One of the Greatest Things to Do on this Earth is Learning a Foreign Language

Being able to speak more than just your native language is amazing.

It opens up a new world for you, broadens your horizons, brings you new friends … a new personality even.

Communicating with a foreigner in their language is an intercultural experience that can’t be matched by many other experiences, but should be experienced by everyone!

And it doesn’t have to be an isolated experience, either. Whether it’s career, travel, or love, learning just one new language can have fantastic implications for your life.

It has brought me AMAZING experiences. And a life drastically changed. In fact, my life would have probably been 223% different from the life I live now, if it wasn’t for learning foreign languages.

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Now all I’ve said up until now is true.

But it’s just one side of the coin.

The other side is that learning another language can be:

  • Frustrating
  • Boring
  • Ineffective
  • Discouraging
  • Overwhelming
  • Humiliating

The good news is that all of these things can be conquered one way or another.

And I want to help you with that. It’s what Smart Language Learner is all about!

No, I’m not a language-learning guru. I’m fallible, and I don’t have answer to everything (tip: better be careful if you encounter such a person ;-)).

But I can help you by sharing my own experiences. The idea is that they help you do the good language learning things I’ve done and prevent you from making the mistakes I’ve made.

Here’s what Smart Language Learner has in store for you:

In Vocab Wars I test vocabulary learning methods. In every installment I try to learn 50 words in 100 minutes, followed by a test to see how it’s worked for me. Then, I leave it alone for two months and do another test to see how many words I still remember.

Best of the Language Learning Web is a monthly feature in which I list the best language links from the previous month. With so many new language learning stuff published on the Internet every day, sifting through all of it is a time-consuming job. Me, as a language learning fanatic, I’ll give it my best shot every month so that you don’t have to.

Ask the Experts: I pose the most frequently asked questions about language learning to a varying panel of experts. The Ask the Experts posts can save you weeks of searching for information on a specific language-learning topic. You are up to speed in a matter minutes instead of months. I invite you to participate: Ask your question here.

And last, but hopefully not least, advice and lessons learned from my own language-learning experiences. Like this post and this one.

What Others Say About Noel and the Smart Language Learner Blog

Noel van Vliet is dedicated to helping you learn your new languages better and faster. As someone who is highly proficient in three languages, he has a lot of great information to offer. Furthermore, he’s a powerful advocate for the life-enriching benefits of learning another language. His passion is evident in his writing and the care with which he has put together this highly instructive blog.

–FluentU Blog

Noel van Vliet is not a hyperpolyglot, he is a trilingual who gives great information on his blog Smart Language Learner. Do you want to know how the experts do to learn a language and if a course is good? Well, you’ll find the information on his site.

–Polyglot Nerd

Noel clearly has a wealth of knowledge, insight and value to bring to you as a language learner.

–Anthony Metivier – Magentic Memory Method

Noel van Vliet is unabashed about his language prowess, as indicated by his blog title. His anecdotes about language learning (how knowing Spanish moved him from the Netherlands to Costa Rica, where he is now settled with a family) are just as captivating as the guest posts from linguistic experts. This guy’s pretty legit and well worth a look.

–Zach Willis – Brainscape.com