22 Great Posts For Language Learners from 2012

Last year I finished out the year with the popular post: 35 Great Posts From 2011 For Language Learners And A Bit More.

This year, I’ve decided to end the year with the same sort of post but without the “a bit more.”

I try to shut things down for about two weeks the end of December to allow me to focus on the Christmas season and family.

It is also a Sabbath of sorts, a break from the week in and week out writing and everything else that goes into trying to make EDLL a great place for language learners.

And so I’ll leave you with 22 posts that I really enjoyed and learned from this year.  They are from other bloggers; some who’ve been around a while, some who are new to the scene;  some who have tremendous followings, others who are followed by few.

I guess it’s my way of thanking them for sharing from their own experiences and expertise to help us all be a little better as language learners.

It’s also a way to introduce you to some great language learners and to give you a little extra reading material for holidays!

And if you have a favorite post from 2011, make sure and share a link in the comments below!

Remember, throughout December I’ll be donating all proceeds from any of the EDLL guides to the work of Blood:Water Mission – click here to learn more.

And because it is Christmas, if you would like to gift any of the EDLL guides to a friend or loved one, buy one for yourself and then email me  your friend or loved one’s name and I will email you a gift certificate that you can give them.   

A buy one get one free sort of deal!  (here’s my email: aarongmyers [at] gmail.com)

So that is it for 2012!

Have a wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year and I’ll see you again in 2013.

  1. There Isn’t An Easy Way Around It – At times you just need to buckle down and do the work.  Climber and language learner Kevin Post of the blog, amanofnonation, shares a language lesson he learned from rock climbing.
  2. Creating Language Seekers: My Recent Journey Through Where Are Your Keys – Rachel Ash over at Pomegranate Beginnings gives a great introduction to Where Are Your Keys, an innovative and fun new language learning method.
  3. Using One Language To Learn Another – Natalie from Fluent Historian shares here experience of working to learn Serbian through the other language she has learned, Russian.
  4. Languages at Work – Richard from Loving Languages shares his experience of forming language groups at work. Great initiative and a real inspiration to make language learning happen!
  5. How To Fuel Your Enthusiasm For Language Learning - Ulrike Rettig, one of the team at Games for Languages, shares some great ideas for getting into your language learning.
  6. The (Not So) Fun Side Of Language Learning – Josh over at The Language Geek offers his balanced thoughts on the idea that learning another language should be all fun and games.
  7. Rotating: A Quick And Awesome Life Hack For Language Learners –  Mizuu of Kantanda shares a great hack for balancing the use of all of your language learning materials.
  8. 5 Recommendations for Learning a New Language – Here is a great little post from the Glovico blog with some simple ideas to get you started learning another language.
  9. 16 Tips For Talking To Native Speakers – Liv is the blogger behind Lingual Life and she shares some great ideas for getting started speaking with native speakers.
  10. How To Use Motivation Effectively – David Mansaray is a motivational juggernaut and he offers some really great thoughts on motivation in this post.
  11. The Art of Shadowing – Matthew Roy gives a great introduction to shadowing as a language learning technique.
  12. Review of Verbling: Instant Free Online Video Chat With Native Speakers – Benny of Fluent in 3 Months shares a great introductory review of a newer language learning platform.
  13. The Most Important Factor in Learning a Language is . . . – Andrew over at How to Learn Spanish offers some fun advice for language learners.
  14. Why Do Classes Suck? – Ken Seerol writes a great guest post at The Language Dojo challenging the widely held notion that language classes are a waste of time.
  15. Do I Need To Understand Everything? – David Snopek, the writer behind Lingua Trek and Natural Language Learning Without a Teacher shares some great insights that will help you understand better how and what to listen to as you are learning a new language.
  16. Creating Opportunities to Speak: Cold Calling - Donnova Nagel writes one of my favorite language learning blogs, The Mezzofanti Guild.  In this post he shares an easy way to practice speaking with native speakers from anywhere in the world.
  17. Motivation – This great post at Speaking Fluently from hyperpolyglot Richard Simcott is really helpful.  If you are struggling with motivation, he’ll help you push through it.
  18. Studying vs. Learning – Another hyperpolyglot with a knack for teaching, Luca of The Polyglot Dream share his thoughts (with a great analogy) about studying vs. learning.
  19. Raising Bilingual Children: Will My Efforts Be In Vain – Ana Paula writes this great guest post at Multilingual Living and it struck home for me as we work to keep our kids bilingual in Turkish and English.
  20. Language Learning Through Reading – Andrew Weiler at Strategies in Language Learning shares some great insights as to why we should be reading as we learn another language.
  21. The Importance of Female Role Models for Female Language Learners - Polyglot Susana Zaraysky shares why role models are important.
  22. How To Learn Reading By Watching Movies - Peter at Creativity & Languages shares some great ideas for using movies to help you learn to read in your target language.

