Get up enough speed, and you can take your foot off the gas and coast until you reach the stoplight.
At the top of a hill, you can stop pedaling on your bike and just enjoy the benefits of gravity until you reach the bottom.
But unfortunately, learning a language isn’t as easy. Or is it?
It’s time to get your learning on a roll… a blogroll, that is.
If you’re learning a foreign language, you’re probably no stranger to language blogs.
Yep, a language learner needn’t look to the ends of the earth to spot blog.
But while it might be fun, inspiring and helpful to read about tips and resources for learning languages, what can blogs actually do for your language skills?
If you’re looking to improve a specific skill, which blog is right for the job might not be so clear.
After all, a grammar blog won’t help you much when you really want to learn about culture.
Furthermore, some blogs are more for moral support and interesting tidbits than for direct learning.
But luckily, there are some incredibly reliable and effective language learning blogs out there—and many are multi-author affairs put out by language programs that include well-organized, professional content to help learners meet virtually any need.
You just need to know where to find them.
Do you want a well-rounded language education? Put these 16 blogs on your blogroll today!
How to Select the Right Blog for You
Consider what you want to work on. For instance, do you need to fine-tune your grammar? Are you wanting to pick up some new vocabulary words? Do you want to know some helpful learning tips? Are you looking to improve your foreign pronunciation? Knowing what you want can help you assess which blogs are best for your needs.
Look at posts the blog has made in the past. Blogs often have extensive archives. When you’re deciding which blogs you want to revisit, it’s helpful to look through them. You can usually anticipate what sort of material a blog will publish in the future based on what it has posted in the past. Additionally, looking through the archives can give you a better idea of how frequently a blog publishes new articles. After all, a blog that has produced two posts in the last three years is a lot less useful than a blog that posts new articles daily.
Have an eye for quality. Even if the titles look awesome, see how useful the posts actually are. Read through a post. Is it well formatted? Is it easy to read? Does it provide high value content that will truly help you? You don’t want to waste your time reading second-rate blogs, so paying attention to quality can help you narrow down the field of language blogs you might want to follow.
How to Learn a Language with Blogs
Read multiple blogs.
Thankfully, there isn’t any blog police setting blog limits on readers. You can read all the blogs you want. In fact, reading multiple blogs is ideal. Since each blog covers different material and has a unique perspective, reading multiple blogs can give you much more information and insight than reading just one blog.
Subscribe to your favorite blogs’ RSS feeds or email lists.
Subscribing to a blog’s RSS feed or email list will help you ensure you never miss a post. Oftentimes, it can be easy to forget to study when life gets busy. But an RSS feed or email reminders can keep studying your target language in the front of your mind (or at least your inbox).
The option to subscribe to a blog by email will usually be pretty easy to locate. For example, if you go to the main page on this blog and scroll down to the bottom, you’ll find a box where you can pop in your email and start receiving updates on language learning posts like this one every week. Easy, huh?
Bookmark your favorite blog posts to refer back to.
New content appears all the time, but you’ll undoubtedly have some favorite posts. Whether it’s a vocabulary list with tons of words you want to study or a resource list that helps point you towards tools to improve your learning, don’t hesitate to bookmark your favorite blog posts to refer back to later. Some posts can act as helpful reference material that you’ll want to keep handy throughout your language studies.
Get Your Learning on a Blogroll: 16 Top Language Blogs
While many blogs may cover several different skills or fall into multiple categories, for the purpose of this list, we’re focusing on specific, unique content from each blog to help you find some of the best options in each category. That being said, once you find a blog you love, don’t hesitate to read posts on an array of topics. You may learn something you never knew you wanted/needed to know!
All-around Language Learning
All-around language learning blogs touch on virtually any language-related topic you could imagine, including learning tips, grammar, vocabulary and more.
The Fluent in 3 Months blog, run by polyglot Benny Lewis, divides its posts neatly into several categories, allowing you to filter to find the types of articles you want.
You can select from categories that include “culture,” “fun,” “language hacks,” “missions” and “success stories.” Within these categories, you’ll find some general posts that can apply to any learner learning any language. For example, “Why Learning a Language is Better Together” might be just the motivation you need to reach out to other learners.
