Activities and Strategies for Everyday Language Leaners
- 243 page ebook
- 56 fantastic articles to help you take your language learning journey to the next level
- Mobi format for your Kindle
The Everyday Language Learner’s Guide to Getting Started
- This ebook will help you create a success inducing language learning environment.
- It’ll help you make a plan and execute it.
- It’ll provide the knowlege and the tools to succeed.
- The three keys will help any language learner move from a “teacher directed” to a “self-directed” language learning mindset and allow you to unleash the language learning beast within you!
The Everyday Language Learner’s Guide to Self-Assessment
Ever wondered how you were doing?
Tired of relying on a “Gut Feeling” to know whether your progressing or not?
This guide lays out a simple collection of easy to use and results driven assessments for the everyday language learner. No Degrees Required! Knowing where you are is often the first key in knowing where you want to go. Get going today.
Before You Move Overseas
You have made your decision.
You have your passports and will buy your tickets in the coming months.
You’re beginning to make plans to sell your stuff and are starting to wonder about starting over.
You are moving overseas.
A great workbook to help you prepare for your overseas move.
Sustaining: Your Guide for Sticking With It
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This is the guide to help you keep at it for the long haul. When motivation wains – what do you do? How do we build the commitment needed to do whatever it takes? Why should we focus on forming habits for language learning? How does our attitude toward language learning influence the journey? Learn how to create, maintain and protect your motivation, commitment and attitude toward language learning.
OTHER GREAT RESOURCES
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The Teach Yourself Series
The Teach Yourself Series is a great introductory book to get started learning another language. Filled with simple explanations, plenty of examples, cultural insights, dialogues, practices exercises and more, it is my recomendation for the first book you should buy to get started learning another langauge.
I used the Teach Yourself Turkish book to begin my language learning journey here in Istanbul and found it an invaluable resource in my first stages of moving toward fluency in Turkish. You can read my review HERE.
The Teach Yourself series is available at Amazon in these languages and more: Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian, Swahili, Tagalog, Turkish, Thai.*
I am a big proponent of listening and listening a lot as a part of your personal language learning program. I am also a big fan of convenience and ease of use. If something is difficult to do, we are far less prone to actually go ahead and do it. That is why I think an iPod is an essential part of every language learner’s tool kit. Storage space is huge. Sound quality great. Recording ability present. Ease of use. The ability to organize files. I love my iPod for all of these great reasons and marval at the language learners of old who used . . . Tape Recorders! Any digital audio device will do of course, but the iPod is my favorite choice. LEARN MORE
Digital Recording Device
I used a Sony digital recorder to make hundreds of recordings as I was learning Turkish. It was perhaps one of the most indispensable tools I had. I used it in my lesson times to record samples of the day’s lessons for later review, to record handcrafted audio and to record new expressions and idioms. In the community I used it to get pronunciation from people from whom I had heard new phrases or names. I used it as well to capture ideas that I thought worth pursuing. LEARN MORE
LEARN A NEW LANGUAGE
Every language learner should carry a small notebook with him or her at all times. I write about this in an old post called Write it Down and continue to carry a notebook with me still today. I am partial to the Moleskine mainly because I think they are cool and because I fill one pocket sized Molskine with a record of my life every year, but any notebook will do. Make sure it is small enough to fit in a pocket and durable enough to not fall apart.
LEARN A NEW LANGUAGE
The Language Hacking Guide
The Language Hacking Guide is probably the best selling guide to learning languages on the Internet. I’ve read it and it is filled with good ideas and a healthy dose of Benny’s gregarious personality. I think it is probably best suited for those of you who are planning on going abroad to live, but there is a lot of good stuff in there. This is a digital product. LEARN MORE
Here is what Benny says about the guide:
The Language Hacking Guide explains exactly what you need to do to speak a language quickly.
Rather than read through the guide to find out my one major ‘secret’, I can tell you right now. You need to speak the language from day one.
No years of studying grammar, no expensive and complicated software, no “magic pill” to master a language while you sleep, you just need to speak it. Speak it regularly, speak it confidently, and speak it immediately. The more you speak, the quicker you will improve.
But it’s not actually that hard! That’s what the Language Hacking Guide is about.
I am not a Japanese learner and so haven’t used this guide but as I have followed John’s writing at his blog, I have come to see him as a real expert in language learning. I have no doubt that this is a great resource for learning Japanese. This is a digital product.
As well, when you purchase The Everyday Guide to Getting Started (First Class Edition), you’ll find a promotion code on page 81 that will give you 50% off this guide. LEARN MORE
Here is what John has to say about his guide:
Master Japanese: Self-Guided Immersion for the Passionate Language Learner shares all the tips, tools, and tech I have learned over the last decade learning and teaching languages, living and working around the world, meeting thousands of language learners, and interviewing world renowned language experts, native speakers, and researchers.
The guide shows you exactly how to learn Nihongo in the quickest, cheapest and most enjoyable way possible, drawing on the latest linguistic research, breakthroughs in brain science, advances in consumer technology and media distribution, and my first-hand experience on what works and what doesn’t.
While I am not an Italian learner, I bought this book and found it to be a great resource. There is as much in the book focused on helping you become a more efficient and effective language learner as there is Italian. As an Italian resource it seems to be comprehensive and clear as well. The three other resources that Randy throws in are great too. This is a digital product. LEARN MORE
Here is what Randy has to say about the guide in his own words:
I learned to speak Italian fluently in one year, and I did it without moving to Italy, without spending all my spare time studying, without classes, and without spending tons of money on expensive software, CDs, or books. And now I want to help you do the same thing. Anybody can do it!
Randy Hunt shares all the things he learned on his way to being a fluent speaker of Italian in one year. And now it’s available to you.
There’s more. When you buy this guide, three additional ebooks are also included!
- Getting the Most Out of Google (When Learning A New Language) contains several secrets and tricks for easily finding everything you need when learning a new language.
- Travel Like A Pro is a collection of things I’ve learned over the course of thousands of miles by plane, train, and automobile all over the world.
- Learn It Like It’s English tells about a survey I did among dozens of polyglots, and reveals the single most useful piece of advice I received from all of them.
This book was written by long time Peace Corp worker Terry Marshal and is a fantastic print resource for language learners who are going to be moving overseas. It is a comprehensive guide to setting up a language program offering great insight into the language learning journey. I really enjoyed reading this book and learned a lot from it. Learn More.
Author and polyglot Susanna Zaraysky pulls from her personal experience learning multiple languages to create this book. You can read more about the ideas at the guest post Susanna wrote here at the blog called Use Music to Learn a Foreign Language. I have had the privildge of meeting Susanna and while I have not yet read this book in it’s entirety, I am certain there is much in it that will help the everyday language learner. Learn More.
Here is what Amazon has to say in introducing the book:
Language is Music focuses on making learning foreign languages fun, easy and affordable for anyone with a desire to communicate effectively with people around the world. By applying over 70 simple tips to things you already do, such as listening to music or surfing the Web, you can experience the joy of “fluency” in any language without having to study abroad or spend money on private tutors.