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  • Fluent Forever: Foreign Language Pronunciation Trainers

    Missed the Kickstarter? That’s OK.
    Welcome to the pre-order page

    If you didn’t get a chance to take part in the Kickstarter campaign, then I’ll be accepting pre-orders here at certain times during the run-up to the book.

    The store is closed for a little while, as I submit book orders to the distributors. In the meantime, if you’re interested in the pronunciation trainers or word lists, give me your email address and I’ll let you know as soon as they’re available for purchase. Do pre-order the book and/or watch the CreativeLive workshop, as I won’t be bundling either with future application sales, and these apps are really designed to work in concert with the methods I talk about in those two places.

    How does this work? Basically, there are three things here of interest:

    • Fluent Forever Pronunciation Trainer (in 28 language combinations): These are Anki decks with professionally recorded audio and images designed to teach you the spelling system of a language and train your ears in the pronunciation of a foreign language within 2 weeks. ($12 each)
    • The Most Awesome Word List You Have Ever Seen (in 28 language combinations): A PDF of 625 extremely frequent words in your target language, arranged in Thematic Groups, and illustrated by some of the best web comics on the net. Due to the way these words are grouped, you’ll be able to learn these words around 10% faster than any other word lists out there (and around twice as fast as the standard groupings of similar words you find in grammar books). See this video for details. ($10 each)
    • Kickstarter Goodies: All the folks who joined the Kickstarter got access to a 4 hour Webinar (which was recorded), the first chapter of my book and a Quick-Start Guide to Learning Any Language. If you grab one of the packages below, you can get access to all the same goodies.

    Discounted Packages (Note: All this stuff will be available for pre-order near the end of July! Put your name on the form above and I’ll mail you as soon as it’s ready!):

    • A Trainer and a Word List: $20
    • A Trainer, a Word List, and the Kickstarter Goodies: $26
    • The Polyglot Pack4 Trainers, 2 Word Lists, and the Kickstarter Goodies: $60

    Don’t know what on earth I’m talking about? Go to the Kickstarter, watch the videos, read through all the stretch goals we nailed, and then come back here!

    Languages that will be available: Spanish (Latin American), Spanish (European), French, Italian, Portuguese (Brazilian), German, Russian, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese, Japanese, Arabic (MSA), Hebrew, Hungarian, English, Dutch (this one’s new! It’ll take a while to release, but I’m going to do it!)

     

    73 thoughts on “Fluent Forever: Foreign Language Pronunciation Trainers

    1. Christine

      Hi, I’m trying to purchase the polyglot package, but when I save it to the cart and then try to checkout, my cart shows the basic set, and then when I edit it, it shows the share with friends pack, and then when I delete that, it shows the polyglot pack, but when I try to checkout again, it only shows the basic set. Know what’s going on with the checkout? Thanks.

      Reply
      1. Gabriel Wyner Post author

        Hm! That’s very weird! 2 options: If you try a different browser, it will probably work; it sounds like something went wacky in your cookies. Alternatively, just go here: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=9SZEP4Z3JYW3W

        And put in the total manually, then in the “Purpose” field, write out what you’re ordering (and your name/email, if they’re not the same as your paypal account), and I’ll put in the order manually.

        Best regards
        -Gabe

        Reply
    2. Lela

      Hi, I did get the basic set through kickstarter, but I want to upgrade thatto the polyglot. Is that possible? Thank you.

      Reply
    3. Alexander Seidler

      Hello, thank you for this kickstarter project! Yours is the first I’ve ever supported! I am looking to learn Russian after lack of success with podcasts. When will I be able to select Russian as my language choice? The recent survey didn’t offer that option. Thank you!!

      Reply
      1. Gabriel Wyner Post author

        Hi Alexander! Yes, Russian’s supported. The first survey is just so we can figure out our 13th language. In the next couple of days, I’ll ask everyone for their language choices.

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    4. Fred Battles

      Dear Mr Wyner,

      I have signed up for the polyglot version.

      I want to add 4 word list and 2 pronunciation trainers.

      This should have me with a total of six (6) languages with word list and pronunciation trainers.

      Using the information in you update means I will owe you an additional $52.00.

      Please confirm and send me an invoice with PayPal linkage so I can square with you.

      Sincerely,

      Fred Battles

      PS Fearing spam I am not subscribing because of potential duplication.

      Reply
    5. MarkM

      HI Gabe,

      Great project! You have grasped the essentials that most polyglots go through tacitly. These are techniques that I have used to help tutor people in several languages for over 30 years.

      I would love to get the Share with a Friend package to give your project additional funds, but it seems that it isn’t being selected. Please send instructions on how to safely navigate the transaction.

      Regards,
      Mark Methven

      Reply
    6. Theresa Jensen

      Gabe,
      I want to thank you for this site. My husband set a new year resolution this year for our whole family… 4 of us to study a foreign language for 1 hour every day. As soon as we get some of our stuff, we’ll start.
      I’m very excited to teach my 7 year-old daughter & 5 year-old son (and in a couple years my youngest, currently 5 month-old daughter) new languages. We are hoping to use these for future travels.
      Thank you! I wish you luck in getting everything running smoothly.

