Hi! My name’s Josh. I’m a 28 year old guy who has been somewhat obsessed with foreign languages for close to 15 years. I started out with bumbling through some French classes in high school. After that, when I was 15 or 16, while on a Braveheart obsession, I decided that I was going to learn Gaelic, using this fine book. I ended up not learning it all that well (okay, I gave up fairly quickly), but the seed was planted. I was onto self learning of languages.

Since then, I’ve dabbled in Latin, focused a lot on German, did some French courses (I love Assimil), am currently going through a Russian course (again), and have started on Spanish and Dutch. I have a severe case of language wanderlust, and I’m okay with that.

I tend to favor a more traditional approach to language learning – word lists, grammar, all of the stuff that people typically say “ew!” about. I use a lot of modern things as well, though, like Anki, iPhone apps, and podcasts. If it’s in one of my target languages, it’s fair game.


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  1. Hi Josh,

    My name is Rob Schultz and I’m the affiliate manager at Transparent Language in Nashua, NH. We’ve noticed your interest in the past in our BYKI product, and I wonder if you’d like to join our affiliate network, where you will be paid for any sales that result from traffic from your site? It’s free to join. Let me know what you think. I’m also available at “robattransparent” on AIM.


  2. Hi Josh,
    I like your blog and like you, I also love languages. Anyway, I thought you might be interested in the website/app I have just launched:
    My Language Notebook (www.mylanguagenotebook.com) is a free program that helps you to keep and organise notes on the languages you’re studying.
    You can use the program to make notes of sentences and longer texts, add translations and notes, and also record audio. You can also upload your notes to the site to share with other learners, and download notes made by others. There are already projects in a number of languages on the site – Spanish, Catalan, Romanian, Japanese etc. There are no German projects yet though, so you could be the first to upload one 😉
    All the best,

  3. hi josh,

    nice blog! congratulations!

    I wanted to introduce you to the project i´ve been working on because it might be relevant to you since you ´re a “language geek” 😉
    it´s called palabea, and it´s basically an eLearning community focused on language learning. So if you feel like, check it out. feedbacks are always welcome.

    best wishes from Berlin and keep up the good work!


  4. Hello Josh,

    We’ve developed an Instant Messaging application, called Meglobe, that also performs real time language translation and I thought you’d be interested in taking a look. It is web based and very easy to use, no bots or downloads are required to utilize the translation function and best of all it’s free.

    In order to address some of the problems associated with machine translation we’ve implemented a contribution function where users can make improvements to the translations Meglobe performs. These contributions are then used to teach Meglobe to learn to become a better translator.

    Feel free to take a look: http://meglobe.com

  5. Josh,

    Are you interested in doing a link exchange? If so, we could settle things by email. Just send a quick message to: ramses [at] spanish-only [dot] com


  6. Hallo Josh!
    I’m Julia =)
    I also study German now, wie geht’s ?:) and Russian ))) ??? ??????????:)
    If you are interested I’d like to advise you one good resource RussianOnWeb , me myself I use it for my learning, and it helps me a lot. Maybe here you’ll find something necessary for your studying 😉 http://russianonweb.com/courses
    take care ^^

  7. Hallo et Salut Josh. I admire your passion for learning different languages. If I could make a suggestion though, I really feel that it’s a bad idea to learn more than one language at a time. Doing this can actually make the languages your learning harder. I’m not trying to tell you what to do, just my advice 🙂 You’ve got a great blog!

  8. Hi Josh,
    I wanted to congratulate you on your blog and on the price you received for being th #10 blog for learning languages.

    I also share your interest in learning languages and have a blog myself. I have placed the link in case you want to check it out.

    All the best.

    Robert Padgett

  9. Dear Blogger,

    you are nominated for the “Top 100 Language Blogs 2009” competition. Congratulations! After last year’s success the bab.la language portal and Lexiophiles language blog are hosting this year’s worldwide language blog competition once again. We are confident to surpass more than the 350 blogs which entered the competition in 2008.

    We have made two major changes to last year:

    1. Due to the amount of blogs we have created categories.
    (Language Learning/Language Teaching/Language Technology/
    Language Professionals)
    You are in category Language Learning
    2. User voting will count 50% towards final score

    Voting will start on July 8, leaving you enough time to prepare your readers for the upcoming voting. Voting will close on July 27 and the winners will be announced on July 30.

    For more information on the 2009 competition and what it is all about visit [http://www.lexiophiles.com/english/top-100-language-blogs-2009-nomination-started]
    So now you may ask yourself what you can do. Here are some suggestions

    -Nominations are open until July 6, so feel free to share any blog you like with us
    -Each blog will have a one-sentence-description for the voting. If you would like a special description to go along with your blog, just send me an email [marc@bab.la]

    Kind regards,
    On behalf of the bab.la and Lexiophiles team

    Marc Lütten

    bab.la GmbH | Baumwall 7 | 20459 Hamburg | Germany
    Phone: +49(0)40-707080950 http://bab.la/
    Handelsregister AG Hamburg | HRB 101207
    Geschaftsführer: Dr. Andreas Schroeter, Dr. Thomas Schroeter, Patrick Uecker

  10. Hey, hallo, privjet and salut Josh,
    I’m astonished:) and so glad to see a person, interested in languages. (actually I’m learning the same plus few others). Don’t want to bother you,just thanks for this blog, I find it useful. Good luck!

    P.S.Just can’t understand that German is your favourite, it’s damn hard! though nice one:)

  11. Robert: Thanks for the link; I’ll add you to my blogroll.

    Marc: Thanks! I’ll definitely post about this.

    Barbe_Transformere: No bother at all. For a blogger, comments are like small prizes. 🙂

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