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 March, 2018:
Smart Language Learner
English is the most studied language in the world. It is estimated that 1 billion people are currently learning English. American English is probably the most popular version. Here’s How to Sound Like an American When You’re Not – How Two ESL Learners Achieved Their American Accent.
Strategies & Tactics
You CAN learn a language by watching TV. Check out how it’s done.
Language learners are often intimidated by the seemingly endless amount of new words they have to learn. The question “How much vocabulary is enough when learning a foreign language” often comes up.
But the depth of your vocabulary is important, too. Depth is all about how well you know the words. So, when should language learners focus on the depth of their vocabulary?
And just as an important reminder here’s why vocabulary and grammar aren’t enough when learning a language.
Tyra Banks says her 2-year-old son speaks 3 languages and here’s why that’s so important.
Elena Gabrielli has just moved to Sweden. She shares with us the 5 things the move has taught her about language learning.
Evidence shows children with more languages do better in cognitive tests. Check out: Why bilingual kids are smarter.
One of benefits of learning a foreign language(s) is that it makes traveling so much more meaningful. Here are the best international languages to learn for traveling the world.
Apps & Technology
Some people think language learning will be rendered obsolete by translation technology in the near future. I don’t! And neither does Talene Boodaghians. She wrote: The real reason your translation app will never replace language learning.
However, that doesn’t take nothing away from the fact that these apps can be extremely useful in some cases. Like the Augmented Reality app that can translate Sign language into spoken English, and vice versa.
It’s all Greek to me! Luckily, Danae from Alpha Beta Greek is here to help: Do you make these 10 errors in Greek?
Interesting story on Buzzfeed: Niki Asfar talks about how she moved to Iran to learn the language she forgot.
Learning the formal course version of a language is a good way to start. But there’s more to a language than that. Here’s 32 authentic Spanish slang expressions from Mexico .
And if you want to learn Spanish, here’s an original and noble way to do it: Volunteer and learn Spanish: How to learn a language by volunteering overseas.
If you’d rather learn an African language, check out this post: The top languages in Africa: a guide to the most spoken African languages.
This section is called “Something Different”. But this is really “Something Very Different”: The curious case of people who can’t stop speaking in foreign accents.
Sometimes unlikely combinations form great partnerships: How Hip-Hop literacy programs improve student reading skills.
Learning a new language may be more of a science than an art, a University of Sussex study finds.
The discount might work in other countries as well.
Note that I haven’t tried these courses, but I thought I’d share the deal with you.
That’s it for last month’s language links
Best of the Language Learning Web will be back next month.