Fluent Forever
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Early Praise for Fluent Forever

A brilliant and thoroughly modern guide to learning new languages. Fluent Forever won’t teach you French, or German, or any other language — but it will teach you how to learn whatever language you do want to learn, and to learn it faster, and more efficiently. If you want a new language to stick, start here.
– Gary Marcus, cognitive psychologist and author of The New York Times Bestseller Guitar Zero

Aspiring polyglots of the world, take note: this book will help you pick up any new language in record time. If you’re looking for a practical, brain-friendly, field-tested approach to language learning, search no more: you’ve found your guide.
– Josh Kaufman, bestselling author of The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything…Fast!

This is the book I’d use next time I want to learn a new language. It employs an intelligent mix of the latest methods for learning a language on your own using the web, apps, and voice training tips in an accelerated time frame.
–Kevin Kelly Senior Maverick for Wired Magazine and author of What Technology Wants

An excellent book…Wyner writes in an engaging and accessible way, weaving in his personal language journey. His method, proven by his own achievements, is clear: focus on pronunciation, avoid translation, and use spaced repetition extensively. And he offers lots of specific techniques to make sure you’ll never forget what you’ve learned. I’d recommend this book to anyone who is serious — not just aspiring but really serious — about becoming fluent in a foreign language.
–Kevin Chen, Co-Founder, italki.com

Mash up the DNA of Steve Jobs and Aristotle, add training in engineering and opera, and you get Gabriel Wyner, whose ingeniously elegant system helps us knuckleheads learn not just foreign languages but, well, everything. Autodidacts rejoice!
–Jay Heinrichs, author of Thank You for Arguing and Word Hero

Fluent Forever is the book I wish I had had during my numerous failed attempts at learning different languages. It’s a refreshingly fun and engaging guide that shows you how to language-hack your brain.  Wyner’s done all the hard work so that the reader can actually enjoy the process of becoming fluent in a language quickly!”
– Nelson Dellis, 2011 and 2012 USA Memory Champion

Never before have I seen a language-learning method — or method for learning anything! — that synchs up so perfectly with our current scientific understanding of how memory works. I now understand why my past attempts to learn other languages (Spanish, German, Latin) have left me with little more than a smattering of near-random vocabulary words, and I’m inspired to try again. Fluent Forever promises a fun, personalized learning regimen that is sure to wire a new tongue into your brain with speed and simplicity. And Wyner’s sharp wit will keep you entertained along the way! I’ve never been so excited to challenge my mind.
– Karen Schrock Simring, contributing editor at Scientific American Mind magazine

Fluent Forever more than meets the daunting challenge of learning a new language by giving the reader a solid game plan based on how people actually learn and memorize information. From the first chapter, I couldn’t wait to get started using Wyner’s techniques and tons of resources. His writing is engaging, smart, and conversational, making learning a real joy. If you’ve ever wanted to become fluent in another language, do yourself a favor and start reading Fluent Forever now.
– Melanie Pinola, Contributing Writer for Lifehacker.com and author of LinkedIn in 30 Minutes

“I know what you’re thinking: But learning a new language is soooo hard! The solution? Stop being a whiner and start reading Wyner.  This book is a winner!  Guaranteed to rewire your brain in as many languages as you’d like.”
– Joel Saltzman, author of Shake That Brain!: How to Create Winning Solutions and Have Fun While You’re at It
 
“Americans refuse to realize that all languages are foreign — yes, including English. It’s time we learned how to speak like the rest of the world: in more ways than one. This book is a hilarious toolbox that helps you get a head start. Pick a foreign language (yes, including English) and voilàel futuro es tuyoHigh-five to Gabriel Wyner!”
– Ilan Stavans, author of Dictionary Days: A Defining Passion 

Formats and Release Date

Fluent Forever will be available on August 5, 2014 in Trade Paperback and eBook formats (Kindle, Nook, iBooks, blah blah blah).

You can preorder now through Amazon, but if you’d like early access, get it through the Pre-Order Store instead (and tell your friends while you’re at it)! Why? My publisher has given me the go-ahead to release early excerpts to Kickstarter backers of the Fluent Forever Pronunciation Trainer App, along with a 12-page overview of the meaty bits of the book.

Book-Related News and Updates

Nov 1, 2013

What an extraordinary journey this has been.

This book began in 2011 as a Master’s Thesis, eventually turned into a book proposal and sold to Crown/Random House in June of 2012, was thrown away entirely and rewritten from scratch in 2012/2013, finished in June 2013 and edited in the following few months. In the process, I’ve completely rethought my approach to language learning, I’ve fallen in love with the art and craft of writing and storytelling and I’ve worked harder than I’ve ever thought possible. This book is me in written form. It’s also a damned good book about language learning, thank you very much.

It will be released on August 5, 2014. Until then, I’m aiming to release early excerpts to my Kickstarter backers, collecting early blurbs and reviews, and making this website as comprehensive and awesome as I possibly can, so that the moment someone reads my book, they have all the tools they need to start learning a language immediately.