- 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: #147,868 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 heard about Benny through a Tim Ferris interview and started checking out interviews, podcasts, his blog, etc. The approach intrigued me -- it seemed so liberating! Yet in the past, with Rosetta Stone, or Living Language, or whatever audio programs I checked out of the library, I drilled and drilled til I was bored stiff, never approaching either the perfection I required or the confidence for a simple conversation. And that's what Benny's Language Hacking approach gives me -- freedom from my overly analytical drive for perfection, freedom from mindnumbing drills. Oh the drills, the memorization, they're still there, they have to be. But right from the start I'M SPEAKING!!! And that is my goal after all. His "Missions" are concepts, motivating the student to figure out how to talk about what matters to them (bike travel? ecotourism? Feminism in India?) by employing some simple workaround methods that will allow me the beginner to say what I want to say. The best part? Participating in the Language Hacking community on a regular, almost daily basis, posting my practice videos, getting feedback and encouragement.
Cons: I had access to a pre-pub version, and there were some errors re the answer sheets, that I hope have since been caught in the editing. Also the audio version has had some glitches, but Ive gotten very positive response to any feedback I've provided, so I'd encourage new readers to do that as well. I don't think the answer key is laid out well, but it would undoubtedly add many more pages and additional cost to the book to improve on it.
Style - this worked for me, it's for a beginner, I had absolutely no background in German. But I will apply the same techniques to my French and Spanish, which need refreshing, so I've ordered those books as well. I also needed to escape the Drive for Perfection, which would free me up to SPEAK!! I'd say Benny's approach is ideal for this. If your goal is to be able to read or write in an academic context, then this may not be the best source for you. But speaking? Go for it.