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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Best of the Language Learning Web – 17 Great Links from October 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.

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

Here’s my selection from last month:

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5 Ways to Upgrade Your Language Learning and Avoid the Same Mistakes

Learning something new has numerous benefits.

It’s fun, engaging, and most of the time you get to meet new people.

Learning a new language in particular has been proven to boost people’s intelligence.

It’s also seen as one of the most difficult things to do.

For one thing, not everyone has the luxury of time to put into their learning efforts, and for another, well, learning something unfamiliar takes a lot of getting used to.

But what if you were told that you can save time in learning a new language?

It’s actually very doable.

The secret to optimal language learning without the added hassle is in avoiding the same mistakes.

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12 Experts Reveal How to Improve Your English Accent

English.

The most studied language in the world.

By far:

According to the Washington Post, there were 1.5 billion learners of English in the world in 2015.

The next most studied language, French, came in at a mere 82 million.

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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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