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Learning Flemish-Dutch in 100 Days: A Language Learner’s Journal

Language Learners Journal Founder Trisha Dunbar

Hoi there, in September 2019 my language project was to learn Flemish-Dutch in 100 days! Going from an absolute beginner to being able to introduce myself and order food.

Dutch is spoken by around 23 million people. It is a Germanic language at the heart of Europe. Spoken in the Netherlands (Holland) and Belgium. Flemish is the Belgian variant of Dutch and is spoken by over 5 million people in Belgium and parts of France!

Over the last few years, I’ve undertaken a number of language projects including…

  • Icelandic Basics (2016) in 28 Days – (Success).
  • Exploring Scots (2017/2019) in 28 Days – (Failed x2).
  • Spanish in 90 days (2017)- with the goal of having a 15-minute conversation with a native speaker. I managed 20 minutes PLUS a Facebook LIVE! (Success – goal smashed!).
  • A Year of Mandarin 2019 – I’ve had a 15-minute conversation in 2018, but the ultimate goal was for 30 minutes in 2019 of conversation time – I made 28 minutes (so close)!
  • 100 Day Dutch (2019). To go from an absolute beginner to being able to introduce myself and order coffee (Success).
  • Swahili (2020) – LangJam Weekend Challenge (Success).
  • *New – Another 100 Days of Dutch (2020) – In the hope to get to a comfortable B1 level.

During each challenge, I’ve documented my personal language learning journey on social media to inspire and (hopefully) help motivate other language learners. I also wanted to freely share the resources I have used with others.

For this challenge I want to demonstrate…

  • What you can achieve in just a minimum of 15-30 minutes consistent study a day over 100 day period.
  • Prove that you don’t need to move to a country to learn the language!
  • Demonstrate that you can learn a language independently and without breaking the piggy bank.

Why Learn Dutch?

Simon Dunbar, Bruges

More often then not English is spoken better in Europe than by UK natives! So if that is the case why bother!?

During my last trip to Belgium just saying things like please and thank you seemed to earn me the respect of the locals and they appreciated me trying.

As Holland and Belgium are my favorite places to visit I’ve been feeling for some time now that learning Dutch would be of great benefit to me – even if it’s just to read the menu without a double-take.

The Goal for 2019 Project: To learn to speak and read in Dutch to A1/A2 cusp level within 100 days, so I can have conversations with the people I meet – in Dutch – and make sense of the menus!

The Goal for 2020 Project: To recap on A1/A2 level and move towards an intermediate understanding of Dutch within 100 days, so I can have more in-depth conversations in Dutch.

The Starting Line (2019 Project)…

I was an absolute beginner in Dutch, but I aspire to be at a B1 ‘cusp’ level. Given my native language and knowledge of other Germanic languages, I feel this is challenging, but not unrealistic.

Goal setting is really important in language learning and I will have a plan in place because “You will never reach your destination if you don’t know where you are going!”

Further Reading Dutch in 100 Days 2019 Project – In the Beginning… * Dutch in 100 Days Project – The Midway Mark

The Plan (2019 Project)?

To set aside a minimum of 15-30 minutes of consistent study time per week for the next 100 days. I’ll spend the first 10 days listening to materials and building vocabulary. Then I will move on to reading and writing before speaking.

I’ll be documenting the whole thing via my blog and on social media and post updates every 25 days. I’ll be working in blocks of 25 days.

Prep Week

To take a placement test to determine my current level of Dutch (done). To learn 1000 most common words in Dutch and complete the mini-review tests and exams. Then retake the placement test to see what progress I have made.

Block 1 : Greetings and Survival Phrases

  • The input method through audiobooks, podcasts, and vocabulary builders.
  • Work through the ‘Learn Dutch’ modules.
  • 15-30 minutes study per day.

Block 2: Dutch Grammar and Reading

  • Start to speak and read in Dutch.
  • Continue to work through the ‘Learn Dutch’ modules.
  • Increase study time to 30-45 minutes per day.

