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How to Learn a New Language with a Used Brain [Format Kindle]

Lynn McBride
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Présentation de l'éditeur

Forced to master a new language when she moved to Europe, American writer and editor Lynn McBride begin delving into the best methods and resources for language learning, gathering data from professors, programs, native speakers, and fellow language learners. This short, practical guide to tackling a new language the most effective way, and with the right tools, is the result of her efforts, and her conviction that foreign language study has surprising benefits for everyone.

Written especially for adult learners from beginner to advanced levels who want to successfully learn a new language or revive a stalled effort, the book is upbeat, enthusiastic, and motivating.

Included in the book:

–A personal, tailored program for language learning.

–Practical tips from other language teachers and learners.

–A review of the best language learning resources available–many of them free–covering both traditional methods and the latest online resources for computers, tablets and smartphones.

–Ways to make the program fun, and a part of daily life.

The structured program in this book offers a great head start for anyone beginning or reviving a language learning effort.

Biographie de l'auteur

Lynn McBride is an American writer, editor, and educator who has lived in France since 2003. Before moving she lived in Charleston, SC, where she was a Regional Editor for Meredith Publishing (Better Homes & Gardens et al) for 10 years. Since moving to Europe she has written for travel and home/garden magazines and websites for the US and the UK. When Lynn and her husband moved to France, they fell serendipitously into an apartment in a medieval château in Burgundy, where they lived with the owners for several years. She began a blog about their life there called Southern Fried French, with weekly posts about French culture, language, cooking, and château life. Her new book was born out her love of language study, the frequent questions about language from her blog readers, and her growing realization that Europeans enjoy great advantages with their mastery of multiple foreign languages. Lynn and her husband still live in Burgundy, where she is still studying her French.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 235 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 103 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0987454897
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  • Editeur : Piccola Press Inc.; Édition : 1 (8 mai 2013)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00CPOH8H2
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Très utile 29 juillet 2013
Par Airelle
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J'ai retrouvé dans ce livre beaucoup de conseils que j'avais déjà mis en application mais bien d'autres aussi que je vais mettre en pratique. Très motivant.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Seriously, why is this a book? 5 février 2014
Par Benjamin Yu - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Update 1: I received in my email box this morning, two comments on my post. Both had the exact same message word for word.

The first was by a person named Lynn McBride, the author's name is Lynn Mcbride. The first post was deleted, the second as of this update is still there. The second is by a Mr. Ronald Norton, who has no other activity. A quick google shows that the author's blog 'Southern Fried French' references that her husband's name is Ron. You can all draw your own conclusions, contained below in the comments is the proof. As reviews may not contains links.

I should begin this review by saying that I am not a beginner language learner. I was persuaded by the near flawless reviews and reassurance in the book's biography "for beginner to advanced learners." This book is suited for an absolute beginner audience, before you have even started learning a language. If you are already at an upper beginner or intermediate stage, most of these "tips" will be painfully obvious.

I thought there would be some sort of trick or tool that would make my language learning faster or efficient. There is no substitute for hard work; Languages take hundreds of hours to thousands of class hours to learn according to the Foreign Service Institute and it's clear this book has no shortcuts for that.

You can google 'FSI Language infographic'. For the most part these are all accurate, something like Spanish or French takes 600 class hours to learn, even if you're a good individual learner let's cut that down to 400 hours. At 6 hours per day, that's still 66 days. If you were to learn 30 minutes per day even (more than most people) that's more than 2 years worth. It's no wonder, Mandarin Chinese or Japanese at 2200 hours is so hard to learn and it's no wonder someone can say I've learned French for 6 years and still can't speak it. Really? but how many of those hours have you actually put in. (See Benny Lewis' post on: 'How to learn a language in hours, not years') Simply put, nothing will help you more than just time and dedication. (Benny Lewis is controversial among language learners because he sells books on this idea of fluent in 3 months, you should by now to be wary of any claims such as these, this does not mean he doesn't create good content however) You should spend your time actively learning, making spaced repetition notecards (Anki shoutout!), drilling grammar, reading hard material and talking to other people. Passively learning i.e. reading the same vocab list 15 times will do nothing for you. Any neuroscientist can tell you difference between active and passive learning. On to the review.

This is an incredibly short book. I purchased the kindle version, so luckily I was able to see how short it was. The first 8% of the book is filled with dedications and introductions to who the author was and describing what the rest of the book will be about and her blog.

The first chapter starts off with a joke, then extols the virtues of learning a language, why you should learn one and the importance of personalizing a language learning routine and the importance of commitment and immersion. The book tells you at this point about the 4 cornerstones of learning a language: speaking, listening, understanding and writing. Wow, I would have never guessed. Congratulations you're 15% done with the book before you even got to any advice.

