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16 Prolific Language Learning Bloggers You Should Follow

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UPDATE: The original list here has been updated to remove bloggers who are no longer actively producing content and there also some new additions which you can help expand on.

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I thought I’d put together a short list of who I consider to be the most profilic and authoritative bloggers on language learning at present.

This is definitely not an exhaustive list of every language blogger out there (there are loads of others I deliberately didn’t include for one reason or another and probably a lot that I don’t know about as well). I haven’t included popular websites (e.g. HTLAL forum) that aren’t blogs either.

When I started scouring the net for the best language learning blogs I found the lack of good quality, reputable blogs on this topic frustrating, not to mention how much I had to dig in order to find them. It’s good to read up on other people’s success and struggles in language learning, and to take what you can use from their various (and often conflicting) methods and approaches.

The people I’ve mentioned below may know several languages but all of them have languages of specialization or expertise to some extent. Many of them may blog about language learning in general but each of them have specialist knowledge of certain languages.

If you know of a blogger (either language-specific or general language learning) that should be mentioned here, add your input in the comments section below and I’ll update this list! :)

 

Hyunwoo Sun (+ TTMIK team)

hyunwoosunBlog name: Talk To Me In Korean

Languages: Korean (native), English.

Product: My Korean Store and HaruKorean (see my review of one of their books here)

By far my favourite language learning site and really needs no introduction. The TTMIK blog consistently produces outstanding, high quality content and is really unmatched by any other language-specific site that I know of.

Check out the post: TTMIK Audio Blog – Instant Food

Eoin Ó Conchúir

Eoin Bitesize Irish GaelicBlog: Bitesize Irish Gaelic blog

Languages: English (native), Irish.

Product: Bitesize Irish Gaelic (which I reviewed here)

I’ve always recommended Bitesize Irish Gaelic to new learners of Irish but I’d also like to mention here that Eoin runs a blog where you’ll find some excellent posts about Ireland and the Irish language. The posts by Audrey Nickel in particular are very good.

Check out this post: Irish Gaelic: The Problem of Phonetics

 

Jared Romey

Jared RomeyBlog: Speaking Latino

Languages: English (native), Spanish (various dialects).

Product: Several books and ebooks on Spanish dialects.

His site in his own words:

“My books and now this website are a consequence of my early bumblings in Spanish, repeated bouts with culture shock, and confusions over the correct words for popcorn, gasoline, pen, bus, underwear, traffic jam and drinking straw.”

Jared guest posted here a while back. His blog in my opinion should be the first point of call for anyone undertaking Spanish, especially Latin American varieties.

Check out his post: Become Fluent Faster By Ignoring These 5 Spanish Fundamentals

 

Luca Lampariello

Luca LamparielloBlog: The Polyglot Dream

Languages: Italian (native), English, French, Spanish, German, Dutch, Swedish, Russian, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese and Romanian.

Product: None.

His site in his own words:

“This blog is entirely dedicated to my biggest passion: languages.”

Luca’s a co-founder of the Polyglot Conference and is a prolific YouTuber. He’s very clear about the fact that language learning takes a lot of time and that there are no shortcuts.

Check out his post: The 3 Stages of Language-Learning Evolution

 

Khatzumoto

KhatzumotoBlog: All Japanese All The Time

Languages: English (native), Japanese.

Product: AJATT Store

His site in his own words:

“This site is about how you can learn Japanese without taking classes, by having fun and doing things you enjoy—watching movies, playing video games, reading comic books—you know: fun stuff! Stuff that you feel guilty about doing because you should be doing “serious things”.”

Khatzumoto runs an enormously popular site on learning Japanese. His emphasis is on the importance of complete immersion in the language that you’re learning – even if you’re learning at home.

Check out his post: Why You Should Keep Listening Even If You Don’t Understand

 

Simon Ager

Simon AgerBlog: Omniglot Blog

Languages: English (native), Mandarin, French, Welsh and Irish.

Product: None but runs an “Encyclopaedia of writing systems and languages”

His site in his own words:

“This blog contains my musings on language, linguistics and related topics.”

