by © Monica Di Santi ♦
After two years in a foreign country, it’s still challenging for me, as an Eastern citizen, to learn a Nordic language, even if as a student, learning the Slavic languages was a piece of cake due to the similarities with my mother tongue. The fact that I took classes and I used all kind of apps to improve my skills helped at the beginning, but became annoying in time.
Having access to Monica Di Santi’s book pleasantly surprised me. Thanks to her professional background, the author came up with a comprehensive and straight to the point guide based on tips and tricks which have a positive provoking logistic, revealing different aspects (both positive and negative), which helped me understand better my linguistic abilities and also the reasons for why I got stuck.
Reading this book (re) built my self-confidence in the situation mentioned above, and I would highly recommend it to everyone who feels stuck in the position of learning a new language. It’s a great asset!
It's an easy-reading book that teaches you how to enhance your foreign language learning, no matter what level you have. Tips apply to any language you are learning or refreshing. It helps you improve listening, writing, speaking and reading.
"Fun with Languages" makes you feel comfortable with the level of language you know, encouraging you to go ahead.
It makes you think out of the box and go beyond the classroom. Who would have thought that parting would improve your foreign language?
The book starts with an introduction about motivation and empowerment “Motivation pushes you forward, but only routine keeps you going.” She mentions the importance of routine and habits beyond setting your goals.
“creating a new habit takes about 20 days of conscious effort but losing it takes only 2 or 3 days”
I found interesting the fact that she stops at the idea of “neurological patterns” to explain how our mind keeps the information and processes it. We need more than setting goals to reach our objective.
We need effort and love for what we're working on.
The book is humorous and in an agile tone “Laughter is a psychological response to humor that brings you physical and mental benefits.”
Di Santi's bull's eye is to create a kind of romance between the reader and the target language, inciting us to get some poetry, music, lyrics... linking positive emotions to our horizon.
From that point on, she shares a list of positives about speaking many languages, from improving your self-steem, getting a better job or mental stimulation. “Researchers have shown that children with language difficulties develop aggressive behavior, a way to express their frustration and isolation.”
She gives advice about some resources to practice your skills, like joining forums, social media groups, creating relations with other foreign people, encouraging to ask your friends to be part of the process and doing activities together which help you all grow in your target. Also getting video games, listening to audiobooks or watching video clips.
The last part of the book is a little insight about traveling, giving advice to save money, tips about booking, choosing and behaving abroad. Mentions the idea of staying at some family's home, she appeals to create adventure and enjoy life.
This book is energetic, quick and direct. Di Santi is a very positive writer, incise and encouraging. Learning a new language takes perseverance, patience and ambition.
I recommend this book to all those who don't know where to start from when they want to dive in a new knowledge, even beyond what the subject is. A fresh and constructive little introduction to make the most of yourself and not giving up on feeding off your mind.
Fun with Languages: Tips and Tricks to Master Foreign Languages Easily By Monica Di Santi is a well thought and comprehensive complementary guide to whichever foreign language you are currently studying or intend to start learning.
It is a magnificent prepared and organized book that covers a plethora of all the issues that someone might consider while studying a foreign language or she or he is on the verge of starting educating themselves to a new foreign language.
The book is covering in remarkably condense structure the benefits of learning a foreign language, how to create a nice habit, how to keep yourself motivated, how to be a successful learner and overcome negative beliefs.
It provides a few books that support her claims and methods which I personally found absorbing and useful. At the same time, the quotation from many sources shows that the author did her homework and one thing I like is a good research book.
A few books I learned by reading Di Santi’s book are:
English As A Global Language, Second Edition, Cambridge University Press (2003) by David Crystal
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
Belief Change by Gentleman Janet and Torrence Diana
The book also covers issues of how to work with a foreign language, what to pay extra consideration like poor listening, how to improve your pronunciation, how to write in the foreign language and many more helpful and exciting methods and ideas.
Another part of the whole learning a foreign language which is covered in the book is how to learn using technology, how to use humor as an educational venue, how to use multimedia like songs and music to excite and get involved as many of our senses in the learning process.
Finally, the author offers ideas methodologies and ways for you to enjoy your foreign language abroad.
There is a detailed and complete list of what to have in mind when you are planning for a journey abroad.
The traveler’s checklist and the trip safety tips are well researched, and I actually learned a lot.
Exquisite complementary philosophical and practical at the same time guide for learning a foreign language.