The Study Guides

The Marathon Study Guides

We think these are some of the best intensive language-learning lessons around: comprehensive and gimmick-free, requiring the student to have good dictionary manners, a memory that won't give up, and ferocious study habits. See a sampling of study topics.

Downloadable Study Guides for Sale

60 Tricks to Learning Languages: PDF format (265KB), 45 pages, $4.00
For those personal, 1-on-1 lessons, we make use of a second volume, Overachievers' Guide to Learning Languages, 100 pages, which builds on and extends the material from the first volume.

50 Top Techniques for Studying English: PDF format (357KB), 66 pages, $4.00
Specifically for English as a Second/Foreign Language (ESL, EFL) studies, while Advanced Techniques for Learning English (also 100 pages) is used in one-on-one instruction, especially those involved in English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and, our favorite students, the International Teaching Assistants (ITAs). Both texts are written and presented in simplified, intermediate-level English.

All Materials copyright © 1998 William J. Murphy/Marathon Language Learning.

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60 Tricks to Learning Languages: 45 pages (265KB), $4.00

50 Top Techniques for Studying English: 66 pages (357KB), $4.00

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Study Topics

Below is a sampling of the table of contents for the coursework and study manuals. See also excerpts from Tricks and Techniques, sample French lessons and sample ESL lessons.