I almost didn’t include Omniglot in this list for the simple fact that it’s more of a blog for linguists, rather than language learners (yes there is a difference). You’ll find a lot of linguist jargon on this blog that doesn’t really interest a lot of people (as a linguist I personally get a kick out of it), but there are plenty of interesting and useful nuggets of information you can find there for general language learning. His mystery language recordings are a nice touch too.

Check out his post: Do It Because It’s Fun

 

Richard Simcott

Richard SimcottBlog: Speaking Fluently

Languages: English (native), French, Spanish, Welsh, German, Macedonian, Swedish, Italian, Serbian/Bosnian/Croatian, Portuguese, Czech, Catalan, Russian, Dutch, Romanian and Albanian.

Product: None.

His site in his own words:

“Speaking Fluently offers you the chance to read about language learning tips and stories.”

Richard’s the European Ambassador for Multilingualism and founder of the Polyglot Conference. He offers some very solid and useful language learning advice through his YouTube channel and Facebook page.

Check out his post: The Language Monkey

Maha Yakoub

mahaYouTube Channel: Learn Arabic With Maha

Languages: Arabic (native), Italian, Hebrew, German, English.

Product: None.

Maha’s a Palestinian living in Italy who runs a massively popular YouTube channel where she teaches Arabic (Levantine), Hebrew and Italian. Definitely aimed at low-level learners but I really enjoy her videos.

Check this video out: 5 Reasons That’ll Make You Fall In Love With Arabic

 

Olle Linge

Olle LingeBlog: Hacking Chinese

Languages: Swedish (native), Mandarin Chinese, English, French.

Product: None.

His site in his own words:

“This website is dedicated to unveiling the mysteries of learning a language in general and about learning Chinese in particular.”

As stated, Olle’s site is primarily aimed at the Chinese language learner and should be the first stop for anyone keen on learning Mandarin. I keep myself up to date with his blog as a lot of what he shares is helpful for language learning in general, not just for Chinese.

Check out his post: Reading Manga For More Than Just Pleasure

 

Catherine Wentworth

Catherine WentworthBlog: A Woman Learning Thai… and some men too.

Languages: English (native), Thai.

Product: None.

Her site in her own words:

“WLT aims to post Thai language learning tips and techniques, local quirks and insights of Thailand. Anything Thai language, culture, or travel related.”

Catherine’s blog should be your first stop if you’re interested in learning to speak Thai or about life in Thailand.

Check out her post: Onomatopoeic Words In The Thai Language

 

Corey Heller

Corey HellerBlog: Multilingual Living

Languages: English, German, Spanish and French.

Product: Multilingual Living Magazine

Her site in her own words:

“Multilingual Living is a place where parents raising children in more than one language and culture can find inspiration, tools, advice, wisdom and support!  It is about living multilingually, in each and every way possible.”

Corey’s blog differs greatly from the others listed here in that it’s focused on families and raising kids who are multilingual. I consider her an expert on bilingualism and a wonderful person who is full of encouragement. I also guest posted on her blog here.

Check out her post: What Bilingualism is NOT

Susanna Zaraysky

Susanna ZarayskyBlog: Create Your World Book

Languages: English (native), Russian, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Serbo-Croatian.

Product: Language Is Music and Travel Happy

Her site in her own words:

“I am a multilingual world traveler whose goal is to help people have fun learning languages with music, TV, radio and other media and travel the world economically.”

Susanna’s made several television appearances and has her own unique approach to language learning using music. Her approach is particularly useful for anyone trying to improve their accent.

Check out her post: Why You Should Care About Endangered Languages

 

Mike Campbell

Mike Campbell GlossikaYouTube Channel: Glossika

Languages: English (native), Mandarin

Product: Glossika GSR Training (available in lots of languages – see my review here)

His site in his own words:

“Glossika delivers an efficient foreign language learning method to people who want to acquire a new language.”

I have a lot of respect for Mike and he’s probably the most interesting language/linguistics blogger that I’ve come across. In particular, I’m very impressed by the work he’s done with the aboriginal languages of Taiwan and his Mass Sentence Method is based on solid research (it’s very similar to the Lexical ‘chunking’ method that I adhere to).

Check out this video: Approaching Strangers and Using Language

 

Wiktor Kostrzewski

Wiktor KostrzewskiBlog: 16 Kinds

Languages: Polish (native), English. Unsure of the others.

