Made a new video yesterday and some of you might have already seen it!
When learning a foreign language, one of the hardest part (at least in my opinion) is creating a routine or a system that you are comfortable with. What do I mean by a system? Here’s some points to consider
- What books to use?
- What to concentrate on? – grammar, listening, speaking etc
- How to organize your studying – Anki? Flash cards? Online notebook? A physical notebook each for grammar and vocab? …
- What to write in your notebooks
- How to review your studying
And the list goes on. Personally, I’m a person of routines (at least in language learning). I need to feel comfortable and settled in and feel organized. This doesn’t mean I stick to one routine and never change or improve. And it doesn’t mean that you don’t continue to challenge yourself. I change my routines too. I concentrate on different areas (grammar, vocabulary) at different times and I read from different fields at different times.
But I still have a very basic way of organization that I stick to. And it works well for me.
When I first started taking up Japanese a little more seriously, I feel overwhelmed and unsure of where to start because I lack a system / routine. I have a few books in front of me and an empty notebook. But I’m not sure what to approach first and how to do it.
It takes time and loads of experimenting to find a system that you are comfortable with. It took me awhile for both Japanese and Korean. I got a little more lucky with Korean though.
I’m now at my 7th notebook for Korean and I can see how much I’ve progressed over the 4 years. From my childish blocky Korean handwriting and loads of English in the first notebook to an almost Korean-only 7th notebook – it puts a smile on my face.
Looking through my notebooks reminds me of all the hard work I have put in and how it all paid off in the end.
Perhaps I will make a video to show you guys the progress of my 1st to 7th notebook 😀 That is if anyone is interested >.<