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Language Hacking Spanish (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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The emphasis of the lessons are on using Spanish to actually communicate with people. You will learn how to construct your own sentences and communicate things about yourself that you would naturally do in your life when meeting new people. How to answer and ask questions. Early on you are encouraged to customize what you say to describe yourself and your life specifically. You are shown essential "survival phrases" and "connector" words to build sentences, filler words to make your speech more natural. You will learn how to CONVERSE in Spanish.
Right from the early chapters, I liked the facts and tips in the side bars that make it easier for beginners, introducing many important things at the beginning of the process that other books never address or leave till much later: pronunciation tips, grammar tips, cultural tips, conversation strategy, and many unique language learning hacks, that can help speed up your learning.
The chapters have "missions" at the end, where you apply what you have learned in the unit and practice speaking it, and video yourself doing it (with a phone or a web cam) and post it on-line. I found the on-line part quite daunting at first; I didn't want to do it. But when I did it, it felt kind of liberating. It did several things for me:
1.) Helped me overcome being shy about speaking my chosen language.
2.) Seeing videos of other people doing the same thing was... amazing. You realize you aren't alone, other people inspire you, and you have people of like mind to communicate with. They understand what you are doing, because they are doing it too.
3.) Committing yourself to making the videos helps you to focus on and learn the lessons. Practicing for the video reinforces the lessons. Making each video gives you a solid accomplishment to show the world before you move on to the next lesson. It's proof that you did it! It's a record of your progress.
4.) You can do this all at your own pace. If you are a busy person, have family commitments or are a business owner like me, you may have a schedule that is erratic at times. This gives you great flexibility. You are in the driver's seat, you control the pace.
5.) Being public about what you are doing, and then doing it, builds confidence.
6.) For me, doing the video/internet part has involved a learning curve; but I'm climbing it, and learning skills I can use in other areas of my life.
7.) I'm having fun! It's way more easy to learn when you are enjoying the process.
These are some of the reasons why I want to continue with it; I feel I have nothing to loose and everything to gain. The book itself, the lessons, tips and hacks, is a great resource I can refer to again and again. The author has acquired, through his own experience and by associating with many other polyglots, a wealth of information about how to learn to speak a language quickly and efficiently, and how to tailor that process to one's own learning strengths and inclinations. This book is in many ways a compilation of what he has learned, turned into a practical step-by-step guide on how to apply this wealth of knowledge to your own situation as a beginning language student.
I especially like how it treats Spanish more as a tool for communicating, rather than just an academic "subject" to be studied. It's exactly the kind of book I wanted when I first became interested in language learning, but could never find. Now it's here, and I'll be using it! I feel it is taking me in the direction I want to go, and I think many people could benefit from it for the same or similar reasons I have. I highly recommend it.
Language Hacking Spanish includes audio resources and missions to accomplish at the end of each chapter. One of the strong points of Language Hacking Spanish and of Benny Lewis is his ability to motivate you to actually speak Spanish.
I highly recommend Language Hacking Spanish.
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