Product: None.

His site in his own words:

“The tagline of the website is “Learn Languages Better.” I’m on a mission to try and write about everything that helps people achieve this.”

I don’t know a whole lot about Wiktor to be honest, but the language learning advice he offers on his blog is high quality, no-BS stuff.

Check out his post: I Love That I Suck: Learning Languages Through Failing

 

Steve Kaufmann

Steve KaufmannBlog: The Linguist

Languages: English (native), French, Japanese, Mandarin, Spanish, Swedish, German, Italian , Cantonese, Russian, Portuguese and Czech.

Product: LingQ and The Way Of The Linguist

His site in his own words:

“For people who love languages or would, but were discouraged…”

The founder of LingQ and a prolific YouTuber. Steve’s language repertoire impresses me along with the frequent YouTube videos he puts out on many important language learning issues. He’s definitely one of the most level-headed, experienced people in the language learning blogosphere.

Check out his post: A Discussion With Stephen Krashen

 

…and of course:

Donovan Nagel

donovannagelBlog: The Mezzofanti Guild

Languages: English (native), Egyptian Arabic, MSA, Korean, Russian, Irish, Georgian, Ancient Hebrew and Greek.

Product: None.

I know it’s cheating but I had to include myself in this list! :) In case you’ve just landed on this blog for the first time, I’m a linguist, translator and language instructor with a huge heart for minority languages and cultural immersion. I have a bit of a preference for languages of the East (both Near and Far Eastern) and I use my own proven method that I’ve developed based on the Lexical Approach to language learning.

Check out this post: The Uncomfortable Truth: Social Risk-Takers Are Better Language Learners

 

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58 Responses to “16 Prolific Language Learning Bloggers You Should Follow”

  1. Thanks for the link!

  2. Thanks for including me here and for finding another female language blogger, Jane Fadness. I was not familiar with her before.

  3. Wow. Great list and I am thrilled to be on it. Thanks much! Loving all those bloggers and it is a great time to be excited about learning languages. Keep up the good work you're doing here.

  4. Wow! I can't tell you how flattered I am to be featured here with amongst all these great bloggers– and to be the first one on your list! I don't feel like I deserve it, but thank you so much. =D

  5. I meant "amongst", not "with amongst", of course. ^^;

  6. Thank you very much for putting me on your list Donovan :-) Luca

  7. Great list, thx! Love how you underlined the ongoing feud between Benny and Steve, ahah :)

    By Emanuele Bartolomucci on Feb 8, 2012 | Reply
  8. Thanks for putting a link to my blog on here. I am really happy to appear with some really great language bloggers! :)

  9. Super list indeed! Very much enjoyed reading it.

  10. Great list, thank you for some new recommendations! I don't care much for the commercial language bloggers, but it is interesting to read fellow polyglots' blogs.

  11. Thanks for mentioning me. I think all of these blogs, including yours, contribute to more excitement around language learning.

  12. You don't deserve it.

    By Ron on Feb 9, 2012 | Reply
  13. Thanks for including my blog :) I read most of these blogs already, but it's great to discover some new ones. It's interesting that you see my blog as one for linguists – I just write about language-related things that interest me and that I hope are interesting and useful to others.

  14. http://lackuna.com should be in that list too!

  15. You didn't include Khatzumoto's All Japanese all the Time? Seriously?

  16. Totally agree with you on this one. AJATT is amazing.

    For Chinese, I'm a big fan of Sinosplice.

  17. He doesn't have a blog, but the most legendary current polyglot, IMO, is Professor Arguelles. His videos on youtube are the most useful for any serious language learner, and they're great for both beginning enthusiasts and serious learners. And he's not selling any products, which in and of itself sends him right to the top of my list..

    By Adriano on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply
  18. for another female polylot please see kat at http://www.youtube.com/user/katrudy7

    By jason on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply
  19. Alexander Arguelles is excellent, I agree.
    I didn't include him here though because he doesn't run a blog otherwise I certainly would have.

    By mezzoguild on Feb 24, 2012 | Reply
  20. Thanks for recommending Sinosplice. :)
    Looks like a very good resource for Chinese.

