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Sintesi dell'editore

Adults who want to learn a foreign language are often discouraged because they believe they cannot acquire a language as easily as children. Once they begin to learn a language, students may be further discouraged when they find the methods used to teach children don't seem to work for them. What is an adult language learner to do?

In Becoming Fluent, Richard Roberts and Roger Kreuz draw on insights from psychology and cognitive science to show that adults can master a foreign language if they bring to bear the skills and knowledge they have honed over a lifetime. Adults shouldn't try to learn as children do, they should learn like adults. Roberts and Kreuz report evidence that adults can learn new languages even more easily than children. Children appear to have only two advantages over adults in learning a language: they acquire a native accent more easily, and they do not suffer from self-defeating anxiety about learning a language. Adults, on the other hand, have the greater advantages - gained from experience - of an understanding of their own mental processes and knowing how to use language to do things. Adults have an especially advantageous grasp of pragmatics, the social use of language, and Roberts and Kreuz show how to leverage this metalinguistic ability in learning a new language.

Learning a language takes effort. But if adult learners apply the tools acquired over a lifetime, it can be enjoyable and rewarding.

©2015 Richard Roberts, Roger Kreuz (P)2015 Blackstone Audio

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  • D60
  • 17/02/2019

Un testo serio e rigoroso

I requisiti per arrivare sino in fondo alle oltre 5 ore di lettura sono due , ovvero un qualche interesse per la materia ed un livello di inglese almeno di (ottimo) Upper Intermediate. Se mancano questi due elementi dubito che resisterete più di 10 minuti. L'inglese utilizzato è relativamente piano per essere un testo accademico , anche se inevitabilmente vengono usati termini specialistici afferenti le varie discipline coinvolte. Lo speaker ha una voce gradevole e molto intellegibile , anche se alcuni recensori madrelingua lo criticano accusandolo di voce "robotica" o di "poor narration" , ma forse pensavano che stesse leggendo l'audiolibro di Harry Potter e la pietra filosofale...
La tesi di fondo dei 2 Autori è il tentativo (riuscito a mio parere) di smontare la vulgata molto popolare secondo la quale solo bimbi e preadolescenti hanno la possibilità di acquisire facilmente una lingua straniera , mentre un adulto non ha più una struttura cerebrale funzionale allo scopo. Al contrario la tesi proposta è che un adulto ha strumenti logici,critici e di analisi/organizzazione dei dati ben superiori a quelli di un bambino , lasciando a quest'ultimo solo il vantaggio di avere un orecchio più "elastico" per captare nuovi suoni e di non soffrire della paura di fallire tipica di molti adulti specie nella difficile fase iniziale dell'apprendimento.
Tutto il lavoro è un'analisi accurata di quello che le scienze cognitive possono fare in relazione alla comprensione dei processi coinvolti nell'apprendimento delle lingue straniere , più una serie (molto ridotta) di best practices e di errori da evitare.
La domanda finale che vi porrete sarà naturalmente : ma dopo aver ascoltato questo testo diventerò automaticamente più "fluent" ? La risposta ovviamente è no! Quì non troverete soluzioni miracolose o chissà quali "tips & tricks" definitivi , ma sicuramente sarete più consapevoli dei processi cognitivi che metterete in atto nello studio, avrete maggior padronanza del metodo e probabilmente sarà più facile evitare alcuni errori tipici che sono ben messi in evidenza dagli Autori.

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  • Alex
  • 16/09/2018

Great book, not only useful for language

This book is really interesting and useful. If you are an English speaker you will have cognitive tools to help you learning a new language otherwise you also will have a wonderful book to listen to increase your skills

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  • Utente anonimo
  • 02/02/2020

Great book!

It provides great tools for adults that are willing to learn a new language, as well as some great and sophisticated references to cognitive experiments and results

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  • romiti nicholas
  • 16/01/2019

Ottimo titolo

Bello, completo e moderno. Offre anche una serie di spunti pratici per ottimizzare l'apprendimento. 5 stelle

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  • mizo
  • 22/10/2018

Nice overview on learning a new language

Very interesting approach to language learning, it shows how the results of multiple researches are able to give a valuable hand in your learning journey.

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  • S. T.
  • 23/07/2017

Learning strategies

This book had plenty of information of how NOT TO study foreign language but very little in the way of learning strategies. There are a few, and maybe there are more but they are easily forgotten due to complicated, vague, convoluted explanations. If you're looking for how the mind works when acquiring a foreign language, benefits of studying a foreign language, or why certain things you've done in the past have often times been helpful, this book is fine. Just don't expect the authors to give you examples of best practices to retain conversational foreign language competencies in long term memory.

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  • BJ Maloney
  • 09/10/2020

Waste of time

As one who has some ability in several languages and having taken several courses in linguistics, I looked forward to this book.
However it was so useless and boring that I stopped halfway through.
The speaker is terrible. He goes on and on about the foreign service institute which is useless to the average person who probably isn’t joining the state department.
All he does is talk about psychological terms. Nothing practical.
If he were teaching a linguistics course I’d want a refund.

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  • Gaby Al Aour
  • 19/08/2015

Interesting audiobook for language learners

One of the best audiobook about learning new language. The techniques in the book also can be used to study and prepare for new materials. Using cognitive science in order to recall old and new memories learned through the years. I do recommend it for all the learners.

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  • Lauren Thoreson
  • 25/10/2016

Humorous and Enjoyable

Either I'm a huge nerd or this book really is as entertaining and informative as I think it is. The perfect blend of examples and stories of Richard paired with the scientific topics make for a really enjoyable listen.

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  • Tim
  • 07/12/2020

good enough

This book contained some very good points for adult spanish language learners. At times I felt as if it went around the block three times to get to the point. I was glad I listened to it once but it will most likely not be on my go back to list.

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  • Justin
  • 26/09/2018

Nothing too groundbreaking

If you've never researched or learned about memorization techniques you'd find this interesting. The narrator was also quite robotic sounding.

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  • freeda
  • 31/12/2017

terrible narrator

good info, poor narration. hard to get past the tone of delivery. oh well, eh?

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  • Kori Miller
  • 19/01/2017

Useful, simple, and practical

The information in this book is science-based and encouraging for anyone struggling to learn a new language.

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  • dominique ward
  • 03/02/2021

Perfect for adults wanting to learn a new language

There’s a lot of great information about cognitive theories that give an understanding of how our brain’s different memory capacities work, and how they apply to learning a new language. It’s very encouraging for anyone who might doubt their abilities. I liked the overall audio, there’s lots of stories and history referenced, so it was never bland listening to. I’m going to read listen at least a couple more times because there’s a lot to unpack.

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  • Mark
  • 09/04/2021

Considering learning a new language, read this!

As a 35 year old that recently decided to learn Japanese this book reinforced some discoveries that I've made about learning as an adult. I've also learned some new learning techniques that I will be implementing into regular study. As I have found with most psychology related sources the material transcends language learning and a lot is helpful for teaching yourself most new information and some skills.

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  • ejaik
  • 04/10/2021

Hope for older learners

This book validated my thesis about language learning with facts and funny anecdotes. I highly recommend, only thing I would have loved more was consistency from the narrator.

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  • Rowan
  • 13/12/2021

Very insightful.

There are lessons here that can be applied at any lever of your language development. Don't expect any quick tricks though, this will help you work effectively but you still need to put the graft in to get where you want to be.

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  • M.A.R.C.
  • 06/10/2021

Quite informative

I liked this audiobook, a summary about linguistics and some tips how to learn a language. But it doesn't provide techniques of how to gain fluency. I think the title should be different. But I liked it.