Category: Weekend Links

Weekend Links: March 6

What a shame. No posts for two weeks straight. And it’s spring already. Time flies!

The first post in today’s collection is just about that: how to start again after a looong break. Dive in :)

How to Restart after a Hiatus by J.

A timely and extremely relevant article, which is actually a guest post at Andrew’s HowLearnSpanish.com. I bet quite a large percent of language learners worldwide have found themselves skipping one day because of being busy, another on account of being tired, and another week, and quite possibly another month.

After a month of not learning a language, not starting Anki (or what have you), not speaking unfamiliar sounds you feel devastated — and guilty.

In the article J lays out the precise steps to overcome this condition and restart your studies with new enthusiasm, this time keeping it steadily burning.

Polyglot Project Podcast episode #0 by David Mansaray

David (whom you definitely should subscribe to if you haven’t yet) has teamed up with the editor of The Polyglot Project Claude Cartaginese. Never heard of it? The Polyglot Project is a rather extensive compilation of autobiographies and golden advice from both aspiring and renowned polyglots, sharing their experiences of language learning, and how it changed their lives. A captivating read, by the way, and for a great price: free. Be sure to download your own copy, here’s the link to the site again: The Polyglot Project.

So, let’s get back to David and Claude. They’ve teamed up to create an extension of the Project, interviewing polyglots and remarkable language learners “on air.” This is the first episode, episode #0 to warm up and discuss forthcoming interviews, don’t miss it!

A NOT To Do List for Successful Language Learners by John Fotheringham

Various how-tos and lists regarding language learning flood the internet (this blog not an exception). John from L2Mastery.com has taken a step further and posted a NOT To Do List, which I’m happy to share with you. All the ten points he’s highlighting are highly relevant, and I’ve seen many people, including myself, trespassing against those — it never ends well.

I’m glad some of the points align nicely with what I’m talking about on Semantic Victory. John’s also written a comprehensive Japanese guide. I haven’t checked it out yet, though, but have a look anyway.

Why do people procrastinate? by Philip Perry

Procrastination! What a pleasant pastime! What a productivity hog! We all know we should pursue useful activity, like language learning, exercising or house cleaning, but somehow end up in front of the TV watching yet another soap opera, or in the swampy depths of Facebook. We all for anything as long as we don’t need to do something unpleasant.

In this short post Philip shares his take on procrastination in direct connection to language learning. Check it out!

Okay, this time my next post on Tuesday is scheduled, so see you next week :)

Weekend Links: February 20

As usual, the week was exciting. I’ve came across a number of talent and strength classifications, implying that all people are different and their strengths are imprinted from birth. I’ll be reflecting on this in later posts.

In terms of blog posts, the week wasn’t so great as the last one, but there’s still something worth sharing, so have a look :)

One Month In Italy by Randy the Yearlyglot

Randy, who is learning a different language each year, has spent a month in Italy, visiting quite a number of cities.

Italy turned out to be controversial, and I’ve read the post with interest. Maybe you’ll like it too :)

Spanish Sentence Starters and Filler Words (Muletillas): The Grease of the Language Gears by Andrew

This a mightily useful post about… well, you see it all in the title. On top of that, examples are hilarious, so make sure to check it out!

6 easy ways to roll your R by Benny Lewis

Useful tips for pronouncing R in many languages from Benny the Irish Polyglot.

I would also suggest research on your target language phonology, if you have problems with pronunciation.

Read This if You’re Dreading Making Phone Calls in English! by Robby Kukurs

Another great post from Robby, in which he focuses (obviously) on speaking on the phone, and seeming fluent in the process.

What I like about Robby is that any of his posts can be used for any language you’re studying: the methods are essentially the same! Don’t miss it, these tips are really valuable.

That’s all for today. Hope you’re having a great weekend. See you next week!

Weekend Links: February 13

Hi everyone! This week was busy, as usual, but a bit more so: I have a short e-book in the works, and I hope to finish it by the end of the next week. It will contain both new material and variations and additions to the published material. I’m excited about showing it to you and hope you’ll like it.

Today, as every week on Sunday, I’m sharing the most interesting blog posts I’ve come across during the week. Enjoy!

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Weekend Links: February 6

What Any Foreign English Speaker Can Learn from Benicio Del Toro by Robby Kukurs

This post is totally worth reading and immediate action on what you have read. Robby teaches fluent English, but don’t let that confuse you: the advice he gives is fit for any language you may be studying, be it Spanish, Russian, French or any other.

Robby explains that speaking fluently does not mean a lot of what aspiring language learners believe it does: fast speech, no pauses in mid-sentence, search for proper words. He gives exact solutions to problems you may encounter when speaking, which, I repeat, work for any language.

All in all, I believe you have clicked through by now and read Robby’s excellent post. If you haven’t, do it now — I’ll wait here :)

Five Top Tips for Reading in a Foreign Language by David Mansaray

David is a blogger from London writing about himself exploring the world and exercising new approaches to everything — which I like!