Block 3 : Getting Conversational

  • Book some lessons with professional tutors.
  • Find a Dutch-speaking study buddy to speak with!
  • Continue with the input method.

Block 4: Wild Card and Final Review

Resources for the 2019 Project

I’ll be using all of the resources on Parleremo. This free language learning platform is packed with useful tools and materials. This will mean that I do not need to waste time searching the web.

I’ll also be taking part in the Parleremo Language Marathon to help keep me motivated whilst learning Dutch. Many challenges tend to use Facebook Groups, but what I like about this challenge is that it is hosted on the Parleremo platform. It has a wide range of tools and resources in 35+ different languages to help build a consistent study routine within a very supportive language learning community!

I have invested in the Dutch in Three Months Course from DK and the Lonely Plant Dutch Phrasebook, which is available on Amazon.

UTalk is one of my favorite resources for learning languages. It uses verbal, visual, and fun exercises to teach languages. A fabulous free alternative to this is LingoHut.

Not to forget that I’ll be using Duolingo and Memrise to build my vocabulary.

Finally I’ll be checking out the Learn Dutch course and Dutch Pod 101

You can check out my progress on…

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Please leave me your comments below, as I’m very keen to hear from you about this project and any resource recommendations!

The 28-Day Language Journaling Challenge

ABOUT THE CHALLENGE:

The 28-day language journaling challenge (#langbujo) from Language Learners Journal has daily suggested prompts and even some fun activities to enable you to take personal responsibility for your own language learning, whilst spreading a little kindness, self-care and wellbeing into your daily studying routines too.

Following a set of prompts, we can journal in our target language to our heart’s content, sharing our progress and supporting other language learners along the way!

Through daily journaling and reflection my hope is that we will start to see real progress being made in our language learning and wellbeing.

THIS MONTH’S THEME: Common Coversation Topics!

The challenge prompts are completely open to interpretation and creative flare. 😍

Here’s how the challenge works

Each month, a new #langbujo challenge graphic will be posted onto the blog, Instagram, Twitter and within our private Facebook Group.

This graphic will contain daily journaling prompts that you can use as a guide.

ON INSTAGRAM:

  • Follow me (@languagelearnersjournal) to be sure you don’t miss the monthly prompts.
  • Share the challenge graphic on your own feed to spread the word.
  • Join in by posting a photo of your daily prompt answers using the hashtag #LangBuJo and tag @languagelearnersjournal.
  • Search the hashtag (#LangBuJo) and engage with others by liking, commenting, and asking lots of questions.

ON FACEBOOK:

  • Join the Self-Development Hub from Language Learners Journal.
  • Check out the pinned ‘Album’ post to see the current month’s challenge graphic.
  • Join in by posting a daily journal photo of your prompt answers using the hashtag #LangBuJo and tag @languagelearnersjournal.
  • Engage with others by liking, commenting, and again asking questions.
  • Don’t forget to like our Page too!

ON TWITTER:

  • Follow me (@languagelj) to be sure you don’t miss the monthly prompts.
  • Retweet the challenge graphic on your own feed to spread the word.
  • Join in by posting a daily journal photo of your prompt answers using the hashtag #LangBuJo and tag @languagelj.
  • Search the hashtag (#LangBuJo) and engage with others by liking, commenting, and asking questions.

Prompts are completely open to interpretation so there is no ‘right‘ or ‘wrong‘ way to participate. Also, don’t worry if you miss a day… just pick up from where you left off!

Although new prompts will be made avaliable towards the end of each month you don’t have to wait to the start of the month to begin, join in today!

Language Learners Journal will share our favorite journal pictures on social media and in our monthly newsletters.

