Let’s face it:
The Internet is big, very big…
A lot of good stuff on language learning is published every month… But—naturally—so is a lot of junk.
If you want to stay informed on the latest and best about language learning, you have two options at your disposal:
You can do it yourself…
And spend hours—with a crooked back—looking for gold in the sewer waste.
Or, you can let me do the dirty job for you.
Best of the Language Learning Web is my attempt to do just that.
The goal here, is to have last month’s best language learning links all in one place.
Take a look at my selection from December, 2017:
Strategies & Tactics
It may be 2018 now—happy new year by the way!—but some things never change. Like our desire to learn things fast and “never” forget them. Here are 18 ways to help you with that.
And though the new year might have come rushing in—leaving us dizzy by the lightning speed at which time flies by—that doesn’t mean we should forget about 2017. Lindsay Williams doesn’t, and shares with us 10 things she learned about language learning in 2017.
Wanna become a polyglot in 2018? It’s rather simple, but not easy. Here’s some help: Speak 5 languages in 5 Steps: tips from a polyglot pro.
With all the modern language learning apps and technology begging for your attention, you might assume old-school methods are ineffective. With some rusty methods from a distant past this is correct. But not all of them are useless. For example, studies have shown that: picking up a book helps kids learn a second language.
But it’s not just for moppets, reading in a foreign language helps every language learner. So get started here: Learn a language by reading: 5 easy-to-follow steps.
And what about another old-school language learning practice like writing? Well, that’s still a close-by tool that can help you further ingrain patterns in your brain. Here’s how it helps to improve your foreign language speaking skills.
Ever wonder how other language learners organize their time and learning sessions? Here’s a nice looking infographic that will enlighten you to some degree.
What would motivate you more to learn a new language than the fresh smell of a new year? Well, if you still need a little push, here are 12 reasons to learn a language in 2018.
Maybe 12 reasons are a little too much for you. In that case, try: 11 reasons why learning a language should be your new year’s resolution for 2018.
Naturally, some article called 10 reasons why you should learn a language in 2018 would follow here. Unfortunately I didn’t find such post. If you did, let me know!
If you’re into business stuff, here’s a good reason to learn a second language: Learning another language helps you make more rational business decisions.
There are many myths about language learning that stop people from trying to learn a new language. It’s time to debunk them once again.
Apps & Technology
Improving translation technology may make people mistakenly believe that it’s no longer necessary to learn a language. It’s a mistake…and here’s why.
However, technology can enhance your language learning. Here are 4 ways you can use technology to learn a new language.
And what about Games? The yet-to-be-released RPG style game Ruby Rei promises to teach you a new language while you’re having fun.
If you want to learn Arabic, you’d better have some time on your hands. It’s a tough language to learn. Steve Kaufmann is learning Arabic by focusing on simple tasks.
The South Korean language was designed with unity in mind: South Koreans rarely use the word Me. Or at least a whole lot less than I do.
Some languages aren’t that popular among language learners but are still cool to have under your belt. Like Swedish. Here’s how Stephanie Ford learned to speak Swedish. (and how learning about the history of English helped)
Can you overcome fear, embarrassment and inhibition of speaking another language by adopting a foreign language alter ego?
National schooling and the Internet are eating away at the unique languages of Tibet. Read all about it in: The incredible linguistic diversity of Tibet is disappearing.
Most languages in the world have similar structures. Here’s why.
You may think that you learn better when it is quiet around you. But this is probably not true. In fact, a recent study revealed that listening to white noise can increase your ability to learn new words.
Just make sure you don’t consume much Canola oil, if any, as this may worsen your memory.
That’s it for last month’s language links
Best of the Language Learning Web will be back next month.