However, there are also countless language-specific posts, covering topics that will appeal to students learning Arabic, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Spanish and several other languages. For instance, Korean learners might be inspired by reading “How I Learned Korean in 90 Days.”
Tandem is most known for its language exchange app, but it also has a pretty great blog.
The blog contains plenty of posts about Tandem itself, though many of these could be applied to any language exchange situation. For instance, “Creating the Perfect Profile on Tandem” offers some helpful tips on what sort of information you might want to include in a language exchange profile. Inspirational stories of language exchange partnerships that went well might also encourage you to dive into language exchange.
In addition to posts related directly to Tandem, however, there are also some general learning posts, culture posts and even a few language-specific posts. For instance, “Making the Most of Work and Study Abroad Programs” can help any language learner considering these adventures. “Summer Traditions from Around the World” can give readers fun, festive cultural insight. “9 French Foodie Phrases to Unleash Your Inner Gourmand” can help grow a French student’s vocabulary (and appetite).
In addition to its video-learning language program, FluentU has a whole host of complementary blogs, which are all listed at the bottom of the page linked above. Believe it or not, you’re actually reading one of them right now. You’re reading a post on the Language Learner Blog, which focuses on tips, tricks, techniques and resources that can be used by learners of a variety of languages.
FluentU also has an array of helpful language-specific blogs for learners, including ones for Arabic, Chinese, English (in addition to business English and test-specific blogs), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.
All these blogs tend to feature vocabulary lists, grammar explanations and language learning resources for their respective target languages. For instance, you might read articles that help you practice your French vocabulary or find a great German dictionary.
What’s more, if you happen to be a language teacher, FluentU has a whole host of educator-specific blogs to help you find resources, projects and innovative ideas to use in your classroom. For instance, we can help you find handouts for your Spanish class or help you figure out how to incorporate technology in your Chinese classroom.
If you’re a FluentU Plus Plan user, you can get even more out of our blogs. FluentU not only makes personalized language lessons from real-world videos—like movie trailers, music videos, news and inspiring talks—but also provides you with some pre-made sets of multi-media flashcards that are based on blog posts.
Blogs that focus on learning tips usually provide unique and innovative tips and tricks to help you learn a language. If you’re always looking for new study ideas or methods, you’ll love these blogs.
Mosalingua creates language apps, but they aren’t the only Mosalingua resource that can help you learn languages.
Mosalingua also has a helpful blog that provides relatively brief, easy-to-read articles. Most of these posts focus on general learning tips that can be used by any student using any language. For instance, articles include “How Much Time Should You Really Spend on Pronunciation” and “5 Tech Hacks to Learn Languages Like a Pro.”
If you prefer a multimedia blog experience, Mosalingua still has you covered. Many posts also contain videos.
Fluent Language is a website run by a passionate language learner who also offers a podcast, a toolkit, coaching and even sometimes a retreat.
But let’s get to what really matters: the blog. Fluent Language’s blog features a variety of unique tips and tricks that language learners can apply to their studies. For instance, some article titles include “What To Do When You’re Overwhelmed In Language Lessons” and “How To Create An Amazing Language Journal.”
New posts are added regularly, so if you don’t find any titles you’re interested in in the archives, just you wait!
The main focus of Rocket Languages is language courses, but some of its blog posts can help you build on what you’ll learn in a standard course.
Most of the posts focus on general ideas and resources that can help students regardless of what language they’re learning.
For instance, playful learners might enjoy “How to Master a Language…By Playing Video Games.” Feel like getting social? You might like “How to Use Social Media for Full Immersion.”
With culture blogs, you’ll learn more about countries and regions where different languages are spoken. Not only can this help you better understand your target language, it also may pique your interest in travel, and thereby your motivation to learn the language.
Transparent Language doesn’t offer one blog. It doesn’t even offer two blogs. It offers over 30 separate blogs.
Most of these blogs focus on specific languages, making it easy to peruse articles that pertain more directly to your target language.
While Transparent Language blog posts cover a variety of topics, they have a stronger focus on news and culture than your average language blog. For instance, Chinese students might drink up articles like “Luckin Coffee: The New Chinese Coffee.” Italian students can enjoy “Italian Harvest Focaccia.”
