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Book Title: Fluent in 3 Months: How Anyone at Any Age Can Learn to Speak Any Language from Anywhere in the World|
The author of the book: Benny Lewis
ISBN 13: 9780062282699
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 728 KB
Date of issue: March 11th 2014
Read full description of the books Fluent in 3 Months: How Anyone at Any Age Can Learn to Speak Any Language from Anywhere in the World:I speak six languages myself, which I painstakingly learned over many years of studies, and I was very curious to learn more about Benny Lewis's method. After reading this book the best way to describe it is "language-learning for couch-surfers". You're more likely to reach a basic conversational level only by speaking the language using a phrasebook for three months than really become fluent in it.
The keyword here is "fluent". Lewis spends an entire chapter near the beginning of the book to give his own definition of fluency, and let's just say that it's not what most people think of when they use the word. While the book sounds written from his heart, and he does sound honestly passionate about languages, I simply cannot forgive him this marketing sleigh of hand.
That is not to say that his tips are all useless. Focusing on the spoken language first is very good advise. But his insistence that language is primarily a method for communication leaves out a whole world of knowledge. I understand why he would avoid long pages of grammatical tables at the start of his learning process (nobody likes verb conjugations and noun cases), but I cannot accept that one could reach level B2 (fluency) without ever studying grammar, or even reading a newspaper or watching TV for that matter. I suspect that his secondary languages (those he hasn't taken any written exams in) are in very bad shape.
The other major problem with this book is that it's basically a collection of posts from his website. And since there's no easy way to include everything in a book, it feels incomplete in places and incoherent in others. His editors could have done a better job.
Despite all the flaws, the book is inspirational, mostly thanks to Lewis's enthusiasm and direct style of writing. And it does list some fine points I plan to go back to and follow for my own studies. Overall, Fluent In 3 Months is not a waste of time, but it over-promises and under-delivers.
Read information about the authorBenny Lewis is a digital nomad and founder of the largest language learning blog in the world, www.fluentin3months.com. He is a world traveler and has been traveling non-stop to learn languages for the past 13 years–living out of a 23kg bag and working out of his laptop.
His internationally best-selling book Fluent in 3 Months, published by HarperCollins, discusses how adults can learn any language from anywhere at any age. He is a polyglot who speaks over a dozen languages (7 of which are at a fluent level or higher), though he could only speak English when he started his travels at age 21.
As a result of his travels and his focus on integrating himself into local cultures through language, Benny was named National Geographic’s Traveler of the Year in 2013
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