      Best wishes,
      Theresa Jensen

      Reply
    7. Eduardo

      Hi!
      I think this is amazing and I want to buy The Polyglot Pack. Can I add more languages after? Like in july, if I want other languages?
      Thanks

      Reply
    8. Carlos

      Hi,

      Your project sounds very interesting and exciting. I have a question, though: Don’t you have English among your options? I think that would really reach many more people, including me, who want to improve English pronunciation.

      Best,
      Carlos

      Reply
      1. Gabriel Wyner Post author

        Yes, I do! (And I’ll update that in the page). I’m offering English for each of the languages in the project, meaning if you’re a French speaker or a German speaker, I have an English app customized to your ears. If you’re not a native speaker of one of the original 12 languages, I also have a generic English trainer for the General American Accent and Received (British) Pronunciation.

        Reply
      1. Gabriel Wyner Post author

        Alas, not this time! Those languages did decently well in the Kickstarter surveys, though, so they’re likely going to be added in the next batch, probably in 2015.

        Reply
    9. Stephen

      I was wondering if there was a way to just buy “the most awesome list” plus jpeg photos. I already have a notecard system setup and would love to create my own lists for a language (I am learning that is not one on this list).

      Reply
      1. Gabriel Wyner Post author

        Hi Stephen! I intend to release the word lists separately a little closer to the book release in August. I won’t be supplying jpegs. It’s a complex issue, but if I supply images for the words, it’ll screw up everyone’s learning process. (I talk about this a bit in the Kickstarter FAQ and a lot in the book)

        Reply
    10. a

      Will you need to have the Anki app to use the pronunciation trainer, or is it a separate app? Anki is not free for the iPhone ($24.99).

      Reply
    11. jordan

      Hi Gabriel,

      How long do you think it’ll be before you make the materials in the basic set available for French? I’m eager to get started!

      Cheers,
      Jordan

      Reply
    12. Ken

      In the FAQ it says “Back the project for $20 and on your own, preorder the paperback book on Amazon. Once the Kickstarter is over, send me a copy of your Amazon order confirmation and I’ll send you back a pronunciation trainer in your language of choice, the quick start guide to learning any language, and the early excerpts of Fluent Forever.”

      By “Kickstarter over” do you mean when the book ships on August 5th, or is the pronounciation trainers available now?

      Reply
      1. Gabriel Wyner Post author

        Dutch is going to be added now! A Dutch publisher, Maven, has purchased rights to the book, and I’ve decided to add Dutch. It’s going to take a while, though, as I’m going to be doing the other languages for the Kickstarter first.

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        1. Maddy

          Wonderful to hear that Dutch is being added. I spoke it with family until I left home and still have reasonably good pronunciation. Unfortunately, my grammar and vocabulary are also still those of a pre-teen, so I’m looking forward to having some great tools to work with later in the year. Thanks for choosing Dutch.

          Reply
    13. diane

      i tried to be put on the list to preorder but it says “something went wrong.” i know the list is closed to pay for a preorder but I can’t even get put on the list to be notified when the preorder opens back up. thanks!

      Reply
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    15. Jeong Sup

      Bought a polyglot pack contains 4 trainers etc, but I only want to choose one trainer for now and pend til I become fluent at the first one. Is this possible? I didn’t hand in my survey sheet yet.

      Reply
    16. Anne

      I’ve pre-ordered the ‘share with a friend’ version, also in the creativelive class. I’m wondering if the coupon will be available before the price of the class goes up to $99 in about 20 hours.

      Reply
      1. Anne

        Forget I asked – I think I misunderstood what the coupon was for. I assume it will still cost $79, now or then.

        Reply
        1. Maddy

          I misunderstood the coupon offer too. I thought we’d get the all-access pass for the course, but it seems to just be the $20 off that listeners were able to get during the program. Disappointing, but there are all the other features with this package that weren’t with the program.

          Reply
      1. Gabriel Wyner Post author

        Hi Patrick!

        French should be out pretty soon, within a couple of weeks. Chinese will be a bit longer (it’s #4 on the list) and Russian should come after that. I unfortunately can’t give precise dates until I have a bit more experience making these!

        Reply
    17. Caio

      Hello,
      I purchased the “Share with a friend” option last week and Paypal has already charged my credit card. What am I supposed to do now? :-)

      Reply
      1. Gabriel Wyner Post author

        Hi Caio! I’ll be sending out updates as we progress. French should be out within a few weeks, and then comes German, Spanish, Mandarin and the others!

        Reply
        1. Caio

          OK, but the site never asked for my delivery address, for example. I got you June Update email saying ” I need to do some logistical stuff like actually start sending all of your addresses over to the book distributors, so if you’ve changed addresses (either physical for paperbacks or email for ebooks), let me know. )” but I’ve never provided any in the first place.

