Best Language Learning Blog Posts Of 2010

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.

Popular posts:

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.

Controversial posts

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.

Personal favorites

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.

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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  • I'm really looking forward to your Italian e-book. Really interesting stuff you've laid out in your emails. ;-) As soon as you announce your 2011 language choice in public here, I'm going to forward your link to a couple of people who speak that target language.

  • Thank you. And thanks for taking care to keep the secret! :)

  • I hope you do something weird and difficult, like Icelandic, simply because it will be amusing to watch :PYou should really do some videos of you attempting to speak the language you're learning, that would be awesome (especially if it were Icelandic).Cheers and Happy New Years,
    Andrew

  • I'm definitely going to start doing more videos.

  • I was quite shocked by the language you picked. I wasn't expecting that at all. I've abandoned the italian, french and spanish idea but next year, what I am concentrating on is Russian! I've started already. Is there anything I shoulld avoid doing when learning Russian which will really slow me down and is there anything which will speed up my learning? Also, how did you deal with Russian stress on words? If you still have that frequency list, could you send it to me (if it is digital)?Thanks and happy new year!

  • I advise against any vocabulary list until you have a solid, core understanding of the language, and a good plan for how to learn the words you don't know.I do have several things I can suggest for you, however, and a lot of resources I've gathered, which I can send you by email.Russian is very different from English. In order to learn to speak Russian, you must learn to *think* Russian. Unlike many other languages, there is a lot of basic stuff that you have do, in order to prepare a foundation on which to learn. That's the hardest part, because it's strange and it takes time, but once you do it the rest is just a matter of practice.For the sake of getting started, start by learning to read the Russian alphabet. Then read *everything*. Just go find Russian things and read them. (eg https://www.vesti.ru/) You'll find a lot of cognates and words you already know, and that will help you to get more comfortable with reading a different alphabet, and help you to begin building vocabulary. I'll give you more advice a little later, either by email or by posts here on the web site.

  • I nearly blurted it out... Didn't realize it was insider's info!I was also wandering if you plan to visit that country as well next year or you'll do by immersion into the local community in the US?

  • I won't visit during the learning year. Only afterward, to prove I've learned it.

  • Thank you for replying to my email. Your advice was brilliant. I'm eagerly anticipating up-coming posts next year.Happy New Year and Thank You!

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