Language surrounds us when we are infants, language is the predominant mode of expression at school and university, and, now that we are adults, new languages are everywhere. In a globalized world - whether we like it or not - we live in an environment of multiple languages. Modern times are polyglot times, and ‘monoglot’ individuals begin to realise that speaking just one language can be disadvantageous.
They start asking themselves how long it takes to learn another language and if languages are within the reach of everybody. Typically, they also want to know how to choose good teachers and how to avoid bad teachers. The Word Brain answers these questions. The subtitle of the present guide, Fast Language Learning, may be subject to misunderstanding.
‘Fast’ is often equated with ‘easy’ and, in the context of language learning, easiness could lead some readers to evoke miraculous second-language concoctions administered by charming teachers to engaging classmates. When searching for ‘language learning’ on the Internet, you will be informed that it is all fun, sexy and child's play. If that’s the way you dream about approaching your next language, stop reading here.
There is nothing snug and cozy about The Word Brain. On the contrary, this short guide for adults may appear harsh and rude as it is about determination, discipline, and perseverance. If these are dirty words to you, close this guide now.