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Noel van Vliet

Noel is the founder of Smart Language Learner. When he isn't learning languages or writing about it, you can find him enjoying the good life of Costa Rica, where he lives with his wife and 4 children.

FluentU Review: Language Immersion App Put to the Test

Make sure you read all the way to the end because FluentU and Smart Language Learner give away a 3-month FluentU subscription!

Some people think all languages should be learned through real world materials.

Unfortunately, it’s not so simple to do.

Things can get messy…

Luckily, there’s a website that can help you.

Yabla Review: I Spent 31 Hours with Yabla – Here Are My Thoughts

Yabla is a language immersion tool that helps you learn a new language through videos.

It’s a fun way for intermediate and advanced learners to improve their skills in their target language. It’s especially good for boosting your listening skills.

You don’t just watch the videos, but you also learn from them by playing games that feature the videos’ content.

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Magnetic Memory Method Review for Language Learners + Case Study

Years ago…

2014 to be exact…

I gave the Magnetic Memory Method a test run.

I used the method to try to learn 127 new Spanish words.

I then tested myself and the results were surprising.

This post is a recap of my case study. At the end of this post, I’ll share if my initial positive conclusions still hold up more than six years later.

Glossika Review: An App for Serious Language Learners


It is almost impossible to find a language learning app today that does not put it at the forefront of the learning process.

Gamification can certainly help when it comes to motivation, but it also disguises what the real reward of learning a language is.

The real reward is not a stupid looking hat for your childish avatar, or collecting coins that ultimately prove useless.

How Long Does It Take to Learn a New Language?

Ever since the days of Julius Caesar, people have wondered how long it takes to learn a language. (Don’t Google this, I made it up.)

The most sensible answer is:

It depends on so many things!

Like how close your target language is to your native language, or how many hours a day you will devote to the learning process.

So it depends is probably the most accurate answer, but that’s NOT the answer I’ll be giving you today.