Alaric Radosh is studying Chinese; besides the Chinese blog he uses to practice (brave man!), he’s started an English one in which he discusses techniques of language learning that have worked for him. I recommend it to anyone trying to learn a foreign language. (Via Brainysmurf.)
One remark in his very first post, “Suggestions for New Bloggers in Chinese as a Foreign Language,” astonished me: “Don’t worry too much about making mistakes in your Chinese posts. Your Chinese readers will enjoy pointing them out to you and ‘helping’ you with corrections.” What I would have given to have native speakers correct me when I was trying to learn Mandarin in Taiwan! But nobody would; it was all “You speak our language so well!” I guess there’s not so much concern over saving your face when it’s a long-distance blog relationship. Lucky Alaric.