Fluent Forever: How to Learn Any Language Fast and Never Forget It
- Publish Date: 2014-08-05
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Gabriel Wyner
The ultimate rapid language-learning guide!
For those whoâve despaired of ever learning a foreign language, here, finally, is a book that will make the words stick. At thirty years old, Gabriel Wyner speaks six languages fluently.Â He didnât learn them in school -- who does? -- rather, he learned them in the past few years, working on his own and practicing on the subway, using simple techniques and free online resources. In Fluent Forever Wyner reveals what heâs discovered.Â
The greatest challenge to learning a foreign language is the challenge of memory; there are just too many words and too many rules. For every new word we learn, we seem to forget two old ones, and as a result, fluency can seem out of reach.Â Fluent ForeverÂ tackles this challenge head-on. With empathy for the language-challenged and abundant humor, Wyner deconstructs the learning process, revealing how to build a foreign language in your mind from the ground up.Â
Starting with pronunciation, youâll learn how to rewire your ears and turn foreign sounds intoÂ familiarÂ sounds. You'll retrain your tongue to produce those sounds accurately, usingÂ tricks from opera singers and actors.Â Next, you'llÂ begin to tackle words, and connect sounds and spellings to imagery, rather than translations, which will enable you toÂ thinkÂ in a foreign language.Â And with the help of sophisticated spaced-repetition techniques, you'll be able to memorize hundreds of words a month inÂ minutesÂ every day. Soon, you'll gain the ability to learn grammar and more difficult abstract words--without the tedious drills and exercises of language classes and grammar books.
This is brain hacking at its most exciting, taking what we know about neuroscience and linguistics and using it to create the most efficient and enjoyable way to learnÂ a foreign language in the spare minutes of your day.