Best of the Language Learning Web – 18 Great Links from November 2016


Best-of-the-InternetThe on-line language learning scene grows day by day.

A lot of good stuff is published every day. Naturally, 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:

Strategy & Tactics

Using images in your language learning is well worth the effort. The visual input helps you to memorize the material better. Google Images can be a heaven for language learners.

Language learning takes time, but you can speed up the process by deconstructing your new language.

You probably know there are four essential language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Benny Lewis from Fluent in 3 Months shares how you can improve each one.

Learning from those who’ve already walked the path is a good idea. The guys at FluentU compiled a post with 4 Wise Lessons from Four Seriously Good Language Learners


Love is a great motivator to learn a new language. At least, that’s what I think. But would you learn a second language for love?

Okay, enough with the romantic stuff Winking smile, let’s find out what a second language is worth in terms of career perspective.

But then again, it’s not all about the cash. Here are 5 ways learning a second language will make you a better person.

Some people can’t see the benefits of learning a new language. Those people might have to open their eyes a little wider Winking smile, or just read: 34 Unobvious Benefits of Learning a Second Language.

Even if you already speak multiple languages, you shouldn’t be afraid to learn a few more. According to Luca Lampariello some people are too quick in artificially capping the number of languages you can master.

Language Specific

Spanish is not a very hard language to learn for native English speakers, here are 7 tips to learn it even faster from Olly Richards.

Japanese, though, is a different matter altogether. Luckily you can harness your “Hidden Moments” if you’re too busy to study.

And talking about Japanese, did you know that painful bloopers in Japanese can be valuable learning experiences? (In any language that’s the case, to be exact.)

Technology is changing the way we learn languages. Here are 7 examples of great technology for English learners.

Something Different

Globalization is bad news for indigenous and endangered languages. Fortunately, organizations like 7000 languages are doing their best to get these languages online with local content.

And they’re not alone: the students and teachers at Maitland Lutheran School, Australia, have been using a robot to revive an ancient language.

Did you know that some rural peoples “spoke” long distance by whistling? Linguists now want to study those whistled languages because they reveal how the brain processes information.

From one uncommon language family to another, Kate Baggaley asks the question: if aliens invaded how would we talk to them? The film Arrival may offer some clues.

And if you want to try your hand at learning a fictional language, you’ll be able to do so with Duolingo in the near future, as they’ll be adding High Valyrian from the Game of thrones as a language you can learn.

That’s it for last month’s language links

Best of the Language Learning Web will be back next month. That is: in 2017!


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  1. Language learning takes time, but you can speed up the process by deconstructing your new language.

    The above is a complete rip off from Tim Ferriss. No credit was given. They basically plagiarized it!

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