Fluent Forever

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The ultimate rapid language-learning guide! For those who’ve 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. 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 Fluent Forever Wyner reveals what he’s discovered. 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. Fluent Forever 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. Starting with pronunciation, you’ll learn how to rewire your ears and turn foreign sounds into familiar sounds. You'll retrain your tongue to produce those sounds accurately, using tricks from opera singers and actors. Next, you'll begin to tackle words, and connect sounds and spellings to imagery, rather than translations, which will enable you to think in a foreign language. And with the help of sophisticated spaced-repetition techniques, you'll be able to memorize hundreds of words a month in minutes 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 learn a foreign language in the spare minutes of your day.
  1. 1
    022 The End
  2. 2
    021 One Last Note
  3. 3
    020 Appendix Six
  4. 4
    019 Appendix Five
  5. 5
    018 Appendix Four
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    017 Appendix Three
  7. 7
    016 Appendix Two
  8. 8
    015 Appendix One
  9. 9
    014 Glossary
  10. 10
    013 The Fourth Gallery
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    012 The Third Gallery
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    011 The Second Gallery
  13. 13
    010 The First Gallery
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    009 The Gallery: Introduction 2
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    008 The Gallery Introduction 1
  16. 16
    007 Chapter Seven
  17. 17
    006 Chapter Six
  18. 18
    005 Chapter Five
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    003 Chapter Three
  20. 20
    002 Chapter Two
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    001 Chapter One

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