Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Street-Smart Language Learning's most popular posts in 2010

As we head into 2011, I thought I'd take a quick look back at which 2010 posts you, the readers of this blog, read the most over the past year (well, actually since April when I added Google Analytics, but who's counting?). Without further ado, here are 2010's ten most-read posts on this blog:

10. Anki + RhinoSpike = Utter awesomeness: Copy and paste MP3's URL and Anki does the rest. An explanation of how Anki, a spaced-repetition learning system, can automatically add audio recordings from RhinoSpike or any URL to flashcards.

9. Rosetta Stone teaches Michael Phelps grammatical gender in genderless Chinese. One of my personal favorites, watch an eager-to-please Michael Phelps flub being a paid sponsor for Rosetta Stone.

8. Are high school students wasting time learning foreign languages?, covering a few articles on how ineffective high-school and college language learning is in the U.S.

7. Double your learning with practice + exposure as compared to practice alone, discussing the research that led to that conclusion.

6. Get audio recordings of any foreign language text for free, which explains how to get free audio recordings using RhinoSpike.

5. Getting to Grammar: Learn grammar through an ad hoc spaced-repetition system. An explanation of my ad hoc spaced-repetition system for learning grammar.

4. Use music, TV, movies, radio and the internet to ingrain your target language in your brain. A guest post by Susanna Zaraysky, where she explains some of the tips from her book, Language is Music.

And a drum roll for the top three, after the jump...

3. Language Hacking Guide review: Great guide for conversation, but no focus on reading or writing. My review of Benny's Language Hacking Guide, which I recommend but ding for not covering reading and writing, and list out new tips that I got from the guide, points where I agreed but would add more information, and the points where I disagree.

2. This is your brain on languages. An explanation of the graphic below, showing how a given piece of information in a language might get lodged into your brain.

1. Grammarly review: Most useful for advanced English learners, but has tough competition from free sites. My single most read post of 2010 was my review of Grammarly, a website that checks the grammar of English-language text. However, in this first-place entry, I've grouped together all of my Grammarly posts, detailing how I initially found their website scammy, my back-and-forth with Grammarly, their ultimate response to the issues I raised, and finally the giveaway of a year-long Grammarly subscription. Had I not grouped them together, Grammarly would have taken half the spots in this list, making it by far the most-read topic on the blog.

So that's a wrap for this blog in 2010. Happy new year everyone!


  1. #2 is really concise and comprehensive at the same time. Thanks for the link!

  2. "StudentTutor EN+FR" - moreVocabulary ( has been granted the "Famous Software Award" by
    The Famous Software Award has been initiated by to recognize "Famous Software", which come up with innovative and efficient ways to reflect the best relationship with users assuring their satisfaction.