Do You Really Hate to Study?

The word studying has gotten a bad reputation in the last few years.

Mention the word and you see people cringe in agony.

To study is to die a long painful death due to immense boredom.

Language bloggers who dare to use the word, risk the chance of being called old fashioned and outdated.

We no longer study a language, we learn it instead.

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Long-Term Results of Vocab Wars #3: Smart Flashcards

There are flashcards…..and then there are Smart Flashcards.

Smart Flashcards follow the idea that it’s easier to remember something if we couple it with something very familiar to us.

So instead of just having a word or a sentence on a card, with Smart Flashcards you want to use a sentence with things or facts close to home.

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

Every month, I keep an eye out for the best language links.

I share them in Best of the Language Learning Web.

This is my selection from May, 2017.

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6 Reasons to Learn a Foreign Language

If you are not already learning a foreign language, you should start right away!

Why may you wonder?

Well, let’s just mention a few benefits such as:

a better traveling experience, a better brain, a better social life, a better pay, better grades, a better job and a better life in general.

Yes, learning a second language makes everything better.

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Long-Term Results of Vocab Wars #2: Writing Sentences with Foreign Words

Ever since I started its sessions, I’ve been very eager to find out the long-term results of Vocab Wars #2.

The method of choice in Vocab Wars #2 was writing sentences with foreign words. And with writing I mean writing … with pen and paper.

And today — just as I’m about to start the learning sessions for Vocab Wars #4 — it’s time to reveal these long-term results.

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Best of the Language Learning Web – 20 Great Links from April 2017

The online 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.

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

Here’s my selection from April 2017:

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How to Embed Foreign Language into Your Daily Routine

Being a multilingual person has many benefits.

For example, you can find a better-paying job, go abroad to study, and enjoy exploring a culture different from your own.

However, for many people learning a new language seems like an impossible task to accomplish, so they give up before even trying.

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Vocab Wars #3 Testing Smart Flashcards + Long-Term Results of Vocab Wars #1

That what’s close to us is easier to remember.

So it makes sense to couple those things to new information we want to learn.

Let’s say I want to learn the word refrigerator. If I happen to have a big, blue and rusty fridge, a good way to learn this word would be with a sentence like this one:

My refrigerator is big, blue and rusty.

I can then stick this sentence to a flashcard, with the word’s translation on the other side.

This is what Smart Flashcards are all about.

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

The online 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.

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

Here’s my selection from March 2017:

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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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