A Tool Case for Language Learning by Nagi An

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A resource not just for non-native speakers to come to a new language but also an insightful guide for anyone interested in teaching methods and education.

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You can approach language learning from many different perspectives. You may think that the best way to learn is through immersion and seek an opportunity to live in a foreign country for a while. Maybe you are good at memorizing lists and therefore tend to learn best by applying mnemonics techniques. Some learn via song, some prefer flashcards, and others learn by watching movies with subtitles. Other approaches include keeping a diary to reflect upon your performance and reading a lot of material in the target language.

Until we know what other techniques or tools exist beyond what we already know or apply, we can’t be sure that we are learning in the way that suits us best. It’s essential to experiment with tools we haven’t tried before to determine the most effective ways for us to learn.

In this book, there are 40 such tools for learning languages. The aim is to show you why, how, and when certain tools work, and to give you a thorough understanding of the techniques you can employ as you are learning languages.

Try them all, experiment with them, and mix and match to create a personalized process for yourself.

You are different from other language learners. That’s why your learning path should be different, too.

Build a language learning path that is right for you.

 

You can purchase A Tool Case For Language Learning here: https://amzn.to/2tT81vN

See what other readers think at Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36697167-a-tool-case-for-language-learning

 

What Reviewers Say

 

A Tool Case for Language Learning offers helpful advice for anyone learning a new language. While some professional formatting and copyediting are suggested, it’s an easy read offering excellent advice. I would recommend it to students and teachers alike, as it significantly expands the memory tools available to them at home or in the classroom. An’s techniques are useful and scientifically sound. One could take these tools and successfully master any new subject they set their mind to.

–4 Stars, Jennifer Melville, San Francisco Book Review

 

Information is grouped in short, manageable segments that can be quickly consumed in between classes, waiting for a bus, or any time when one can spare five minutes. The author knows her audience well: the self-help industry is these days full of books, apps, and games marketed to audiences who want to master something in a short period of time while putting in minimal effort. However, An still emphasizes the need for regular practice and a sustained effort in order to properly learn a language.

Readers may also find that certain tools go far beyond their original purpose. Strategies like the Pomodoro Technique and using existing habits as a “trigger” (such as reviewing five vocabulary words while getting into bed, or repeating a newly learned phrase a few times before eating each meal) work with learning just about anything, not only languages. As such, although the techniques explored in An’s book could be found on the Web through a lot of digging and searching, Tool Case presents them in a clear and succinct summary—with the science to back it up—that’s worth the read for every budding language learner.

–4 Stars, Kelly Zhang, Manhattan Book Review 

 

About the Author

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I’m committed to understanding how we learn and create in adulthood. On the one hand, by increasing awareness of effective learning strategies, we can learn faster. Experimenting with different tools allows us to unleash what works best for us. On the other hand, the most desired outputs of learning are exploring and creating. That’s why I do research in both areas – how knowledge building and understanding work, and how we can improve skills like ideation, analyzing and evaluating – so that we can be more productive and creative. I write books and design courses based on the findings of my research, trips I take and experiments I carry out on my small business. To read nuggets of my current work, you can visit www.bynagi.com

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