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Learn ANY Language: A Practical Guide to Learn Any Language to Any Level of Fluency

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Anyone can learn any language with the right tools and information. In this book, the reader will get the keys to learn ANY language. Learn how languages are learned and the specifics on different levels of fluency, as well as how long it takes to achieve fluency. Ways to measure progress at every point along the way are shared as well a series of actionable steps and exer ...more
Kindle Edition, 205 pages
Published August 7th 2016 by Real Life Language
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Forenote: I've been asked to read and review the book by its author.


I reckon my taste for foreign languages stems, a lot, from my own childhood experiences; mainly by exposure to TV/cinema and radio; but especially through music. Yet, paramount was my father's introduction into the world of stamps, and the collection I organized and updated for years. History, Economy, Culture, in a general sense, were some of the "fed" areas, yet language and foreign languages were at the top. I alw
Oct 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
I’m going to explain to you why you don’t have to be rich to learn a language. You don’t have to be a genius to learn a language. You don’t have to be well-educated to learn languages. You don’t have to be bored when you’re studying to learn a language. You don’t have to be young to learn another language. You also don’t have to have some mysterious, innate language learning ability. You don’t have to go and move to a foreign country to learn another language. You don’t have to i
Oct 17, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ebook
I was asked by the author to give an honest review of this book.

(To clarify my own experience in this domain, I am currently working on a Masters of Translation from French to English and have taken numerous linguistics related courses outside of my masters program. I have also dabbled in a couple of other languages, but am by no means a polyglot or a language professional.)

It seems to me like the intended audience for this book are people who have had absolutely zero contact with a foreign lang
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
When you're reading a book about doing or learning to do anything, the most valuable thing you can get is practical steps to take. This book has that in spades. The author is a teacher of languages and it shows in the prose, which is clear and straightforward--iow, practical. She describes what she sees as the flaws in the way language is taught in school, which is important when you're writing about language learning because so many people come to the subject having failed at learning it in sch ...more
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Five Informative Stars

I have been learning Italian for the last three years. And while I can read it fairly well, I struggle with verbalizing. I found this book as a resourceful and informative in a very personal way. I loved how the author shows pictures on keeping a notebook and notes that are better ways to practice. After reading this book I re-evaluated how I was practicing. I read the Kindle version and the pictures were great. It was also chocked full of resource links I checked out and
Dec 07, 2016 rated it liked it
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Full disclosure: I received a free copy of this book, but I was in no other way urged or compensated to review.

I've read a number of books about language learning this year, and unfortunately this one fell a little short for me. Klimas' writing style is halting and reminded me of a blog post that was turned into a book. Also, as a long-time language learner, I disagreed with some of her recommendations; while I think context and vocabulary is important, Klimas refers to grammar as a "tool" that
Oct 09, 2016 added it
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I read this book as an editor/beta reader, and it was so helpful. I'm not tremendously interested in learning languages, although I (like most people) have always wanted to. I took 3 years of both Spanish and German in school, but now that I'm out of those classes I remember barely anything about Spanish and small words and phrases from German. I don't have much patience when it comes to rote memorization and flash cards. Luckily this book doesn't advocate for either. It teaches readers ways to ...more
Dimitris Hall
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
25/01/2018 EDIT: I'm adding in the summary of the book's action steps in the words of the author:

The first step, is to review all of the action steps. They are compiled here for easy reference:

1. Throw away everything you ever thought you knew about learning languages. You don’t have to be perfect. You don’t have to spend half your life trying to study a language. You don’t have to be Doctor/Professor/ Genius insert-your-last-name. You don’t have to have a million dollars, pounds, euros, yuan, y
Chad Walstrom
Dec 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: language
Quick disclaimer: I received a MOBI formatted copy of this book from the author for the purpose of a fair and unbiased review. I have neither read other reviews of this book nor read any information about the author prior to reading the book itself and writing this review.

