- File Size: 43395 KB
- Print Length: 245 pages
- Publisher: Kerry A. Baker; 1 edition (July 13, 2016)
- Publication Date: July 13, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01IFSF5X0
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,959 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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In part what drew me to the book was how well the author understood how difficult is for someone 50+ to learn a new language.
The writing style is perfect for people like me; casual (but data driven), encouraging and easily understood. The biggest benefit to me is how the author has considered and rejected so much of the “internet noise” about learning language. This book is perfect for someone who needs portable learning.
Chapter One captures perfectly why I want to learn Spanish; travel. Starting the book this way helps me keep my “eye on the prize” better than other learning methods I’ve tried.
The author perfectly summarized my independent tries to “figure this out myself”. I was overwhelmed and felt deceived by all of the “free offers”.
I enjoy the author as a DJ approach to the writing.
This is the best example of a writer really being in touch with the wants and needs of her readers.
I’ve bought multiple copies to share with my staff.
This is different than any book I’ve ever seen on learning Spanish – and I’ve read many. It is an interesting concept. Instead of plugging one or more online courses as “best”, the author offers reviews of and insights into many. That the sites she selected offer something free at first put me off. After all, don’t you get what you pay for? But after reading her rationale and thinking about it, I agree with her.
Too often we all sign up for some overpriced course to learn a language, duped by advertising or deluded by an exaggerated sense of our own dedication. “This time” we vow, it will be different. “This time” we will stick with it. The trial version we used made our chosen course seem easy.
We overlook the flaws in a course as failings of ours, not the course. Therein lies the reason so many of us have dozens of paper books and online courses that wasted our money and time.
The author’s smorgasbord approach enables us to try different courses, based on her evaluation and then our own experience. It a course doesn’t fit the bill, we can move on with only a little time lost. That is invaluable and makes this book worth its weight in gold. Well, since electrons weigh nearly nothing, perhaps I should say it is worth many times more than its purchase price.
I especially like the research-oriented details in the beginning which sets the tone for the rest of the book. Here is someone who values facts and knows how to use them. I was impressed in the fact-based method she used in debunking the “brain games” scams and such.
I did not follow the links to every Spanish-learning site she mentioned. There are many. I did check out several of them. Here her skills as a researcher paid off. I never would have found them myself, as she pointed out in the beginning with a crash course in Google long-tail searches and keyword-stuffing – the bane of those of us who create legitimate websites.
Get this book if you want to give yourself a better shot at finally learning Spanish. Maybe one of the nuggets the author has unearthed will be real gold for you.