How to Learn Any Language: Quickly, Easily, and On You Own

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That may be the most frequently told joke in the world -- it's repeated every day in almost every language. Unfortunately, Americans are notoriously bad language learners. That's partly because before this current era of globalization we didn't really need to speak other languages, and partly because the language instruction techniques previously available to the average American were woefully ineffective. But now that you want to (and probably should) learn a foreign language, reading this book and applying its ...
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Overview

That may be the most frequently told joke in the world -- it's repeated every day in almost every language. Unfortunately, Americans are notoriously bad language learners. That's partly because before this current era of globalization we didn't really need to speak other languages, and partly because the language instruction techniques previously available to the average American were woefully ineffective. But now that you want to (and probably should) learn a foreign language, reading this book and applying its simple methods will turn you into an excellent language learner.

Barry Farber's unique system begins by helping you organize your basic approach to learning any language. Start with a grammar book, he says. But don't make the mistake that turns off so many to grammar; if you don't understand something, skip it, and move on to the next point. The book's multiple-track attack ensures that whatever you don't learn through grammar books, you'll learn using audio-cassettes, flash cards, foreign language media, and other resources.

Farber explains his preference for audio programs based on the Pimsleur method, as well as almost anything produced by Berlitz. He shows you how to create and use your own flash cards (flip them lengthwise, "head over heels," rather than sideways, to make them easier to handle). And he encourages you to plunge into the "real world of language" -- its newspapers, magazines, books, movies, radio and TV -- for startlingly effective language experiences. He also illustrates how the Lorayne memory system with dozens of easily understood examples, teaches you "eye-ear" and "ear-only" techniques for learning during those "hidden moments," and offers advice on how to judge your own progress. So what are you waiting for? Take this book home and begin your voyage into the rewarding world of other languages.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781567315431
  • Publisher: MJF Books
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Pages: 172

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 3
Part I My Story
A Life of Language Learning 11
Part II The System
Do as I Now Say, Not as I Then Did 37
Psych Up 42
French or Tagalog: Choosing a Language 48
Gathering Your Tools 51
The Multiple-Track Attack 60
Hidden Moments 74
Harry Lorayne's Magic Memory Aid 81
The Plunge 97
Motivations 109
Language Power to the People 113
Back to Basics 117
Last Words Before the Wedding 130
Part III Appendixes
The Language Club 141
The Principal Languages of the World 144
Farber's Language Reviews 152
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2009

    Excellent Book

    Very informative and entertaining!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2008

    Perfect for the do-it-yourself crowd

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2006

    A great book for anyone interested in learning other languages.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2003

    Great Read and Great Help!

    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!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2002

    Presents an easy-to-follow language learning plan

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2000

    An Unbelievable Book

    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.

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