How to Learn a Foreign Language: A Practical Guide with Tips and Resources

About this Book

Learning a language can be a daunting process. Should you self-study? Take a course? Buy a software program? Hire a private tutor? What kinds of learning systems are available and which might be right for you? How about the myriad online resources available? And, very importantly, where should you begin? Oh, by the way, how long will all this effort take anyway? You will find the answers to these questions in this short but thorough guide to learning a foreign language.

Author Jeff Blum has taught English and studied four languages (Japanese, Spanish, Portuguese and Thai), but he still struggles just as anyone must when learning a language. Jeff did extensive research on all aspects of language learning in an effort to improve his own efforts and he has carefully curated that research into this guide to help you with your efforts as well.

In the book you will find:

  • A look at the systems and techniques advocated by various language learning experts and sites.
  • A consideration of personal factors in learning a language (motivation, personality, goals, etc.).
  • A look at the 8 language learning blocks with recommended resources for tackling each.
  • An overview of the most popular language learning products on the market (Duolingo, Rosetta Stone, Pimsleur, etc.).
  • A comprehensive set of resources to aid you with whatever approach to study you pursue.

Whether you are young or old, beginner or advanced, studying your first foreign language or your fifth, there is something for you in this book. If you are a language teacher, this book might help you better understand what your students are up against while giving you ideas and extra resources to aid your teaching efforts.

