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Review: Tuttle Tagalog Materials

When I started out with my current Tagalog project, I approached Tuttle Publishing. They specialize in Asian-themed books, and since Tagalog is an Asian language, they seemed like the right people to talk to. So they sent me some stuff to review–that is, free swag. And not just one book, but several: Elementary Tagalog: Tara,…

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A Revised Review of Rosetta Stone

A couple years ago I wrote a negative review of Rosetta Stone. I acknowledged the program’s good points, such as its high quality photographs and novel “dynamic immersion” approach, but ultimately I gave it a thumbs down. That review has been a thorn in my side. It’s generated enough negative feedback from readers in the…

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Review – Lingua.ly Arabic

In this article, I’m going to review the language learning website lingua.ly–specifically its Arabic program. This is tricky. I like giving positive reviews; out of all the language services and books I’ve reviewed, the only negative review I’ve given was for Rosetta Stone. Being negative doesn’t get my site any more traffic, and in fact,…

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Babbel Review: Should You Get A Membership?

Recently the team at Babbel, an online language-learning system, asked me if I would be interested in reviewing their site. I was glad to. I had tried their service out before but hadn’t really spent much time with it. I’m studying German pretty intensely, so this was a good opportunity to really see whether I…

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Bliu Bliu Review: Worth Your Time?

So I recently discovered the language-learning website Bliu Bliu and decided to try it out. I’ve been using it for a little while now and have made it a part of my daily routine studying Spanish. What do I think? Let me spare you the suspense and give you my verdict: Bliu Bliu is genius.…

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Duolingo Review: 6 Ways to Get the Most Out of Duolingo

I had heard about Duolingo a while ago, but until recently I hadn’t paid too much attention to it. I had tried several other online language learning platforms and hadn’t been too impressed with them, so I wasn’t expecting much this time. Well, I was wrong. Duolingo is a great language learning tool. A fantastic…

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Review: Easy Spanish Reader

In my quest to learn Spanish, I’ve gone through quite a few materials. I’ll be reviewing individual courses and books to letĀ  you know what I thought of them and, more importantly, how well they worked for me. I don’t want to waste your time, so I’m going to follow a template (which you’ll see…

Pimsleur Spanish Review – Does Pimsleur Work?

Update: Pimsleur was an important part of my first couple months of learning Spanish. You can see how I did after twelve months of studying the language in my post titled Learn Spanish in a Year – Project Results, which includes a video of me speaking. *** At the time of this writing, I’m actively…

Do You Need Spaced Repetition to Learn a Language?

There’s a lot of buzz in language learningĀ  about spaced repetition, and spaced repetition software (SRS) in particular. Some people would have you believe that you absolutely have to use SRS to learn a foreign language, but is that true? Image Source What is Spaced Repetition? Spaced repetition is the practice of exposing yourself to…