Resources to Learn a Language

A lot of people at one point develop a wish to learn a foreign language. Whether
you choose to learn a common one, or a rare one, whether it’s one of the top 10
most spoken languages in the world, or it’s on the Endangered Languages List, you
will need to find some resources to be able to study. As a language learner of
several different languages, I use various resources to look for study materials, and
here I will help you by sharing some resources.

Lexody was created by an avid language learner who was looking to actually practice speaking. You can read more about the origins of Lexody here.

Lexody is not designed for total beginners. Lexody is the perfect tool for once you have completed a class, finished DuoLingo, or if you’re looking to maintain a language you already know.

Here is a great list of resources to start learning any language. Once you have the basics, start experiencing conversations in any language, with a native speaker on Lexody!

 


Textbooks

You don’t have to be a student at an academic institution to learn a language with a
textbook. You can search your local library for some study materials, and study
there, or go to bookstores and purchase your materials. Depending on the language,
there can be abundant textbooks for it, or very few, and you may be forced to
search online. There are many popular textbooks and programs that release
learning materials for various languages, and then you will have to decide which
program’s method can work for you. Make sure you make good use of a program,
as some of them can cost you a pretty penny.

assimil-french-exampleIf you speak French, you have the option of learning a language via a great
textbook series called Assimil. Their lessons are short; not overwhelming you in
each lesson, giving you bits of vocabulary and grammar, and has been around for a
long time. Search your local bookstore for
some Assimil textbooks, or buy here on Amazon.

 


Language Schools

Language schools remain a good choice to learn a language. There are people who
choose this way to learn a language, and give reviews on the teachers. Doing a
Google search of language schools in your area should bring up some good
choices. Then, by reading reviews, a choice can then be made on which school or
teacher one can choose. You will be able to find a school that specializes in one
language, or a school that has teachers for various languages.

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CouCou French Classes in Williamsburg

Are you in NYC? Use your Lexicoins on Lexody to get discounts to your next language class! We have partnered with award-winning schools such as City Speakeasy and CouCou French Classes. By the way – to offer Lexody users better discounts than GroupOn!

 

 


The Internet

Ahhh yes, the Internet is a big place, and there are spaces for language learning
sites as well. Again, depending on what language you are learning, putting “learn
X language” into a Google engine can give you plenty of results and
websites, or not so many. There are websites that also have material for various
languages. Every site has their method for you to learn, and you can have the
chance to experiment how you can learn using these methods. Some websites offer
you online teachers for you to learn with, for a small cost.

One language learning site that has become popular worldwide is called LingQ.
This was created by a Canadian language learner at the age of 60. He used to have
old ways to learn a language, but at that age, he experimented learning by using
“comprehensible input”, by reading and listening to material that you may like in
your native language or that is easy to read. One does not always need to have a
dictionary all the time, because you are listening and reading small passages each
time, and as one reads more passages, one continues to see words and then words
can repeat, and once a word has stuck in memory, looking up its meaning and
retaining that meaning will be easier than looking it up at the first sight of the word.
There’s a minor cost to the site, but many people have liked this method of
learning, and I also have become a fan.
Another very famous online site for language learning is Memrise. This is a site
that lets you learn using flashcards. There will be cards available in many
languages, and you even have the chance to start a collection of flash cards in a
language that isn’t featured on the site. That was the way that Greenlandic became
featured on Memrise. There are paid features on the site, but the free version can
still allow you to do a lot, whether you use the site, or the app.

 


Online Language Bloggers

Not many people know that these types of people exist, but they do indeed exist.
Well, these language bloggers offer advice on how to learn a language, tell people
of their experiences, either attend or put together language conferences all over the
world and give talks, and some of them also make their own language learning
materials as well. Some also work with popular sites in collaboration to release
products or to make a site better. Language bloggers try very hard to give a great amount of life to the global language learning community, and many are very
friendly in person and will all let you practice your target languages with them, and
give you advice.

Because there are so many bloggers out there that do so many things for the
community, and because I have to keep this short, I will just focus on Benny Lewis
and Olly Richards in this article.

9780007543922Benny is the founder of the site Fluent In 3 Months”, and released a book of the same name. The website features language learning articles, advice, and a forum for language learners. He recently teamed up with the creators of the “Teach Yourself” book series to release his series of
Language Hacking” textbooks, featuring his method of language learning.

 

 

 

Olly Richards is the founder of the site, blog, and podcast called I Will Teach You A Language. He has a bunch of content on his site, and answers learning questions in his
podcast. He has also released numerous textbooks to learn languages, and books of
collections of short stories. In a few months, Olly will put out an innovative series
of language books for intermediate learners of various popular languages, citing
the lack of resources for intermediate learners.

Besides being a guest contributor on Lexody’s blog, I also write my own language blog, The Multilingual Bronxite.

 


 

These are various resources to learn a language. It will always depend on what
language you are currently learning, whether or not resources for that language will
be abundant or not, or whether the learning material is good or not. Online teachers
or in person can be great as well. The Internet can also give you some great choices
to learn. For some advice in language learning, online language bloggers can be
a helpful source of inspiration and information. Good luck on your learning
journey!

The Multilingual Bronxite

Guest Contributor

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