The Quick And Dirty Guide To Learning Languages Fast

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Overview


There are many reasons why you might need to learn a foreign language quickly. The author, a U.S. Army Green Beret, often travels to foreign countries on short notice and needs to be able to communicate with military and government officials, many of who do not speak English. He tried all types of schools, classes, books and tapes, but none delivered what he needed when he needed it. So he developed his own method for learning foreign languages. It proved so effective for him and his fellow Green Berets that he decided to share his method with others who need to learn a language quickly. The Quick and Dirty Guide to Learning Languages Fast is designed for people who have no interest in learning complicated rules of grammar. The author promises that his method will help anyone become functional in any language in seven days and proficient in 30. He's trimmed the fat, freeing your time for what's truly useful. Includes a day-by-day schedule, a handy workbook format and secret tips to help you master key elements quickly and easily.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581600964
  • Publisher: Paladin Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 633,413
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.38 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author


Mykel Hawke is a U.S. Army Special Forces veteran with more than 20 years of combined military, government contracting, and survival experience. He is the creator and star of two hit shows, Man Woman Wild and One Man Army (Discovery Channel) and currently stars in a series on The Outdoor Channel, Elite Tactical Unit.

In addition to Quick and Dirty Guide to Learning Languages Fast, Hawke is also the best-selling author of two critically acclaimed survival manuals. As a survival instructor, he founded and runs SpecOps, a global media, training, and adventures company. Hawke has been featured in several films and numerous network and cable television shows in both the United States and the United Kingdom.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Overview
Before You Begin
Your Language Toolbox
Key Words for Words
The Magic of Talking Back
Phase I The Basics (Days 1-7)
One Day at a Time
Day 1 Outlining Your Notebook
Day 2 Greetings, Basics, and Emergencies
Common Expressions
Day 3 Pronouns
Key Verbs
Key Nouns
Day 4 Conjunctions
Adjectives
Adverbs
Prepositions
Day 5 Synonyms
Antonyms
Numbers, Time, Weather
Commands/Imperatives
Day 6 and 7 Grammar
Past-Tense Rules
Present-Tense Rules
Future-Tense Rules
A Final Note on Verbs
Case
Gender
Number
Articles
Possession
Phase 2 Expanding Your Vocabulary (Days 8-30)g
Adding New Words and Phrases
Creating Your Own Cheat Sheet
Recommended Resources
Learning Tips
Appendix Reproducible Forms
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2008

    Like the title says....

    If you have a lot of time to devote to learning Spanish, then there are some great programs available to help you. My personal favorite is Learning Spanish Like Crazy. But if you speak little to no Spanish and are traveling to a Spanish language speaking country, then you may need to just get down to the basics and learn a few phrases that you can get by with. In this case, I highly recommend The Quick and Dirty Guide to Learning Languages Fast by A.G. Hawke. Hawke is a former Green Beret who was often forced to pick up foreign languages quickly when he was deployed to foreign countries. Over the years he developed a method for doing this and shares this acquired knowledge with you in his book. I like this book because it¿s simple and down to earth. At its heart, it¿s a book about prioritizing, organizing, and time management. Some of what Hawke teaches is applicable to other learning tasks as well. The Quick and Dirty Guide to Learning Languages Fast will help you build a sturdy foundation from which to support further learning while giving you enough to communicate the basics in a very short period.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2005

    Quick and Clean

    'The Quick and Dirty Guide' is a quick and clean way to get a grasp on learning foreign languages. Hawke manages to simplify the process in a way that is nothing short of genius. This book truly stands alone in its approach and should be the first book you read on the subject. Whether it's the only book you read, to gain a 'working' vocabulary, or whether it is the base for more in-depth study, 'The Quick and Dirty Guide to Learning Languages Fast' will lay a foundation for a much quicker and cleaner learning process. A brilliant language tool and a gem of a book. I loved it! Great for anyone who teaches or wants to learn.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2003

    Gets you off to a good start

    This book is largely designed for people who plan to travel for business or vacation and want to get functional in the local language quickly. However, it is also a great foundation for language learning in general. The features of the book include: 1. A list of tools you will need mainly a dictionary, phrase book, and grammar book. Hawke recommends a children's grammar book if you can find one for the language you are learning. 2. A daily learning schedule 3. A list of common words by type, noun, adjective, verb, etc. You fill in the translation. Space is provided for words you feel you will need. 4. The most important grammar concepts for a traveler or new learner to know. If your goal is travel and you follow the directions of this book you should become functional enough to get by. If your goal is fluency this book provides a good start. I bought this and How to learn any language by Barry Farber. Farber provides a method to learn long lists of vocabulary words, which you will need when using Hawke's book. Hawke's book provides a foundation, Farber tells you how to build on it. I highly recommend you buy both.

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