Is Writing Sentences With Pen and Paper a Good Way to Learn Foreign Vocab?

Would you remember more writing something down as opposed to just typing it?

Studies suggest: Yes.

And it makes sense:

Typing is just pushing some buttons, while writing involves creating the shape of the characters on your own.

It’s also slower, which exposes you the material for longer at a time.

So then, I thought, it could work with language learning as well.

And that’s what I wanted to find out, albeit in a humble way.

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Best of the Language Learning Web – 21 Great Links from February 2017

The on-line language learning scene grows day by day.

A lot of good stuff is published, but so is a lot of junk!

Sifting through all of it can be a pain.

That’s where Best of the Language Learning Web fits in. Me, as a language learning fanatic, I give it my best shot every month so that you don’t have to.

This is the 5th installment and it features links from February 2017.

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Yabla Review: I Spent 7 Hours With Yabla – Here are my Thoughts

Yabla is a language immersion tool that helps you learn a new language through videos.

It’s a fun way for intermediate and advanced learners to improve their skills in their target language. It’s especially good for boosting your listening skills.

You don’t just watch the videos, but you also learn from them by playing games that feature the videos’ content.

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I Tried to Learn 50 Foreign Words in 100 Minutes with Basic Flashcards – Here are the Results

Time for something new.

I always thought it would be great to run some tests and publish the results on Smart Language Learner.

You know, testing the efficiency of language learning methods and sharing the results with you.

Well, I’m going to do just that in a new series called: Vocab Wars.

In each installment, I’ll try to learn 50 new words in 100 minutes by using a different vocabulary learning method.

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Best of the Language Learning Web – 18 Great Links from January 2017

The on-line language learning scene grows day by day.

A lot of good stuff is published, but so is a lot of junk!

Sifting through all of it can be a pain.

That’s where Best of the Language Learning Web fits in. Me, as a language learning fanatic, I’ll give it my best shot every month so that you don’t have to.

The goal here, is to have last month’s best language learning links all in one place.

Here’s my first selection of 2017:

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7 Simple Techniques to Develop Exceptional Memory

When our brain processes information, it may store it in its long-term memory system and retrieve it when necessary.

That’s exactly what we want it to do when we’re learning languages.

We do our best to memorize different words and grammar rules and we want to keep that information fresh. When we want to remember something, we are willingly bringing information from our unconscious level to the conscious mind.

However, the brain doesn’t have the capacity to store every single detail we see, hear, think, and sense in the long-term memory. Before being dismissed or stored in the long-term memory, all information has to go through the working memory.

When we are learning a foreign language, we want all words, grammar rules, and culture references to be stored in the long-term memory.

Unfortunately, this system doesn’t react according to our wishes.

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Best of the Language Learning Web – 19 Great Links from December 2016

The on-line language learning scene grows day by day.

A lot of good stuff is published, but so is a lot of junk!

Sifting through all of it can be a pain.

That’s where Best of the Language Learning Web fits in. Me, as a language learning fanatic, I’ll give it my best shot every month so that you don’t have to.

Here’s my selection from December 2016:

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Best of the Language Learning Web – 18 Great Links from November 2016

The on-line language learning scene grows day by day.

A lot of good stuff is published, but so is a lot of junk!

Sifting through all of it can be a pain.

That’s where Best of the Language Learning Web fits in. Me, as a language learning fanatic, I’ll give it my best shot every month so that you don’t have to.

Here’s my selection from November:

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4 Ways to Gamify Foreign Language Learning

You may have seen one of the many TED talks about how gaming is either a modern devil or the modern savior of humanity.

Speakers commonly quote how humanity spends 3 billion hours per week playing games; along with a ringing cry to change the situation (though they do not mention how many hours people spend watching TV).

People are always going to find ways to busy themselves, and if gaming is your thing, then try the methods listed below in order to learn a language while you play.

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How to Make the Most of Your Foreign Language Trip

So you’ve decided to take the plunge.

You’re going on a trip to a country where they speak your target language.

Congratulations!

Learning a language on your own is one thing, interacting face-to-face with native speakers is another thing altogether.

But it’s great and exciting.

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Hi, I’m Noel van Vliet

Noel van Vliet

I'm not one of those super polyglots. I only speak three languages — but I speak them well.

My goal is to supply you with the right information to help you learn a new language better and faster.

I do this by: sharing what's worked for me, doing Case Studies and asking those in the know.

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