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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.
|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|
|French or Tagalog: Choosing a Language||48|
|Gathering Your Tools||51|
|The Multiple-Track Attack||60|
|Harry Lorayne's Magic Memory Aid||81|
|Language Power to the People||113|
|Back to Basics||117|
|Last Words Before the Wedding||130|
|The Language Club||141|
|The Principal Languages of the World||144|
|Farber's Language Reviews||152|
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.