Been scanning the blogosphere lately looking for people who are blogging on the subject of learning languages. There aren’t a *ton* of them but I have come across some really good blogs. So, here we go, in no particular order, with the Top 21 Language Bloggers on the Web. And I know I’m leaving some people out…my apologies in advance! Feel free to add others in the comments! :)
#1 – Omniglot – This blog covers a wide spectrum of languages and offers up fun stuff like Mystery Language competitions and Words of the Day. If you’re passionate about languages in general (vs. simply looking to learn one particular language) this one’s a must-read/must-subscribe.
#2 – ForeignLanguageBlog.com – This appropriately named blog focuses on a variety of aspects of language learning including stuff like intensive learning and raising bilingual children. This blog updates frequently and is full of lots of interesting language-related links.
#3 – Language Hat – Language Hat is definitely one of the smartest language-related blogs you’ll find. There’s a great community of people reading and commenting on the blog as you can see evidence of here. Highly recommended if you’re looking for something a bit more academic.
#4 – Free Language – If you’re one of those people who can never have too many resources or links in your quest to learn than this one’s perfect for you. By far one of the best collection of language-related learning links on the web as you can witness here and here.
#5 – Babelhut – Want to know how to set up a Spanish keyboard in Vista? Looking for insight into study habits for Japanese? You’ve come to the right place. Babelhut hasn’t been around very long but I like what I see so far!
#6 – Confessions of a Language Addict – Perhaps the most basic blog design ever but don’t let that fool you. There’s some great content here. For example, take a look at these recent posts on language immersion and the best language learning methods. Well worth the read.
#7 – Tower of Confusion – I love people who approach languages with the same intensity that Kevin Garnett approaches basketball. The author of Tower of Confusion definitely fits the bill. Check out recent posts on Migration to Anki and Shadowing Alone. Good stuff…
#8 – The Linguist on Language – Steve Kauffman is one of the most well-known language bloggers. He’s the author of The Linguist and has developed LingQ, a very cool language learning system. Given Steve’s deep expertise on language learning this is a good one to keep tabs on.
#9 – Polyglot To Be – Polyglot To Be is an interesting look at multiple ways to learn languages ranging from mnemonics to context reading. Seeing the variety of approaches and languages up close and personal is great…language learning voyeurism at its best!
#10 – Language Study Blog @ Suite101.com – You can think of Suite101.com as kinda like About.com. Their Language Study Blog is very well done. For example, check out this article on learning languages with an iPod.
#11 – Learn Spanish with Tomísimo – If you’re learning how to speak Spanish this one’s a must read. While not every post has to do specifically with learning the language for the most part there’s a high signal-to-noise ratio here and some fresh ideas (e.g., 6 Reasons You Should Talk to Strangers in Spanish). Two thumbs up from this end!
#12 – Behind the Curtain – Stuart Jay Raj is the self-proclaimed “Language Guy” (interesting background article here). He backs it up with some very solid content and resources on his website. What can we say…the guys knows his stuff!
#13 – Dr. Goodword’s Language Blog – More linguistics than foreign language learning, Dr. Goodword is interesting to follow nonetheless. Reading this blog gives you an increased sense of appreciation for the richness of language (e.g., this recent post on rapeseed oil) which is an important thing for all aspiring polyglots to have.
#14 – Learning Spanish Blog – Another must-read if you’re learning Spanish, I’ve been very impressed with this blog. Totally awesome links, reviews and more. Plus, if you really want you can learn to swear in Spanish. ;)
#15 – Italian Language, Grammar and Usage Resource – Since I’ve offered up a couple of Spanish-specific blogs I’d be remiss to ignore my Italian friends. This blog has a ton of Italian lessons and even an opportunity to follow their word of the day via Twitter. Gotta love technology huh?!
#16 – Learn Japanese – One fo the best Japanese learning blogs on the Net, Learn Japanese is chock full of helpful hints on subjects ranging from flashcard usage to whether or not to take Japanese classes. A must-have for all of you learning Japanese. (UPDATE: The author of the blog has moved it to here.)
#17 – Keith’s Voice on Extreme Language Learning – Extreme Language Learning?! I like it. Posts on stuff like the Iversen Method and using YouTube to learn languages make this blog worth checking out, especially if you’re learning Kanji.
#18 – The Four Hour Workweek – This one’s a bit of a cheat because most of Tim Ferriss’s posts *aren’t* about learning languages but the ones he has posted (e.g., How to Learn (But Not Master) Any Language in 1 Hour) are very interesting and the comments tend to be well worth the read as well. Let’s hope Tim posts more on language learning in the future!
#19 – The Language Chronicle – Very good yet very broad. Everything from Zulu to Hebrew to Ahmaric can be found here. Lots of links here and other interesting stuff. This is a good blog to put in your feedreader and scan from time to time.
#20 – The Linguist Blogger – Not to be confused with #8 on our list, The Linguist Blogger is a solid collection of articles and links. It’s a blog that seems to be picking up a lot of steam, both in terms of quality and quantity of posts as well as comment activity. If this was a Billboard chart The Linguist Blogger would have a bullet by it. :)
#21 – All Japanese All The Time Dot Com – This one almost didn’t make the list but a couple of our commenters pointed out what a great blog this and upon further review it definitely deserves to make the list. Khatzumoto has a very inspirational story, learning Japanese in all of 18 months. I think you’ll definitely dig this one.
Thanks for bearing with me through all 21 and I hope you find these helpful. Also, don’t forget to check out and subscribe to our Resources Blog in addition to this blog. And as I mentioned before, please post comments and tell me about all the great language learning I missed!