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16 Responses to 22 Great Posts For Language Learners from 2012
  1. Tom (from Poland)
    December 19, 2012 | 10:41 am

    Read them offline in one e-book http://readlists.com/ca89c041

    Happy Christmas and see you next year!

    Tom

    • aarongmyers
      December 19, 2012 | 10:50 am

      Very cool Tom. Thanks for putting that together! Perhaps I’ll add that link to the post!

    • David Snopek
      December 19, 2012 | 3:47 pm

      Tom, that is really boss! I was able to send that to my kindle via the button they have there and now all those articles are waiting for me to read. :-) Thanks!

      And, Aaron: Great list! I look forward to digging in to it over the next few days. :-)

      Regards,
      David.

      • Tom
        December 20, 2012 | 4:07 am

        David, Glad to hear that :-)

        P.S.
        I made another one, ideally to offline nomen omen reading :-)
        http://readlists.com/12d63fda/

  2. Anno
    December 19, 2012 | 12:09 pm

    Nice! I started Verbling today to practice Hebrew thanks to seeing it in this post.

  3. Natalie
    December 19, 2012 | 1:54 pm

    Thanks so much for including me, Aaron! It’s quite an honor to be included on a list with so many illustrious language learners. :)

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  5. Liv
    December 19, 2012 | 5:42 pm

    Wow, thanks for mentioning me here, Aaron. I was just working on my own ‘best of’ list, so it’s quite exciting to find myself here on yours!

  6. Donovan | The Mezzofanti Guild
    December 19, 2012 | 7:14 pm

    Thanks very much, Aaron.

    Have a great Christmas!

  7. Andrew Weiler
    December 20, 2012 | 3:25 am

    Many thanks again Aaron.
    All the best for the Festive Season!

  8. Andrew
    December 20, 2012 | 1:51 pm

    Great list, Aaron, thanks for the link! That post is, in my opinion, one of the most important on my site if not the most important one and it barely gets any attention :(

    Cheers,
    Andrew

  9. Karen
    January 9, 2013 | 12:09 pm

    One of the suggestions I have for your site is more emphasis on just going to a class. I did all the lessons on LiveMocha, now I’m doing all of the lessons on LingQ, however, through those sites I learned mostly words and occasionally two-to-three word phrases.

    Now that I’ve signed up for a class and have someone walking me through the grammer, my language is taking off! It’s amazing how much faster I’m making progress in being able to have conversations.

    I feel the action of taking a class is underrepresented on your site and if you look at the above list the only post that refers to taking classes has a negative attitude toward them.

    • aarongmyers
      January 9, 2013 | 10:04 pm

      I’ll work on that Karen. I think classes can be a great part of a language learners plan to master the language. I just want to encourage everyone who reads here to “take control” and be in charge. Signing up for a class can be just the thing for many – as it seems it is for you. But even in a classroom setting I want to encourage learners to not be passive learners but rather active learners. The classroom structure in and of itself works against us in this so we as learners need to recognize that and fight against it (the passive attitude). Oh, and Ken’s article “Why Do Classes Suck” is actually his counter argument to folks who do indeed believe that classrooms are terrible places to learn the language. That’s why I chose it. Thanks so much for your comment Karen. It helps me clarify for others as well as for myself.

      Esenlik Olsun!

    • Ken Seeroi
      January 15, 2013 | 6:16 pm

      Hi Karen,

      I agree with you completely. Please take a closer look at the article I wrote above, “Why do Classes Suck?” I believe it supports your point.

      All the best,

      Ken Seeroi

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  11. Search
    April 1, 2013 | 7:49 pm

    Hmm it seems like your website ate my first comment (it was extremely long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I wrote and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog. I too am an aspiring blog writer but I’m still new to the whole thing. Do you have any recommendations for first-time blog writers? I’d genuinely appreciate it.

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