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Language learning tools

In my opinion, having good tools for language learning is essential for success. I am hoping we could all share ideas of what some of our favorite tools for language learning are. Let me start with just a couple and let others jump in.

One of my favorites and probably obscure right now is sentence diagramming. In my my opinion, understanding grammar is essential and sentence diagramming assists in understanding the function of words within a sentence. By learning to diagram a sentence, one learns what is the subject of a sentence, the direct object, the indirect object, preposition, object of a preposition, verb, clauses, etc.

Flashcards - for vocabulary building. Feedback is immediate.

I'm curious as to what some of your favorite tools are for learning another language.

September 14, 2017



Not trying to be clever, but pen and paper works pretty well. Writing down notes, thoughts in another language, or some concept newly learned helps many people review, retain and recall the material.


May I add to this? For me, the act of actually writing by hand instead of typing with a keyboard really helps a lot.


For learning Spanish, I take courses from Spanish, the reverse course, read the stories, and use flashcards - all on Duolingo. Other places, I use memrise, I listen to Spanish music, I make notes for myself, I write in Spanish in a journal occasionally, and I read a Spanish bible.


I do very similar things but for Czech and reading material is a little more simple than the Bible :P but otherwise same :)


Yeah, actually, the only Spanish book we have in out house is a bible, so I don't really have a choice :)


Really big conjugation charts that I can see from all of the way across the room.

I used to put little note cards on things like "fridge" "cabinet" "counter" "plates" etc. But, they were small so, I often just overlooked them. The big posters, however, if I am sitting at the table and my eyes are just wandering, they end up wandering to the giant posters I made and I start to review them. :)


I diagram in English, and boy, does it help! As for Korean, one of my favorite methods that has been shown as successful so far is copying passages of Korean books and literature and then reading them aloud. For any word I don't know I use a good old Korean to English dictionary. This method of copying and reading really improves my writing, spacing, pronouncing, vocabulary, and even further understanding culture! ☺


I'm surprised no one has mentioned this one - community.

When learning German, my German abilities improved by actually listening/hearing native speakers. I felt my pronunciation improved drastically. Actually it helped so much when coming across phrases like "gar nicht" and "das geht nicht".

In learning ASL, I believe the local Deaf Community was absolutely critical. To actually viewing ASL with people in everyday life was essential in understanding ASL grammar - the use of space, facial expressions, timing, movement, etc.

Also, the use of community brings immediately feedback and reinforcement. Mispronounce a word, a quick correction and someone actually coaching on how to pronounce the word. Wrong hand shape, a quick demo of the correct hand shape.

Also, the smiles given by the community when one makes a point and it is clearly understood because of the community's assistance in one's learning - priceless!


my favrote tools to help me with french is probaly have to be the strengh to help me remember the words i know and they give you practice the words you dont know by going over them

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    I'd like to have some tool to record own voice, hear it back and compare it to some samples (from forvo, google speach, wikipedia ipa chart, youtube songs, or whatever)

    Has anyone seen such a tool?

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