that would make my language learning faster or efficient. There is no substitute for hard work; Languages take hundreds of hours to thousands of class hours to learn according to the Foreign Service Institute and it's clear this book has no shortcuts for that.

You can google 'FSI Language infographic'. For the most part these are all accurate, something like Spanish or French takes 600 class hours to learn, even if you're a good individual learner let's cut that down to 400 hours. At 6 hours per day, that's still 66 days. If you were to learn 30 minutes per day even (more than most people) that's more than 2 years worth.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Carol A Agia on August 29, 2013
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I had great hopes that this book might push me to the next level in my ongoing struggle to learn italian. Unforfunately, for me, there was very little new information. The book only reinforced what i already have been doing. It was very short. I read it in one afternoon. I was somewhat disappointed.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Brian Lang on January 28, 2014
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Filled with obvious suggestions. Nothing new or useful. Can't believe anyone would publish something so useless. And not even well written or amusing.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By FallenHeavens on May 1, 2014
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This is basically just a collection of information taken from many different people's "how to learn a language" blog posts. Save yourself the money and just go read those instead, it's the same exact experience.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By K. Anderson on February 19, 2014
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There is nothing useful about this book, unless of course you have NEVER been exposed to foreign language learning. All beginner foreign language learning books contain the same information, plus something to actually learn. Don't waste your time or money with this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ruth Paget on May 8, 2014
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I am reading your book. I have used and publicized many of the techniques through radio and blogs. One method I'd like to share is reading license plate numbers to practice numbers and spelling. Many foreign-language speakers sound fine until they try and say numbers in spreadsheets and so on for presentations. I wish this had been written in the form of tips for easier navigating through the text. I think businessmen need quantitative and measurable ways to learn, because they need to be accurate for legal and financial purposes. However, this is a good start for people who did not have foreign-language instruction in school.
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16 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Kristin Dam on May 20, 2013
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If only, I kept saying to myself as I was reading this book, I had had this treasure chest of information BEFORE my husband and I moved to France, I would have had such a HUGE head start in really learning a new language. Instead, I had to start from scratch and figure out for myself several suggestions that Lynn McBride offers here. There is a wealth of absolutely indispensable information that, even if you are a somewhat experienced bilingual speaker, you will find helpful and informative in this book - from available apps, videos, language learning techniques and so many other sources that you have to choose from that even those of us of certain ages should be able to find whatever will work for you. Learning a new language is nothing if not challenging. But the rewards are infinite and this book is an outstanding tool to help anyone forging into new territories. A real gem and an equally reassuring assistant to keep the fear of learning something new far away. I highly recommend this book to ANYONE who wants some great constructive and informative advice in venturing out into our global universe.
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13 of 19 people found the following review helpful By David A Fore on May 21, 2013
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A friend who knew my background recommended this to me, so I thought I'd give it a try; but as a language major in college and having lived and travelled in non-English speaking cultures, I really wasn't expecting much. What a pleasant surprise! The book has some good ideas for second language learning, especially new ways to learn online. Some ideas were familiar, but the tips from other students and teachers were especially helpful and entertaining. The book's main value may be for getting organized and staying motivated. This would be very appropriate for any English speaker considering learning or expanding current fluency in a new language.
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