Best of the Language Learning Web – 18 Great Links from May 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 last month:

Strategies & Tactics

Productivity isn’t just limited to business and the like. Being a productive language learner means getting more done in less time. Quincy Smith shows us how to use “productivity anchors” to upgrade your language study.

The word Grammar is enough to scare even grown men. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Here´s the modern method to learning grammar in a foreign language.

Most language learning tips online focus on how to learn a second language. Benny Lewis, however, published a guide to help you learn a third language.

And that wasn’t the only thing he posted in May. He also shared with us the highly useful post: 16 must-know words and phrases for any language.

There’s a lot to learn from accomplished polyglots like Luca Lampariello. In one of his latest articles, he talks about the 5 things he wishes he had known when he began learning specific languages.

There’s more to iTalki than just language exchange, you can also find tutors there. Here’s a complete guide to learning a language with a Tutor on iTalki.


Learning a new language is useful even if you never make it to fluency. Check out these 3 ways learning a new language helps your brain even if you never get fluent.

If you were learning a language long ago but quit, don’t worry. You can still remember a foreign language even if you think it’s forever forgotten.

Being able to speak another language isn’t the only benefit of learning one. There are also several health benefits.

Excuses, excuses, excuses. Here are 5 lies you use to hypnotize yourself that you can’t learn a language.

Apps & Technology

More news from Duolingo: You can now learn Japanese with the popular language app!

Going to Brazil? Here are some language apps to get you ready for that trip.

Technology is good, sometimes. Check out these 6 apps for endangered languages.

Language Specific

Spanish remains a popular language to learn. Steve Kaufmann tries to answer the question: How long does it take to learn Spanish.

If you’re visiting Germany soon but don’t speak German yet, here’s something useful for you: 15 easiest german words and phrases to learn for tourists.

Russian isn’t an easy language to learn for English speakers. But here are 8 good reasons why you should still go ahead and learn it.

Something Different

Not everything is great about learning a new language. A recent study found that speaking in another language can strain your vocal chords.

However, almost everything else is great — like how bilingual people can change how they experience time.

That’s it for last month’s language links

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


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