The author, Janina Klimas, opens the book by asking the reader if they've felt their prior experience in learning a language was less productive than desired, or if they're a new learner curious about how to proceed and succeed
DeAnna Knippling
Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

This isn't a book on how to speak XYZ foreign language, but a book on how and why current language students get stuck. Because this is a book primarily on how to unstick yourself, it gets repetitive at times. The same general principle applies throughout, but there are so many ways to mess it up that the separate arguments for each point feel a bit like nagging when taken all together.

But in the end, it feels doable. Even pleasant.
Nov 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It was written in a way that is easy to read and make sense of. The author talks about personal experience learning a language and shares insight on how you can achieve fluency by following the various steps outlined in the book.

My favorite part of this book was the information about first steps. There is a list that gives you some things you can do to start learning a language, from there you can progress into more intermediate and then advanced.

This book was informa
Nov 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is a treasure trove of practical, hands-on tips and tricks for anyone wanting to learn a new language. Klimas presents her range of techniques, tips and experiences in a lively, personal voice which broaches perfectly what I think is the key message of this book: anyone can learn a language. Sure, people are always raving about foreign exchange programs and immersing yourself in the native country and all that, but this book explores the ways in which those extravagant techniques aren' ...more
Alex Reborn
Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am impressed by how refreshing this book felt when it comes to such a subject like language learning! The approach suggested here was to learn a new language in context. Starting with grammar and with things that can't be used in real life situations right from the start are not effective. I think this book works very well for people trying to learn how to speak in a new language, but serious, academic learning might not work exactly the same, because it is more difficult to unlearn something ...more
Dec 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: language
I am learning Russian on my own and I realize it is going to take years. However, everywhere I browse I see adds for "become fluent in any language in 3 months", "learn a language in 6 weeks", "become an webdeveloper in 3 weeks", "become an ethical hacker and earn a 6 figure income afer watching 30 hrs of videos", ... No, you won't. It is dispiriting. Why this lack of respect for learning?
Enter "Learn any language". In this book the author, a language teacher herself, writes about the difficulti
Nov 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: language
First, full disclosure, I was given a free kindle copy of this book by the author, who requested I write a review. I was incredibly flattered by the request, though for all I know she just saw that I had read and reviewed language books on goodreads before. I have no idea how thoroughly I was vetted. I am only fluent in English with a smattering of words and phrases in other languages. I'm a language geek, not a language nerd, by which I mean that I have a great passion and interest for other la ...more
Anna del C. Dye
Nov 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Janina Klimas talks in her book “Learn ANY Language: A Practical Guide to Learn Any Language to Any Level of Fluency” about how the actual learning of languages takes place and on how we produced language. With comprehension, or understanding of what we read and what we hear we are able to talk any language.
I am a bilingual speaker and I understand what she means when she shows why even with years of schooling on a language we aren’t able to talk said language. She will gave you a clear hope an
Note: I was asked by the author to review this book.
I'm only giving this 3 stars, because I've read several other books on languages and a bunch of websites and forums on the same topic. So almost all of this was old information to me. That said, for those of you interested but not very knowledgeable on the subject, this is probably a four star book for you. The main issue I had was the writing style, while not boring, wasn't very interesting, but I'll admit that even as someone interested in la
Magdalena Golden
Dec 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
[I was given a copy of the book by the author in exchange for a fair review]

Janina Klimas's book reminded me a lot of Benny Lewis's Fluent in 3 Months: How Anyone at Any Age Can Learn to Speak Any Language from Anywhere in the World. They are both books aimed at people wanting to learn a foreign language and since I read Benny's book not very long ago I couldn't help but compare the two.

The key difference between the two, in my opinion, is that Benny's book concentrates pretty much exclusively o
Alex Lawless
***NOTE - I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review***

This book had a lot of pros and cons, and unfortunately for me, I found more cons than I did pros. However, I'd like to focus on the things I liked first, and then get into the cons.

