Fluent Forever

Gabriel Wyner 
<b>The ultimate rapid language-learning guide! </b><br /><br />For those who’ve despaired of ever learning a foreign language, here, finally, is a book that will make the words stick.<b> </b>At thirty years old, Gabriel Wyner speaks <i>six </i>languages fluently.&#xa0; He didn’t 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 <i>Fluent Forever</i> Wyner reveals what he’s discovered.&#xa0; <br /><b>&#xa0;</b><br />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.&#xa0;<i>Fluent Forever</i>&#xa0;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.&#xa0;<br />&#xa0;<br />Starting with pronunciation, you’ll learn how to rewire your ears and turn foreign sounds into&#xa0;<i>familiar</i>&#xa0;sounds. You'll retrain your tongue to produce those sounds accurately, using&#xa0;tricks from opera singers and actors.&#xa0;Next, you'll&#xa0;begin to tackle words, and connect sounds and spellings to imagery, rather than translations, which will enable you to&#xa0;<i>think</i>&#xa0;in a foreign language<i>.&#xa0; </i>And with the help of sophisticated spaced-repetition techniques, you'll be able to memorize hundreds of words a month in&#xa0;<i>minutes</i>&#xa0;every day. Soon, you'll gain the ability to learn grammar and more difficult abstract words--<i>without </i>the tedious drills and exercises of language classes and grammar books. <br />&#xa0;<br />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 learn&#xa0;a foreign language in the spare minutes of your day.
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