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.


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.


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.


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:


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.


12 Experts Reveal How to Improve Your English Accent



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.


Here’s a Simple Way to the Win the Battle Against Learning Frustration


We all have tough moments in our language-learning journeys.

And as much as we would like, preventing them entirely is impossible.

Any kind of learning involves at least some pain:

Whether it’s study frustration, or embarrassment from pronouncing a word incorrectly in a conversation…..

No matter what you do, some frustration is inevitable in order to grow. You can’t learn something worthwhile without challenging yourself.

That challenge can be felt as a kind of pain, a frustration. A frustration that can quickly build up, and when it does, you just might want to throw all your learning materials into the trash can.

And if your learning material is digital, you might want to smash your Smart Phone into pieces as well.

The trick, then, is to not let that frustration get the better of you.

A simple shift of mind is usually enough to accomplish that.


How to Set Up a Successful Language-Learning Schedule (Even if You’re a Screw Up Like Me)


Some people are like robots.

They set out to do goal achieving activities every day, and they follow through on them without fail.

Day after day, they show up to get one day closer to whatever their end goal is.

They get things done….and they’re going places, while screw ups like you and me (yeah, I’m talking to you) can’t get adelante.

Don’t those people make you sick?

They used to make my stomach feel like a bag of bricks, and me like a total screw up.

Not anymore.

I stick to my schedule now. Even though it’s a very flexible one.

Here’s how I do it:


How to Measure Your Language-Learning Progress



You can’t learn a new language in a month.

No matter what they promise you, it’s not going to happen. (At least not until they invent a language chip they can insert into your brain.)

Learning a new language is a rather lengthy process. It’s not something you do for a while and then you’re done. Some would say it’s a lifetime project.


Are You Stuck in a Language-Learning Plateau – and Not Sure What to Do?

the road to fluency

Ever felt like you’ve come to a standstill in your language learning?

It sucks, right?

Long gone are the early days of your language journey when learning was a breeze:

The prospect of speaking a new language excited you so much … and picking up new words and grammar rules was almost as easy as breathing out.

Now, however, all you seem to do is maintain what you already learned.

If that…


11 Questions for Kerstin Hammes : Language Learning Gets Personal #6


“My entire life could not be possible if it wasn’t for other languages.”

Time for the 6th installment of Language Learning Gets Personal!

Today we have the charming and encouraging language teacher and blogger Kerstin Cable(*).

She is German but if you listen to her, one thing immediately stands out: her excellent English accent, testimony of her extensive knowledge of language learning and the efforts she’s made to get to where she is now.


Free Updates
Get Smart Language Learner blog updates straight to your inbox.

You'll also get access to exclusive content like the mini guide:

Saying the Unsaid: A Simple Method to Dramatically Improve Your Speaking Ability in Your Target Language.

Your First Name *
Your Email *

No spam, just info to help you learn a new language.
* Required Field
Powered by Benchmark Email


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.

Case Studies
Ask the Experts
Case Studies