Pimsleur is one of the most popular self-study language learning programs on the planet. The system was developed by the late Dr. Paul Pimsleur, an applied linguist, university professor, and a founding member of the ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages). The Pimsleur Approach promotes three core principles: ① Anticipation & Active Recall, ② Spaced Repetition, and ③ Core Vocabulary (approximately 500 new words per level).
Podcasts are one of the best tools for language learning: ① they are usually free, ② they cover a diverse range of topics, ③ they enable automatic syncing of new content to your device, ④ they strengthen your listening skills, and ⑤ they allow you to learn as you commute, walk, do chores, etc. There are dozens of good podcast apps to choose from, but I think that the Overcast app is currently the best option available on iOS. For Android, try out either Google Podcasts or the Spotify app.
Glossika is a website and an app developed by polyglot Mike Campbell to help you master vocabulary and grammar in context. Based on your level, interests, and performance, Glossika's algorithm will automatically repeat carefully curated sentences at just the right time to optimize memory. Every phrase includes high-quality audio recorded by a native speaker, and can be practiced in a variety of exercises to strengthen your listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.
LingQ (pronounced “link”) was co-founded by Steve Kaufmann, a polyglot who's learned 20 languages using the same input-based method the app is built upon. Learn vocabulary and grammar in context using either lessons from their extensive library or importing your own content from blogs, news sites, YouTube, Netflix, etc.
The free Kindle app lets you improve your reading skills on any device (iOS, macOS, Android, Windows, etc.). Or get a purpose-built e-reader like the Kindle Paperwhite to reduce eye strain. leverage the power of the built-in dictionary to quickly look up new words. Get the same title on Audible to follow along as you read and boost your listening skills.
Readwise Reader is a powerful read-it-later app that consolidates the functions of multiple apps in one tidy package. With the app and browser extension, you can save and highlight a wide range of digital resources, including online articles, Twitter threads, PDFs, EPUBs, newsletters, YouTube transcripts, and more.
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