- 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 (233 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,375 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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“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)
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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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Top customer reviews
It's good to know that I am not the only one who wants to learn more languages.
Also, thanks for the inspiring tips like the Duolingo course!
As other reviewers have pointed out, much of the content is the same as the blog. However, the organization of the book is good, the tone is light and fun, and it makes a great gift. Giving someone this book is better than saying, "Go to this website and figure it out." The cover design is REALLY cool, too.
The Keyword Method
I used James Heisig's method to learn Japanese kanji, where you make a keyword for each kanji and recall it by assigning an image to each component. Benny's book taught me that this method can be applied to individual vocab words, so that you can "capture" them when you don't have time to put them into Anki. This was the first time I've ever seen somebody write so simply and clearly about how spaced repetition and the keyword method can be used together. My only complaint is that while Benny mentions "memory palaces," he doesn't really elaborate on how to use them. I would have liked to see a chapter about that!
The book also gives a lot of resources that the reader can utilize to better learn a language.