All posts in "Language Learning Method Reviews"

Tuttle Learning Chinese Characters Review

By Language Bug / November 13, 2014

As all regular readers of the Mandarin project know, I started by originally intending to learn just the Chinese characters as my writing system. Eventually, I stopped and learned a hybrid of simplified characters and traditional characters. Still, the resource I used to learn those characters was Tuttle Learning Chinese Characters for the Beginner learner. This […]


Pimsleur Mandarin Review

By Language Bug / November 11, 2014

You have already heard of Pimsleur. In my Mandarin overview I told you how I used it. It’s a great resource. There are some drawbacks though. I hope this review will be a conclusive set of views on it. Pimsleur Mandarin: The Good Its great for showing you in practice what the Mandarin IPA is […]


5 Problems with Anki for Language Learning

By Language Bug / October 3, 2014

It’s not an exaggeration to say that practically everyone in the online language learning community uses Anki. For those who are unaware, Anki is a Spaced Repetition Program. What this means is that you have one side of an Anki “card” with a question, then click to find out the answer. This is done at […]


Language Learning Audio Programmes: A Review

By Language Bug / September 10, 2014

Most language learning resources come with audio CD’s. The quality of these language learning audio programmes varies. Before you bet all your money on the idea that a language learning audio programme will take you to C2 in three months, read this article to get an overview of the general pros and cons of language […]


Teach Yourself or Colloquial

By Language Bug / July 14, 2014

What are Teach Yourself and Colloquial courses? Teach Yourself and Colloquial are both study-at-home courses consisting of books and accompanying audio CD’s. We’ve written about both before individually, so read our articles for Teach Yourself and Colloquial for a more in depth introduction. Pros of Teach Yourself? It gives a solid grounding in basic sentences and […]


Assimil Language Learning Series Review

By Language Bug / July 11, 2014

Assimil is the ‘off-the-beaten-track’ version of the Teach Yourself series. It’s suggested as an alternative every so often. What is Assimil? Assimil is a French company, formed in 1929. Originally, the courses were for French speakers, looking to learn English. To this day, there aren’t as many courses with an English base as other series. That […]


Colloquial Series Review

By Language Bug / July 9, 2014

Colloquial is a similar set of books and CD’s to those you might find in “Teach Yourself.” In terms of our language learning method, Colloquial bridges the gap between step three and four. If you pull the course apart, you’ll get a lot of useful sentences, and if you use it will it’ll help you […]


Teach Yourself Language Series Review

By Language Bug / July 7, 2014

What is Teach Yourself? You’ve probably found Teach Yourself books at your local book store. They’re an incredibly popular resource and often a first point of entry for many language learners. (Teach Yourself Language series is part of a wider chain of books started in 1938, and is an imprint of Hodder and Staughton Publishers. This […]