Do you have set schedule or do you learn languages spontaneously? How do you incorporate your target language into your daily life? Do you learn multiple languages within your agenda? Do you devote dead to learning your target language? Lately, I’ve been thinking about creating a set schedule to ensure I stay on track with my target languages.
Where Do You Write Down Your Schedule?
Do you write it down in a notebook or somewhere you could see it physically or do you keep it online? I used to use a Google Docs Spreadsheet with colour-coded entries for everything I had to do for that day. I have since neglected that schedule and now my language learning has been inconsistent. I enjoy devoting time to learn languages but maybe my schedule needs more specific activities in my target languages to keep me motivated. Being spontaneous can only get you so far.
What works best for you? Writing it down, keeping it online or in an app on your mobile device?
Is Failing To Plan Planning To Fail?
Perhaps the reason why many of us fail to learn a new language is not having a concrete plan. I feel that I would have made so much more progress when I had a schedule to follow. However, I know there are also people who don’t organise their time and are still successful. Are you one of those people? Or do you need some structure in order to get things accomplished. That’s why I love taking the italki Language Challenge because it holds you accountable to complete all your lessons so you can level up (as Moses McCormick(Laoshu505000) likes to call it!) to fluency.
How Do I Plan On Keeping My Learning On Track?
I am going to keep track of my progress in a notebook, on a note app on my mobile and in a Google Docs Spreadsheet. Will this keep my language learning more productive? I guess we’ll have to find out. This could also be great for planning a mini-language adventure in the upcoming months. I just feel like everything is a bit disorganised at the moment so I’m going to stay on track but keeping track of my dead time for learning languages. Like Khatzumoto recommends!
What Will Your Language
Mine will include doing lots of input (reading and listening) with lessons on LingQ, reviewing newly learned vocabulary through an SRS (Spaced Repetition System) with Cloze tests, dictation and multiple choice e-Flashcards (also at LingQ). Listen to music while learning new words and phrases from the songs. Find some engaging (e)books, articles from (e)newspapers, magazines, and niche related websites. Finally, take at least 2-3 lessons per month with a Community Tutor or Professional Teacher on italki as well as utilising the notebook feature for practising my written skills in my target languages. That way I have a good mixture of input and output (speaking and writing) to increase my language competence.
What do you think? Do you have a language routine that works for you? Do you do it so spontaneously that it’s second nature to you? I would love to hear how you stay on track when you learn languages!