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  • Series: Language Hacking wtih Benny Lewis
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Teach Yourself; Bilingual edition (September 27, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1473633095
  • ISBN-13: 978-1473633094
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Benny Lewis has done what the masses have been screaming at language-learning book publishers to do for ages, which is to construct a language-learning book that is fun, practical, and teaches you how to learn a language the way you learned your first language. Every language course I've ever taken before reading this book starts you off with learning simple phrases that are useful to know (the "Hi, how are you?" type phrases) and spark your interest in the language (you feel "pumped up", like you've already made some progress in your target language), but then the book goes off the deep end and immerses you into the complex world of grammar, verb conjugation, and a bunch of vocabulary words that you don't care about (just yet); vocabulary words are grouped into subjects, not by usefulness in everyday life, so by the end of the chapter you theoretically know how to say every kind of fruit or furniture, but can't construct a (useful) sentence using those new vocabulary words. With this kind of style of language learning, a hopeful student is quick to become exasperated, like they "just can't learn a new language", as the whole point of learning a language (for most people, I presume) is to be able to communicate with an increased number of people, not to know all the words. Furthermore, we see the spelling of words as we learn them, and maybe there are some pronunciation "guidelines", but these guidelines are no substitute for hearing the words spoken by a native speaker. This method of language learning is not how we learn our mother tongue - we don't learn it through conjugation charts and vocabulary lists, but by listening to how our parents (native speakers) speak and by testing the waters for ourselves.Read more ›
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I’ve been a fan of Benny Lewis’ approach to learning language for some time, so was glad to see him issue language-specific guides. Benny takes a very different approach from how schools teach languages. My school French courses emphasized grammar, vocabulary that wasn’t what I’d use in most of my conversations, and getting things right all the time. If you follow this approach, you’ll end up being able to read and write French (eventually), but good luck having a conversation with anyone, even after years of study.

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.
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Language Hacking French is one of the best language learning courses I have ever tried. Like other courses, you learn to read and write, but the focus is definitely on speaking and listening, which is a refreshing change. The community surrounding this course is amazing, and Benny Lewis even makes himself available to answer any questions. I definitely hope they continue to produce more books in more languages.
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The material is excellent, I love the way you are guided to personalize everything you learn. However, I hate that you
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.
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I've had an interest in languages for quite some time. I'm fairly fluent in Spanish, so I've gone through the language learning process before. Boy is this book helpful at learning FAST. Benny really teaches you the essentials. He streamlines the language into "chunks," meaning that you may not understand a direct, word for word translation, but you understand what a phrase means. It really makes the language clearer and more streamlined.

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.
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