You may remember that back in July, Fluent hosted a rather sensational giveaway featuring prizes from Italki, Rosetta Stone and more friends of the Fluent blog. The giveaway was amazing, with more than 500 of you entering to win a prize! What you might not remember is that during the entry form I also asked you about your favourite language learning blogs. These blogs have now been counted and used to create the first ever Fluent list of awesome blogs to learn languages.
Altogether, we counted over 250 votes so check out this great list of blogs and let me know which one is your favourite in the comments. I had a lot of fun checking out all these blogs and hope you'll discover some amazing new ones. Do share and bookmark this article and make it a resource for when you need motivation, or a laugh, or just a new place to find inspiration online!
The categories included are any language, German, French, English, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Arabic, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Irish, Russian, and Norwegian.
Blogs for Learning Any Language
Benny Lewis remains the heavyweight in language learning blogs, with his established and award-winning platform right at the top at 58 votes. Congrats, Benny!
Okay, this could have been totally biased but I'm proud anyway because 47 of you love the Fluent blog! My dedication to helping you learn any language with my articles and books is unwaivering. You can find all my articles with a quick search in the archive.
Surprise entry! The italki blog came in at number three, scooping up 30 votes. The site is huge and offers something for any learner, so go check it out.
Italian Luca Lampariello lives by the belief that you cannot be taught a language, you have to learn it. His blog bagged a respectable 10 votes.
Reddit! How can I describe it? The internet's busiest message board? An amazing online community? Whatever it is, once you join Reddit you'll be amazed at how much knowledge and discussion there is about any topic under the sun. The Language Learning subreddit is a place to give and find advice with a global community.
You will? Bring it! Olly Richards is behind this fabulous promise and shares his own language learning journey as well as all he learns along the way.
Gabriel Wyner (an interviewee in Fluency Made Achievable) speaks five languages, sings arias and has a book published. Phew!
This website is another big polyglot name's blog. Richard Simcott makes videos in all kinds of languages, co-organises the annual Polyglot Gathering and learns, and learns, and learns.
The Mezzofanti Guild is a group blog full of motivation, interesting observations and posts from some truly smart people. This blog's been around a while and I recommend you check out their considerable archive!
Look out for Episode 8 of the Creative Language Learning Podcast to get to know more about Lindsay, a total Youtube and blogging and online POWERHOUSE of the languages.
And here is the rest of the chart for learning and thinking about any language:
11) Rawlangs by Alex Rawlings
12) Words and Worlds of New York by Ellen Jovin
13) About.com for pretty much any language
14) Actual Fluency by Chris Broholm
15) Interpals, the international pen pal exchange
19) How To Languages
20) Language Surfer
21) Lingholic by Sam Gendreau
The Best German Learning Blogs
This amazingly approachable and detailed grammar blog bagged a whole five votes from the Fluent German learning gang and I can completely see why. It's einfach super.
Get news, courses, podcasts, anything from Germany's biggest international broadcaster. Not a blog, but just an AMAZING resource.
And with one vote each:
4) Deutsch für Euch on Youtube
5) Get Germanized on Youtube
6) Mr Antrim -- You guessed it, on Youtube!
7) Aprender Alemão for Portuguese speakers
The Best French Learning Blogs
All of these came in at an equal amount of votes, so I'm going straight to the list:
2) Le Point du FLE - a great resource for teachers
The Best English Learning Blogs
Equal votes for each.
1) Cork English Teacher on Facebook
2) English Baby, not just for babies
3) ESL Teaching tales, a really interesting teacher's perspective
The Best Chinese Learning Blogs
Equal votes for each.
1) Chinesisch Trainer, a blog for Germans wanting to learn Chinese.
5) Yoyo Chinese
6) Dig Mandarin
The Best Japanese Learning Blogs
With four votes, this Japanese blog was the most popular among the blogs for learning a single language. I love the tagline: "You don't learn a language. You get used to it."
The Best Korean Learning Blogs
A runaway winner with five votes! This site is SERIOUS about Korean.
The Best Arabic Learning Blogs
Again, equal votes for each.
2) Learn Arabic with Maha on Youtube
The Best Dutch Learning Blog
Uncontested, tee hee!
The Best Italian Learning Blog
The Best Spanish Learning Blogs
This Mexican blog for Spanish learners got the most votes, and it's all in Spanish and full of interesting facts so you can really immerse yourself.
And the Runners-Up, with one vote each:
The Best Irish Learning Blog
The Best Russian Learning Blog
The Best Norwegian Life Blog
Wow, thank you all so much for entering the giveaway and voting for your favourite blogs. The list above is amazing, such a great resource for learners of any language. What's your favourite? Have you found something new in this list? Anything to add? Don't forget to comment and tell me what you think.
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