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The Polyglot Project: How to Learn Multiple Languages Paperback – November 5, 2010

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 534 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace (November 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453898247
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453898246
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #640,157 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cartaginese's book is a collection of "how I learned language" stories, largely gathered from language videos posters on youtube. The book's editors and writers mostly disdain traditional language learning strategies - not without reason - and claim accomplishments like acquiring fluency in Hebrew during a cross-country road trip. Such things might be possible for the common language learner but you won't figure out how without an enormous amount of effort: the book is poorly edited, unfocused and unorganized.

While you might find inspiration in this collection of "these people who have learned multiple languages, you can, too" stories, you won't uncover many effective learning strategies. The few gems you do find may not be worth the effort; there is better stuff on sites like lingq.com. The serious language learner should look elsewhere.
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There are many misconceptions about language learning, and this book dispels many ,if not all of them. This book gives an insight into the methodology followed by those who learn multiple languages, but more importantly, the mind-set common amongst them all.

I've learnt that there's nothing special about anyone who learns multiple languages and this book literally gives the "secret" to help you do the same.

You won't regret this purchase!

There are tons of great stories and techniques to read through over and over again. They can be used as inspiration to keep going with your language studies, and you can also use it a reference book full of different techniques to try. Good luck!
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This book is written in a HUGE font to stuff the pages. Then, the font is San-serif - really hard to read.

But the most important thing is ... YOU need to ferret out what works to learn a language. The WHOLE book is just stories of people who learned lots of languages. No SUMMARY of what works! For the love of god, SUMMARIZE what works.
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This is a rather poorly executed book. It seems rather cheaply put together and, I feel, over priced. It is a collection of YouTube addresses and personal "How I learned a language" stories. This information can all be found on the internet. So, what's being sold here is the work of researching the topic. Nothing more. If you don't know how to do research on the internet, then this book may be helpful to you. Otherwise, save your money. I'm sending mine back.
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I don't think I have ever been so dissatisfied with a book in my life. I am thoroughly convinced that every four and five star review of this book was written by friends of the editor or people who contributed to the book. This book is nothing more than a collection of poorly written emails from a few dozen polyglots or wannabe polyglots about what school they went to and how much they enjoy learning languages. There is very little information about their methods, instead it is chalk full of personal information and boring anecdotes that are completely useless to someone looking for real information about learning languages or polyglots. Moses McCormick's contribution is 4 pages of him talking about how he came from a broken home and made friends playing video games. "Philip Price" whoever that is gives us anecdotes about how he lied to his professors about being able to speak polish and then spent his polish language exchange trip drinking beer and not learning anything. Great advice. I never before have been so tempted to send back a book as I feel truly ripped off with this collection of junk. To add insult to injury the book is huge with an impractically big and boring font. Do yourself a favor and don't buy this book, instead try Kato Lomb's book "Harmony in Babel" or Michael Erard's "Babel No More" they are both far superior to this.
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A wonderful collection of "how I learnt multiple languages" stories from a wide variety of people. It's more inspiration than how-to but there are gems of advice in their amongst the stories and it certainly had me investigating more (especially the YouTube videos of the various authors).

My one criticism of this book is the typography is absolutely awful. It's set in a large (14pt+?) Ariel face that looks like it came straight out of Word. The margins are off and there are no running headings to help you work out where you are in the book. This was obviously self-published and printed on demand and the book is being sold at cost (which is wonderful!) but I really hope at some point it is re-set by someone with more of a design eye. As it currently stands, it's a huge distraction from the excellent content.
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With contributions from 43 people and the editor. There are some recurring themes. Many had difficulty with the traditional language training at school. Many have developed a love of languages, which is a reflection of their love of life. The book is inspirational, even if like me you only want to speak one extra language.
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I am a language learner from Japan,still can not handle my taget languages well which are English and French.I used to study them with a conventional style,it did not work properly for me as you can imagine.
but fortunately,I encoutered the man name of Steve kaufman at youtube website few months ago,and then I have been trying his mothod and the result so far is excellent,
anyway,,there is a lot of top class learners in this book include steve, and describe how to learn languages. it galvanizes me to force myself into the languages again.
if you are in a middle of nowhere in language learning,should read this one !!
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