Have you heard about the joke about Noel van Vliet pulling the plug on Best of the Language Learning Web?
Seriously, I stated in the last Best of the Language Learning Web that it was probably the last one I’d ever publish.
I’d get a lot of emails from people telling me that I should keep publishing them.
And so it happened. Thanks for all your emails!
Guess I didn’t fully realize that a lot of you appreciate these link roundups.
The reader is king…and that means I’ll keep publishing these installments for at least another year.
Starting with this unique End of Year Edition, in which we’ll take a look at the most popular links from all editions published in 2017!
This includes the installment from December 2016 since it was published in January 2017, but not the installment of December 2017 which will be published in 2018.
So without further ado, let’s get started!
Smart Language Learner
Because I’m such a modest person, we’ll start with the most popular posts I published on the Smart Language Learner blog in 2017.
Everyone seems to agree that Extroverts are better language learners. I don’t: Are You an Introvert? Don’t Worry!
Instead of spending the same amount of time on language learning each day, try something more flexible. Use stretch goals to keep motivated and still do enough to advance.
Translating in your head isn’t necessarily a disadvantage. I explain why in the post: Translating in Your Head is a Good Thing.
Using “dead” time in your day (moments you have at your disposal but aren’t using) for language learning activities, seems like a good idea. But it could actually hurt your efforts. I explain why in: Don’t Use Every Bit of Time You Have.
When learning a new language many negative thoughts can plague you.
But one stands out as probably the most destructive thought a language learner can have.
I reveal which thought it is in the post:
Before We Continue…
So, the first one’s in the bag.
I’ve won the award for most popular post on Smart Language Learner in 2017!
Don’t worry, I won’t give a winners speech.
We don’t have time for that. We’re going straight to the most popular links from all Best of the Language Learning Web installments published in 2017.
The merit of the posts isn’t just based on clicks, but also on overall page views of a particular installment of Best of the Language Learning Web.
I created a hugely ingenious scoring system to determine the ranking of the posts. Come to think of it…I should win an award for that as well…
With that out-of-the-way. Here. We. Go.
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.
Knowing some language learning science may speed up your language learning. Check out these five research-based language learning tips.
Textbooks are still useful when learning another language. Here are the only 6 language textbook sources you need.
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.
When learning another language, one of the hardest skills to master is listening. So check out the 5-step method to improve your listening skills.
If your memory is betraying you when learning a foreign language, try something else. Check out: How to use visual memory techniques to build a conversational vocabulary.
The authors at Transparent Language blog are tired of the same language learning tips you hear over and over again. That’s why they give you 5 unusual tips to learn a language faster.
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
The word Grammar is enough to scare even grown men. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Here´s the modern method to learning grammar in a foreign language.
Drum rolls please.
The winner is…
Noel van Vli…er…no, not this time.
Gabriel Miller got his article published on the Lindsay Does Languages blog.
This was the most popular link I shared in all Best of the Language Learning Web installments of 2017. (based not only on clicks, but also on overall page views of the installments)
Here’s the original entry:
Learning vocabulary is what language learners are most interested in. Here are 2 Self-Study Techniques to Speed up Vocabulary Learning.
Unlimited Spanish is one of the few Spanish courses I really like. (Unlimited Spanish consists of four separate courses, to be exact.)
The audio based courses really prepare you for having real-life conversations.
If you’re interested, you can read my Unlimited Spanish review here.
You can now get any Unlimited Spanish course with a special Christmas Discount of up to 50% off.
This offer expires December 31, 2017.
Udemy, the online course platform, is running a Holiday Flash Sale.
Here are some course that—as a language learner—may interest you:
If you’re interested, move quickly as this promotion ends on December 21, 11:59PM PST.
I Wish You a Merry Christmas!
Really hope you have a great time with your family or friends!
Smart Language Learner is not totally done for this year yet. I’ll publish one more post before the closing of the year.
See you then!