Last year I shared Get Ready! Ten Bloggers You Should Read. Most of those blogs are still fantastic resources for the everyday language learner to check into for great ideas, inspiration and a little bit of language learning fun. But it’s a new year and there are some great new blogs that are also great resources.
In that post I mentioned Abraham Lincoln’s quote:
If I were given ten hours to cut down a tree, I would spend the first six sharpening the saw.
That is the reason I want to encourage you to find other great blogs to read as an everyday language learner – there is so much to learn from those who are further along on the journey. They will help you ‘sharpen your saw.’
And so without further adieu, here are ten great blogs to look into.
Donovan Nagel you will recognize from last week’s guest post here at EDLL. Donovan has been writing loads of great posts for language learners and I find his blog one of the most useful on the web. His Language Tips posts are always packed full of helpful ideas and great advice. Start with 8 Important Things You Should Do on an Immersion Trip Abroad or Short and Sweet Study Periods.
David Mansaray is on a quest to learn anything and everything and I always love stopping by and reading his blog. I am also excited that one of the topics he loves to write about is learning languages. His Polyglot Project Podcast focuses on interviewing polyglots from the book, The Polyglot Project. Two of my favorite articles are Project Based Learning and How to Deal with Anxiety When Learning.
Susanna Zaraysky is one of the few language bloggers I have met in person. She is the author of Language is Music and has a fantastic Youtube channel. One of my favorite articles is Don’t Speak Like Your Neighbors Cow, Why a Good Accent is Important.
Corey Heller has been pumping out great content for a long time and this year began a great new project called Language Challenge 180. Her 9 Tips for Successful Language Learning and Bilingual Children with One Hour of Language Per Day are both great places to begin. (While you are there, you can also check out a guest post I wrote for those wanting to continue to progress: Climb Past the Saddle.)
Luca is a polyglot who speaks 9+ languages and has been writing about the process to share his experience with others. How Should We Learn Grammar and Forget It: The Secret Of Remembering Words are two of my favorite articles to date.
Richard Simcott is as well an exceptional polyglot. He consistently shares his expertise as a learner of multiple languages and has been exploring different language learning products and then sharing the results of learning using them. This is a great service to the rest of us. One of my favorite posts is The Little Things . . . and if you have not seen it yet, be sure and watch Richard’s now famous video Hyperpolyglot Speaks 16 Languages.
Mae is also a polyglot, speaking eight languages and writing about her experiences along the way. A favorite post of mine is Celebrate Your Progress, It Keeps Yourself Motivated. I have also been excited about her introducing of all 100 of the Top 100 Language Lovers – she is through the letter ‘F’ so far.
Andrew Weiler is a language coach who I have just recently come across. Writing two to three practical posts each month, the site is a great resource for learners. Start with some of his recent posts: Learning a Language Through Reading or What is the Best Way to Learn a Language?
Gavin is a graduate student at The University of Hawaii studying Second Language Acquisition. His site is dedicated to looking at the research that has been presented throughout the years and discussing it. Gavid does a great job of building a bridge to the academic world is a great place to learn more from the academics who have worked so hard to really research languages and how we learn them. One of the first posts I came across was Language Note #1: The Power of Noticing.
David Snopek has been writing at Lingua Trek for a number of years and continually posts great tips and ideas for language learners. His blog does have a Polish focus, but has loads of great information for any language learner. One of my favorite posts is You Don’t Need to Live in a Foreign Country to Learn and David also wrote a nice review of my Guide to Getting Started. He has recently been working at creating his own resource which I’ll be excited to look at in the near future.
So there you have it. Ten bloggers who write great stuff for language learners. Hopefully these will give you some great reading material for the summer months. There are undoubtedly many more that offer good advice, inspiration and regular help on the language learning journey.
Where do you find inspiration as a language learner?
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