For several months I’ve had some ideas rolling around in my head for articles to write on my blog. Most of them have been about my passion for languages and language learning. Recently, as I’ve been reading books and other blogs on similar topics, the idea has been forming to start my own, more focused blog, on the same topic. I’ll keep this blog around, too, for my normal, infrequent, random posts about random things. But today I’m announcing that I’m starting a new blog. Well, two new blogs to be precise–read on.
There are already many blogs about languages and language learning, and each one has its own strengths and weaknesses. One of my favorite resources, Fluent Forever, focuses on memory techniques, and tends to tailor itself to the language “geek” (like me!). That is to say, his methods, while very effective, require a lot of work to set up (learning to use complicated computer software, building custom decks of flash cards, etc).
I hope to make language learning as accessible as possible! If you’ve ever tried to learn a new language, and given up, I hope you’ll follow my blog and find a new motivation. Or if you’ve been wanting to learn a language for years, but can’t find the time to take a class, I hope to provide some resources to make your language learning possible in “spare moments” (which will in turn, I believe, motivate you to dedicate more time to the process out of sheer desire). By making language learning fun and easy, I hope to make language learning easy and fun!
Second, I’ll shortly be launching a Spanish-language version of the same blog. Most of the quality materials about learning languages seems to be written in English. By providing some content in Spanish (and in the future, possibly other languages), I hope to help open the world of effective language learning to a large group of people who don’t already speak English.
And lastly, I don’t want to focus just on language learning techniques, but also simply appreciate the love of language! I envision my new blogs offering some the witty jokes and puns the Grammarly Facebook page offers for English, but in numerous languages! (Grammarly is a product which improves your emails, social media posts, and documents by checking for grammar, spelling, and punctuation mistakes).
My new blog is called The Glossophile, from the Greek for “one who loves language.” I hope to see you there!