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Ten Must-Read Blogs for Language Lovers and Learners

From looking up grammar guides to losing ourselves in vocabulary vortices, we’ve scoured the cyber woods of words to bring you a select list of blogs that discuss the many facets of the English language.


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Equal parts educational, engrossing, and entertaining, these influential blogs should be a friend to every avid reader, aspiring writer, public speaker, English learner, and word lover out there.


  1. Grammar Girl

    Grammar Girl has covered—and continues to cover—a vast number of grammar queries and, indeed, is often the first site that comes up for whatever grammar problem you type into your search engine.


    As a subsection of Quick and Dirty Tips, this blog’s appeal is its simple, understandable, and fun approach to explaining even the most confounding of questions regarding the English language. It’s the girl next door of the language world, if you will.


    The blog’s creator, Mignon Fogarty, “believes that learning is fun, and the vast rules of grammar are wonderful fodder for lifelong study.”


    Grammar Girl also has an accompanying podcast that has broken into the top 20 of iTunes, proving that grammar can be an enjoyable and engaging subject.


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  2. Grammarist

    If Grammar Girl is the approachable young instructor, Grammarist is the long-tenured professor—more formal and subdued, concerned only about giving facts straight and without frills. That said, it’s not less easy to understand.


    A signature feature on Grammarist are the “Versus” posts, where they clarify the differences between words that look and sound similar (e.g., “tanker vs. tankard,” “askew vs. eschew”) or words that sound as if they should mean the same thing but actually do not (e.g., “inhabit vs. habituate,” “brandish vs. brand”). Clearly, clarity is a concern over at Grammarist.


    The blog also regularly features posts on idioms, explaining not only their meanings but also their history and evolution, complete with examples from the most reputable publications.



    Grammarist Homepage


  3. The Paris Review Daily

    For readers hesitant about exploring the world of blogs for fear that they won’t live up to their discerning literary standards, the Paris Review’s daily blog is a must-see. Their contributors are well-regarded authors and journalists themselves, tastemakers of the literary world.


    The Daily, in a nutshell, is about writers writing about writing, about literature, and about art and culture in general, giving readers an insight into the mind of a writer. There are also regular features on book recommendations, writing advice, author interviews, and original creative works (including comics!), among others.


    But it’s not at all for humourless literati, as the Daily was game enough to host a little emoji poetry contest (theparisreview.org/blog/2017/08/18/emoji-poetry/). Of course, they did it on National Bad Poetry Day—with tongue firmly in their cheek. Nevertheless, it’s proof enough that not even the disciples of high-brow literature are immune to the new frontier of communication that is the emoji.

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  4. The Eloquent Woman

    If you feel like all your knowledge of the English language suddenly flies out of the window when you have to speak in front of a crowd, give the Eloquent Woman a visit. The blog creator, Denise Graveline, is a public-speaking coach who has worked with countless TEDx speakers, and her blog offers truly helpful insights for those who struggle with public speaking.


    Though the blog focuses on women and the unique challenges they face in their work environments, it offers generally handy advice to help people of all genders become better communicators, through columns like “Speaker Toolkit,” where Graveline shares public-speaking resources that she’s consumed in the past week.


    There is also the “Famous Speech Friday” column, where Graveline discusses a specific speech and dissects it to let her readers understand what makes a good speech good.



    Denise Graveline of The Eloquent Woman


  5. Vocabulary.com’s blog

    This blog, as a subsection of Fluent Language, is a user-friendly place to get resources on language learning, both for teachers and for learners.


    Beyond just pointing you toward worksheets, audio guides, and textbooks, the articles on the Fluent Language blog will guide you through all sorts of language-learning situations—even informal ones—like listening to foreign pop music, subscribing to podcasts, using exciting new language-learning apps, or finding a common linguistic ground with a partner who speaks a different language.


    Fluent Language emphasizes that while traditional educational materials form a solid foundation, learning a language is best done in the world outside the classroom.


