Xenia Fortyone

Has anyone read this one and actually managed to acquire a new skill? and if so which one?

Qinyu Yeah, I use the method that the author learned Ukulele to learn Bawu, a traditional Chinese minority instrument. And I am at the same time in a wechat group where there is 150 people who are learning it( self-study using videos and books) . I found that, by using some of his methods, (maybe also because I have learned erhu before, )I am learning much quicker than most of them,(Actually, they started to thought I am some kind of genius ⁄(⁄ ⁄•⁄ω⁄•⁄ ⁄)⁄ So it's helpful to me.
I saw some of comments give a low score just because they don't like the stuffs the author had learned.
My teacher once told us that every book is a mixture of sand and gold, and you need to pick up the gold yourself. Don't treat a book you're reading as an enemy눈_눈, but as a friend ◕‿◕。 It can also be applied to this case.
Kirra Yep. Japanese.

the book is not magic....and by reading it cover to cover you are not going to develop some magical learning ability.... I think the nay-sayers here have watched The Matrix too many times and think after reading it they'll be able to just 'download' a new skill ala Neo....

I took Josh's theory - I'll be honest I wasn't as structured as he was - but I broke down what I needed to be able to say in Japanese while away (what level of communication I needed in order get my boss and I to the right hotel, fed, to meetings, on the right trains etc) I found other resources that discussed learning languages quickly (check out Tim Ferris' blog) found resources to help me practice the vocab (mainly apps - Mirai Japanese was brilliant) and put in the hours. I know that none of this is ground breaking new intel...but Josh's book helped me formulise a plan.

And was absolutely beside myself when I had a very broken conversation with two Japanese ladies at a temple in Kyoto.

Don't be too literal when you read the book, continue reading past the intro (where he discuss the theory) and read the chapters where he talks about his process when he learnt 6 specific skills...Remember they are anecdotes and not an instruction guide.
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