What I can learn in 30 days

Quicklearning - learn any foreign language in 30 days

One thing in advance - the impression is deceptive if you think you are buying this book and can spend the expenses for any other learning material, dictionaries, etc. for free. Primarily, it is a motivation and instruction book in which the author presents in a very entertaining and compact way how you can motivate yourself to learn a foreign language and create an individual learning program. Among other things, tips are given on how one can overcome one's "inner weaker self" so that it is not only with good intentions, and which relaxation exercises can help to find an optimal starting point for learning. Dodsen presents various learning paths (e.g. learning games) and gives instructions on how to create your own individual learning material. I think it's good that it ... more

One thing in advance - the impression is deceptive if you think you are buying this book and can afford the expenses for any further learning material, dictionaries, etc. Primarily it is a motivation and instruction book in which the author presents in a very entertaining and compact way how you can motivate yourself to learn a foreign language and create an individual learning program. Among other things, tips are given on how one can overcome one's "inner weaker self" so that it is not only with good intentions, and which relaxation exercises can help to find an optimal starting point for learning. Dodsen presents various learning paths (e.g. learning games) and gives instructions on how to create your own individual learning material. I think it's good that there are also a few pages on the most common vocabulary and expressions, including from English, Spanish and Italian, and that the author has tried out his recommendations in practice as part of his teaching activities. As a result, the booklet reads well and quickly. However, some of the tips seem very time-consuming to implement. The author points out that the promise of being able to learn any foreign language in 30 days should be understood as meaning that you would have to devote yourself to learning the respective language for almost a full 30 days - that is, if you cannot spend 30 days at a time on it wants (and who can do that?), but doing something every now and then, e.g. once a week for an hour or two, will of course take longer. I found that a bit confusing, even if quite understandable on closer inspection. My personal conclusion is: The book is very well suited to mentally prepare and get in the mood for individual learning of a foreign language - especially if, for example, you do not want to take a VHS course or learn at your own pace. Some of the tips open up a new perspective on learning motivation and methods and make you want to finally get up and start learning a language. However, I will buy a compact course (book and CD) in my target language and use "Quicklearning" as a supplement. The practical testing of the Quicklearning is still pending for me.