Wow, we're at the end of the year! I really hope that you have enjoyed a wonderful holiday break, and are beginning to put together first plans for the new year.
2014 was huge for Fluent Language Tuition, because I published not one, but two books. If you are among the wonderful supporters who have read and rated these, I want to let you know how awesome you are. You can continue to get those books of course - here are some Amazon links:
I recently blogged about having to close my online store, but if you do want to get a PDF/epub format, or even the popular Combo Pack (a box set of both books plus the audiobook), then email me and I can sell it manually. I'll find a way to bring the store back next year, promise!
My language learning in 2014 has ceded to building up my new business as a coach for other world-changers, but I did revive my French and continue to make progress in Russian in the earlier half of the year. For 2015, I'm considering committing more time to Russian by taking the next italki Language Challenge. I've also found a great new book, Russian Step by Step. Have you tried the challenge or the book?
Here are the top 5 most popular articles of the whole year!
Best Language Articles, December 2014
My buddy Anthony Metivier has a new video interview with Luca Lampariello - in the article you'll also find a link to my own interview with Anthony, in which I talked about how I learn and remember languages.
Benny Lewis has made a guide to how you find a better online teacher. It's a very italki-focused article, so don't forget that there are hundreds of awesome professionals WHO DO NOT USE ITALKI. Always read the teacher's website.
Be Inflexible from Kevin at Language Hero
Haps and Mishaps, a bit of linguistics from Simon at Omniglot
And one for the teachers among us: How to Help Extroverts Thrive in the Classroom
New Things to Purchase!
You may remember Jade Joddle? She was my podcast guest in April and spoke about introversion and speaking challenges. Jade has just released her first full online course, over at Udemy. Check out the Introvert Cure.
Flashsticks now do box sets!
Have a WONDERFUL start into the new year, everyone! I'm going to be spending two weeks in Germany over the holidays, with a flying visit to Stuttgart to eat as many Spätzle as I possibly can.