Welcome to my collection of free resources for learning language for aspiring polyglots like myself to supplement their language learning. This site gathers a collection of resources together to ensure you find exactly what you need to boost your motivation when learning another language.
Ever wanted to find engaging resources for a language you are learning but cannot seem to find a decent amount of resources out there for that language? Sometimes it can be absolutely frustrating trying to find resources for languages that are not popular languages like Spanish, Japanese, German or Russian? That’s why I put together an ever growing collection of resources for both languages commonly studied like (like German and Japanese) to languages with fewer resources like Icelandic and Danish.
How Will These Resources Benefit Me?
Much of these resources will be authentic content that native speakers of the language visit on a daily basis. Think about all the activities you do in your native language(s) and how many time you spend doing them. Many people do not know where to look when it comes to locating useful content they can use to their advantage. What I have gathered for you are various blogs related to a wide range of subjects, popular channels on YouTube (related to the language(s) you are learning.) , online courses, news sites, TV shows and Movies, and vital references to benefit learning languages. (ie: Grammar references).
Which method works the best?
Wondering why you paid a premium price for a low quality system like Rosetta Stone for learning languages? Annoyed by the credit-driven students in your language class that were unwilling to practice the language with you? Making an effort to try out a wide range of methods will provide with the necessary insight to determine which style of learning works best for you. There really isn’t a right or wrong answer to this because everyone learns differently. Demonstrating one’s own personal experience with learning languages with give you insight into which methods are the most beneficial and which are the most detrimental or only accommodate to a small few.
Should I Take Classes or Do It On My Own?
It depends on what is going to motivate you to consistently learn your target language(s) to fluency. Devoting time to the target language(s) for at least 1 hour at the very minimum daily. Why? Because languages are too complex to be treated like a typical school subject like maths or science. Languages require constant usage because you are learning a new skill that needs to be executed regularly in order for it become truly valuable. Think about what you would like to discuss in the new language that you can already do in your native language. Zero in on the most important matters to you by locating authentic content that is relevant to want you need to learn.
Would like to be able to use the language for your job? Have engaging conversations with native speakers about topics that matter to you most? Being able to conduct transactions with ease? Whatever you reason might be it’s always a good idea to learn what you are actually going to use and how effectively you are able to execute it.
But Don’t I Need To Be In The Country In Order To Become Fluent?
This is a common misconception so many people have about learning languages. No. You do NOT need to be in the country in order to learn languages. As a matter of fact, you can find native speakers to chat with on Skype or Google + Hangouts through sites like iTalki, LingQ, Lang 8, and Verbling to practise speaking the language. While it can be beneficial to be in the country where the target language is spoken, unless you are at an intermediate level or higher, or actually make a conscious effort to use the language, you’re not going to become fluent just from being in the country itself. Why? There are many expatriates who have lived overseas for decades and still cannot speak the language at all.
You do NOT want to fall into the language bubble trap, where you could end up only speaking your native language as a result.
Which Languages This Site Caters To
The purpose of this site is to offer practical resources for people who are learning languages. Regardless of which language this wish to learn and how they go about putting it into action. My blog provides insight on how to learn languages, staying motivated by being persistent, useful tools and resources, and fellow inspirational polyglots I have come across to encourage language learning.
At the moment, there are only resources for the following languages: Catalan, Danish, German, Icelandic, Japanese, Norwegian and Swedish. Don’t worry there will be more additions gradually as resources are collected for that language. The reason why I focused on all the Scandinavian languages at the beginning was because finding effective materials to learn these language are still relatively scarce.