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Fluency Now


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Literally the best language guide I have ever read. This is like having your own experienced and cheerleading language tutor by your side!

Firstly, I could not agree more with Xavier's view that the best way to learn a language is by yourself. You are the best teacher at the end of the day, the only thing that is really holding you back from achieving blissful fluency is either confidence, fruitless resources or a combination of both - as is the case for many language students, I am sure! I studied Spanish for around seven years and though I could read it perfectly and speak to a handful of my Spanish friends (who happened to speak a lot slower than the Latin Americans I met at university!), I never really considered myself to be fluent despite my CV implying otherwise because at the end of the day I lacked the confidence to put myself out there more often in terms of speaking the language to actual Spanish speakers with every varying accent or preference to using slang. I stopped studying Spanish in exchange for Classical Latin in my second year at university largely because I believed the university course did nothing for improving my speaking confidence, no matter how many times I begged for help. So I decided that the best person to encourage my confidence was myself. How I wish I had this book in my first year at university because it really does break down the whole language learning process to the essential building blocks rather than just random vocab sheets you *must* know or key phrases you *have* to have to be fluent. The learning journey is very personal and I am so glad that Xavier stresses this throughout with his personal anecdotes with students and how they came to be confident speakers just by tailoring their learning to suit their needs and what they wanted to talk about with native speakers, rather than just what textbooks claim you should talk about.

As is stated, this book is not a language course. This book instead teaches you what is essentially a fruitful hack to becoming fluent in any language you choose. The best takeaway I got from this was the encouragement to expose yourself to as much media in the language you wish to learn as possible. Books, podcasts, magazines and newspapers, TV, radio and film can give you the vocabulary and phrases you crave to use in casual conversation quicker than most language courses because you remember it better when you have stumbled upon a word and out of curiosity, looked it up for yourself. This book also contains some useful techniques for new language learners who are total beginners to the concept of picking up a foreign language.

I thoroughly enjoyed this informative and wholly positive approach to fluency. Thank you for bringing Fluency Now into the world, Xavier! It certainly needs it.

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Xavier Liras (Mallorca, 1985) has been working as a Languages' teacher for the last 8 years. His main aim is to help people become fluent in any language by giving them the best strategies and techniques that he has been using successfully with his students during all these years. view profile

Published on August 09, 2020

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