While we’re on the subject of Transparent Language, we’d be remiss to ignore the word of the day. Sure, it doesn’t fit into the “culture” category. Okay, it might not technically even be a “blog.” But we’re roguish by our very nature, and you deserve an easy, daily way to expand your vocabulary.
Rosetta Stone’s software is well known among language students. But did you know that Rosetta Stone also has a super informative blog?
One of the blog’s main focuses is world cultures—the perfect way to supplement your language education! For instance, Japanese students might enjoy “Through the Lens: Festival of the Dead across Japan.” Meanwhile, thirsty language students everywhere can check out “Get a Taste of the World with These Iconic Drinks.”
Mango Languages, a language course provider, also has a blog with some informative culture posts.
While the blog also has some vocabulary, learning tips and posts that promote the brand thrown in, you’ll find terrific cultural material in its archives. For instance, “Three Things We Can All Learn From How Koreans Celebrate Chuseok” can help Korean students better understand the holiday. French students can also learn some important holiday details with “Vive la France: What Is Bastille Day and Why Should You Celebrate It?”
Grammar blogs get down to the nitty-gritty grammar rules that build the foundations of languages. However, grammar can get overwhelming, so you’re also likely to find an array of other topics covered in these blogs.
Grammar-focused multilingual blogs are few and far between, yet the Clozemaster blog focuses largely on grammar… jackpot!
Clozemaster is an online program designed to help students learn language in context through repetition and quizzes, kind of like Duolingo.
However, Clozemaster’s blog provides plenty of additional learning materials. For instance, there are plenty of articles on conjugation, such as “Conjugation of the German Verb ‘Sein’: A Crash Course” and “The Conjugation of ‘Dizer’ in Portuguese: A Complete Guide.”
Memrise has learning apps with grammarbots, listening mode and more, but you can read Memrise’s helpful blog even if you’ve never used its apps.
Memrise offers a variety of language-related posts, but beyond culture posts, learning tips posts, vocabulary posts and personal stories, Memrise also offers a few great grammar posts, like this post on Japanese borrowed words.
Vocabulary blogs tend to post fun, thematic vocabulary lists you can use to learn new words. Whether these words are seasonal or just related to a special interest, this can be a fun, easy way to learn new vocabulary.
Innovative Language (Pod101.com)
Innovative Language offers tons of specific blogs for specific languages, so you can delve in with your language of choice.
Each blog offers a variety of articles, including study tips. However, what really sets the Pod101 blogs apart is the thematic vocabulary posts. For instance, if you’re looking forward to ringing in the next year, you might check out “How to Say Happy New Year in Arabic & New Year Wishes” or “How to Say Happy New Year in Italian & New Year Wishes.”
Living Language offers language education courses, but language learners might also love its helpful blog.
The blog frequently features vocabulary posts that cover a number of different languages. Some posts, like “Learn a Word: Candy” feature the same word in a number of different languages—perfect for the aspiring polyglot.
Other posts focus on thematic words or phrases in one language. For instance, “10 Essential Phrases For Getting Around Japan” can help beginning Japanese students learn some common phrases. Meanwhile, German students can learn some interesting new words with “Crazy German Expressions.”
LingQ’s approach is to help students learn language through content like news articles, podcasts, books and songs; however, LingQ’s blog posts can also give you a new look at your target language.
LingQ posts articles on a variety of different topics, including some awesome vocabulary lists. For instance, “29 Russian Idioms to Get Your Head Around” can help Russian students learn more colloquial speech. Spanish students can learn some new romantic vocabulary with “Spanish Love Quotes for Beginner Learners.”
Practice blogs allow you to practice your language skills through different activities. If you’re looking to reinforce your skills, these blogs will be right up your alley.
Unlike most blogs, Kwiziq’s posts frequently feature actual practice activities. For instance, French students can dive into “Faire les courses – Partitive article practice” (“Shopping – Partitive article practice”). Spanish students can upgrade their writing skills with “Spanish writing challenges and dictations – Tourism.”
Itchy Feet is a humorous comic designed for language learners. While the main website is in English, you can access plenty of comics in other languages through Itchy Feet’s dedicated Facebook pages. You’ll find language-specific pages for Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and more.
These comic strip posts provide easy, brief reading practice. For instance, Chinese students might enjoy this travel-related comic.
So check out these 16 blogs to get your language learning on a roll.
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