The online language learning scene grows day by day.
A lot of good stuff is published, but 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:
Smart Language Learner
I only published two posts during November, but this was due to me moving into a new home. I’m settled now, so it’s time to ramp it up. Thanks for your patience!
It may be controversial but low doses of Alcohol Can Help You Better Speak a Foreign Language.
You’ve probably heard people complain of the fact the language taught in courses and Apps isn’t the same as the one spoken in the street. But this formal version of the language actually is a great place to start. I explain why in: Not the “Real” Language? Why the Formal Language of Courses is Great for Beginners.
Strategies & Tactics
Even though we try our “best”, many of us aren’t really getting the most out of our language learning. So this could be useful: 12 signs you aren’t getting the most out of your language studies.
Improving your accent in a foreign language can be difficult. Luckily, on the Internet you can find a wealth of tips on how to do just that. Like in this post: 6 steps to listen your way to a better accent in any language.
A language learner goes through various stages of the learning process. The stages depend on what names people give them, but getting to know them can be helpful. Here’s how to master the 5 stages of language learning.
You already know that YouTube is huge… But did you know it can also be used as a language learning tool?
Learning a new language can be tough—but, hey: You’re a language learner. You have grit.
If you’re thinking of learning your first foreign language, you may be a little overwhelmed. Here’s some help: Thinking time: 5 questions new language learners should consider.
And before you decide what language to learn, first check out the top foreign languages to learn in 2018.
Also don’t forget to check out this post: The languages that take the most (and least) time to learn, per the US Foreign Service.
It comes as no surprise, but…. A new study shows that learning a second language as a young child has huge benefits for the brain.
Apps & Technology
If you have always hoped that you could learn Chinese with Duolingo one day, then I have good news for you: You can now learn Mandarin with the popular App.
Polyglot Alex Rawlings makes a strong case why French is much easier to learn than English.
Also from the Memrise blog. Rob Patterson tries to answer the question: Chinese, Japanese and Korean – how different are they really?
Let’s keep answering questions! Here’s one from Hacking Chinese: Can you learn Chinese faster by making it harder?
It’s easy to find learning materials for popular languages. For the rest, not so much. Here’s how to learn Bulgarian: tips for starting with the Balkan language.
French, English, Chinese…even Bulgarian, and still nothing about the Spanish language. Let’s change that right now. Here’s how to speak Spanish effortlessly even if you’re a shy person.
Click languages are as amazing as they are rare. Scientific American answers the question why they are so rare.
Even though English is so widely spoken in the world, that doesn’t mean native English speakers shouldn’t learn another language. According to Mamella Fiallo, Spanish will be the most important foreign language for UK post-brexit.
If superstition is making your life difficult, try thinking in a foreign language. A new study finds it makes you less superstitious.
That’s it for last month’s language links
Best of the Language Learning Web will NOT be back next month.
I’ve decided to pull the plug on it.
I’ve published these installments since November 2016. Now It’s time to make room for other stuff on Smart Language Learner.
If you’ve always liked these publications, I give you the chance to keep Best of the Language Learning Web alive.
All you have to do is send me an email telling me that you’re sad to see this monthly feature go. And if I receive enough of those emails, I’ll keep Best of the Language Learning Web going for at least another year.
Let me know by contacting me through the contact page.
Update: I’ve received a lot of emails from people who want to keep this feature alive. As such, I cannot pull the plug on Best of the Language Learning Web just yet. I’ll keep publishing these roundups for at least another year!