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Spanish by Christmas: Gathering Books and Audio

Last month, I announced my goal to learn Spanish by Christmas. Over the last few weeks, I’ve ordered books and CDs, and downloaded decks and audio files. Find out what it actually looks like to start studying a language on your own.

Your Mouth Is a Precision Instrument: Learning the IPA

I’ve been talking my whole life, but never been aware of how my mouth actually makes these sounds. Now, the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) is revealing the hidden, intricate precision of how my mouth constructs thousands of sounds per day.

I'm Learning Spanish by Christmas

I’ve wanted to learn other languages for as long as I can remember. But wanting doesn’t get you far. Neither does making big Anki vocabulary decks that have critical flaws. But thanks to my recent finds in both language learning and self-motivation, my time has come. I’m learning Spanish by Christmas.

Learn Languages Like an Opera Singer, With Anki (And More)

Opera singer Gabriel Wyner offers a new, four-part method for learning languages amazingly fast. One of those parts is flashcard review with Anki – but only one.

Free Anki Flashcards: How to Download Shared Decks in 5 Easy Steps

Many people offer their flashcards as free shared decks. You can download these decks, and skip the hassle of typing up your own cards. Language vocabulary is especially popular. Always check for a shared deck on your topic.

Anki: Quickstart Guide

My favorite flashcard program is Anki. It’s open source and free, and here are the basics you need to know to start using it right know.