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How to Learn a Foreign Language Paperback – February, 1991

ISBN-13: 978-0935166026 ISBN-10: 0935166025

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 102 pages
  • Publisher: Storm King Pr (February 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0935166025
  • ISBN-13: 978-0935166026
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #962,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I first became smitten with the Middle East at age 16 while reading National Geographic magazines and being enticed by the exotic landscapes, the culture, and the crazy shapes of the Arabic language that I decided I had to learn. I studied a lot about the Middle East, and Russia, when I was in university. I always expected to become an academic, but my draft board deemed otherwise; I was drafted and sent into intelligence work. I had an extraordinary chance to learn about the Middle East first hand while serving as a CIA operations officer all over--Turkey, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Afghanistan and Hong Kong for two decades. It was an education in itself, and a chance to travel and learn a lot of languages, which I loved.

I then "came in from the cold" and was appointed a top analyst at CIA for global forecasting. After 25 years with the US government I felt it was time to leave; I joined a major West Coast think tank (RAND)in California (no, nothing to do with Ayn Rand) where I was a senior political scientist. In 2004 I moved to Canada and, among other things, am now an adjunct professor of history at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. I never lost my interest in Islam, the Middle East and Asia and ended up writing many books on the subject --on Islamic fundamentalism, Shi'ite Islam, and Arab, Turkish, Kurdish and Persian politics. By now they amount to nearly a dozen books; my more recent ones include the well-received "The Future of Political Islam," and later the provocative "A World Without Islam."

My last book was a personal memoir, "Three Truths and a Lie." It's a painfully personal book about our Korean son, adopted at age one who sadly died of crack cocaine at age 21. Although it's a sad tale, many people have commented that they find it uplifting as well, which is personally very gratifying. I'm about to publish a new book, "Turkey and the Arab Spring" in April 2014 And I'm at work on a novel--yes, you guessed it-- about the Middle East.

I currently live in a small town in the Vancouver BC area; when I can break away from my desk I like to spend time on community issues dealing with with bears, eagles, and salmon. And mountain biking is good for the soul.

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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 2, 2001
Format: Paperback
Fuller's book contains a wealth of personal anecdotes regarding his lifelong love affair with foreign languages. Thus, it should perhaps not surprise the reader that the most useful information in his "guide" is that, without motivation, all the flashcards, mnemonic tricks, and extroverted behaviors in the world won't help you to learn a language. Desire is the key element, but you can't catch that from handling his book anymore than you can lose weight by watching Oprah. "Motivational" ought not to be confused with "entertaining." This book falls into the latter category.
Fuller's book is, in its own way, entertaining once you get past the plethora of exclamation points (punctuation that, like little red sports cars, make me wonder what the driver is trying to compensate for) and the gung-ho attitude. As a fellow lifelong foreign language learner, I identified with some of his stories and language jokes, but I got tired of the jokey tone long before I got to the meat of the "techniques" he offers. My favorite part had nothing to do with techniques at all; it was the appendix in which, without either exclamation points or silly in-jokes, the author reviews the up-and-coming and/or more popular foreign languages for usefulness, "personality" quirks, and general level of difficulty.
As for Fuller's language learning techniques, they appear to be largely based upon what any foreigner immersed in a new language has to do anyway--try to figure out what the newspaper and other such materials are trying to communicate to the consumer and talking with native speakers whenever possible using whatever limited vocabulary you possess.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Ultimate Reviewer on March 3, 2001
Format: Paperback
I
have read the book and have a little to say about it from two
different perspectives. First of all, I think that everything Fuller
says about learning languages is true and can be effectively applied
by anyone learning a foreign language. Fuller talks about learning
methodology, word groupings, mnemonics and use of the tape recorder as
well as ways to increase vocabulary effectively. He uses actual
examples taken from languages such as Turkish and Russian. I think the
information contained here would be useful to someone who is serious
about learning a language for whatever reason and who is approaching
language learning for the first time. I think Fuller's presentation
style is concise and clear too. That is the mark of a
professional. However I think I should point out that if you have
already studies a language to degree level, let's say, then you will
already have figured out most of what Fuller is talking about already,
if not all of it! I am not taking away from the value of the book when
saying this because I think it is a good book for the inexperienced
wannabe language master. But for people who are linguists it will only
tell you what you already know.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 14, 2001
Format: Paperback
I agree with the review by CJ that this is a good book for those just getting their feet wet in language study. It covers all the bases in an entertaining way. However, even for those who have been at it for a while, inspirational reading is a must! And this little book is a good one to go back to when the feeling of drudgery becomes overwhelming.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MaryMR on May 16, 2005
Format: Paperback
After many years experience studying several different languages I can assure you that this is an excellent summary of techniques useful to learning a language from someone who has used the techniques himself. The author provides interesting insights into how languages work and, more importantly, it is very easy to understand. It is not too much, but just enough of what you need to settle in and learn the language of your choice.
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