          Thank you,

          Reply
    18. Lili Sprague

      Hi Gabriel, I pre-order the polyglot pack yesterday, now what? Lol
      I mean, when do I get what.
      Thanks
      L

      Reply
      1. Gabriel Wyner Post author

        Hi Lili! Just catching up on comment replies. Our automatic emailer was broken between 6/4 and 6/25 (eek!), so we sent out emails manually to everyone who ordered between those dates on 6/25. Let me know at [email protected] if you didn’t end up getting one (it should have provided download links to the Webinar recordings, the book excerpts and the Quickstart guides, and linked you to the survey that asks you for your language choices and such)

        Reply
    19. Chris

      After purchase, no automatic email with the instructions, no answer from gwyner AT fluent-forever.com, contact form not working (error 0) …

      Reply
      1. Lili

        I know, I’ve been waiting all week too after purchasing last Sunday …all it can think is thatGabriel must be swamped in orders!! ;)
        Please update if you get anything…I will as well.
        Lilia

        Reply
      2. Gabriel Wyner Post author

        Hi Chris! Just catching up on comment replies. Our automatic emailer was broken between 6/4 and 6/25 (eek!), so we sent out emails manually to everyone who ordered between those dates on 6/25. Let me know at [email protected] if you didn’t end up getting one (it should have provided download links to the Webinar recordings, the book excerpts and the Quickstart guides, and linked you to the survey that asks you for your language choices and such)

        Reply
    20. Jim

      Interesting……I want the polyglot pack but I guess I will wait to order when people figure out what is going on

      Reply
    21. Andrew

      I also purchased this Saturday and have not heard from Gabriel. I was so excited too so I hope everything is alright. There are so many free resources on this site that I can’t really complain though.

      Reply
      1. Gabriel Wyner Post author

        Hi Andrew! Just catching up on comment replies. Our automatic emailer was broken between 6/4 and 6/25 (eek!), so we sent out emails manually to everyone who ordered between those dates on 6/25. Let me know at [email protected] if you didn’t end up getting one (it should have provided download links to the Webinar recordings, the book excerpts and the Quickstart guides, and linked you to the survey that asks you for your language choices and such)

        Reply
    22. Cristian

      Bought yesterday a package and looking forward in getting started.

      What is the process in receiving the goods?

      Reply
      1. Gabriel Wyner Post author

        Hi Cristian! Just catching up on comment replies. Our automatic emailer was broken between 6/4 and 6/25 (eek!), so we sent out emails manually to everyone who ordered between those dates on 6/25. Let me know at [email protected] if you didn’t end up getting one (it should have provided download links to the Webinar recordings, the book excerpts and the Quickstart guides, and linked you to the survey that asks you for your language choices and such)

        Reply
    23. MIchael

      Hi Gabe. I ordered and paid almost two weeks ago and haven’t heard anything from you – could you please send or resend and update. regards

      Reply
      1. Gabriel Wyner Post author

        Hi Michael! Just catching up on comment replies. Our automatic emailer was broken between 6/4 and 6/25 (eek!), so we sent out emails manually to everyone who ordered between those dates on 6/25. Let me know at [email protected] if you didn’t end up getting one (it should have provided download links to the Webinar recordings, the book excerpts and the Quickstart guides, and linked you to the survey that asks you for your language choices and such)

        Reply
    24. Julie B

      Gabe, I love your site and am so grateful for the opportunity to study by your method. I am going to start with French, but any plans for Polish down the line?

      Reply
      1. Gabriel Wyner Post author

        Hi Julie! No plans for Polish at the moment; the current set of languages has me all booked up! But if all goes well, I’ll start expanding into another 5-10 languages after these are delivered (perhaps with another Kickstarter), and I suspect Polish would be in reasonably high demand.

        Reply
    25. Sunny Mann

      Hi Gabriel, I tried buying the Polygot Pack through Paypal for $70 for German, I didn’t recieve any further details or anything, and on my paypal account it strangely says “refunded”, Please help I’m trying to purchase the complete German package with all the bonuses included..

      Reply
    26. Mike

      just pre-ordered your book on amazon. Any estimated ETA on arrival for the Spanish (european) trainer and word list?

      Reply
    27. Ben

      I too am looking for Italian! Hopefully it won’t be long, this looks like an awesome way of handling word lists (what brought me here) and the pronunciation guide would be very helpful!

      Reply
    28. Will

      Hi Gabe,

      Just wondering when the trainer/word list combo will be available to purchase and download in French.

      Very keen to get started using these resources.

      Thanks,

      Will.

      Reply
    29. Muriel

      Hi Gabriel,

      I have the galley print of your book and I love it so far. :) It has definitely kickstarted my dream of being fluent in French (and Japanese)! I’m excited to begin making my own 625 Anki set for vocab, but I want to perfect my pronunciation. So I hope your pronunciation deck for Anki comes out soon for purchase; I’m definitely ready!

      Reply

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