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  1. Jana Fadness makes a good argument
  2. collection of language profiles
  3. Omniglot
  4. Greg Thomson’s growing participator approach
  5. Wendy Maxwell’s
  6. accelerative integrative methodology
  7. social interactionist theory
  8. Stephen Krashen
  9. theory of second language acquisition
  10. relational frame theory
  11. Gabriel Wyner’s four stage system
  12. Fluent in 3 Months Premium program
  13. Pimsleur
  14. Speed Learning Languages
  15. Rosetta Stone
  16. Fluenz
  17. Assimil
  18. How to Learn Any Language in 3 Months
  19. Mark Manson summed up the importance of motivation
  20. Language Acquisition Device (LAD)
  21. According to David J. James
  22. Stephen Krashen’s “Monitor Theory”
  23. learning styles
  24. difficulty of the language being studied
  25. How Long Does it Take to Learn a New Language?
  26. What? Me Worry About Language Learning?
  27. five skills researchers at Northwestern University found that underlie language acquisition
  28. five principles of rapid language acquisition
  29. comprehensible input
  30. Gairns and Redman
  31. According to the BBC
  32. according to Paul Nation and Robert Waring
  33. lemmas
  34. Other sources
  35. Research has shown
  36. How many words do I need to learn?
  37. How Many Words Do You Need to Know in Spanish (or any other foreign language)? And WHICH Words Should You Be Learning?
  38. Joshua Foer agrees
  39. 1000 Most Common Words
  40. Stuart Jay Raj compiled
  41. “first words” list in Google Sheets
  42. New General Service List
  43. BNC/COCA Headword Lists
  44. Oxford Learner’s Word Lists
  45. Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)
  46. spaced repetition system
  47. Spacing effect
  48. Leitner system
  49. Anki
  51. Quizlet
  52. SuperMemo
  53. Fluent Forever
  54. Clozemaster
  55. Glossika
  56. All Japanese All the Time (AJATT)
  57. Tatoeba
  58. ReadLang
  59. Drops
  60. DuoLingo
  61. Internet Polyglot
  62. LingQ
  63. Memrise
  64. MosaLingua
  65. Reverso Context
  66. 6 times
  67. 17 times
  68. Noche Oscura, a novel written in Spanish for Spanish language students
  69. University Word List (UWL)
  70. LyricsTraining
  71. FluentU
  72. Language Learning with Netflix
  73. Viki Learn Mode
  74. Happy Scribe’s tool to convert SRT to text
  75. Learning With Texts (LWT)
  76. online LWT version
  77. export your personalized LWT vocabulary to Anki
  78. Benny’s LWT video
  79. order of acquisition
  80. 5 steps to learn a language in 3 months
  81. advice from Tim Ferriss to deconstruct the language
  82. Google Podcasts page
  83. Innovative Language Learning
  85. CoffeeBreak Languages
  86. One Minute Languages
  87. Linguistica 360
  88. IMDB
  89. Frank Andrade analyzed and ranked 500 TV shows
  90. Trending feature on YouTube
  91. TuneIn
  92. Speedshifter
  93. Audacity
  94. Liu Na and Nation have shown
  95. e-Reader like the Amazon Kindle
  96. Assimil
  97. Beelinguapp
  98. Rhinospike
  99. Forvo
  100. talk to write in most places where you can type with a keyboard
  101. Olle Kjellin’s chorus repetition approach
  102. prosody
  103. speech shadowing
  104. Speedshifter
  105. Audacity
  106. Gabriel Wyner’s minimal pairs method
  107. Fluent Forever pronunciation trainer app
  108. Meetup
  109. CouchSurfing
  110. InterNations
  111. Mundo Lingo
  112. PolyGlot Club
  113. Eventbrite
  114. Amikumu
  115. aren’t enough members
  116. Conversation Exchange
  117. Easy Language Exchange
  118. HelloTalk
  119. Idyoma
  120. Interpals
  121. Language Pal
  123. Speaky
  124. Tandem
  125. The Mixxer
  126. Tinder
  127. Bumble
  128. diacritics
  129. HiNative
  130. iTalki
  131. PolyGlot Club
  132. Reddit
  133. StackExchange
  134. Google Input Tools
  135. LanguageTool
  136. Tips for Choosing a Spanish School
  137. iTalki
  138. LingQ
  139. Preply
  140. Tutoroo
  141. Verbalplanet
  142. Verbling
  143. NaTakallam
  144. writing on the Fluent in 3 Months site
  145. study by Jack C. Richards of Cambridge University
  146. book2
  147. Assimil
  148. Babbel
  149. Berlitz
  150. Busuu
  151. DuoLingo
  152. eLanguage’s Learn to Speak
  153. Fluenz
  154. FSI Language Courses
  155. Glossika
  156. Language 101
  157. Language Transfer
  158. Mango Languages
  159. find a library locator
  160. Michel Thomas
  161. Mimic Method
  162. Mondly
  163. Mondly review at Fluent in 3 Months
  164. Open Learn
  165. How to learn a language
  166. Pimsleur
  167. good review of the Pimsleur method
  168. Rocket Languages
  169. Rosetta Stone
  170. Speed Learning Languages
  171. Transparent Language Online
  172. article about learning Spanish
  173. The Most Effective Method for Learning a Language Alone
  174. four Fs of learning
  175. Reddit
  176. Google Translate
  177. WordReference
  178. Conjuga-me
  179. 123 TeachMe for Spanish verbs
  180. Verbix
  183. POPJisyo
  184. SpanishDict
  185. imiwa?
  186. Midori
  187. JED
  188. Jisho
  189. Pleco
  190. Talking Thai
  192. Yookoso!
  193. dado que
  194. Noche Oscura en Lima, Peru
  195. complete grammar guide
  196. AJATT
  197. Confessions of a language addict
  198. archives
  199. Create Your World Books
  200. Fluent in 3 Months
  201. Laoshu 505000 YouTube Channel
  202. Laoshu 505000 Facebook Page
  203. Growing Participator Approach
  204. I Will Teach You a Language podcast
  205. Language Mastery
  206. Lindsay Williams
  207. Lingua Frankly
  208. Lucas Lampariello
  209. Olly Richards
  210. Omniglot
  211. Richard Simcott
  212. Steve Kaufmann YouTube
  213. Steve Kaufmann Blog
  214. The Fluent Show podcast
  215. The Mezzofanti Guild
  216. The Yearlyglot
  217. A Few Simple Ideas for New Language Learners…and old ones needing some new life
  218. Building a Corpus of Comprehensible Text
  219. Commentary: You’re not studying, you’re just…
  220. David Bolton’s Language Learning Tips
  221. I Learned to Speak Four Languages in a Few Years: Here’s How
  222. Kick-starting Your Language Learning: Becoming a basic speaker through fun and games inside a secure nest
  223. Language Learning and Technology
  224. Language Learning in the Real World for Non-beginners
  225. Leave me alone! Can’t you see I’m learning your language?
  226. Lessons learned from 50 years of theory and practice in government language teaching
  227. LinguaTrek Natural Language Learning E-Book
  228. New ways to learn a foreign language
  229. On the mortality of language learning methods
  230. Peace Corps Volunteer On-going Language Learning Manual
  231. Second Language Acquisition and Second Language Learning
  232. Ways to Approach Language Learning
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