Monday 30 May 2022

Book Review: Fluent on the First Try by Federica Lupis (Non-Fiction)

Title: Fluent on the First Try
Author: Federica Lupis
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: 2020
Pages: 95
Format: eBook - EPUB
Source: ARC via NetGalley

Are you learning a language but feel like you’re not making progress?

Have you tried to pick up a new language but struggled to commit to it?

Then this book is for you!

In this easy-to-follow guide, you will find out how to:

•Make learning a habit.
•Avoid the risk of giving up halfway.
•Keep making progress until you become fluent.

Simply put, you will go from wanting to learn a language to mastering it.

The author of this book has a clear mission:

•Make the learning process simple and easy and
•Help you reach your goal no matter how many obstacles are in the way.

As someone who went from being bad at languages to making a career out of them, Federica Lupis is now fluent in four languages and has over 10 years of experience helping people become fluent.

Combining her formal education and knowledge as a self-taught learner, she will take you through the world of languages with motivation and a touch of humour that will make you want to learn more.

Follow the advice in this book and you will become fluent on the first try!


I have been learning languages for close to thirty years, first at school and then self-taught. I do, therefore, already have many of my own processes in place; however, I am always open to new ideas on language learning, especially since I have taken up a few new languages recently, which is why I decided to take a look at this book when I saw it on NetGalley. It was short (only 95 pages on my e-reader and about the last 15 of those were just notes), so I finished it in a single night. For me, personally, there was nothing new here. It's the same recommendations and suggestions you will find in pretty much every book of this ilk, as well as online for free in vlogs and blog posts created by polyglots and language learners. For veteran language learners, there won't be much of value in these pages, as you are likely, like me, already incorporating many, if not all, of these activities into your studying. However, if you are trying to learn a language for the first time and have not been exposed to many study tips yet, then there is useful information in these pages that might help you on your way. Based on what I personally got out of it, this book would only get two stars, but I am awarding it three, because newer language students would benefit from giving it a read and it might help them on their way to better language-study practices.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

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