Language Skills: Gabriuel Wyner teaches you a fun way of learning a new language

What makes this book so powerful is how personal it makes learning a new language, basically you are creating your own curriculum. Which means that you choose your own words, sentences and hooks. If you’re bored of basic classroom learning, feeding you boring sentences and giving you almost no chance to practice it (you have to take turns to speak), then this is a perfect match.

After reading this book:

  • You know how to make memorable flashcards
  • You get a list of the best learning books, helping you create your own curriculum
  • You will know how to make yourself sound right (develop an accent)

Something specific I really like

The main trick of learning a language: make words and sentences visual. Visual grammar might seem impossible at first, but there’s a clever way for making it work.

Your main learning tool will be flashcards. But, it’s important that you create your own flashcards! People like to present words and sentences with different images, creating a stronger and a more personal connection with them. Don’t download someone else’s flashcards deck!

Another thing I really like

When learning a new language, it’s important to learn the words, but what’s more important, is learning to pronounce the words (having a proper accent)…right from the start. If you wait until later to work on your accent, you will have butchered every word in your vocabulary hundreds (or thousands) of times. This is where myths like the twelve year cap on accent learning comes from: unlearning bad habits.

Another thing I really like

Start with the 1000 most frequently used words. But, the words aren’t the same in every language, each language has its own frequency list.  Despite the differences, the author suggests 625 words that overlap in every language. These words are easy to visualize, making it easy to learn them with pictures instead of translations.

My experience

I started learning Russian, by making flashcards like the book suggests. What did I discover? You need A LOT OF TIME to create flashcards. Each word needs 2-3 cards, and each card requires a picture, IPA-pronunciation and audio-pronunciation. Luckily there’s a solution. The author of this book developed an app that automates most of the searching and composing. Now you can focus on learning not creating. Here’s the app: Language APP