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

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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 last month:

Smart Language Learner

Here at Smart Language Learner, I also try to supply you with interesting and helpful content.

February saw the start of a new series called: Vocab Wars.

In Vocab Wars I test various vocabulary methods. And I share both the short-term results and (later) the long-term results with you.

If you’re interested, check out the first installment below:

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

Alright….on to the best language learning articles on other websites.

Here we go:

Strategy & Tactics

In case you haven’t already done so, here’s how to make a language study plan and stick to it.

We all like a good song or two, and they could help you better remember foreign language content. Check out: How to learn and memorize songs.

In language learning, writing is often an undervalued skill. Not so with language blogger Kerstin Cable who wrote: Writing: the magic skill for better memory and focus in any language.

Motivation

You may consider learning a new language a difficult task. But you can make it easier for yourself by picking a language “close” to a language you already speak. Here are 5 surprisingly easy languages to learn for English speakers.

Easy or difficult … learning another language is good for you! Unfortunately, not everyone is convinced of that. They should read: 5 proven benefits of learning a new language.

And it’s not only good for your brain, it could also be great news for your business.

If that wasn’t enough to convince you, maybe a potential increase of your understanding of the world will!

And in case you think you’re too old, know that younger is not always better when it comes to learning a new language.

Apps & Technology

Being too busy isn’t an excuse either. 😉 Here are 10 websites to learn a new language even if you’re too busy.

In 2017, technology moves at a rapid pace. Language app Mondly has launched virtual reality for learning languages, powered by chatbots.

Duolingo is already a respected language app, but here are 3 tutor approved ideas for improving your Duolingo experience.

Language Specific

Movies are good resources to improve your listening skills. Check out these 10 essential French films to fall in love with to help you learn the language.

From one Roman language to another, here are the top tips to learn Italian according to Brian Kwong.

And if you want to know if you’ve mastered Spanish, check out these 12 signs you have cracked the Spanish language.

If you’re struggling with your English listening skills, here are 5 tips to improve it.

Something Different

The daily mail published an interesting article on how learning Sign Language can boost your peripheral vision.

What do Americans think is the sexiest language in the world?

Paste Magazine tries to answer the question: What makes someone a native speaker?

And talking about interesting questions: The Huffington Post turns to science to find an answer to the question: Does a broader vocabulary allow you to think faster?

Let’s keep the questions coming: The language blog of K international gives us the answer to: Which city speaks the most languages?

Deals

Udemy, the online course platform, is running a promotion. You can buy any course on their site and pay only $10. This deal expires on Mar 15, 2017 1:00 PM UTC.

Here are some courses that — as a language learner — might interest you: 

Spanish Made Simple

Chinese Made Easy: Understand 65% of Chinese in 10 hours

English Grammar Launch: Upgrade your speaking and listening

Goal-Setting Mastery: How To Get 10x Faster Results!

Become a SuperLearner V2: Learn Speed Reading & Boost Memory

That’s it for last month’s language links

Best of the Language Learning Web will be back next month.

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