All the tools I currently use.
The following are the resources I’ve been using all the time for improving whatever language I’m studying or maintaining at the moment.
- 🗣Italki (free $10 after first lesson). I cannot stress enough how awesome this resource is. I found teachers online who are way more affordable than other places I checked. Comparing the other languages with Italki this one is way cheaper. So I’m using it all the time to practice listening but mostly speaking. As some theories suggest speaking the target language from day one is the way to go. Of course I cannot focus only on Italki or I would spend all my money, which I would do with no regret 😛
- ♻️Glossika (free $5 after first purchase). I do a few repetitions every day! Many can get boring but I see the benefits of repeating certain lines that are highly use for 10 minutes a day or so. Definitely brings me closer to fluency.
- 📱Kindle. Reading for language fluency is an amazing tool. Kindle is essential for installing a dictionary on my target language and just tap on the word to see a definition or translation whenever I don’t understand something. I noticed such a difference when I started to read in English back in the days that I made reading my main focus to study any language. Kindle is the perfect tool for that.
- 📚Assimil. My favorite book series for teaching myself a language. Bidirectional with the language I’m using for learning it. The recordings are only in the target language and a perfect speed for a learner. It can be a bit expensive to purchase the audios plus de book, but the format of the printed material motivates me while learning. In addition I combine this with Anki as I explain in video.
- 🎯Freedom App. Basically I use this tool for blocking all my internet (computer and phone) in case I have to study languages. Block just the social networks or certain cites is also an option it offers in case I still need a site for translating or consulting information. The beauty of it is that once the timer is set and the session has started, it cannot be stopped till the time that has been put is over. It can be a bit pricey, but it’s only one time payment and it’s well worth it.
- Freedom. Basically I use this tool for blocking all my internet (computer and phone) in case I have to study languages. Block just the social networks or certain cites is also an option it offers in case I still need a site for translating or consulting information. The beauty of it is that once the timer is set and the session has started, it cannot be stopped till the time that has been put is over. It can be a bit pricey, but it’s only one time payment and it’s well worth it.
- Noise cancelling headphones. In this list I would include “rather quiet environment”, but the truth is that with this headphones with noise cancelling technology I don’t hear anything. They are the best for working and the best on the market right now. Their technology it plays such a huge difference of what I (don’t) hear. Pricy? Yes. But I believe the investment is totally worth it for all the productive hours writing and learning languages. If I’m writing I play a 8 hour song of jazz, techno or similar. In case I’m learning languages I use audio all the time so…
Since I started traveling around the world, I’ve tried all kinds of tool. From buying the cheapest and direct flight, till the perfect housing to live close to the main cities.
- Kiwi. When I have to buy a flight ticket, Kiwi is always the first site I go. Before they used to be called SkyPicker and besides the name they didn’t change much. They have the best algorithm I have ever used for that. I don’t know why, but the prices are usually cheaper than the official website from the flight companies. Also you have full flexibility, so if you are digital nomad or you just don’t care where to travel it’s the best site to use. You can select areas, countries instead of airports, wherever and many more.
- Seat61. I’ve never hidden how much I hate flying and that’s why my favourite way to travel is train. Six hours goes way faster than two on a plane. Unfortunetly the trains don’t have the same good connections and schedules if we compare them with flying. Seat61 has the best information about train traveling around the world. Very surprising how everything is up to date thanks to the passion of it’s creator.
- Airbnb (Free 30€). Mandatory for when I go to cheap countries. For example I lived in Romania and Croatia for 1 month each paying around 200€ thanks to the big discounts that the users have for booking one week or month. I wouldn’t recommend Airbnb for north countries since it’s going to be very expensive, but might be worth looking into it in case I’m not traveling solo.