Fluent in 3 Months: How Anyone at Any Age Can Learn to Speak Any Language from Anywhere in the Worldby Benny Lewis
Benny Lewis, who speaks over ten languages—all self-taught—runs the largest language-learning blog in the world, Fluent In 3 Months. Lewis is a full-time "language hacker," someone who devotes all of his time to finding better, faster, and more efficient ways to learn languages. Fluent in 3 Months: How Anyone at Any Age Can Learn/b>
Benny Lewis, who speaks over ten languages—all self-taught—runs the largest language-learning blog in the world, Fluent In 3 Months. Lewis is a full-time "language hacker," someone who devotes all of his time to finding better, faster, and more efficient ways to learn languages. Fluent in 3 Months: How Anyone at Any Age Can Learn to Speak Any Language from Anywhere in the World is a new blueprint for fast language learning. Lewis argues that you don't need a great memory or "the language gene" to learn a language quickly, and debunks a number of long-held beliefs, such as adults not being as good of language learners as children.
Author Lewis, named a 2013 "Traveler of the Year" by National Geographic's Traveler magazine, is a polyglot with average natural aptitude. He begins by debunking 20 common myths about learning a new language and then discusses his definition of "fluency"—more than "functional tourist" but not textbook perfection. Lewis sees language as communication, and his readers are encouraged to begin speaking right away, correcting mistakes and increasing vocabulary as they go. He provides information on web resources, and emphasizes finding real-life speaking partners. He also suggests listening to radio programs and dubbed movies to improve comprehension and accent. One chapter includes "Tips for Starting Specific Languages," but overall the book gives general strategies such as focusing on one language, memorizing common phrases and responses, and practicing with conversation partners almost immediately. VERDICT Though "fluent" in three months may be a stretch, those with about two hours a day (or those willing to have language learning fill their free time) may reach that goal. This would be especially helpful for those wanting to learn a new language to connect with people rather than as an academic pursuit.—Maggie Knapp, Trinity Valley Sch., Fort Worth, TX
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Meet the Author
Benny Lewis would not describe himself as a linguist—in fact, he was distinctly mediocre at languages at school. But now, ten years on, he has learned to speak over a dozen languages, has travelled the world, and has countless friends in many different countries. How? His success is due to a change in mindset and approach—a process he has shared successfully with thousands who have discovered how to start speaking from day one. Benny's goal is to impart his insights so that everyone can see how knowing other languages can change your life.
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I bought this book and read it in a day. I wasn't sure what to expect because the title sounds so intimidating, but It's so inspirational! I felt like I wanted to jump up and start practicing a new language right there. It was fun to read and not too heavy but gives a lot of useful resources and advice. I highly recommend this to anyone. A very uplifting and empowering read!
I have bought this book and read it over and over again. Seriously. this is a must read for anybody thinking about or learning a language. Mr. Lewis' short stories and advice will inspire any one to learn a language. It has for me. I'm learning Japanese and brushing up on my Spanish. I really love this book. So, yes. If you're thinking about learning a language this is a Must read. Don't hesitate to read it. Or just visit his blog to start off and see what he has to offer. The advice on mnemonics is really helping me out. So, yes, with out this book and his blog, I would not be the person or persistent language learner I am today. thank you Mr. Lewis. keep up the good work.
From his own life experience, Benny has created an entertaining and informative reference for anyone wanting to establish good habits for self-improvement, open doors to other people and cultures, and generally find the courage and motivation to have a more creative, enjoyable, and accomplished life. It just so happens that you can do all this through learning a foreign language, and that's what this inspiring book is all about.