Happy Journaling! ❤️

PREVIOUS PROMPTS:

A Year of Chinese Mandarin…

This year Language learners Journal Founder Trisha Dunbar will be focusing on Chinese Mandarin. Although there are a number of different Chinese dialects including Cantonese and Shanghaiese. Mandarin is the most spoken language in the would with 1,000,000,000+ speakers and rising. It forms part of the Sino-Tibetan language family.

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Learning Chinese Mandarin means that you will be using both the right and left sides of the brain!

The language has four tones, plus a neutral one. Getting the tones right is an important factor…

… it can make all the difference between referring to your mother as a or ( – meaning a horse)!

A language without an alphabet!

Chinese has no alphabet! It is made up of a series of characters.

To help western society better understand there is the Pinyin system. This helps to spell out the sounds of Chinese using Roman letters. It is used as a helpful written aid to guide Chinese pronunciation.

You can follow Trisha’s journey from a false beginner to HSK 2 and beyond on Twitter and Facebook or Check the Mandarin Board on Pinterest.

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10 reasons to learn Mandarin Chinese

  1. Mandarin is the most spoken language in the world. If you can speak it then you can communicate with nearly a billion people worldwide!
  2. China is an economic superpower and a major trade point.
  3. China has a fascinating and rich history and culture.
  4. It is easier than you think! There are no verbs, plurals, tenses, subject-verb agreement, OR conjugations.
  5. Chinese could be regarded as one of the most logical languages in the world!
  6. Speaking and reading in Mandarin Chinese is a great workout for the brain as it uses both the left and right hemispheres!
  7. The Chinese love to hear Westerns ‘attempt’ to speak their language and can be very supportive in helping you learn.
  8. Traveling or doing business abroad? As well as China, Mandarin is spoken in countries such as Malaysia, Taiwan, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Brunei, Philippines and Mongolia.
  9. Make new friends! Learning Mandarin gives you access to communicate with many people and connect on a deeper level, not just in Asia but across the world! Almost every major Western city has a growing Chinese community within it. Being able to communicate with those in your neighborhood and exchange students at your local university will help to connect communities, as well as foster lifelong friendships.
  10. Self-development. Being proficient in Mandarin will certainly boost your CV and make you stand out among against the many other applicants. Even if you don’t actively need the language for work it shows that you have commitment, focus and an understanding of another culture.

Recommended Resources

Here are my most highly recommended resources for learning Mandarin Chinese. The resources below have played a crucial role to my own learning of this beautiful language.

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step;  Chinese: 千里之行,始於足下; pinyin: Qiānlǐ zhī xíng, shǐyú zú xià.”

Lao-tzu, The Way of Lao-tzu Chinese philosopher (604 BC – 531 BC)

Italki – is an excellent resource and one that I regularly use to help me learn languages via Skype lessons. These lessons offer flexibility that fits perfectly into my busy lifestyle. Lessons can vary in price but start from about $5 for a 30 minute session. Register using this link to receive an additional $10 in credits after you have complete your first paid lesson!

uTalkuTalk is one my favourite resources for learning languages. It uses verbal, visual and fun exercises to teach languages increases your chance of success. Their tried and tested products work by stimulating both sides of the brain at the same time – the visual memory (right brain) and verbal (left side). This dual-coding improves recall and learning dramatically. Adding fun to the mix helps release the neurotransmitter chemical dopamine which keeps you motivated and improves memory recall. A fabulous free alternative is LingoHut.

Easy Peasy Chinese –This book and audio CD (Amazon) is a fabulous resource for beginners and will help you get to grips with speaking, writing and understanding the basics of the language in no time.

The Chineasy Range – An excellent resource for visual language learners. From books to flashcards and even board games. I have used this range to teach my own family Chinese. check out the full range on Amazon.

HelloChinese – Learn Chinese via this awesome app which is similar to Duolingo. There is a paid element, but the free content will enable you to grasp the basics via gamification methods. Although I don’t recommend using this app alone as it is not a replacement for real conversations. It is however a welcome and fun boost to vocabulary and learning the sounds of Chinese.

