BRAVE Language Learning


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BRAVE Language Learning

Why and How Becoming Multilingual Must Happen Your Way

About the Book

Who is this book for?

It is for you, if you want to think a bit more creatively about learning a foreign language. It is for people who fall in love with all the language all the time - and whose motivation for becoming multilingual is the sheer pleasure of having a whole new world in their heads, ears, lungs, and on their tongue. It is for you, it you're keen to learn a language your way. The book was written by a person who learned, taught, published and managed language education for over 20 years - you don't even need 10% of this time to develop your taste for languages, your budget and your way of learning. If you're determined to have a great time using your new language - then this book will help you do that. Finally - this book is for you if you're a bit let down by what foreign language learning has to offer. 

How does this book work?

The first part of the book deals with the "why" - it's a pep-talk, a bird's eye view on language learning and teaching.

The second part is the "how" - these are shorter, practical reviews of several popular and effective methods of achieving multilingual life.

The third part is the workbook - that's how you can make sure that each lesson works for your situation and your chosen languages.

The bonus chapters are available online from a password-protected page. Head on to the end of the book for instructions on how to access those!

About the Author

Wiktor Kostrzewski
Wiktor Kostrzewski

I am (or have been) a teacher, coach, translator, publisher.

I currently live in London, work with people who love books and learning, and spend all my free time cycling or drinking coffee.

To find out more about the ideas I publish about, visit my website.

Table of Contents

  • SECTION 1: The “WHY”
    • Introduction
    • McLanguage: Here’s what I did with folks like you in language schools
    • 5 magic phrases in language learning - and 5 uncomfortable questions
    • Meet a Brave Language Learner
    • Why you must choose your syllabus
    • Why You Must Roll Your Own Materials
    • Why you must hire (and fire) your own teachers
    • Why You Must Pick Your Own Tests
    • What’s In It For You? Benefits of Brave Learning
  • SECTION 2: The “HOW”
    • Free Basics 1: Duolingo
    • Free Basics 2: Memrise
    • Free Basics 3: Street
    • Evernote
    • Quizlet
    • Podcasts
    • Monolingual dictionaries
    • Online newspapers
    • Online TV
    • Culture Centres
    • Libraries
    • Creative Commons
    • Penpals
    • VOIP Exchange
    • WWOOF
    • Street, again
    • I. McLanguage: Here’s what I did with folks like you in language schools
    • II. 5 Magic Phrases in language learning - and 5 Uncomfortable questions
    • III. Meet a Brave Language Learner
    • IV. Why you must choose your own syllabus
    • V. Why You Must Roll Your Own Materials
    • VI. Why You Must Hire (and Fire) Your Own Teachers
    • VII. Why You Must Pick Your Own Tests
    • VIII. What’s In It For You? The Benefits of Brave Language Learning
    • IX. Extra resources

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