It’s a new year which means there’s going to be several changes in the making to this website. Last year was a tough year for me. I’m not going to lie. I had so many things going on the last year. I’ve learnt so much this past year. It also gave me an incredibly harsh reality check that I was not willing to face. It made it incredibly difficult for me to stay consistent with learning languages last year. Although, I did begin learning a new language: Finnish! Which I will continue to learn into this year along with Japanese, German and Catalan. Without further ado, let’s go over my intentions for this year in terms of my language journey and this website:
Website Redesign+Possible Name Change
I’ve consistently kept the same design for this year and I’ve decided that I want to give this site a new makeover for 2017. Which means this website will be temporarily unavailable for a while. I have an idea of what I want this site to look like and I cannot wait to show off its new look. With that being said, I also feel that a rebranding is in order. That’s right. This site will no longer be called “Koko The Polyglot” after I finish redesigning the website. Why the name change? I no longer resonate with the nickname Koko anymore and feel it’s no longer apart of me anymore. I will obviously announce this change on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram so that nobody misses out hearing about this change. I have a few names in mind but ultimately haven’t made a final decision just yet.
More Videos on YouTube
I know I probably mention coming back to YouTube many times. But this time I feel like I need to really utilise this medium in the way I had originally intended to. Which was to practice and record my language progress in many languages. My return to YouTube will need to reflect that. This will mean that each video will have the purpose of either me practising the languages I’m learning, providing tips on learning languages, reasons to learn a particular language and occasional travel vlogs for when I travel to countries that the languages I’m learning.
Getting Better Organised And Pre-Planning Content Ahead Of Time
That’s right, I am going to be putting more effort into getting out consistent content on a regular basis. This means that many of my posts will have to be written ahead of time and scheduled. This will help me focus on what needs to get done but also have something available when I’m away on holiday, sick or feeling unmotivated to write a blog post. Last fall, I discovered an organisation system called: Bullet Journaling. Which is basically using a Leuchtturm 1917 or Moleskine notebook (you can use any notebook obviously but these tend to be most popular with this method), writing down all the tasks you need to do on a monthly, weekly, and daily basis. You can also use trackers and “spreads” for whatever you would like. I will be using both for tracking my progress in each of my languages. I probably won’t be showing off my bullet journal too much. But it’s definitely the most forgiving and customisable planning system to use. That I’ve seen anyway. What matters is that it works for me.
I felt so disorganised over these past 3 years that I had to find a way to bring it back into my life. Ever since August, it’s helped me feel less stressed and brought back a sense of control into my life that I felt I lost. Obviously, we can’t control everything that happens in our lives. That I know well. But I needed something to get me to stay on track with my goals and not feel all over the place. It’s also keeping me accountable with my goals. Meaning that I have nobody but myself to blame for not following through my goals.
The “Language Tools” and the resources for specific languages will be removed and replaced with a “Freebies” or “Free stuff” section where I will providing these resources as e-Books for everyone to download. This will also allow me to update and remove broken links from each section. This section will also have freebies for everyone to use. Not exclusively to just those on my email list. Although there will also still be exclusive content on for those on my email list.
Speaking of my email list, I will be switching over from MailPoet to another service. Once I’ve made the change I will announce it on social media so that way nobody misses out. It will also fix problems I’ve been currently having with MailPoet. That should be implemented within a month or so at most.
Workbooks, Lessons and Coaching Over Skype, Courses, Planners, etc
If you’ve been following me at all last year. You will know that I originally released a 30-page workbook called: The Ultimate Language Learning Journal. That’s been temporarily removed for the sake of being updated. The next version of this workbook will include extras to help not only keep you on track with your language goals but also provide ways to get you to stay motivated on your journey. I will also be including an exclusive language challenge included inside of it. More will be revealed once it’s been re-released.
If you were a previous student of mine, you may have noticed that I no longer tutor on italki anymore. That was a personal choice. It was originally supposed to be a short break for one month after my birthday in May. That ended up extending itself until August. By then, I had decided to leave italki (as a tutor, I am still there as a student, of course) and offer my lessons directly on my website. That ultimately was the plan from the get-go. This also means that there will be a way for you to schedule and book your session with me as well. It will help prevent confusion and potentially lost emails. Although, I’ll make sure there will be an email reminder
Lessons will be divided into the following categories:
- Conversational lessons- The primary focus of these lessons is speaking. If you’re just looking to practise your speaking skills these will be great for you. I recommend having a specific topic to speak about prior to the lesson to help the conversation flow more naturally.
- Structured lessons- These lessons will be based on your individual needs and will vary from student to student. I will provide the materials via PDF files. Please be sure that you can download PDF files during our session. If you cannot do so, let me know and I will provide an alternative for you. Each lesson will be based on content specifically relevant to the student. (Ex: How to order food in a restaurant, go shopping, discuss your hobbies in detail, popular songs, book a hotel room, and so much more) Grammar will also be referenced to help you see how the language is structured.
- Tourist/Survival lessons– The primary focus of these languages will surround checking in and out of a hotel or youth hostel, how to ask for directions, order food in a restaurant, and everything else you may need during your travels.
- Level: Each lesson will be organised based on your level in the language. This will make it easier to have lessons catered specifically to your level. This will help prevent my lessons from being too easy or too difficult.
- Trial lesson: These lessons are a “try it before you buy it” and are fantastic for getting to know my teaching style and will determine which level you are at and where you would like to go with your language studies. Trial sessions are free of charge and thus are limited to ONE lesson per student.
Speak, Speak, Speak!
This year I would like to practise speaking more often. When I did the Italki Language Challenge two years ago, I noticed how much my speaking skills have improved just after the challenge. This may allude to a personal challenge I will be revealing in the upcoming months to practise my German, Japanese, Catalan and Finnish. This will also be revealed when it’s ready to be known. I will also be practising my speaking skills during #IGLC or the Instagram Language Challenge hosted by Lindsay Does Languages. If you’re not already following me on Instagram, feel free to do so: @kokothepolyglot There may also be times where I will spontaneously practise languages outside of the challenge.
Blogging in My Target Languages
I would like to write more blog articles in languages that I’m currently learning to strengthen my written skills in my current target languages. I remember doing this regularly in Japanese for years but the problem was that I wasn’t getting corrections so I never actually improved my Japanese. Or least not as well as I would have like to. My aim is to write at least 2 blog posts that are just going be “language practice” blogs. I was inspired by Lindsay Does Languages when she did blogs practising her written Spanish. So I figured, why not do it with my Japanese?
Which languages are you learning for 2017? I look forward to what this year has to bring. I was originally planning on getting this blog post out a month earlier but life got in the way and it did not happen. So now here it is. Hope everyone has had a great start to 2017 so far.