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How to Learn a Foreign Language
the handbook used by schools, universities, and independent language-learners throughout the world: Don't miss this little book! It is unusual in that it treats languages as respectable and serious study but also fun. It addresses common fears, and deals with the attitudes that have made Americans increasingly monolingual. It is packed with advice on how to learn a foreign language…Excellent, simple, with summaries at the end of each chapter…I enjoyed it very much. Rene Perez-Lopez Voice of Youth Advocates This book could save a beginning student hours of confusion, and might provide some confidence that learning a language is normal and possible, even for someone like him or her!…Fuller has codified what many successful language learners have found out for themselves about learning languages…The knowledge that Fuller is writing from such vast experience can only inspire confidence on the part of the reluctant language learner. Carol L. McKay Modern Language Journal
How To Learn a Foreign Language
by Graham E. Fuller
STORM KING PRESS
Copyright 1987 by Graham E. Fuller All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. Storm King Press books are available at special discounts for bulk purchases for sales, promotions, premiums, fund raising or non-profit educational use. Special editions or book excerpts can also be created to specifications. For details contact: Storm King Press P.O. Box 2089 Friday Harbor, WA 98250 Tel: (206) 378-3910 Manufactured in the United States ISBN 978-1-61750-426-6
I dedicate this book to my family which has shared with me so much of my life overseas: Prue, Samantha, Melissa and Luke.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction Chapter One How To Use This Book Chapter Two Why Do I Need A Foreign Language? Chapter Three Teaching Your Mouth New Tricks Chapter Four Swimming In The Alphabet Soup, Or, Don't Trust Familiar Letters Chapter Five In Other Words, Learning To Think All Over Again Chapter Six Learning To Spot Relatives, Or Language Families Chapter Seven Digging Up Words By Their Roots Chapter Eight Words, Words, Words Chapter Nine Stringing Words Together Chapter Ten Grammar (Ugh) Chapter Eleven No End To Endings (More Ugh) Chapter Twelve The Gender Gap (Ugh, Ugh, Ugh) Chapter Thirteen
Moving Off Plateaus Chapter Fourteen How Far Can You Really Get?
Special Section Going It Alone
This book is for those of you who have never studied a foreign language before. And it is for those of you who have already had one painful experience with a foreign language and who hope to do better at it this time. I'd like to pass along to you all the tips that it took me years of study in many different languages to learn. These tips all by themselves won't teach you a language—but they will help you to learn one. And I want to teach you something about what foreign languages are all about —how languages work and how to approach this very special learning challenge. As you'll see, learning a foreign language—any foreign language—will be different from any other kind of study you have ever done. I have had to study a great many languages over the past years. Fortunately, I've always liked languages. And since I've lived overseas in many different countries, I've had to learn quite a number of them just to do my job properly. Between job requirements and curiosity about languages—and a good bit of language work in college as well—I've studied to one extent or another more than a dozen of them, including Latin, Greek, Russian, Chinese, Arabic, Persian, Turkish and numerous European languages. In other words, I've been through it all, lots of times. My aim is to make the process as easy as possible for you, whatever your own language goal may be. If you really like foreign languages, that's great. It will only make your task easier. But this book isn't just for people who...
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