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  6. Fluent Language Blog

    This blog, as a subsection of Fluent Language, is a user-friendly place to get resources on language learning, both for teachers and learners.


    Beyond just pointing you toward worksheets, audio guides, and textbooks, the articles on the Fluent Language blog will guide you through all sorts of language-learning situations—even informal ones—like listening to foreign pop music, subscribing to podcasts, using exciting new language-learning apps, or finding common linguistic ground with a partner who speaks a different language.


    Fluent Language emphasizes that while traditional educational materials form a solid foundation, learning a language is best done in the world outside the classroom.


    Fluent Language Blog

  7. The Linguist: Language Learning

    The Linguist is another place that language learners will find incredibly helpful. Steve Kaufman, who knows an impressive twelve languages, is the man behind the blog, and on it, he shares his thoughts and tips on language learning.


    The blog is a mix of educational posts, articles detailing language-learning techniques, news articles concerning language festivals and other such events, and a healthy dose of language-learning motivation and inspiration, with articles such as “How to Learn Any Language: 7 Tips for Staying on Task” and “Finding the Time to Learn a Language.”


    It’s quite easy to look up educational material anywhere on the Internet but harder to come by blogs that tell you how to deal with all that material without getting overwhelmed or losing focus. The Linguist understands that learning a language is difficult not just on the technical level but also in terms of maintaining interest and willpower. So whenever you need a little nudge to keep on with your language studies, give this blog a try.


    Steve Kaufmann


  8. The Write Life

    If you’re looking to crack the worlds of freelancing, marketing, blogging, and publishing, this is the blog for you. The Write Life’s content is geared toward writers who want to monetize their craft in an increasingly competitive market.


    Despite the name, this blog isn’t actually about the writing process. There are a few writing tips here and there, but for the most part, the Write Life assumes you can write, and it’s here to help you get your writing out into the world in a way that is profitable to you.


    There are numerous guides about how to pitch your book to publishers, how to start a blog and turn it into a viral success, how to manage huge freelancing loads, how to network with the right people, and how to make sure you don’t burn out amid all the writing and hustling you’re doing.


    If you find that you’re part of the growing number of millennials who think that constraining desk jobs are not suited to them, the Write Life is your guide to breaking out of that path and starting your writing career the right way.


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  9. Writer’s Digest: Editor Blogs

    If the online writing world is not your preferred career lane and you’re more into traditional publishing, then check out the Editor Blogs over at Writer’s Digest. Their contributors are experienced figures from the writing and publishing industry with honest and helpful advice for aspiring authors.


    This blog is especially helpful if you’re shopping for a literary agent, what with their regular “New Agent Alert” posts, introducing agents and the genres that they’re looking to pick up. There are also countless writing tips to help you sharpen your skills, whether you’re into fiction, poetry, or screenwriting.


    The most popular column on this blog, getting hundreds of regular commenters, is “Wednesday Poetry Prompts,” where, as the name suggests, poet Robert Lee Brewer gives readers a prompt, and they post their poems in the comments. It’s a good little writing exercise to challenge yourself with, and the commenting community is a pretty welcoming bunch.

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  10. Grammary

    You won’t expect an online proofreading service to provide anything more than, well, proofreading, but 1-Hour Proofreading, through its blog called Grammary, offers readers a wide variety of language-related content.


    Have grammar questions? Their “Grammar Chaos” posts have enlightening answers that tackle vocab queries, syntax problems, and punctuation confusion, among others. If your grasp of grammar is stellar but you’re in need of creative writing help, check out their “Writing Hacks” segments, where they dish out advice about characterization, world building, and so on.


    But Grammary isn’t just a hub of grammar and writing help. They also have author spotlights, TV reviews (of book adaptations, of course), and news about the world of language and literature.


    If going through the blogs on this list has inspired you to start writing your own blog, Grammary’s parent site, 1-Hour Proofreading, can help you polish your posts to perfection and help you land your blog on a list of must-reads like this someday.


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