For Learners of Any Language
These tools are available and trusted in many languages, or they aim to make you increase your learning skills and results by teaching learning techniques.
Check out my two language learning guides:
- Fluency Made Achievable is written to help you understand and apply the four core skills of language learning.
- The Vocab Cookbook is a comprehensive collection of vocabulary learning "recipes" to suit your personal learning style.
You can buy the two of them together and save some cash with the Fluent Guides Box Set.
- Fluent Forever by Gabriel Wyner is a comprehensive language learning guide for lovers of flashcards and detailed instruction.
- And if you want encouragement, fun writing and solid scientific grounding, try Becoming Fluent: How Cognitive Science Can Help Adults Learn a Foreign Language by Richard Roberts and Roger Kreuz, whose writing style I really enjoyed.
- Duolingo has an app to help you learn a bunch of languages. It builds a "skill tree", taking you from basic words to full sentences and makes the whole thing like a big social game. If you've ever been motivated by online badges, this one's for you. Even though I can’t go around recommending Duolingo, it does have many drawbacks. Click here to read my full review..
- Memrise is my favourite flashcard app with pronunciation and spaced repetition built in. I particularly like the fact that you can build your own vocabulary sets, which is the best way to review vocabulary. For my book about the best vocabulary learning techniques, click on The Vocab Cookbook. The book will help you get the most out of flashcards and offer many other study ideas.
- Learn with Oliver is a free arsenal of language learning tools for a growing range of languages. Flashcards, games, dictionary, practice texts: This site has it all. They even correct your writing.
- Flashsticks are fan-bloody-tastic. They're pre-printed post-its to help you learn your vocabulary anywhere you like. It's like your flashcards, but supercharged and real. Use KERSTIN10 at checkout to receive 10% discount on everything.
Becoming An Effective Language Learner
- If you want to find a tutor or a nice person to practice with then italki and Polyglot Club are great places to go. Here are my thoughts on what you should pay your language tutor.
- Successful Self Study is a wonderful course by Lindsay Dow, creator of Lindsay does Languages. The course is perfect if you're learning on your own for the first time and really want to master what the internet has to offer. She offers you $20 off with the coupon code FLUENT. Read my full review here..
- Among my favourites on the platform Udemy, you’ll find How to Memorize the Vocabulary of any Language by Anthony Metivier. I have reviewed this course in full and tried the method myself (full review here). Use voucher code FLUENTLANGUAGE for a 50% discount.
- You just have to check out Audio Lingua, a website with free, user-sourced recordings of real people talking about their lives in 8 languages. I use it in my classes too.
- For more audio goodness, Rhinospike (submit a text and a native speaker will read it for you ) and Forvo (pronunciation demos for any word in any language) are here to meet your needs.
- Yabla (EN, FR, CN, DE, ES, IT) is YouTube for language learners.
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