- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: HarperOne (March 11, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062282697
- ISBN-13: 978-0062282699
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (216 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fluent in 3 Months: How Anyone at Any Age Can Learn to Speak Any Language from Anywhere in the World
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“The most humanistic, holistic, realistic book about language learning ever written. I actually got teary–eyed at how naturally and powerfully it helps you overcome a lifetime of fear and procrastination. A must-read for anyone wanting to learn another language.” (Derek Sivers, founder of CD Baby and author of Anything You Want)
“Plenty of books can teach you the dusty methods of studying grammar and vocabulary lists. Fluent in 3 Months is the one to read if you want to actually communicate...quickly. Buy this book and prepare to experience the world-no matter where you live or travel.” (Chris Guillebeau, New York Times Bestselling Author of The $100 Startup)
“Author Lewis, named a 2013 “Traveler of the Year” by National Geographic’s Traveler magazine, is a polyglot with average natural aptitude... Lewis sees language as communication, and his readers are encouraged to begin speaking right away, correcting mistakes and increasing vocabulary as they go.” (Library Journal)
“Out go the boring grammar drills, in comes role-playing and language games... Language learning has never been easier or more fun.” (Chicago Tribune)
“To be successful, international businesses... need to adapt to the needs of foreign clients as well as to communicate with foreign partners effectively... Lewis’ focus on the benefit to business of multilingual language ability is striking a resonant chord.” (Forbes)
From the Back Cover
An Unconventional Guide to Start Speaking a New Language Today
Benny Lewis is the creator of www.fluentin3months.com, the largest language learning blog in the world. His proven techniques break down language learning myths and replace them with practical "language hacks" that take advantage of the skills we already possess. Fluent in 3 Months provides everything you need to make learning a new language fast, intuitive, and fun.
Top Customer Reviews
Benny's general approach makes sense (if you want to speak a language, focus on speaking the language, not, e.g., on grammar books). But it's not just a theory. His approach is grounded in his own experience - both in unsuccessful language learning at school using traditional methods and in successful language learning as an adult. While advocating a general approach, he's not doctrinaire, but instead acknowledges that different approaches and tactics could work for different people.
The whole book was compelling, including:
- dispelling all the reasons why you "can't" learn a language
- practical tips (e.g., word associations, modal verbs to help your conversation before you know all the verb forms, how to tell whether French words are likely to be masculine or feminine)
- different tactics to use at different stages of language learning and
- online and other types of resources.
By the end, I understood how I can progress in learning a foreign language (while also appreciating that there will be bumps along the road and that I'll need to change my tactics from time to time).
Highly recommended. The best book I have read on adult foreign language learning.
I believe it is worth noting with this book that it covers the entire spectrum of language learning from the tricks to pick up new vocabulary all the way to information from famous polyglots on what it takes to become masters of several languages. Upon my first go around with the book I found myself trailing off around 2/3 of the way through because I am nowhere near the level of mastery in any language to think about those stages just yet. But you can bet if I ever get that far I'll be referencing this book over and over again.
If you are having troubles learning a new language, or do not know where to begin, this one is for you. If you are actively picking up a second language and not running into any road blocks, I do not think you may get as much out of it as I did.
The second section of the book talks about how to move from an intermediate level to an advanced level. For this, it is important to study grammar, and to use media like books and TV.
This book is helpful if you need a little pep talk to boost up your language learning. After reading the book, I feel renewed energy in getting my French up to an intermediate level, and to start studying Korean again for an upcoming trip, hopefully getting to an advanced beginner level.
However, the book is nearly an EXACT repeat of his blog posts! I could not believe it!
Furthermore signing up for the members area gave me access to LINKS! Just links to german dictionaries and phrase guides on other websites! Not only this, but the blog posts had the exact same links!
I did enjoy about 25% of the content, but absolutely hated skipping chapter after chapter saying "I already read this for free on the blog!"
Read the parts of the blog that interest you, you will learn everything Benny has to say about acquiring languages. If you have the spare coin and want to support him, then just buy the book, but it's going straight to the shelf! Disappointed in how scammy this feels.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Arrived with a 1 inch tear in top front cover plus the cardboard cover was wrinkled. . As this is a last minute gift, I was greatly disappointed. Read morePublished 13 days ago by JR
Very good book. Benny gives you many ideas and tips for how to effectively learning to COMMUNICATE in a new language.Published 20 days ago by Kim P. Tran
Pretty interesting reading! Provide some advices about language learning. Mostly is you want to speak languages more than read and write.Published 1 month ago by Rommel Toledo Ramirez
Well, it's clear Benny is not a professional writer, but I knew that when purchasing the book. Most of the beginning chapters are all fluff-- talking about his personal history in... Read morePublished 4 months ago by MacKenzie
Not a good read. Just look through his blog, if you're not inspired, the book won't be any better.Published 4 months ago by Caro D
Lots of useful tips and motivation boosters for the passionate language learners.
Numerous methods, some of which were new to me, are suggested. Read more