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Monoglot Anxiety

Learn German for free with the language blog that doesn't take itself too seriously. Written by an enthusiastic German learner with a flashcard addiction. Free Anki decks every month.

How to make better language flashcards by combining writing practice with spaced repetition

Write, get your writing corrected by native speakers, and turn your mistakes into flashcards

Elise Cutts

10-Minute Read

Picture of a woman's hand writing

Writing is one of my favorite ways to actively study German. It is great for vocabulary building and grammar practice, and in the absence of speaking opportunities, it is the only way to get practice with production skills. But beyond simply being a great way to practice on its own, writing is a key component of how I use flashcards and spaced repetition to learn German. In this post, I break down how to use writing practice to get more out of spaced repetition systems like Anki.

11 ways to practice writing in a foreign language

There are more ways to learn to write a new language than just responding to prompts!

Elise Cutts

12-Minute Read

A notebook and computer. This post goes through 11 ways to practice writing in a foreign language.

Learning to write in a new laguage can be intimidating, especially if you’re learning alone. Like speaking, writing is a productive skill which makes it impossible to learn passively. Reading will improve your writing, to be sure. But if you want to write, you need to write!

Is Duolingo bad?

Maybe, but it's still worth downloading. Here's why.

Elise Cutts

5-Minute Read

A duolingo golden owl trophy with a crack. Duolingo isn't perfect, but it isn't terrible either.

Is Duolingo bad? You’ve probably heard a lot of criticisms of this popular app if you’ve been hanging around language learning communities online. Duolingo gets a lot of flack, and there’s good reason for that. Nobody is going to reach fluency in a foreign language just by using a game app, and a lot of Duolingo users seem to think they can. Still, I think many critics miss an important point: Duolingo scratches the phone itch. And that’s no small thing.

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Learning German is hard. My goal is to help you do it without wanting to pull your hair out. This blog is full of free tips and resources for German learners that I've put together based on my experience teaching myself German. A lot of those tips are related to using Anki to learn German faster, and I post new free Anki decks every month. Click to learn more.

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