Barry Farber has been a true adventurer in languages for forty-six years and can speak in twenty-five tongues. The techniques he presents in How to Learn Any Language will have you speaking, reading, writing and enjoying any foreign language you want to learn - or have to learn - in a surprisingly short time.
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:
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About the Author
Barry J. Farber is the president of Farber Training Systems, Inc. and The Diamond Group, and a noted author, speaker, television talk-show host and consultant in the areas of sales, management, and personal development. Among his many corporate clients are Allied Signal, AT&T, Chase Manhattan Bank, The Perrier Group, Merck, and Val-Pak. The author of Diamond in the Rough, Diamonds Under Pressure, and State of the Art Selling (available in both book and audiocassette format), Farber has been interviewed on CBS, NBC, and CNN and featured in leading business publications. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and three children.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.