Many of you have been asking about the resources that I use to study languages. I recently wrote a post where I share the ten language learning resources I use the most often, but I thought I would create this page to share the general resources that I’ve used as part of my language learning journey. These are the resources that have worked for me and that have contributed to my success as a language learner.
The resources that I use may not work for everyone! We all have different learning styles, so while I may have found one resources particularly effective, it may not work for you. I’ve tried to recommend a wide range of resources to cover most learning styles and most skills required to be successful in a foreign language, but this list still includes the things that I personally use. I wouldn’t be able to make a very convincing recommendation otherwise!
Some of the resources on this list are relatively expensive. I try to make use of what free resources there are out there, but sometimes it makes sense to invest a little bit into your language learning. Pimsleur is one of these resources, but I spend a lot of time in the car and they have become a fantastic way for me to make use of my commute. Plus, they really work for me.
I also like to invest my time into resources that I know will benefit my language learning progress. Rather than split my time up amongst a wide collection of free resources, I like to fully delve into longer, well put together resources. Sometimes this means they cost a bit more, sometimes it doesn’t.
A lot of the resources on this list have free versions that you can test out before upgrading to the paid versions. That way you can test them and discover if they’re a good fit for your learning style.
Below you’ll find the language learning resources that I currently use and love. I try to keep it updated as my preferences change and as I discover new resources.
The Fluent in 3 Months Challenge // The last few years, I’ve done the Fi3M Challenge for every new language I’ve studied. I’ve also participated
Notebook // I honestly feel that taking notes by hand helps me to retain the information I’m learning so I always keep a notebook with me.
Highlighters // I color code my notes so that I can see where I learned different bits of information and so I know what I plan on doing with it once it’s written down.
Pens // You can’t take handwritten notes without pens! I like these pens from Bic because they write smoothly and I don’t smear them. Has anyone else ever noticed that the kind of pen you uses affects the quality of your penmanship?
A way to record yourself or your lessons (your phone will do) // If you’re already investing money into lessons, it makes sense to get the most out of them. I like to record my lessons so I can reference them later if I have questions.
A teacher or language exchange partner // I put off speaking for far too long and now I regret it. Don’t do what I did! Get speaking and comprehension practice in ASAP.
A good phrasebook // I love the Lonely Planet Phrasebook series. I also really like the Assimil phrasebooks because they are geared more towards conversation, but there aren’t as many available in English as there are French.
A Reliable Text Resource
Assimil // I love the way that Assimil combines text and audio. It is definitely my go to
Drops // Have fun with your vocabulary, learning with beautiful illustrations. Learn thousands of new words in just five minutes a day with this free app.
Memrise // Definitely my favorite flashcard app for creating customized cards at the moment because, well, points. I feel like I’m playing a game while I’m studying and it makes it more rewarding.
Something to Keep You Busy on the Go
Mobile apps can give you a quick and interactive way to get some grammar or vocabulary review in when you’re on the go.
Electronic & Photography Tools
I would not be able to share the things I use without some of these great resources. They also help me document my adventures!
|Macbook Pro I’ve used my Macbook since university and it’s still going! I love my laptop and it really works for me.||Western Digital 2TB Passport Harddrive I’ve got to store all my photos and language learning resources somewhere, right? These help me keep everything organized and keep me sane knowing all the important stuff is backed up.|
|Kindle I read A LOT. My Kindle goes with me everywhere so that I can get in some reading whenever I can.||iPhone My iPhone is one of my most used language learning tools. Between my translator apps, language learning apps, and chat apps, my phone definitely keeps me occupied with language learning.|
|Canon Mark III I was given this camera by my father and it’s been my loyal travel companion ever since.||Canon Powershot When I don’t want to carry around my “big” camera, this is what I use. It takes great photos and I love its size.|
|GoPro Hero III||Skype|
|WordPress Eurolinguiste is a self-hosted WordPress blog.|
Resources By Language
For my language specific recommendations, check out these pages:
But if you’re looking for a few quick resources, here are my top five for the languages that I’m studying:
Some of My Favorite Language Bloggers
With all the time I spend on the road between personal and work travel, I have worked my through quite a bit of travel gear. Here are some of the items I’ve really enjoyed.
|Travel Pillow It took me a long time to get on board with travel pillows, but when LCI Brands sent me this pillow, I slept soundly on a flight for the first time ever. I’m never traveling without it again.||Belle Hop Cosmetic Organizer I am crazy about this cosmetics organizer. It took me forever to find a bag that I liked and now I wish I had ten of them.|
|Laptop Backpack I like to take a compact backpack with lots of convenient pockets and organizers. Pockets are my jam and this one has tons of them.||Origami Unicorn TUO Undergarment Organizer I love this organizer – it’s great for both undergarments and/or other travel accessories that you’d like to keep well sorted.|
Disclosure: Some of the links in this post are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission at no additional cost to you. Either way, the products you see here are only recommended because I use them personally and believe that they will add value to my readers.