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2017-03-15 06:04

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“IT is never too late to be what you might have been,” the saying goes.

We have always been awestruck by artists, performers, sportsmen and craftsmen, wishing that someday we too could bring out that inner Dali within us, uninhibitedly expressing ourselves in ways that are everything but intrinsic to our natural-born abilities.

For many, the amount of time and effort required to reach these goals make it easier to merely shrug and concede that maybe life as an exclusive consumer isn’t as bad as it’s made out to be.

For the rest (those with a perpetually burning desire to either develop that skill or forever be haunted by the lack of it), there are books.

Learning a new language is one such talent.

Anyone who’s ever gawked at foreign words pouring out of a friend’s mouth knows that few things in life are more impressive.

But again, there’s that time and effort issue.

We are exposed to thousands of hours of our native language until speaking it is as complicated as a one-piece puzzle.

When it comes to learning a whole new language, what’s a hardworking Joe or Jane Smith to do?

While I don’t believe that every non-fiction writer is a master of the field (there are disagreements everywhere), I do believe that if someone was confident enough to write a how-to book, they have much to teach you.

Enter author Gabriel Wyner with his book How to learn any language fast and never forget it.

Wyner, in combining the efficiency of two proven memory techniques, claims to have formulated a conveniently quick method for language acquisition.

Have fun learning that recall is better than repetition, that words are more easily remembered when they are encountered in context, and that if you truly want to connect with people, even the accent of a language should be developed (Italian hand gestures included).

Language-learning is a bit like money – no one cares how much you know unless you have the goods to back it up.

So, while this is a fun read and may truly shorten the learning curve, it’s how deeply you immerse yourself in a foreign language that will ultimately decide how far you progress in it.

Further reading: Kevin Trudeau’s Mega Memory – How to Release Your Superpower Memory in 30 Minutes or Less a Day.

- Omar Sayed.

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