Bernd Sebastian Kamps
Bernd Sebastian Kamps The Word Brain
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Bernd Sebastian Kamps
The Word Brain
A Short Guide to Fast Language Learning
Bernd Sebastian Kamps is the Director ofthe International Amedeo Literature Service and the founder of Flying Publisher. He edited and published Influenza Report 2006 and Hepatology 2009. Between 2005 and 2007, BSK published Free Medical Information: Doctor=Publisher, launched the Amedeo Textbook Awards, and created the Amedeo Prize. www.bsk1.com
Internet projects by BSK
1998 Amedeo 2000 Free Medical Journals 2002 FreeBooks4Doctors2003 SARS Reference 2005 Free Medical Information 2006 Influenza Report 2006 Amedeo Challenge 2007 HIV Medicine 2008 Amedeo Prize 2009 Free Medical Podcasts 2009 Hepatology Textbook 2009 Multidisciplinary Journal Club 2010 Francese x Sardi 2010 The Word Coach (www.TheWordBrain.com/WordCoach) 2010 The Word Brain
This work is protected by copyright both as a whole and in part. © 2010 by FlyingPublisher & Kamps – Beyenburg, Cagliari, Paris Proofreading: Emma Raderschadt, M.D. Cover: Attilio Baghino, www.a4w.it ISBN-13: 978-3-924774-67-7
Goals 1. Words 2. Listening 3. Reading 4. Teachers 5. Speaking 6. Memory 7. Nailing Epilogue 7 13 19 29 37 45 51 65 71
Language surrounds us when we are infants, language is the predominant mode of expression atschool and university, and, now that we are adults, new languages are everywhere. In a globalised 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 iflanguages 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 miraculoussecond-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 cosy about The Word Brain. On the contrary, this short guide for adults may appearharsh and rude as it is about determination, discipline, and perseverance. If these are dirty words to you, close this guide now. The place where you will be told to learn your next language could be the second surprise. Usually, adults think of language learning in terms
The Word Brain
of people interacting with each other, either in a beautiful city or a romantic countryside, insituations ranging from gentle and friendly meetings to tantra-inspired gatherings. Again, you will find nothing of all this in The Word Brain. When we later summarise how to rapidly achieve reading and comprehension skills, I will prescribe you months of lonely learning sessions with books and audio files. If you don’t like the idea that fast language learning is essentially a lonely combat, you can...