- Series: Language Hacking with Benny Lewis
- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Teach Yourself; Csm Blg edition (September 27, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 147363315X
- ISBN-13: 978-1473633155
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Language Hacking German (Language Hacking with Benny Lewis) Paperback – September 27, 2016
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"Benny Lewis is the Eckhart Tolle of language learning."―the Guardian
"a polyglot viral sensation... eager to show people that the best way to learn is by conversing".―MSN
"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 owing in large part to the enthusiasm, inspiration, and knowledge brought to the stage by Mr. Lewis."―TEDx Warsaw
"Lewis' focus on the benefit to business of multilingual language ability is striking a resonant chord."―Forbes
"Inspiring and epic words. Everyone left that speech with a new sense of purpose for not just learning, but living a new language."―Trivago
"Benny was fantastic. He lived up to everything. He had the students asking question after question. We had over 100 students packed in the auditorium. Considering we were up against another event on campus, that is pretty awesome. His intro video was great, his presentation was spot on. We appreciated him spreading the word to travel on our programs, but getting the students engaged to travel anywhere in the world."―Lock Haven University
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. 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.
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I've had textbooks. I've used workbooks. There are apps, podcasts, and many other ways to learn languages. But Benny takes you through all of the initial steps with ease in a way that you'd be hard-pressed to find elsewhere, which is why he put these books together - he's familiar with the existing resources, and this is something NEW. Benny focuses on shortcuts that he calls "hacks" to aid in understanding grammar and memorizing words. It's built around conversations, but not in the hokey tourist-focused way most schoolroom courses plod through dialogues. You engage with the conversations much more dynamically, figuring out how to communicate things about yourself and specifics to listen for. Benny also assembles "conversational connectors" so that you can start to sound more natural in your speech. There is online audio to augment the book as well.
While the course is built around working up to your first conversation, this book isn't strictly limited to beginners. It's quite helpful for review or filling in gaps in your knowledge. The layout is appealing and the book is thick, which makes it well-balanced: this is a course you'll want to stick with, because it's encouraging, meaty, and totally doable. The exercises are far more engaging than what I've seen in most workbooks; they help you focus your attention and get the most that you can out of each lesson. Above all, this book feels personal. It's a companion on your journey, a kickstart, a reference book and motivational sidekick all rolled into one. You'll be writing all over it, of course, so if you're learning in tandem you should each have your own copy. But that's what's brilliant about this: it's more durable and meaningful than the average workbook that you wouldn't really need after you've finished it, and it will be invaluable throughout your learning process. I haven't started learning German yet, but this is all I'll need for the first few weeks when I start. And from there, I'll be conversant and comfortable with forging ahead on my own.
This book takes a unique approach to learning a new language. It challenges you to start speaking day one. Say What?! That was my first reaction. But as I read through the philosophy of why we do this and the idea of changing our standard of being "fluent" I got more and more excited to start talking. The book focuses on real life examples and situations. I felt that I learned more German in my first chapter than I have in the last year using websites and applications on my phone. Benny gives lots of explanations, tips/tricks, and grammar help on the sides of the book. These are really helpful and also make you realize that Benny is the real deal.
I am more excited to learn German and actually believe that I have a chance with this book. I highly recommend trying this method and learning a new language by talking about yourself and thinking about real life situations. I highly recommend this book.
This is not the only language learning book you will ever need but it is a great introduction to speaking "interactively". It is not something to use in the car, it requires some sit down study time and writing but most of all speaking, finding the vocabulary and verbs you will need to intoduce yourself and your world to others while being able to ask others about theirs. If you are traveling, you'll also need those survival phrases and a dictionary and perhaps a more conventional source to teach you the more formal forms of German. There is no index and the book is meant to be followed page by page, each lesson and "mission" building on the previous. But having studied Italian, Japanese and Greek with all kinds of apps, podcasts, and language books, I'm sorry I didn't have a book like this before. German will be easier because of Benny!