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Without beating your head against verb conjugations or noun declensions, you can follow Farber's principles and glide toward proficiency in your chosen language. His method...
Without beating your head against verb conjugations or noun declensions, you can follow Farber's principles and glide toward proficiency in your chosen language. His method consist of four ground-breaking but simple concepts hailed by language-teaching professionals:
Barry Farber has been a true adventurer in languages for forty-six years and can speak in 25 tongues. The techniques he presents here will have readers speaking, reading, and writing and enjoying any foreign language in a surprisingly short time.
Posted August 3, 2009
Posted January 9, 2008
And the award for world¿s longest book title goes to¿¿¿. Da-daaaaaa!!!! Alright, record setting title aside, this book is really useful in providing new and fresh ways to continue your foreign language education. I absolutely love expanding on my Spanish skills, but everyone gets stuck in a rut once in awhile. If you¿re like me, it¿s easy to get bored with the same exercises. Let¿s face it ¿ a lot of the teaching tools out there are fairly dry. The author, Barry Farber, essentially teaches you to build your own coursework by using different techniques that utilize flash cards, reading Spanish newspapers¿etc. He calls this approach the Multi-track attack. The thing I like most about his tips is that they allow you to be efficient in how and when you learn. For those who need a bit of encouragement, Faber also includes some inspirational material based on his own experiences in learning foreign languages. The only real knock that I have on this book is that it is too short. If you are using this book because Spanish is the language that you are interested in learning, then I recommend that you use this book with the Learning Spanish Like Crazy course. Combine the two with a good English to Spanish dictionary that you can use as a reference and you¿ll be off to a very strong start.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 28, 2006
This book lays out everything that you'll need to start learning other languages. Difficult subjects are explained in simple terms and he explains there are no shortcuts to learning other languages. He does however give you some tips to learn languages an easy way at your own pace.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 5, 2003
This book is wonderful if you want to learn a language, not only does it inspire you to get learning, but he tells of his experiences. His method definitely works. His ideas on starting with "the cake (or whatever metaphor he used)" before vegetables (grammer). I tried his theory and it came so much more easily! I was amazed! This book will brush away old fears put in place by your school-language-learning and have you speaking, and understanding, your "target language" in no time! So read it and start learning!!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 6, 2002
This book presents a step-by-step process for learning a new language. Farber gives you a list of materials you should have (grammar book, phrase book, tapes, etc.). You start by learning five chapters of grammar, then you read some real life materials (magazine, newspaper, etc.) and underline and memorize all words you don't know. You then add phrase learning and tapes. He offers a method to learn long lists of vocabulary words. His learning method is excellent and I have used it a lot. However, I have some criticisms. He does not present any methods for learning scripts. I felt that jumping into newspapers in my target language was not too helpful to begin with because I felt I was learning less common words. I think learning everyday words such as low, cold, happy, red is more useful than learning words like parliament or meeting. In my target language (Bengali) sentence structure is very confusing. I was disappointed that the book did not include any tips on how to learn and understand sentence structure. Having said that I recommend this book because you can get a lot of ideas from Farber and then use what works for you or come up with ideas of your own.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 5, 2000
After reading Barry Farber's book, my language anxieties melted away, leaving me with an 'I-could-do-it' attitude. Practicing Farber's simple pedagogics is allowing me to learn Spanish as I never knew I could. I'm even becoming a good student of Koine Greek. Just try this book to see what I mean.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.