    By mezzoguild on Feb 24, 2012 | Reply
  21. Site closed down? I logged into it yesterday but I'm getting a parking page today. :/

  22. Nice list, some very interesting bloggers. But Benny is not a native Irish speaker, he doesn’t speak it very well. He’s much better at the other European languages he speaks. He says himself he only spoke English til he was 21!

    By Language Lover on Mar 21, 2012 | Reply
  23. He would have grown up like most Irish kids taking compulsory Irish classes and spending short trips in the Gaeltacht areas (Irish speaking areas).

    Also I don't know him personally, but going off where he's from he's very close to Gaeltacht areas so he might have spent significant time encountering Irish speakers.

    Most Irish young people can't speak Irish but they've got all that vocabulary and childhood exposure there which makes it a lot easier to pick up later in life. Benny's Irish isn't great you're right (I feel like I can make that assessment now), which is why he recently announced his next mission which is to go home and improve it.

    By mezzoguild on Mar 21, 2012 | Reply
  24. Hello!
    Thank you for this "list". Some of these persons are on my contact list ;-) I discovered the online polyglot community about a year ago. At the moment I'm building up a new blog, dedicated just to language learning (I had other 2, but not on this subject).
    It would be great to exchange ideas with you!

  25. Hi Mae!
    Always happy to exchange ideas with people :) I'm looking forward to reading about your own experience and insight into language learning. Seems you've got a lot :)

    Thanks for your comment!

    By mezzoguild on Mar 24, 2012 | Reply
  26. I was just saying, as a native Irish speaker myself, that that's not how native Irish sounds. I see now that you know that also. I was just afraid in case you thought that's what native Irish sounds like. Best of luck with your learning!

    By Language Lover on Mar 24, 2012 | Reply
  27. Great :)
    Which part of Ireland are you from? Even though I'm at a fairly low level with Irish, I can recognize bad accents already :)
    Thanks!

    By mezzoguild on Mar 24, 2012 | Reply
  28. Thanks for putting this together!

    By Shannon.Kennedy on Jun 18, 2012 | Reply
  29. You're welcome :)

    By mezzoguild on Jun 18, 2012 | Reply
  30. BTW your music's fantastic!

    By mezzoguild on Jun 18, 2012 | Reply
  31. You are too kind – thank you for taking a minute to listen to it and for checking out my site. I added you to my Google Reader, so I will definitely be keeping up with your posts.

    By Shannon.Kennedy on Jun 18, 2012 | Reply
  32. Some great blogs for language learners and teachers. I like how they are spread between different approaches and personalities. Lots of learning to do. Thanks!

  33. I thought I'd see Benny Lewis and his website in this list!

    By Lym on Dec 29, 2012 | Reply
  34. I'd love you to check out my blog, WordThoughts. It's primarily for people already fluent in English who tend to are mired in verbosity and rely on jargon. I have many decades of experience teaching at the high school and college levels and in the corporate world.

    I write with a sense of humor and make my entries short and to the point. I'd appreciate your taking a look at writejudi.wordpress.com.

    Cheers!

    By writejudi on Feb 2, 2013 | Reply
  35. I knew about Steve Kaufmann and he is just great. But I did not know about all the other. You are sharing a great resource here. Thank you

  36. I'm surprised Benny Lewis isn't on this list as his blog is one of the most popular ones on language learning. Anyway, keep up the good work!

    By farawayirishman on Apr 3, 2013 | Reply
  37. Wow, really great list. There are some interesting blogs outhere that I didn't know before. It's so impressive that someone can know more than 10 languages

  38. Do I deserve a spot alongside these language-learning giants? Perhaps not but I must say, I have drawn quite a lot of inspiration from each one of them in both learning Spanish on my own (being an Indian living in India, light years away from any Spanish-speaking country, it wasn't easy) and carving out a blog noting down my experiences and advises for others. It's called Always Spanish. Any feedback from any of you fine linguists and polyglots would do me and my audience a HUGE favor!

