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7 Language Blogs You Should Be Following to Learn Languages Faster

7 Language Blogs You Should Be Following to Learn Languages Faster

If you’re just starting to learn a language, one of the first things we recommend you do is to refer to experts in the language learning space. Finding the right language blog can help you shorten your learning curve and avoid mistakes that you will inevitably make. It’s not that mistakes are unavoidable, but the less you can make, the faster you can learn.

As Tony Robbins often quotes, the fastest way to learn anything is to model the best.

Today, we’re going to share 7 language blogs that will help you learn any language faster.

1. Language Surfer

Favorite articles: What to Do After Duolingo, and Six Ways to Remember Vocabulary

The term language surfer comes from the founder, Ron, who says that you can never truly master a language. You can only “surf” it. What is great about Ron’s writing is that it contains a lot of personal experiences, including failing his translation exam, and more.

You can learn a lot from this blog, and we recommend you check it out.

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2. Fluentin3months

Favorite articles: Language Hacking Spanish: 10 Hacks to Learn Spanish Faster, and 77 Weird and Romantic Names for the International Lover.

Fluentin3months.com is one of the most popular language blogs out there, started by Benny Lewis. As a polyglot who’s fluent in seven languages (and growing), Benny has mastered the art and science of learning a language.

He certainly did not start this way, as he shares honestly that when he finished college at the age of 21, he only knew one language: English.

We recommend checking out his most popular blog posts. The downside to the blog is that most of the content now comes from guest posts from others in the space, and not as much from Benny himself.

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    3. IWillTeachYouALanguage

    Favorite articles: Are You Wasting Your Time Watching Foreign Movies?, and 6 Strategies For Free Language Learning On The Move

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    Olly Richards is an author, polyglot, and founder of IWillTeachYouALanguage. Speaking 8 languages, Olly has written many mini-books on the step-by-step guides for learning a new language. Definitely worth checking out!

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      4. FluentU

      Favorite articles: Top 5 Spanish TV Shows That Will Let You Learn Spanish On Your Couch, The Best Way to Learn a Language: 5 Tips That Actually Work

      FluentU is a language learning company that offers curated videos around the web for language learners.

      What has gotten them awareness in the language learning community is their popular blog, where they have great tips on how to learn languages faster and useful resources to help you navigate.

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        5. Rype

        Favorite articles: How to Learn Any Language in 90 Days, The Science Behind Smarter Decision Making: 7 Mental Models to Make Smarter Decisions

        Rype is a platform offering unlimited 1-on-1 language lessons with handpicked professional teachers. The blog contains topics on not just language learning, but around productivity, travel, and even the lessons learned while running the company.

        You can also take advantage of free resources at Rype such as the Learn a Language Challenge or The Beginner’s Guide to Learning Languages.

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          6. The Polyglot Dream

          Favorite articles: How to Learn the Hardest Languages, and How to Use Translation to Learn a Language

          Luca speaks ten languages fluently and is not afraid to show it on video. He believes that 30 minutes a day is all you need to learn a language, and has plenty of articles debunking the most common myths that language learners have when they first start learning.

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            7. Rawlangs

            Favorite articles: How to Choose Your Next Language, Gender in Language: What is it and what does it do?

            Alex is a language teacher and polyglot living in Spain, and brings a unique perspective for learning a language that many of the younger generation will likely connect with.

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              Published on September 20, 2018

              11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

              11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

              In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

              Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

              In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

              Minimizing Tabs

              Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

              Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

              Incognito Mode

              Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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              1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
              2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
              3. Download extension New Incognito Window

              This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

              Save Webpages as PDF Files

              Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

              Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

              Open Recently-closed Tabs

              Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

              One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

              The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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              Solve Mathematical Problems

              Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

              For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

              Play Media Files

              Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

              In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

              Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

              With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

              Stay Focus(e)d

              Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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              Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

              With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

              This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

              Grammarly for Editing

              Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

              You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

              Loom

              There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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              There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

              With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

              Chrome Calendar Extension

              No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

              Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

              Final Thoughts

              Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

              Featured photo credit: Andrew Neel via unsplash.com

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