Photos of Language Learning Notebooks!
Hi, it's me, again...
Yesterday I started learning Portuguese and the first what I learned was the alphabet and pronunciation. I have only written the vowels (open, closed and nasal) in my notebook. (I don't have the best handwriting of the world I know...) , but I don't want my notebook to become messy without any logic and where I can't navigate myself like in my French notebook: Because what you just saw, isn't called a notebook... It's called pure HORROR and I hope no-one will ever have it...
So that's the reason why I need photos of YOUR notebooks so I get inspired by you :) So please send me your photos! You would help me a lot with it!
Tips are welcome too:)
(maybe you'll get a lingot in exchange for them...)
An example of how I'm learning to write Arabic:
It's cut off at the top but I'm basically using this as a guide to write individual consonants/vowels and then I write it again the proper way (connecting everything and changing the letters accordingly).
You have a really nice handwriting and I think it's very easy to navigate in your notebook:)
Hey Jules, are you Dutch? The Dutch are brilliant at languages ':D
Now here's an idea for you to try to help you get organised...
First, number every page in your notebook at the top corner (on both sides)
Next, write the page numbers on the first pages of your notebook, one page number per line.
Then, split your notebook into sections that suit your learning style and make tabs with post-it notes so you can flip to it quickly as you work (for instance: 1. Phrases 2. Grammar 3. Vocabulary... things like that)
Now, every time you write something useful in your notebook you can add a brief description next to the page number at the front so it's easier to find.
- Yes, I am Dutch! I didn't know people look at the Dutch like that, but we get a lot of languages taught at school: French, German, English and of course Dutch. Some school even got Latin, Ancient Greek, Spanish or Chinese. I get tiny-mini lessons Arabic from my Marrocan French teacher because I'm so good at French (thanks to Duolingo!!!)
- Thanks for your help!
Mine is pretty simple. Each lesson has the vocabulary in the top 7 lines (room to add more during the lesson) of the page, and underneath the vocabulary are all the questions in the target language with translation. Each lesson usually only takes up one side of one page, except for the Gaeilge (Irish) because of the verbs having a ton of conjugation. But it is pretty simple.
I have a divider in the notebook for all the notes that come with each lesson (if there are any). I keep it pretty organized and always up to date (well, except for the notes, because I was halfway through several languages when I realized there were notes under the lessons. LOL
And more dividers for any info I get from other apps or videos and programs I learn from.
well, except for the notes, because I was halfway through several languages when I realized there were notes under the lessons
I admire everyone’s organizational skills. Jules, I like your colour coding system. Colour really helps me remember and learn things. (I wish there was option in tiny cards to coulour code text). I am so disorganized, I don’t keep notebooks. Sometimes I write things in random scraps of paper (usually if I need to cheat on an audio exercise in Irish) and then lose it. I have a very small notebook which I use to write down expressions that I come across in french or hungarian that I want to look up later (so that I won’t have to interrupt my reading for every word) but usually I just use whatever piece of paper is handy and lose forget about it after I have looked it up.
Hahaha, don't worry I'm not organized either, but when it's a real mess, I know that I need to do something about it:)
Oh, this isn’t a pen and paper notebook, but a duolingo tip, I have created a school (for one person, me) and opened a classroom for each language I am studying. I was surprised that I could just create a school for myself. (I am not a teacher) In each classroom/ language I can go to the curriculum and see all the tips and notes for every lesson in one place, no matter where I am in the course. I do all the lessons/practice regularly on the browser or app and can refer to the school anytime for reference. This handy tip was actually suggested in the intro tips and notes in french, and I find it so convenient. Now when I use duolingo online I always have one window open to my ‘school’ and one to the lesson, so I can conveniently reference the tips and notes any time, I can also reference the tips and notes easily if I just want to look something up. I highly recommend this system. (Because I am too lazy to write things down) oh, and just for fun I have named my classrooms Spells, Potions, Herbology and Divination.
Yeah, I also use Duolingo schools, but I just made a classroom where I am the teacher. I'd love it if my teacher would use Duolingo :)
Also, slightly off topic, but maybe helpful to anyone else who prefers writting by hand. I find I learn better by writting by hand than by typing but I am too lazy to keep a notebook so I installed a handy free app call MyScriptStylus on my ipad (I believe there are similar other ones as well). I love it because it works just like a keyboard that translates my handwritting into text, and it has multiple language settings, so it has pretty decent recognition. I love it because I can do my doulingo exercises while writting by hand.
Page 2: Personal Pronouns and regular verbs in the present tense: My dad's reaction when I told him that I'm learning Portuguese:
you should rather learn Spanish.
This is my pure horror:
Including a targeted exercising mode I've built:
Using the exercise mode for 10 minutes a day highly improves my ability to remember words. For Italian I've been able to keep up with excises resulting in the following stats:
Italian words in the list: 1257
Word I know well (have translated completely correct the last 3 times they were asked): 1100 (87.5%).
Recently added words I do not know well yet: 47 (3.7%).
Words I do not know well yet: 110 (8.8%). This number used to be lower, about 5%, 2 weeks ago before I switched to also use languages other than English as "from" language (more confusing).
Soon I'll add the same thing (/similar thing) for verbs - which I had already created in Excel in the past.
Digital word lists and notes are always better than written ones if you ask me, and if you want it on paper, you can simply print them.
Speaking for all the habitual notetakers out there, I feel I (almost) have an obligation to disagree ;)
Thanks. It's many done for functional reasons: brightness (white background) and big differences in brightness are bad for your eyes and brain, such as a deterioration of eye-sight and it making you feel tired. This comes with an extra - most likely correct - assumption that it (slightly?) improves your ability to learn.
I'm quite unaware of how exactly it looks like to others as I'm using both software and hardware (screen) color filters to which I've gotten used to.
Edit: damn, I just realized that the dark mode I had created for Duolingo in the past probably looks quite a bit worse for other people as I only took my software filters into consideration while creating it, RIP xD.
It’s really cool that you created a custom program for yourself. (I have no technical skills myself). For my eyes, I find screens that mimic paper (sepia tones) the friendliest (my ipad actually has a warm tones nightime setting), but I really like the dark screen because it just looks really cool! It seems you created your own personal language learning app.
Yes, I understand. At some point (after I've added the verbs part) I'm going to make a "public" version, mainly as a "proof of concept" kind of thing for Duolingo to potentially improve Tinycards / reviewing in general. Which could also reduce the "need" to make any kind of notes. Taking notes also helps your learning but it's inefficient.
I can't read a word of this, but it's really nice just to look at... to wonder at... to ADMIRE! 8-)
You have the prettiest and best handwriting of anyone I have ever met in my life.
Here's mine. Feel quite free to laugh at my terrible handwriting:
There are a lot more languages in there besides Korean, but Korean is the neatest in there (which is pretty embarrassing.)
i usually sorted mine whether if its a noun or a verb, then thats just it. i usually dont put the english translations so that my brain just translates on itself, and if i cant remember, i have to wait til i get home xD i do put the sentence examples for context though