1. The Birmingham Screwdriver:
The aim of this chapter is therefore to let you know exactly what you are letting yourself in for if you decide to learn a language. You have to know the worst, otherwise, like so many others, you will fall early in the race. Many tens of thousands of language manuals are sold in the UK each year, yet we remain a resolutely monolingual nation. So the following is a realistic, but attainable, guide to just what it takes. Don’t read the whole chapter in one go if you have a weak constitution.
WHAT WILL WE BE LEARNING IN THIS CHAPTER?
WHAT IS INVOLVED IN LEARNING A LANGUAGE AND HOW LONG IT TAKES
How long does it take to learn a language?
How to use this book: what it can and cannot do