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...)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.