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Natural Language Learning Without a Teacher! David Snopek May 3, 2012

Dedications Dedications To my wife, Carrie, for her continuous support of my crazy projects (learning Polish, building Bibliobird, writing an ebook, etc) – despite the fact that they require enormous amounts of both her and my time. To my parents, Pat and Russ Snopek, for teaching my sister and me that we can do anything – and to my sister, Allison, for constantly demonstrating that they were right. To my readers, viewers and fans on YouTube, Wykop and my blog for encouraging me to keep learning and creating. Without you, none of this would ever have happened!

Contents 1

Introduction

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Who is this ebook for? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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How can I quickly learn to speak English/Polish/etc fluently? . . . . . .

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How this ebook came to be . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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The 3 steps to speaking any language fluently . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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1. Get the language in your brain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2. Overcome your fear of speaking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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3. Practice speaking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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What’s in this ebook? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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I

Theory

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2

My story

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2.1

My failures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.2

Finding motivation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.3

Learning Polish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Why this method works

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3.1

Why traditional methods fail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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3.2

Grammar mathematics – what you’re not doing! . . . . . . . . . .

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3.3

Language learning is more like learning karate . . . . . . . . . . .

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3.4

How the brain learns languages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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3.5

The BIG problem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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3.6

The advantages of self-study . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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The three ingredients for successful language learning

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4.1

Time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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4.2

Motivation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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4.3

An effective method . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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The importance of listening

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5.1

Pronunciation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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5.2

The writing system isn’t the language! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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5.3

Listening is the natural way . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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What is grammar good for?

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6.1

Putting your mind at ease . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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6.2

Helping you recognize patterns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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6.3

In writing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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6.4

Using language above your level