Audiobook Review: Fluent Forever, by Gabriel Wyner • Glam Adelaide

Audiobook Review: Fluent Forever, by Gabriel Wyner

TRAVEL: How to learn any language fast and never forget it, using the best ideas from a range of different lanuage learning programs.

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If your new year’s resolution is to learn a new language, this audiobook might be a great place to start.
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If your new year’s resolution is to learn a new language, this audiobook might be a great place to start.

Wyner speaks multiple languages and, over the years, has combined the best elements of different learning programs and psychology to work out the fastest and easiest way to learn and retain a new language – for himself.

Different people have different capacities to learn and remember. Ultimately, it’s our own interest and commitment that will make the biggest difference. Where Wyner’s teachings succeed however, is through providing a lot of tips and techniques that can be combined to help wake up our memory.

He reads his own audiobook successfully and varies the recording from the printed version to acknowledge the different medium. It would help enormously to read along with the printed version however, so making use of Amazon/Audible’s Whispersync option might be the way to go.

Wyner refers a lot to his own website and has set up a section for audiobook listeners to access the references that need to be seen, not heard.

In Fluent Forever, Wyner discusses tongue and lip positions, the use of flash cards, word lists and word associations, delving in to the way our brain connects information and the power of visualising the meaning of a word. He pushes the need to recall, not translate and goes on to explain the difference.

On top of his own teachings, Wyner also directs the listener to lots of free and paid online resources, and printed resources such as phrase books and language dictionaries.

If you’ve not been successful learning a language in the past, Wyner teaches you how to learn, which is an important first step. Take the time to learn about learning and you might be surprised by what you learn!

Fluent Forever is an older audiobook, released back in 2017, but it’s still a current and valuable 8 hour lesson. It was released through Dreamscape Media LLC and is available through Audible Australia.

Reviewed by Rod Lewis
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