Fluent Forever: How to Learn Any Language Fast and Never Forget It

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Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale, Aug 5, 2014 - Foreign Language Study - 336 pages
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The ultimate rapid language-learning guide!

For those who’ve despaired of ever learning a foreign language, here, finally, is a book that will make the words stick. At thirty years old, Gabriel Wyner speaks six languages fluently.  He didn’t learn them in school -- who does? -- rather, he learned them in the past few years, working on his own and practicing on the subway, using simple techniques and free online resources. In Fluent Forever Wyner reveals what he’s discovered. 
 
The greatest challenge to learning a foreign language is the challenge of memory; there are just too many words and too many rules. For every new word we learn, we seem to forget two old ones, and as a result, fluency can seem out of reach. Fluent Forever tackles this challenge head-on. With empathy for the language-challenged and abundant humor, Wyner deconstructs the learning process, revealing how to build a foreign language in your mind from the ground up. 
 
Starting with pronunciation, you’ll learn how to rewire your ears and turn foreign sounds into familiar sounds. You'll retrain your tongue to produce those sounds accurately, using tricks from opera singers and actors. Next, you'll begin to tackle words, and connect sounds and spellings to imagery, rather than translations, which will enable you to think in a foreign languageAnd with the help of sophisticated spaced-repetition techniques, you'll be able to memorize hundreds of words a month in minutes every day. Soon, you'll gain the ability to learn grammar and more difficult abstract words--without the tedious drills and exercises of language classes and grammar books.
 
This is brain hacking at its most exciting, taking what we know about neuroscience and linguistics and using it to create the most efficient and enjoyable way to learn a foreign language in the spare minutes of your day.
 

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User Review  - Lindoula - LibraryThing

As a professional linguist (first in academia, then in industry), I know a little something about language pedagogy and how languages work. Nevertheless, it seems I'm a sucker for any sources that ... Read full review

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User Review  - mckzlve - LibraryThing

I thought this book builds a solid foundation for learning a language. I started learning a new language a couple months ago (not regularly, however), and I'm glad I read this before I got any further ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction Stab Stab Stab
Upload Five Principles to End Forgetting
Dont Review Recall
Sound Play
Train Your Ears Rewire Your Brain
Train Your Eyes See the Patterns
Word Play and the Symphony of a Word
Learn Your First 625 Words Music and
Speech and the Game of Taboo
Epilogue The Benefits and Pleasures of Learning
A Guide to the Flash Cards That Will
Appendices
Language Difficulty Estimates
The International Phonetic Alphabet Decoder
Your First 625 Words
How to Use This Book with Your Classroom

Turning Mountains into Molehills
The Language Game
Acknowledgments
Copyright

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About the author (2014)

Gabriel Wyner graduated summa cum laude at USC, where he won the school’s Renaissance Award.  His essay on language learning for Lifehacker.com was one of the site’s most read in 2012.

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