The All Language Resources team is comprised of language lovers from all around the world with different experiences and different reasons to love learning languages. Take a minute to learn about each one of us.
Although I started All Language Resources, the other members of our team are far more accomplished with languages than myself. Previously, I spent a few years living and traveling around Latin America, and eventually reached a fairly high level in Spanish despite doing most things wrong (i.e., assuming living abroad was the only thing necessary to become fluent).
I’m currently living in Beijing and sometimes feel guilty about not studying Chinese as much as I should. I really enjoy trying to constantly improve ALR so that it can be an invaluable tool for language learners. When I’m not working on the site, I’m often starting and abandoning side projects, playing games with my wife (It’s Mario Time!), reading outside if the weather is nice, or generally living what would look like a pretty boring life to most people.
Language Learning Tip: There’s no one-size-fits-all or ‘correct’ way to learn a language. It’s important to explore, have fun, and figure out what works for you.
Foreign languages have been a constant presence in my adult life. A degree in Spanish Language and Literature, an introduction to cubicle life as a project manager in a translation agency, several years teaching English as a foreign language, and the ever-growing list of countries I’ve lived in have kept languages and language acquisition steadily on my mind.
The foreign language I’m most proficient in, by far, is Spanish. I’ve also got a foundation in Italian, and have picked up survival-skill proficiency in Vietnamese and Albanian. I’m currently most interested in learning more Japanese, French, and German.
When I’m not obsessing over languages, I spend most of my time playing music — I have a habit of collecting instruments and fear it will never stop — as well as reading and seeking time in nature.
Language Learning Tip: Find a way to personalize your relationship with your target language! A pen pal, TV show, podcast, blog, news source, or YouTube channel that you’re genuinely interested in is a great way to get meaningful input.
After five tiresome years of secondary-school French, I was convinced that languages were not my thing. No way. They were boring, challenging, and it wasn’t like I ever used French anyway. A couple of Old English modules at university, while interesting, did little to persuade me otherwise.
But then I moved to Japan and threw myself into the world of kanji and conjugations. And in doing so, I discovered just how fascinating languages could be.
Fast-forward to today and I speak Spanish, study Basque, and as a digital nomad, am constantly trying to pick up the essentials of the language spoken wherever I happen to be that month. I make terrible Spanglish and Euskellano puns; geek out about the relationships between history, culture, and language; and wish I had enough time to pick up Japanese again and study Portuguese.
When not sightseeing or scribbling short stories in my target language, I spend my time dancing, writing about dancing, and hiking.
Language Learning Tip: Languages are hard, so have patience with yourself, don’t dwell on mistakes, and take pride in your achievements.
In Grade 4, I was expected to learn two new languages: French and Japanese. I processed nothing for the first month — my brain totally rejected the possibility of speaking something other than English. Then, my friend taught me how to say the date in Japanese, and something clicked. I realized that languages are a fun puzzle, you just have to put the pieces in the right places. That same day, to my teacher’s great surprise, I answered a question in Japanese correctly for the first time.
Since then, I have made several moves with the primary purpose of gaining fluency in different languages. I am now fluent in French, I can confidently converse in Mandarin, and I can communicate almost entirely in Spanish. At the same time, I am fascinated with the process of language learning and analyzing which techniques are the most efficient.
Language Learning Tip: Make sure to pair language learning activities with everyday habits — a podcast while doing the dishes, flashcards while eating breakfast, or maybe a book for winding down before bed.
Writing and learning languages have been part of my life since I was very young. During my school years, I studied French, Spanish, Irish, Italian, Latin, German, and Mandarin Chinese. I spent nights and weekends writing stories.
A few years after I earned my degree in foreign language studies, my life took a long detour into an IT career. Eventually, I found my way back to writing — this time, writing online content, primarily about education and language learning.
Most of my dream job here at ALR is writing “one-stop guides” for learning languages like Armenian, Bengali, and Croatian. I also help out with designing templates for ALR’s social media images.
In my free time, I enjoy music, reading, cat herding, and learning languages. Currently, I’m working on Esperanto, German, French, Romanian, and Welsh, with occasional forays into Irish and a few other languages.
Language learning Tip: Don’t be afraid to be silly when it comes to language learning. Find goofy, memorable ways to learn vocab and other essentials. Languages are a delight — enjoy playing with them!
I am not an enthusiast of language learning, I remember how hard learning Spanish in college because it was part of the curriculum I was enrolled in but because I was hooked on watching Korean dramas I am now actively learning Korean (because I have a very short attention span, watching and reading subtitles is pretty hard for me). I am still a beginner in speaking Korean and way far from turning off those subtitles but I can now read and write Hangul! A huge part of this is because of ALR, I edit every review so I get to read and compare language learning apps first hand!
When I am not watching Korean dramas, I’m usually in the kitchen cooking. I love cooking because let’s face it, eating is one of the best pleasures in life.
Language Learning Tip: Watch tons of movies and TV shows in the language you are learning!!
Hunter Van Ry
My language learning journey really started when I was in college when I pursued a degree in French. This experience has led me to live extensively in both Canada and France as well as study additional languages such as Spanish and German.
My main language goal is to perfect my skills in one language before diving too deep into another, no matter how long that takes.
When I’m not working with All Language Resources I enjoy creating websites, SEO and writing for my site Frenchplanations.com.
Language Learning Tip: Language learning is as much of a physical process as it is a mental one. Practice speaking as much as possible to build up muscles that you didn’t have previously.