Author Archive | Stevie D.

Innovative Language Review: I Check if It’s Worth the Cost

For the longest time, Innovative Language has been touting itself as the “fastest, easiest and most fun” way to learn languages. They claim that students will be speaking native-level conversations within minutes! But is that true? In this Innovative …

Interpret This! 3 In-ear Translators for Language Learners

Imagine a gathering of the United Nations in New York. All the different countries are represented—Russia, Japan, South Korea, the United States, etc. China’s representative is giving an important speech… in Chinese. So how can Russia’s representative understand what his …

5 Photo Translator Apps That Are Magic for Language Learners

Today, we’re looking at a piece of language learning technology so cool, it makes “Star Trek” look silly: Photo translator apps. They will forever change how you go about learning a language. How, exactly? That’s what we’re about to find …

Better, Cheaper and More Fun! 7 Rosetta Stone Alternatives

When it comes to language learning, there’s no one-size-fits-all option. Popularity and expense aren’t guarantees that any software, website or book will work for you. And that’s why today, we’re going to help you compare Rosetta Stone with other …

6 Awesome Ways to Hack Discord for Language Exchanges

Once upon a time, the streets were filled with kids. Sweaty, smelly and dirty creatures. Running alongside others their age, their squeals of delight echoing throughout the neighborhood. They played hopscotch, tag and hide-and-seek, and reluctantly said their goodbyes with …

Learn a Language by Talking Online with These 5 Tools!

Do you want to find a friendly speaker of an Eskimo-Aleut language? How about someone living right smack between France and Spain? Don’t book that plane ticket just yet. Matter of fact, don’t even get up. You …

Independent Language Learning: The Freer Way to Fluency

Independent language learning. Sounds like some new movement of which you might be skeptical. Something cool and exclusive. And possibly weird. Something news publications are claiming is the latest “millennial” trend. When in fact, it’s just a flexible, …

How to Keep a Language Journal: 6 Ideas for Endless Entries

What did Albert Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci and Mark Twain have in common? Well, besides the hideous facial hair. They all kept journals! They wrote regularly about their thoughts, plans and experiences. And it’s safe to say they were all …

The 15 Best Apps to Learn Languages on the Digital Market

Our smartphones and tablets can distract us from the world around us. Yup, they can even be addictive—even dangerous. But, when used in moderation, these gadgets can be valuable tools. They’re phones, messengers, televisions, internet browsers, travel companions, maps, …

Language Textbook Central: 6 Textbook Sources You’ll Love

“Textbooks are too academic!” “If you want to learn how to swim, you need to be in the water—not sitting in the shade, reading some book about swimming.” “Textbooks lack real-world, real-life flavor, which makes them less useful for …

3 Mindsets That Fire Up Your Motivation to Learn a Language

It’s hard to stick with learning a language. Like cooking, dancing, knitting, martial arts, archery or any other skill that needs practice to emerge, a language requires focus and devotion. And devotion of that level requires real commitment. Maybe …

3 Personal Pathways to One-on-one Language Learning

The world doesn’t revolve around you. You’re not the center of the universe. Actually, I take that back—if you sign up for one-on-one language learning, those statements above aren’t entirely true. You’ll become the complete central focus for your …

5 Smart Language Programs for Discerning Learners

I see you there, skeptical but hopeful, determined to find the best resource for learning a language out there. You’re thinking, “What language learning program is going to get me fluent in the least amount of time?” “What’s the …

The 13 Best Online Language Learning Resources for Kids

Looking for the best online language learning programs for your kid(s)? Good for you! Whether you’re a language learner yourself or just an awesome parent/caretaker, giving children access to the joys and endless benefits of acquiring a new language is …

7 Bilingual Websites for the Language Learner’s Soul

Being bilingual is a huge source of personal pride—something nobody can take away from you. Are you a parent in search of practical ways to raise a bilingual kid? Or are you a language learner wanting to be bilingual…

The Many Ways to Say “Hello” in 12 Different Languages

It’s the word that starts it all. A friendly conversation between two strangers. A business meeting with clients. A beginning to a romantic encounter. “Hello” is often the very first vocabulary word uttered in any language course, podcast, …

The Learner’s Guide to Language Proficiency Tests

Tests aren’t often a cause for celebration. But they have undeniable benefits that will serve you well in your language learning journey. Indeed, language proficiency tests can be the key that will open doors of opportunities for you.…

How to Say “I Love You” in 15 Different Languages

“Oh my gosh, that’s my favorite song too—I, like, totally love you!” “I freaking love chocolate cake, and I freaking love you for giving me some!” It seems that we English speakers are guiltiest of using “I love …

The Art of Online Language Exchange with Skype

By the end of this post, you’ll have done 3 huge things. 1. You’ll have saved yourself $1,200. 2. You’ll be able to meet someone who’ll drastically change the trajectory of your linguistic journey. 3. You’ll look at Skype in …

3 Creative Language Learning Methods: Improve Fluency with Translation

So, you think you’ve tried every language learning strategy? Think there are no stones left unturned? Let’s go to the checklist: Flashcards? Check! Follow-along podcasts? Check! Books and e-books? Check! Cooking shows? Check! Foreign movies? Check! Foreign songs? Check!…

Learning a Language by Reading Books: 5 Super Strategies

Wish you were fluent last week? You’ve seriously got to slow your roll. But, hey, I get it — most language learners want to hit fluency as fast as possible. Nobody likes floundering around in basic linguistics like a toddler.…