Fluent Forever

Fluent Forever

How to Learn Any Language Fast and Never Forget It

eBook - 2014
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Random House, Inc.
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 languageAnd 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.

Baker & Taylor
A self-styled linguistic expert whose techniques for learning languages have been featured on lifehacker.com explores the science behind learning and memory and describes how to unleash one's inner grammar genius and “lock in” knowledge to learn new words in any language. Original.

Publisher: New York : Crown Publishing Group, 2014
ISBN: 9780385348102
Branch Call Number: eBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Apr 16, 2018

Written by an Opera Singer in Austria for a wanna be Opera and Early Sacred Music singer in the Podunk.

My goals with this book are to have a systematic way of learning my Opera langauges, Ecclesiastical Latin for my Early Sacred Music work, Hindi/Bhorpuri/Urdu and my other mother tongues of India and all of the other non Opera languages I want to learn.

Laura_X Nov 27, 2017

It's difficult to rate something like this without seeing if it works first. But, I do think that the author is at least giving you a very practical approach to self-language study... and he certainly doesn't sugar-coat how much work it's going to be. I've been stuck in my Japanese language study for a while -- I think Gabriel Wyner's approach might be the answer to get me out of this rut.

Also, I would highly recommend the audiobook of this to listen to while you read the book. He seriously has one of the prettiest narration voices. Plus, with so much discussion about foreign words and pronunciation, it is such a bonus to actually hear (rather than read and guess wrong) the words properly spoken. And, with how much he repeats his example words, my vocabulary is now 5-6 words larger.

May 25, 2016

This is a fantastic resource to help a language learner become fluent in their language of choice. Brings together all the things I have always been told to do plus several new ideas!

PimaLib_SamR Mar 08, 2016

This is a great book to help you learn practically any language. It takes advantage of many technological resources, and provides less tech-intensive alternatives. He stresses the importance of mastering a language's sound system before going forward.

Feb 25, 2016

I generally prefer Benny Lewis' Fluent in 3 Months as it gives overall better advice. This is good if you want a little more supplementary material than Fluent in 3 Months books states. This one focuses a little too much on the flash card creation which some people may not like, though it does give some good points nonetheless.

Nov 01, 2015


Anything worth doing is hard.

Oct 24, 2015

I'm pretty sure this system can work for a lot of languages but the time effort to set it up seems so high that few will probably follow through with it.

May 26, 2015

Very informally written, but it remains upbeat and funny whilst giving instruction, advice, and links and techniques. Too early for me to determine whether it is all good advice, though with some effort I'll determine that soon enough.


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