There are so many amazing people on the interwebs teaching languages and how to learn foreign languages, and I admire them all.
The articles, videos, podcasts, and pictures that particularly caught my eye are listed below, in pretty organized format, for your learning pleasure.
Hope it helps you as you’re on your language learning journey!
This guest post on Benny’s Fluent in 3 Months blog by Aaron G. Myers, blogger over at The Everyday Language Learner, called Handcrafted audio for remembering what you learn – I liked it so much in fact that I wrote up a little composition, got it corrected on Italki, and then popped over to Rhinospike to have it spoken in Italian glory for me.
And then that was so fun that I decided to make that practice weekly and have now incorporated it into my Italian language learning schedule, calendar notice and all.
This article on language faux pas (like thinking that a girl speaking Spanish is saying she’s embarrassed with ’embarazada’ when she’s really just saying that she’s pregnant).
Also, Anne Merritt wrote this lovely article on reducing language barriers when you got a honey from another culture. If you’re in a relationship like that (or you’re planning to be ;]), take a look at her top four tips.
A whole lotta’ downloading:
This beautifully FREE app that’s available in the Android and iTunes store that has been reviewed as one of the best ways to learn languages on the go. I’ve tried the online application, and I quite like it, but it’s not really my jam.
Then, there’s this fancyful Rosetta Stone Navigator app only available at the iTunes store (sorry droid users!) that includes impressive components like speech recognition to make sure that you’re saying everything right. Download it and let me know what you think.
I’ve been listening to Italianpod101 for a couple of months now and always get super annoyed when they’re like ‘Blah blah. Become a premium member. Blah blah.” But then I thought after being annoyed for so long that I should see what all the hype is about. So I signed up for their free trial that lasts 7 days, and I must say that I’m very impressed.
The lesson notes are super comprehensive and they have full vocabulary lists and transcripts with embedded audio. Talk about fancy.
Give it a shot. The podcast episodes are pretty short, usually under 12 minutes, and a nice way to train your ear to hear Italian.
Thank goodness these videos exist:
There’s this fun curated Ted list of videos on foreign language learning. I’d start with Benny’s first (as I want you to really understand the importance of confidence and mistakes), and then move down to the last one by Deborah Fallows for common misconceptions.
Nostalgia inducing Pinterest boards:
In Italy – Le sigh. All I got to say.
For a little shameless self-promotion, I’d say that my board ‘Rediscover Romance in Italy’ is pretty nifty too.
Take a look at these and let me know what you think by leaving a comment below, or tell me one language go-to resource that you la-la love.