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 May, 2018:
Smart Language Learner
When you think of language learning apps, you probably think of Duolingo, Rosetta Stone or Memrise. Specific language learning apps. But there are many more great apps that weren’t designed with language learning in mind, but can help you with just that. Here are 9 Language Learning Apps You Never Even Considered.
Strategies & Tactics
Let’s face it. Language learning can be boring sometimes. Here’s why language classes should forget about memorization and focus on excitement instead.
Some people think they don’t have enough time to learn a new language. If you’re one of them, check this out: How to learn a new language in 15-minute a day installments.
Shadowing is an effective language learning technique for the intermediate learner and beyond. Here’s the simple 5-step guide to successful language shadowing.
Another method, and one that has its supporters and detractors, is the translation method. Here you can find everything you need to know about it.
Results from a recent study suggest that in order to reach total fluency you have to start learning a language from age 10 or younger.
Fortunately, this was quickly debunked in this post: You’re never too old to become fluent in a foreign language.
And if that didn’t convince you, try this one: You’re never too old to become fluent in a foreign language – and here’s the evidence.
When learning another language, it’s not always easy to keep at it. Here’s some help: Why language learners quit – the 7 key “motivation killers”.
Another thing that could be holding you back is foreign language anxiety. Check out these 6 steps to overcome it.
New technology (like Virtual Reality) has its advantages but it’s certainly not all sunshine and rainbows. Here’s how new technologies are changing language learning, for better and worse.
Podcasts can be a great source to (further) learn a language from. Here are 9 of the best podcasts for learning French.
German can be a tough language to learn with all its grammar rules. However, that’s not a valid reason not to learn German. Here’s why: 8 simple reasons why learning German is really worth your while.
And talking about tough languages to learn…if you need help to learn Japanese Kanji, here’s some help how to learn kanji in 6 easy steps – a guide for Japanese learners.
Did you know there are 437 million Spanish speakers in the world? And that Spanish is spoken in no less than 31 countries? You can find these and more interesting stats on Spanish and many other languages in the infographic: Language in Numbers, the Most Captivating Statistics.
If history fascinates you, here’s something that will definitely interest you: Ancient language learning: This may be the oldest example of not one, but two alphabet primers.
MIT researchers have uncovered a new way of telling how well people are learning English: Gauging language proficiency through eye movement.
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That’s it for last month’s language links
Best of the Language Learning Web will be back next month.