Language Learning Tools

Language Learning Tools

What is the best tool for language learning? That is one of the first questions people ask. We all have different learning styles. There were times when I tried to learn in a way other people were learning and only ended up in frustration.

If you are looking for the best method before you begin, you probably won’t start, or you may start with the wrong tool for you and end up quitting altogether. You don’t want that.

Should you listen first, read first, write first, study grammar, or move out of the country to a place where they speak your target language all the time? I’ve used all these methods, and each has their advantage. I like to keep things interesting and fun, so here are a few for you to check out.

(more…)
Readlang

Readlang

One of the quickest ways for reading foreign text without having to leave the website you’re reading is Readlang. Readlang is a webapp and Chrome extension that helps you learn by translating web sites and creating flashcards and word lists for you.

(more…)
Extend Your Influence

Extend Your Influence

Long after the power of authority wanes, the power of influence remains. How long will you have a vital influence on the lives of others? Will you remain a force for good, a source of encouragement, a vital voice in the sea of other clamoring voices?

(more…)
You do have time to read.

You do have time to read.

Yes, you do have time to read, just not right now. Have you ever come across an article on the internet, or someone suggests an article, and you look it up, but you don’t have time to read it at the moment? You find it interesting, but you have a few others you’d also like to read.  I use Instapaper.

(more…)
Learning a Language Later in Life

Learning a Language Later in Life

No dog is too old to learn new tricks, including a new language!

Language learning broadens your life. It opens up the possibility for new friendships, more interesting travel, and a sense of accomplishment when most people are thinking their days of learning new things are over.

It’s not over. There are benefits to learning a new language no matter how old you are.

(more…)
Recover the Wonder

Recover the Wonder

One evening, I asked my two-year-old grandson if he wanted to go outside. He likes to go outside. I got distracted in conversation with my son and daughter-in-law, and Brayden picked up a toy and played with it. Before long he came to me with his shoes and new little windbreaker. He had not forgotten.

(more…)