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Fluent in 3 Months

How Anyone at Any Age Can Learn to Speak Any Language from Anywhere in the World

Benny Lewis

Copyright

fluent in 3 months: How Anyone at Any Age Can Learn to Speak Any Language from Anywhere in the World. Copyright 2014 by Brendan Richard Lewis. All rights reserved. Printed in the United States of America. No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical articles and reviews. For information, address Harper C ollins Publishers, 10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022. Harper Collins books may be purchased for educational, business, or sales promotional use. For information, please e- mail the Special Markets Department at SPsales@harpercollins.com. Harper C ollins website: http://www.harpercollins.com HarperC ollins , first edition Designed by Terry McGrath Library of Congress Cataloging- i n- P ublication Data Lewis, Benny (Brendan Richard) Fluent in 3 months : how anyone at any age can learn to speak any language from anywhere in the world / Benny Lewis. First Edition. pages cm isbn 9780 062282699 1. Language and languagesStudy and teaching. 2. Language and languagesSelf- instruction. I. Title. II. Title: Fluent in three months. P53.77.L49 2014 418.0071dc23 2013034559 14 15 16 17 18 rrd(h) 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

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Contents
A C K N O W L E D G M E N T S vii I nt R od U ction

My Story, Your Passion 1


Your story, like mine, begins and ends with passion the surest path to learning a new language.
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Destroying Twenty Common Language Learning Myths 15


Stop making excuses. Theres simply no reason you cant learn a new language, and Ill tell you why.
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Your Mission, Should You Choose to Accept It 49


Do away with vague daydreams, such as learn Spanish, by setting specific end goals within specific time frames and incorporating new language learning techniques to achieve concrete results.
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How to Learn Thousands of Words Quickly 67


If you dont have the memory of a supercomputer, dont worry. This chapter explains why we forget things and teaches a much more efficient a nd fun way to remember foreign words.
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Immersion Without Buying a Plane Ticket 87


You dont need to be in a foreign country to learn the language. You can do it from the comfort of your home or local community.
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Speaking from Day One 107


Start speaking a new language right away with easy- to- follow cheats for when you dont know the words you want to say.
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Tips for Starting Specic Languages 137


Learning a specific language is easier than you think. Here I tell you why.
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From Fluency to Mastery 177


Strive toward fluency and beyond by coming back to the academic aspects better suited to this part of the language learning process.
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How to Get Mistaken for a Native Speaker 199


Its time to go beyond fluency by adapting to the local culture, until a stranger mistakes you for a native!
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Hyperpolyglot: When One Is Just Not Enough 217


Take language learning to the next level. Speak multiple languages without mixing them up or forgetting the one(s) youve already mastered.
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Free and Cheap Language Learning 2.0 233


Study a new language beyond spoken practice sessions with invaluable a nd mostly free resources.

Conclusion 247
a B o U t t H e a U t H o R 249

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