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Book Review: Gabriel Wyner's "Fluent Forever" (Method)


Get it here on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2NqKijR


The first thing I can say about this method is that - I tested it myself!


This book is an absolute must-read for beginner language learners. Many beginner students dive immediately into material, such as textbooks or apps, without stopping to consider a method or a plan for learning the language. Wyner does exactly that here, providing a step-by-step plan for getting around many of the frustrations beginner learners face.


Fluent Forever focuses on a more natural approach to language learning, like we emphasize here. Wyner talks about how to achieve native-like pronunciation and remember large amounts of vocabulary, with well researched science to back it up. He also places great emphasis on speaking, and talks about why many language learners can read/write, but cannot speak effectively. Even better, he gives a foolproof formula for being able to speak naturally!


I stumbled upon Wyner's method a bit late into my own personal language journey, but I applied it with great success when I started learning Japanese in 2018. I followed the steps to the letter, not expecting much, but I was having decent conversations within 3 months. Within 6 months, I was able to understand most of the conversations in the Japanese-English exchange group at my school, and went from the quiet, shy guy in the corner to talking nonstop!


At the one year mark, when I traveled to Japan, I was able to have lengthy conversations with my host family and host brother about politics, science, religion, you name it. I met many new friends at social events in Tokyo, talked to strangers at 7-11's in the countryside town of Yamanashi, and learned so much more about Japan than I ever could have if I didn't speak Japanese. I was able to connect with the people there in a way I never could have imagined, and experiencing Japan only speaking Japanese entirely changed my life. I couldn't believe what was happening - it felt unreal!


The great thing about the Fluent Forever method is that it's efficient. Very, very efficient. I guarantee you can essentially travel to the country of your target language within 1 month and have absolutely no issues getting around, and being able to have decent conversations within 6 months is an absolutely plausible feat.


The team here has incorporated many of the ideas of Fluent Forever into our own practice regimen, and we definitely recommend that you do the same.


Pros:

  • Very solid, efficient system

  • Gives a good method for learning pronunciation, alphabets, and vocabulary, with a lot of additional resources available online

  • Good approach to learning grammar naturally

  • Gives really good advice for improving speaking

  • Discusses mindset, which many resources ignore

  • Comes with an app

Cons:

  • Material is directed at beginners, will need to upgrade to other methods after year 1

Amazon Review: 4.5/5 Our Review: 9.1/10


Verdict: Strongly recommend


Get Fluent Forever on Amazon here: https://amzn.to/2NqKijR

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