Top 10 Language Blogs for 2017

When learning a new language it is very important to surround yourself in supportive and informative¬†communities. I am a firm believer that you learn not just from your teachers, but the peers who surround yourself with. For example, want to play the guitar start hanging around with other guitar players or in my case I dream to one day be a polyglot so I start learning from those that do it best. These sites are my personal fave blogger sites for 2017. It was a hard choice whittling down to just 10 as there are about 20 sites that I regularly follow. So in no particular order here they are…

1 Fluent in 3 Months 

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I am vertically challenged and having to jump to get to the French books at my local bookshop I accidentally knocked this on to my head! I am not sure if it was the injury to my head all the book itself, but I can now get by in about 5 languages. I am still a regular in the forums and love how the book links to the site for a more interactive feature.

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Check out his hilarious YouTube channel: Irishpolyglot

2 I Will Teach You a Language

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And this dude certainly lives up to his promise of teaching you a language! ūüėä I love this site and I am a big fan of his podcasts His videos are rather entertaining too especially when he is just walking around town and chatting. I often find myself saying to the screen “look left and right when you cross that road, Olly!“.

Check out the post: 6 Destructive Language Learning Excuses 

3 Polyglot’s¬†Diary¬†

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This blog is created by Kamila. She has learned multiple languages from scratch and is still learning languages. On her blog, she answers questions from other language learners, shares her experiences and tips. I simply love this clean, crisp blog and I always find it fascinating to hear about the language learning experiences of polyglots.

Check out her story on how she became a polyglot: Become a polyglot

4 My Polyglot

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There is just so much on this site and so many languages too. Check out his amazing and very supportive community on Facebook 

Check out his post: Steps to learning a Language with books

5 Lindsay Does Languages 

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I wish I had found this site sooner. Lindsey is just an amazing teacher and her videos are hilarious. Her site is warm and vibrant and she makes language learning fun. I am super excited that she now offering language coaching for teachers too.

Check out her post: 8 Free Japanese Learning Resources

6 French Lover 

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I LOVE FRANCE and when I am there I like to speak French. So I always brush on my French before I go and this site offers lots of language tips and even language coaching too! Recently whilst doing my family tree I discovered a Huguenot connection and my ancestors who lived in London were Dapreau, Dew and Gaucheron!

Check out his post: Finding time for language Learning.

7 Multicultural Living

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This blog is focused on raising children who are multilingual.  Her posts are always encouraging and full of valuable advice.

Check out her post: What Bilingualism is NOT

8 Actual  Fluency

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It is a really interesting site run by Kris Broholm and he is on a mission to speak 10 languages in 10 years. He does regular podcasts with polyglots who share their inspirational advice.

Check out his post: Why Language Learning Sucks in Schools 

9. Language Learning Library 

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Packed with thousands of different language learning resources this site is always my first point of call when learning a new language. Plus I have an awesome guest post on this site that focuses on the First Steps to Language Learning¬†ūüėŹ

Check out his post: How long does it take to learn a language 

10 Hacking Chinese 

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This site is primarily aimed Chinese language learners. However, some of his posts can be very helpful for language learners no matter the language.

Check out his post: 10 Ways to Use Games for Language Learning!

There are so many awesome language learning blogs out there that also deserve some recognition. Language Learners Journal is all about positivity and togetherness in learning. Has a blog really helped you? If so share some blogging love and nominate your favourite sites. For more information click here.

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Language Learning Goals: March 2017 #Clear The List

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So I recently discovered an amazing positive language learning, ¬†goal setting network¬†hosted by a lovely lady called Lindsay of Lindsay Does Languages¬†and some of her friends. ¬†Shannon at Eurolinguiste , Kris Broholm of Actual Fluency, and Angel Pretot of French Lover. It’s called #clearthelist.¬† As I have a great love for ¬†language learning I have decided to give it ago!¬†I already set regular goals, but sharing them in a supportive network ensures accountability, increased motivation and most importantly assistance.

Last Month’s ¬†Goals:

  • Completed my day 90 video for #Add1Challenge. Where I had a conversation with a native speaker for over 15 minutes, YAY!
  • My very ¬†first ‘Live‘ video on Facebook and I decided to do it in Spanish! – Mission Completed!

This Month’s Goals:

Priority Language: Spanish Р45 Minutes Per Day, 5 days a week. 

  • Listen to at least one Spanish podcast everyday.
  • Monthly ‘Go Live’ in my Spanish.
  • Article/book to read.
  • 1/2 Italki tutorials per week.
  • Duolingo/Memrise – daily!

Mandarin Chinese – 4 hours per week

  • I run a monthly Mandarin Meetup in my local community and also host online meetups in Mandarin Chinese. If you are interested in joining us virtually please contact me and I’ll add you to our private group.
  • Italki lessons x 1 per fortnight, plus weekly language exchanges. They were on hold during my #Add1Challenge.
  • 10 minutes per day on ‘Hello Chinese

British Sign Language (BSL) Р1 to 2 hours per week 

  • Alphabet practice every morning.
  • Participate in my course.
  • USE IT or lose it!

French Р1 hour per week. 

  • Duolingo
  • Watch some movies. Any recommendations please comment below…

All of these goals are going to keep me busy, but I’m super excited to get started! I’m looking forward to seeing what I can actually accomplish with consistent language practice.

Resources I will use in March: 

Spanish

  • ITalki 1-2 lessons per week
  • Immersion (My mini-me and I speak Spanish¬†at home/Social Media all set to Spanish)
  • Reading¬†articles and books in Spanish
  • Listening to Spanish¬†radio/podcasts
  • Language Transfer/Duolingo
  • Watching movies and potentially Netflix¬†in¬†Spanish
  • Language Hacking Spanish by Benny Lewis
  • Memrise
  • Glossika/Pimsleur
  • Coffee Break Spanish
  • Netflix/You Tube

Mandarin Chinese

British Sign Language (BSL) 

French 

  • Duolingo
  • Netflix / You Tube

The Biggest Lesson I Am Taking Away from Last Month:

Putting in effort and staying motivated really does pay off. Perseverance is everything!

Set your language learning goals as a part of the Clear the List Link Up hosted by Shannon Kennedy of Eurolinguiste, Lindsay Dow of Lindsay Does Languages, Angel Pretot of French Lover, and Kris Broholm of Actual Fluency
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So what are your language learning plans for the month ahead? Do you have any recommendations? Please let me know below…

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