Top 100 Language Blogs

It was brought to my attention today, via a comment, that my blog came in at #10 on a list of the top 100 language blogs at Lexiophiles.com. I’m honored. I never really expected my little language blog here to amount to much; that others find it useful makes me quite happy. Do check out the list; I’ve found some great stuff.

By |2008-08-07T20:33:50+00:00August 7th, 2008|All Entries, Language Geek Site Updates|5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Ramses August 8, 2008 at 9:13 am - Reply

    Congrats. Something I don’t understand is the fact that they didn’t add AllJapaneseAllTheTime.com. It’s a shame.

  2. Josh August 8, 2008 at 9:45 am - Reply

    Yeah, there were some language blogs that I love missing from the list / too far down the list (in my opinion). Also, not all of the blogs are really language blogs; I like Pick the Brain, and yeah, they’ve had a few language posts, but I still wouldn’t call it a language blog.

  3. David August 8, 2008 at 6:56 pm - Reply

    Hey, I just discovered this blog and I love it! Just like you I’ve started using Anki and I was wondering if you could upload your German deck. Many thanks!

  4. Josh August 11, 2008 at 8:42 am - Reply

    Hey David,

    Glad you like the blog. 🙂

    In regards to my Anki deck, I could, but I’m not going to. I’m not being difficult, let me explain:

    I don’t use multiple decks for my different languages. Regardless of what language it is, when a card is due, I want to review it. So, I just have one big “language” deck, with German, French, and (a little) Russian in it. Secondly, I never really intended to release my Anki deck to the public, so naturally, I didn’t worry about whether my cards would make sense to other people. Many of my cards have abbreviations in them that make sense to me, but probably not to other people; many cards also have personal cues, such as “the type of cabinets that we have in our kitchen”; helpful for me, but baffling to anyone who hasn’t been in my home! 🙂

    Lastly, I think making your own deck rather than using a premade one is inherently more useful. Even if you’re just typing in the words from a list in a book, something I’ve done quite a bit of, you’re *still* interacting with the material – you’re reading it and typing it! I think writing out words by hand is better than typing them, but typing them is still better than just reading them. So the act of making your own deck is, in itself, making you learn.

    I hope my response makes sense; please don’t think I’m just being greedy with my deck. 🙂 If I thought it would genuinely be helpful, I’d throw it up on the site, but I don’t really think it would be. I think most people who would try to use it would end up becoming frustrated with it, and move to making their own decks anyway.

  5. David August 12, 2008 at 7:33 pm - Reply

    Hey, that’s allright! My native language is Dutch (I’m from Belgium) and I had a lot of French/German/English/Latin in highschool. I just love language and culture! I know all the grammar well so it’s just a matter of improving my vocabulary. I’ve been working on a French deck in the last couple of days and you’re absolutely right, it’s much better to make your own rather than using someone else’s. I’ll go check for a German handbook to make my personal deck.

    I’ve also been thinking about learning Italian. I’ve been to Italy a couple of times and I love both the country and its language. Knowing quite some Latin will definately help me with the vocabulary. For now I’ve been using Rosetta Stone and I can count up to a hundred. Also, il bambino santando! 😀

    I’m going to university this year and I’ll definately study languages, but I’m not sure which ones. I love Asia, so eastern languages is definately a consideration (Japanese or Chinese). It would be great if I could travel through China and teach English for a couple of years. Who knows I’ll love it so much I’ll just stay there 😀

    Anyway, keep up the good work! In the meantime, I’ll keep checking your blog now and then 🙂

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