  39. As for the Benny-Steve rivalry, I'd say they both are the masters of the craft in their own rights and I don't know if I even have any right to criticize someone of their stature. But then, snobbery in any form coming from any quarter automatically deserves criticism from all and sundry. In my humble opinion, I have found the Fi3M author to be more than mildly stuck up, his talent and dedication notwithstanding. A glaring example would be his "contact" page which intimidatingly serves more to put off even genuine folks who would like to write to him perhaps for the first time (I mean, in today's fast world who would like to read an entire constitution around something as simple as mailing you which has more "dont's" than "do's"?). I seriously feel a blogger's "contact" page should be in a more welcoming language. Another example is of course his recent review of Steve's LingQ. At one point, he goes on to the extent of, "Since Steve has said a lot of nasty things about me and my methods, I am in no mood of doing him any favor…" or something like that. Now, if you are just doing a product review, must you act so juvenile and bring out your rivalry into the post? I guess your rivalry is not adding any value to your reader's experiences and should best be kept private. Other than his immaturity at handling his ego and emotions, I would still assert that he is a wonderful blogger and his posts are a seriously rich resource for every language enthusiast. I am not sure about how "fluent" he really is in the languages he claims to have "mastered" but I certainly like the concept.

  40. I can only comment on his Mandarin level, Fluent he is not!! High beginner maybe, If you were traveling in China with him and needed to visit a non English speaking hospital, police station ect…. He would not be able to help you. He is very hard to understand when he speaks Mandarin. That having been said he can get around order food and and hold superficial conversations. A lot to be proud of for three months but not nearly enough to claim fluent.

    By Duyushan on Jun 25, 2013 | Reply
  41. Thanks for the great synopsis. I need all the help I can get, trying to face down the Russian language, this grammatical baroque masterpiece that has seduced me now for several years.

  42. Wow. I've been traveling/moving these past three-four weeks so didn't see this post until now. Thank you so much for adding my site – I was seriously surprised to see my sig!

    And what a wonderful list of language bloggers. Most I know, the rest I'll gladly check out. New Years is coming up. And while I don't take resolutions seriously, I do re-evaluate my language learning around that time.

    Jane Fadness is an excellent suggestion. She's taking a break from blogging at the moment but hopefully she'll be back soon. Come back Jane – we miss you!

  43. You're welcome :)

    Are you moving somewhere else in Thailand?

    I had Jana on this list originally but she's been out of action for a long time. Not sure what happened. Also seems like Aaron Myers disappeared as well.

  44. Thank you yet again Donovan, Diana and I really appreciate the support.

  45. This is a useful list. The language learning resources are really helpful.

    Are there sites that specialize in why we should study languages? I see posts on this topic from time to time, but rarely does anyone specialize in it.

  46. Nice list, but where's Benny from Fluent in 3 months?

    By epicpolyglot on Dec 1, 2013 | Reply
  47. Thanks for making this collection. I have been following some of them already but there are a few new bloggers I didn't know.

  48. I also thought Benny Lewis will be on this list, but I honestly prefer to get to know these new (for me) linguists. We can learn a lot from them and their advices, the more the better! Thank you for the resource!

  49. Thanks for this list!

    I forgot all about Glossika. I use to watch his Chinese lessons all the time on youtube. They were pretty good.

    Some of these bloggers I never heard of. I will be checking them out.

  50. first person i ever thought before i read this blog is laoshu(moses mccormick)
    ya there steve kaufman,luca,richard simcott………………………but where is laoshu

    By abdul rahman t b on Apr 25, 2014 | Reply
  51. I agree with Abdul Rahman….. It would be beneficial to others if you add Moses MCcormick also known as laoshu505000 on Youtube on this list. He knows 20+ languages and is certainly an inspirational polyglot.

    By Sean on May 26, 2014 | Reply
  52. Those are very nice list, not just nice they are also credible too. anyone who want to learn Japanese language can benefit from them

    By jellyfisheduc on Jun 20, 2014 | Reply
  53. Some very interesting blogs from different language speakers! A must read! Great blogs.

    By Harry Newman on Oct 15, 2014 | Reply
  54. All those blogs are in English, I wonder if there's other exceptional languages blogs in other languages that are worth mentioning, to a first sight it may look just like repetition of the old language related common sense but I'm sure there's a lot of innovating stuff going on in those areas.

    By Livonor on Oct 18, 2014 | Reply

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