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This is a good book for beginning language learners. It argues against many of the common excuses people will have with learning their first foreign language and describes many free or cheap resources which beginners likely won't know about but are common tools of the trade for more experienced learners.
What differentiates Benny's method from most others is his recommendation to start speaking right away...even from day one, and he gives some pretty convincing arguments for it.
I also want to give him credit for mentioning other polyglots with different methods than his and resources which may be in competition with his such as the forum at http://how-to-learn-any-language.com
I didn't learn much from his book other than a few tips from the section on body language, but it helped to motivate me to speak earlier in my studies which will be beneficial so I feel like it was worth my time and money to read.
In order to provide more detail than I gave in Synergy, I’d like to start threads expanding on the way I learn the 4 basic skills (speaking, reading, listening and writing) and the sub-skills (grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation). This first expansion thread is about speaking.
I have seen one poll, and have heard it mentioned often in the forums that conversation is the most coveted goal of language learners. Of course there are some learners who rank it lower, and some who don’t learn it at all, but overall it’s number one. It’s easily number one with me, and over the years I’ve been trying different strategies and improving my conversation techniques. Below I will recommend how speaking and conversation fit into Synergy, but first I will give you my background with them so you can see how I arrived at these conclusions.
My background with speaking and conversation. When I was a...
First off I wanted to say thanks for the warm welcome.You guys have been great! I was reading a language reading book the other day, and it mentioned learning the IPA as well as the specific "sound table" for the language in order to be able to accurately depict the sounds in the language in question. Now I definitely see the application of learning something like this, but I just wanted to bring this to the group and get all of your opinions on it.
Big thanks to my tutor patineuse for the Russian transcripts and member pat tou for the interlinear texts!!!
As you may know, I advocate listening from the beginning. Personally, I like to watch TV or movies that have subtitles or transcripts. I like to use LingQ to help me read, so having a transcript is sometimes preferred over subtitles. And I prefer the subtitles or script to be in L2, in case there is any doubt.
So I've watched many Russian movies and TV shows. I ended up watching a couple hundred of the series Воронины, mainly because of the availability. But it was based on an American show, and the language contained lot's of idioms that I didn't get, and I was told by almost all my partners that it isn't a good example of Russian. And there are no transcripts or subtitles.
Since then, I have found several much...