- Series: Language Hacking wtih Benny Lewis
- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Teach Yourself; Bilingual edition (September 27, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1473633125
- ISBN-13: 978-1473633124
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #302,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Language Hacking Italian (Language Hacking wtih Benny Lewis) Paperback – September 27, 2016
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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
Benny Lewis is the Eckhart Tolle of language learning―Guardian
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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Top Customer Reviews
The iTalki community for the book is really cool -- I just uploaded my first video, and I've been having fun watching other folks videos. The book's author has even been commenting on them personally! Don't know how he has the time.... Anyway, this book is a totally new way to learn Italian, I pre-ordered it months ago, and now that I've got it, I couldn't be happier!
Now, I think I would have saved myself considerable time and effort had this resource been available when I started. I've traveled several times to Italy and manage to bungle through basic situations. The truth is that, as Benny so clearly states, there are some very common situations and common "conversations" ... why not cut to the chase and dig into *those* types of lessons!!!
Combining this book with italki and Teach Yourself is brilliant. I've used italki in my studies and I know that this LH will jump me back into that Skype world with more confidence and enthusiasm.
Great job, Benny (and team). Thank you for helping me with my passion!!!
Benny Lewis and Teach Yourself have unlocked the secret to learning to actually speak another language. The course takes you beyond just academically learning the language and gets you to start speaking right away from the very first lesson. The course is laid out in a fun and easy way, with little handwritten "hacks" in the margins to help you along. I find that being encouraged to build sentences and phrases that are "me-specific" is a game-changer. While many other courses are teaching beginners to say they see a big red house (not very useful in everyday conversation), the Language Hacking course is teaching you to speak about yourself, where you're from, and your likes and interests (much more relevant conversation material). And, since what you are learning is about you and what's important to you, you can't help but remember the new words and phrases.
Another game-changer is the online community that you are encouraged to join. There is a special section on italki just for language hackers. I have had the privilege to demo this course before the general public, and it has been amazing. We were encouraged to make videos of ourselves speaking our target languages and then to post them to the community. These mission videos have been a blast. They hold you accountable to use the phrases and "me-specific " scripts you have been learning. I love that Benny encourages you to make mistakes. He dispels the myth that you need to have perfect command of a new language before you can speak it. The mission on Tarzan speak is especially funny and highly useful in everyday conversation. The italki community will mirror this experience.
If you are thinking about learning another language because you actually want to SPEAK another language, for travel, for work, or just because you're a language geek like me, THIS is the course for you.
Grazie mille Benny e Teach Yourself!!!
The audio pronunciation support is very helpful.