-I very much appreciated her explanation of language comprehension through the stages of how one learns to speak their native tongue as very young children. It seems so simple that I'm surprised no one has ever brought th
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’ve learned a lot of great and creative tips from this book and I’ll try to use them in my learning foreign languages' journey🙏🏻❤️ ...more
Dec 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
(Thank you to the author for providing a review copy!)

I have always been one of those people who assumed that I am "just not good" at learning foreign languages. I've dabbled in a wide range since high school, trying to find something that would "click" for me: Spanish, French, German, Italian, Arabic, and even American Sign Language. I've tried text books, language tapes, online programs, flashcards--you name it. And every time, I've inevitably been frustrated by my inability to hang on to what
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is such a great resource! I have read several books on language learning and I think I learned more about the process from this one than any of the others I have read. I received the ebook version and it is LOADED with links and resource helps. If you are learning a language I highly recommend this book to guide you on your way to being as successful as you want to be. No more failed language learning for me!

I was asked to review this book and was pleasantly delighted with the opportunity
Nov 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Full disclosure:I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is that review.
Guides to how to acquire languages seem to be quite in vogue at the moment, and I daresay if you've read one you'll probably not want to spend time reading another. I must admit to only having filleted this one for tips rather than read it cover to cover. It's short and dense with information so that wasn't hard. Like most books of its type it starts by reassuring you that learning a language -
Feb 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Disclosure: I was asked by the author to provide an honest review of this book.

Janina Klimas' explanation and information regarding language learning is very interesting - I appreciate her perspective on what is effective and was is less so, especially since she has an educational background. I also liked her numerous ideas and suggestions for ways to practice learning a language. My main critique is that this book could be edited down a bit - there were some repetitive parts and areas that were
Dec 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book with the asking for a honest review. Hereby I will try to stay objective and provide my personal thoughts on the read.

I personally respect highly the notion that language learning and many aspects of the educational methodology per se are due for a major overhaul for quite some time now. Quite often teachers and pupil still rely on relic approaches, which even if working are far away from even marginally reaching the efficiency of various new ideol
Tom Quinn
Nov 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
FULL DISCLOSURE: I was offered a free electronic copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

"Learn ANY Language" bills itself as a practical handbook specifically aimed at adult language learners. I was not the target market, as I was not actively looking to learn a new language, but if I do get that desire this book seems like an okay addition to a general curriculum.

The author writes in a friendly tone, keeping things very matter-of-fact. Her stated goal is to "explain to you the metho
Nina Norstrom
Dec 20, 2016 rated it really liked it

I was gifted this book to give an honest review. This book is detailed in its own unique way. It breaks it down for the basic beginner. Readers will learn varied languages from the life of its author. And that in itself is a direct quote (from its author), “I'm going to share with you the work of my life so that you, or anybody that you care about, can get down to the important stuff and learn any language.”
Seemingly, it’s more of a “discussion guide” for self-help which introduces its reader
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Learn ANY Language: A Practical Guide to Learn Any Language to Any Level of Fluency is directed to novice language learners with no experience in learning languages; not to those who have mastered several already. As such, it begins with the basics of what language is, how it is learned, and the author's own experiences growing up in an English-speaking household with little to no contact with foreign languages.

Mastering Spanish in school still didn't result in any real fluency in the language,
Laura K
Dec 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
If you are studying another language or thinking of doing so, this book is definitely worth reading!

Pages 1 through 40 (on my digital e-reader) are really just an introduction and explanation of philosophy and goals and a bit repetitive. For me, the real substance of the book started with the section labeled "Comprehension" (although you are going to want to understand the author's philosophy of learning versus the traditional ways, so can skim through the beginning or refer back to it as you g
Charles Ray
Oct 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
There are many myths about language learning, most of them designed to convince us that learning a foreign language is all but impossible for the average person. In Learn Any Language by Janina Klimas these myths are ripped to shreds and flushed away.
A language teacher and speaker of several languages, Klimas addresses the history of language and language teaching in the United States, and then offers detailed, step-by-step guidance that will enable anyone to learn any foreign language, with or
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