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If you have decided to buy one or more paper copies of this book – the ideal Christmas gift for the linguist in your life – it costs you the same – and makes a small commission for me which will offset the costs of this site a little bit.

The Polyglot Project - 42 contributors, 534 pages

If you would like to read this book, which was collaborated on free by all the contributors and will always be freely available to those who need it in electronic form, then the free version of this is on Docstocs and you can find the link to that on on the channel of the Editor which is

The book is unique, there has never been as much practical linguist-to-linguist help in a single bound volume, and the volunteer nature of the writing has kept the cost of the book far below the price tag it would have if it had been produced commercially.

One of the contributors I am proud to say is myself, and you can find in the very last section how it came about that I was in a position to discover the Goldlist Method – the story has quite a few unexpected aspects in it, and many a linguist will find their experience reflected in it and in the stories of other polyglots featuring in the volume.

It should help the budding linguist to get and stay motivated, as well as to avoid ineffective study methods and save time and money. In these days where thousands of pounds are spent by many people on expensive courses and schools where they often are doomed to fail, it makes sense to read this book first – whether the free e-book or the cheap-as-possible paper form – and then decide on your strategy before committing your cash.


About David J. James

55 year old fat white male privileged accountant who loves languages, literature, history, religion, politics, internet, vlogging and blogging and lively written discussion. Conservative Christian, married to an angel with advanced Multiple Sclerosis. We have three kids, two of them autistic, and we live in Warsaw, Poland.

Posted on 11/11/2010, in Blog only, Gold List Methodology, Languages and Linguistics, Literature and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

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  2. rambles2003

    It is a fascinating account by David James in the last chapter about being interrogated by the Russian authorities. It reminds me of the case of Gerald Brooke, the British lecturer in Russian who was imprisoned in Russia in 1965 for 5 years for disseminating anti Soviet literature (supposedly) and released after 4 years in exchange for the Russian spies Peter and Helen Kroger. That happened some nine years before David James had his brush with the authorities. So the KGB really were very oppressive in those times.



    I have used the Goldlist Method myself in the past, and can attest to its effectiveness. In fact, I have set up a new notebook for German, which I have just begun to study. There is, in my opinion, no better way to commit a large number of new vocabulary words to the long-term memory.

    The fact that the method was freely included in this book by its inventor shows a selflessness on his part which clearly demonstrates his commitment to the language learning community. As for the printed version, if the book were to contain just this one contribution, it would still be cheap at triple the price.

    There is truly nothing else like this book anywhere, and I thank you, David, for being such an integral part of it.

    Claude Cartaginese, Editor
    The Polyglot Project


    • I want to thank you for doing it, Claude, as it gave me a much needed impetus to tell that story. I feel much better for having written it, and indeed to have written finally something that got into a proper book instead of just a blog that anyone can do. I owe you a great deal.


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