Chapter 2 talks about making sure your basics are solid it gives advice such as "You'll need to get up to speed with the fundamentals of grammar and vocabulary, from a textbook or perhaps from a formal class of some kind." Also learning basic pronunciation and taking it slow.
Then it breaks down into a list of Listen Up, Start Talking, Read like a native, Don't Quit Now! and Make it Fun!
Buy a fresh notebook to jot down questions you may have. I'm going to have to agree with the reviewer that said this was poorly written.

Chapter 3 is supposed to be the crux of the book and this is where I believe it falls flat, now having reached the 20% mark.
These are literally some of the advice headlines that are given:
Go through a good textbook, consider breaking it into daily doses or a review book, use a phrasebook
Study online to learn basics
Attend a college class
Sign up for a MOOC (online course)
Use a good dictionary
Look for clubs or private tutors
Don't do an immersion program (yet)

It moves on to listening, which includes advice such as using tapes, videos and podcasts, smartphone apps, listening to the radio and watching foreign movies
It continues by saying to be fearless in speaking, don't be nervous, using conversation groups, talk to your dog, join an immersion program etc. Then it moves onto reading, filled with advice such as use a highlighter pen, try bilingual books, read blogs, type up your notes. Need I go on?

The book is extremely long for the little amount of advice it gives, the reason why is that the author loves to add short anecdotes and testimonials from friends and people she knows. e.g. "my french friends Mireille and Michel...Nicole Balvay of the Chateau de Balleure" It actually makes me question the credibility of many of these 5 star reviews, how many of these are simply readers from her blog? The author if you're unfamiliar, started her blog for expats in France looking to learn French.

Chapter 4 consists of advice from many people she knows, I presume because most of them relate to French that the majority come from readers of her blog. Some stories consist of ending up in a French tourist town and begging the policeman not to tow your car, being embarrassed when using the wrong word, using classes, immersion etc. These stories take up literally 25% of the book.

Chapter 5 is the only redeemable chapter where she lists valuable resources to use such as My Language Ntebook, Quizlet, websites like About.com, BBC, or Coffee Break podcasts. As well as recommending famous products that everyone knows about Rosetta Stone and Pimsleur. Others such as Fluenz, Meetup, Italki. Phrasebooks, The Dummies textbook series More emphasis on blogs, websites and immersion institutes. This section out of all of them, is the most likely to become out of date too.

Chapter 6 is the last chapter about being an expat and fitting in the community. One of the tips is literally "Be a joiner" as in join the local community through social committees, finding the balance of studying and relaxing, the limits of immersion (intense study periods) finding a native friend, finding an activity you enjoy to learn languages.

Chapter 7 is the author's farewell hoping you enjoyed the book taking up the last 4% of the book. This book is lacking any meaningful discussion on language learning besides the obvious. It reads like a collection of blog posts quickly assembled into book format sometimes jumping from topic to topic.

I was really disappointed with this book. I honestly learned more from reading Gabriel Wyner's short lifehacker post about how to learn a language than this book and it took me less time to read. Mr. Wyner also has a new language learning app on kickstarter to train pronunciation as well as a new book coming out. I admit I am biased and I think Wyner brings some fresh innovative ideas to the old world of language learning backed up by careful scientific evidence.

I may not agree with the complete "no english" immersion style of Wyner, but the tips he contributes are much better than the advice given in this book. His website is Towerofbabelfish.

There's no mention of prolific language learners such as the arrogant but talented Benny Lewis with a wealth of information on things like how to learn the thai alphabet. The author gives brief mention to electronic dictionaries. True, there are many apps that you can keep on your smartphone that can bring up a definition instantly, such as Pleco for Mandarin Chinese.

Nor any mention of the use of spaced repetition models of learning such as Anki with shared community courses or memrise, which was specifically built for language learning. Forvo for listening to native accents etc. FluentU for watching Mandarin videos and learning Mandarin. The FSI's old recordings. Readlang and duolingo for reading comprehension/grammar. I'm sad to say that I did not learn anything from reading this book, time that could have been put to use learning a language.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 A very basic guide 30 août 2013
Par Carol A Agia - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I had great hopes that this book might push me to the next level in my ongoing struggle to learn italian. Unforfunately, for me, there was very little new information. The book only reinforced what i already have been doing. It was very short. I read it in one afternoon. I was somewhat disappointed.
7 internautes sur 8 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
1.0 étoiles sur 5 Not worth it 28 janvier 2014
Par Brian Lang - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Filled with obvious suggestions. Nothing new or useful. Can't believe anyone would publish something so useless. And not even well written or amusing.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Not Worth Buying 1 mai 2014
Par FallenHeavens - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
This is basically just a collection of information taken from many different people's "how to learn a language" blog posts. Save yourself the money and just go read those instead, it's the same exact experience.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Like another said: Why is this a book? 20 février 2014
Par K. Anderson - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
There is nothing useful about this book, unless of course you have NEVER been exposed to foreign language learning. All beginner foreign language learning books contain the same information, plus something to actually learn. Don't waste your time or money with this one.
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