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Language Hacking French (Language Hacking wtih Benny Lewis) Paperback – September 27, 2016
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"Inspiring and epic words. Everyone left that speech with a new sense of purpose for not just learning, but living a new language."―Trivago on Benny Lewis' TED Talk
"Ten years ago, Lewis spoke only English. But constant travel, along with a buoyant attitude, has unmasked the polyglot within."―National Geographic
"Our conference was by far Poland's most successful one yet, an accomplishment owning in large part to the enthusiasm, inspiration, and knowledge brought to the stage by Mr. Lewis."―TedX Warsaw
"...a polyglot viral sensation...eager to show people that the best way to learn is by conversing."―MSN
About the Author
Irish native Benny Lewis speaks over ten languages - all self-taught. In 2003, he spoke only one language: English. After university, he moved to Spain and was soon frustrated that he could not speak Spanish after six months of studying. So he decided to abandon traditional learning approaches and just start speaking - and everything changed. Today Benny is known as The Irish Polyglot and speaks Mandarin Chinese, Arabic, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and Hungarian, to name a few. He is the author of the bestselling book on language learning, Fluent in 3 months. He also runs the largest language learning blog in the world, www.fluentin3months.com, where he breaks down the language learning process for busy people. Lewis is a full-time 'language hacker,' and devotes his time to finding better, faster, and more efficient ways to learn languages.For the first time, he has applied his methods to helping people learn specific languages in his new Language Hacking series.
Top Customer Reviews
Benny instead focuses on speaking from day one, regardless of how many mistakes you make, and using words and dialogue relevant to you. The course presents a lot of materials in the context of real-life scenarios, and makes you construct your own dialogues using not only words in the course but also words you look up that you would need for your own conversations.
The book is well laid out, with each unit containing a wide mix of material, including transcripts of the audios, helpful grammar hints, pronunciation hints, and exercises. I found some of the pronunciation hints particularly helpful, alerting me to nuances I had missed in other courses I’ve taken. The pictures, color and font make the book seem inviting and friendly, not a scary language textbook. You don’t get bored doing this work! You can listen to the related audio on an app you download to your phone. Once you’re downloaded the app’s files, you don’t need an Internet connection to listen, so you can use it when traveling, for example.
The scariest part of the course is recording and uploading videos of yourself speaking French. I didn’t like this at first, but in retrospect it was an enormous help.Read more ›
can only access the audio through an app. I would gladly pay more to have access to CDs or mp3s that I can download directly into my computer. The dialogues and essential phrases are great. However, I would prefer to edit out the English introductions and instructions at the beginning of every track as I find it distracting to have to listen to it every time I want to listen to the dialogues. It also prevents me from "shadowing" the material effectively.
What you have to understand is that learning a new language is not hard, it just takes patience, persistence, and hard work. Particularly with this book, all you have to do is commit yourself to speaking and going through it and you'll learn how to actually speak at an intermediate-advanced level.
Also, if it's your first time learning a new language, I would also pick up a dictionary (or use a free online one), a grammar handbook--Benny gives you lots of grammar explanations, but further/different explanations are helpful--and a Lonely Planet French Phrasebook. The phrasebook will help advancing your French after you finish Benny's book. On his blog, Benny has always recommended the Lonely Planet ones, and I couldn't agree more.
My only complaint is that the format of the book could be a tad better at times. Lines can be too short for long practice sentences or are too close to the paperback binding--making it difficult to write. Minor problems.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I agree with Benny's teaching method learn to speak first.It's a good pratical book best to start with. Read morePublished 19 days ago by brendon
This learning book for adults is laser focused on being able to carry on a basic conversation in French. Read morePublished 2 months ago by RS
This is the greatest language learning course I have ever tried! Benny has you speaking and applying the language right away. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I LOVE this course; I was always intimidated when it came to learning French, because I could not wrap my head around the accent and was afraid to speak the language out loud. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Joanna Kalafatis
I have read several different language learning books over the years and this one is truly a step above the rest. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sheridan Saint-Michel
As a language teacher I was excited to be asked to preview this innovative new course. Having followed the author's work for a few years I had some pretty high expectations as to... Read morePublished 3 months ago by xochil guevara