David’s challenge for 2011 is dramatically improving his level of Spanish, and currently he is reading books, which is not to easy. In the post he shares some solid tips which, surprisingly, let us have a glance at his motivation for study. Don’t forget to check out the comments, we had a little talk there.

Music and TV for homework? Really? Yes. Sí. Oui. Да. نعم by Susanna Zaraysky

This week is surprisingly generous for excellent posts. This one is from Susanna Zaraysky, who speaks seven languages — self-taught by her own method.

Basically, according to her method, language learning should include a lot of music: singing and learning songs, and a lot of listening on the whole. I won’t explain everything here, so just click through and enjoy Susanna’s own explanation and further instructions.

Coincidentally, a couple of days ago I have read an article “Musical protolanguage: Darwin’s theory of language evolution revisited”, which is a bit long and over-academic, but still extremely interesting — I suggest that you read at least part of it. So, its author discusses Darwin’s theory, that before coherent speech there was music, and human speech is directly related to birds’ singing — how’s that? Don’t deprive yourself of this knowledge and take the time to read the article.

I hope you’ve had a great weekend! Next week, as usual, will be fun, so see you next week!

Weekend Links: January 30

This week was hectic, and I didn’t have as much free time as I wanted, but there’s a lot in stock for next week, so don’t unsubscribe yet :)

Today, as usual, I’m sharing some of the most interesting articles I’ve come across during the week. All of them are a treat to read; click through to get all the goodness.

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Weekend Links: January 23

Today I’m sharing only two posts, but they are both a treat to read. Hope you enjoy them as I have!

Learning grammar… do I have to? by Benny Lewis

Benny, who studies a new language every three or even two months, shares his thoughts of an experienced polyglot on the matter of learning grammar from the start — or skipping it altogether. Click through to get all the goodness. Oh, and don’t forget to check out the comments, there are some valuable thoughts worth reading, too.

I totally agree with him that, as he puts it, “grammar is useful for making a language sound correct, but not for actually getting started”. That’s true. In my Japanese studies I avoid grammar as such, focusing on model, real-world sentences instead. Grammar for a beginner’s level is so simple that I pick it up as I go, not even having a second glance on it.

Глагол недели. Брать — взять. by Yulia Amlinskaya

You must have already guessed that the post is in Russian. Yes, it is, but it’s intended for the learners of Russian. By the way, Yulia’s blog Russificate is on the top ten list on bab.la in the category “Language Teaching”.

Yulia does a great job of explaining how to use one of the most common verbs in Russian, which means “to take”. Moreover, the post is complete with audio, examples, all the verb forms and even a short exercise with answers. Learners of Russian: don’t miss it.

See you next week. I hope you’ve had a great weekend!

Weekend Links: January 16

Let me share with you the most interesting and inspiring posts I’ve come across through the week.

Why it doesn’t matter whose or what method you follow by Benny Lewis

Benny reasonably states that although there is a score of language learning programs and methods out there, there is no guarantee any of them will work for you personally. You have to try out some of the for yourself and find out which works best. If none does, make your own method.

Remember: there is no placebo. All people are different, and what works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for another. That’s why there are so many methods around: each of them actually works for someone.

Always Think This Way by Julien Smith

This is a small, but inspiring post. “I am better today than yesterday, and I will be better tomorrow. I am a champion standing over my former self.

Don’t Compare Your English With Others! by Robby Kukurs

Though Robby’s post concerns English, the same is true for any other language you are studying, so be sure to read it. In the post he explains that you should not be discouraged at someone who speaks better than you, but you should learn from them instead.

Besides, they may be just enthusiastic about one topic and speak fluently within its limits, while being at a loss in conversations about other topics. All in all, there will always be someone who speaks better than you, and there’s no point in pitying yourself about the fact. You should be confident and learn from your mistakes to be better next time.

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Third challenge for 2011: learn to speak Turkish by Randy

This year Randy, who is writing at Yearlyglot, will be learning Turkish. His goal is to become fluent in the language over the course of one year. If you learn Turkish, follow Randy’s posts to get tips and advice. In the post he explains his reasons for choosing Turkish.

Next week will be fun, so subscribe to updates via RSS or E-mail. I also post updates on my Twitter and Facebook fan page.  See you next week!

Weekend Links: January 9

Today I want to share with you some of the blog posts this week which I found interesting.

1. Robby Kukurs of English Harmony published a free e-book “Power of English Phrasal Verbs”.

As he puts it, if you don’t know enough spoken English, “much of what native English speakers say might be lost on you”. Phrasal verbs are an important part of spoken English, no doubt.

If you are studying English or having a hard time understanding natives, this e-book is just for you.

2. Benny Lewis of Fluent in 3 months shared “My multilingual summer in Barcelona”.

Benny tells us how he has spent one day in Barcelona — speaking Portuguese, Spanish, Catalan, French and Italian while having fun. Now that’s someone to learn enthusiasm from!

3. Jennie Wagner of Jennie en France reviewed “The Power of Babel by John McWhorter”.

The Power of Babel is a book about the natural history of language, and Jennie highlights some of the more interesting points in her review. Have a look, it’s worth it!