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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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              Last Updated on May 14, 2019

              8 Replacements for Google Notebook

              8 Replacements for Google Notebook

              Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

              1. Zoho Notebook
                If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
              2. Evernote
                The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
              3. Net Notes
                If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
              4. i-Lighter
                You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
              5. Clipmarks
                For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
              6. UberNote
                If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
              7. iLeonardo
                iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
              8. Zotero
                Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

              I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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              In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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