Should you consider publishing this book?
Doc. RNDr. Ivan Kupka, PhD recently had his
Slovak work How to Successfully Study Foreign Languages translated
into Czech and cited as book of the month by the Grada Publishing House in
the Czech Republic, where this book has already enjoyed considerable
popularity. His work is now available in
several foreign-language translations. The English version has been
sensitively translated by experienced Czech/Slovak-English translator
What are the main reasons behind the success of this book?
· A unique approach: the author analyzes the language-learning techniques of some of the most famous polyglots in history, providing valuable insights into their tried-and-tested methods in a very readable and quotable manner.
· While stress is always placed on a balanced "miracle-free" approach to language-learning (with equal weighting for reading, writing, listening and speaking), memory-building techniques and mnemonic devices that have been successfully applied over the years are described in an easy-to-understand manner. This particular area is strongly supported by the extensive bibliography.
· Without resorting to pseudo-scientific jargon or hollow claims of instant success, the author takes on board some of the findings of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, to the extent that they may be of practical use to the language-learner. By constantly being challenged to make more practical use of all their levels of cognition and awareness, readers report that this can surprisingly rub off on them in their studies.
· Language-learning resources both online and offline are discussed in some detail. Readers are shown how to be resourceful and self-reliant in their studies, e.g. by making full use of the opportunities opened up by modern telecommunications. This aspect has proven to be especially popular here, because continental readers are increasingly aware that they no longer need play the role of passive consumers fed by e.g. the TEFL industry.
· The book has more than its share of memorable metaphors and quotable quotes, but at the same time it is a sober, closely-argued study of how to study -- an ideal teach-yourself book.