Language Learning

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart. Attributed to Nelson Mandela

Success in learning foreign languages is determined by three factors: motivation (or persistence), time and a good method. Language learning methods are individual: methods and techniques that work for one person may not work well for others.

The goal of this website is to collect resources, techniques and methods for learning foreign languages, so learners can make informed choices about their language learning. The site lists both online and offline resources.

The site content is based on a variety of sources: webpages, videos, books and other content created by successful language learners (including polyglots), tips and learning materials for specific languages, and academic research into second language acquisition (SLA).

The resources on this website are divided in two big categories:

Fun video: Things Bilingual People Do (YouTube, 5 minutes).

Multlingual Practices is a free online course (start date 26 March 2018) about central aspects of multilingualism in today's globalised societies, such as cognition, policies and education.

A common question is which foreign language to learn. Below are a few resources that discuss this question.

Habits and Techniques of Polyglots

The books listed below focus specifically on habits and techniques used by polyglots. General books about language learning methods are listed in the “methods” section of the website.

The following YouTube channels are useful if you want to learn about polyglotism and multilingualism. See also the conference and workshops (below).

Conferences and Events

Websites by or for Polyglots

Jobs for People with Foreign Language Skills

Resources in Various Languages

The following YouTube channels are useful if you are interested in language learning resources in various languages:

Four eye charts using different writing systems: Hebrew, Chinese, Arabic and numbers
Multilingual eye charts in Manhattan. Copyright WalkingGeek, Licence: CC BY 2.0.