- 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 (228 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,680 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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“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.
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As many of you know, I have been working with Duolingo learning Spanish and German. I have taken two levels of both in school but would like to be fluent in both of them. Right now I can read a bit but I feel so very elementary in both of them.
There are so many good ideas on how to learn a language and get to the point of fluency! And I read this using the Audible with the author's voice. What a delight to hear his accent and enthusiasm! And he is a polyglot. For those of you like I was, who don't know, that means he is fluent in many languages, all learned since he was an adult.
The best part is that there are web-links to study certain aspects of each chapter. I didn't follow those with the first reading, but I will with the next. And I will take notes and make flashcards.
This is the best book about languages I have ever read. If you are thinking about studying another language, this should be your first book to read to give you the best start.
The book also gives a lot of resources that the reader can utilize to better learn a language.
I started reading Fluent in 3 Months years ago, while I was working on Spanish. The blog was a huge help because it gave me action steps, concrete approaches to learning faster, reasons why it's easier to learn a new language than I thought... and help understanding the psychological barriers that stop us from learning languages.
Most language books get so wrapped up in technical details and grammatical minutia, they forget that people -- not computers -- are learning. I love Benny's practical advice about how to get started, what things you can do to build confidence, and his system for learning languages quickly. (He's fluent in almost a dozen languages, now!)
Part of what makes learning a language difficult is how we're taught to learn. We're taught that you drill in the information by doing exercises and by writing long vocabulary lists on a variety of subjects, even if you will probably not use these topics anytime soon. The biggest takeaway from this book for me was to make my vocabulary my own, to learn words that I am interested in using and that I use often in my native tongue, such as "video games", "alternative music", and "concert" for my interests, as an example. I have memorized countless vocabulary words in French that I've never even used once, such as "faire du ski" and "le croyant", but it wasn't until recently that I learned "en colère" and "depuis", words that are much more common and that I use more often. This seems so obvious, but is that how most people study language? No.
If you want some tips to guide your self-study, this book is perfect for you. If you want to quickly be able to converse with native speakers in your target language, this book is for you.
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