The end of the year is always a big time for me. With my birthday on December 15th, Christmas on the 25th, and New Year's Eve on the 31st, there's already a lot going on. And this year is even worse because I'm also moving this week, so there are a lot of logistic to work out, utilities to have transferred, and furniture to be moved.
Needless to say, finding time to write high quality material isn't easy. And with the time I do find, I prefer to spend it finishing up the Italian e-book (which is almost done!), and judging by the traffic statistics I'm seeing, many of you are still too busy to look at my blog right now anyway!
Today, I'm going to highlight a few of the best posts from this year, to give you a chance to catch up on something you might have missed.
These are a few of the most popular posts from this year. This is what you searching for in Google, what you're sharing on Reddit, and how you're finding me.
- My "complete world traveler" language list — Is it possible to get about throughout the entire world, on your own, with a knowledge of just eight languages? I think so!
- 10 Reasons why Spanish is the best first choice for a second language — If you want to learn a foreign language, but you don't know which one to learn, here are 10 reasons to choose Spanish.
- The world's most influential languages — Maybe you don't need to travel the entire world, and you don't like those 10 reasons to learn Spanish. Here are the world's 10 most influential languages.
These are the things that, without a doubt, keep you coming back to this site. They are the opinions that make me different from everyone else. They may not be the most popular posts, but they're the ones that spark the most discussion.
- The worst language I've ever seen — When people talk about which languages are hardest to learn, they almost always skip over English. But while it may be easy to start speaking, I believe English is the hardest language of all to speak well.
- Why I don't use flashcards (and you shouldn't either)
- Additional thoughts on Esperanto — After my one week mini-challenge in Esperanto, I was left with a few disappointing impressions of the language and its community, and after 8 months, this is still one of my most often visited posts.
While those other posts are more popular, or more controversial, there are a few that I think represent the most important things I want you to get from my efforts in this blog.
- You are what you do — We humans evolve to become more efficient at the tasks we do, so get better by doing!
- Language is not a fact — Language is a skill, not a fact. So stop trying to learn it like a fact and start practicing it like a skill.
- Stop trying to learn a language — Banish that word "try" from your vocabulary. Success starts with attitude.
I've written more than 200 posts this year. Have you read them all? Take a look around. See what you've missed. I'll be back soon, with some really exciting new ideas that I can't wait to share with you! Members of my mailing list already know some of them. Are you missing out?
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