Learning Chinese? Let us know in the comments section below what resources you are currently using.

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10 Ways to build better habits that will improve your life.

There is a misconception that it takes 21 days to form a habit. In reality, forming a habit depends on the individual and the changes that one wishes to make. The misconception stems from a plastic surgeon called Dr. Maxwell Maltz.
Back in the 1950s, Dr. Maltz observed a  pattern emerging from his patients. It seemed on average it took a minimum of 21 days for a patient to readjust and accept the life-changing surgery that had altered their appearance. This observation left Dr. Maltz to question his own experiences.

“These, and many other commonly observed phenomena tend to show that it requires a minimum of about 21 days for an old mental image to dissolve and a new one to jell.” – Dr. Maxwell Maltz (1960), Psycho-Cybernetics.

However, here is how the misconception started as over the years self-help gurus have misquoted and shortened the minimum of 21 days to the belief that it takes ‘only‘ 21 days to form a habit! This is simply not true and habit formation depends on many different factors.
The author of The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg wrote that habits are not born, but created. Every bad, good or insignificant habit starts with a psychological pattern that he referred to as a “habit loop.”
This “habit loop” is a three-fold process.

  1. The first step is the trigger that tells your brain to acceptance of certain behavior.
  2. The second step is the behavior itself, or the routine it creates and finally the
  3. The final step is the reward, or “something that your brain likes that helps it remember the ‘habit loop’ in the future.”

ACCEPTANCE + ROUTINE + REWARD = HABIT 

 Recommended Reading:

Psycho-Cybernetics, A New Way to Get More Living Out of Life

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

Mindset: changing the way you think to fulfill your potential. 
65 Inspiring challenge ideas to improve your life…
Bookclub 1

How long does it really take to build a new habit?

A Research study conducted by Dr. Phillipa Lally (2009) concluded that on average it took 2 months (66 days) for a new behavior pattern to become automatic and the participants to start seeing noticeable results.

“To change a habit, make a conscious decision, then act out the new behavior.”  – Dr. Maxwell Maltz

20 odd days to accept the new behavior pattern as observed by Dr. Maltz, a further 20 days to build a routine and finally 20 days to ensure you are rewarding the brain for the new routine it is establishing.
Get the ball rolling for forming a new habit with community support from the Parleremo Language Marathon The 100-day challenge focuses on one goal for a minimum of 15 minutes per day for 100 days. This walks you through the ‘habit loop‘ to ensure you are not just setting better habits to achieve your goals, but you are starting to see noticeable changes in your life.
Are you up for the challenge?

10 ways to build a new habit…

silhouette photography of people near body of water
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1. Stop with the Self-judging

Research shows it can take months to build a new habit NOT weeks. So don’t be hard on yourself if you are not seeing the desired benefits straight away. 21 days is merely the point of acceptance and recognition. Push past this phrase to see success.

2.  Let go of perfectionism

It is worth noting that making a mistake once or twice has no measurable impact on your long-term habits. This is why you should treat failure like a scientist, give yourself permission to make mistakes, and develop strategies for getting back on track quickly!

3. Get into a daily routine

Your brain loves routine and habits are more likely to take effect if you work on a good daily routine. You will need to stick at this routine for a minimum of 66 days before it starts to become automatic.  So choose a time that you can stick to on a daily basis.

4. Discipline over motivation

There are a lot of articles on improving motivation, but this can be another misconception. The most successful of people will tell you that it is a discipline rather than motivation that initially drives them. They continue even when motivation is low. Discipline drives motivation so by pushing through the difficult patches it will help motivate you in the future.

5. Learn to love the process

Remember habits are a process rather than a goal with a deadline. You need to embrace and enjoy the process.

6. Breaking goals into small chunks

New habit formation will work best when you set small manageable daily or weekly goals rather than focusing on everything all at once! Focusing on the bigger picture can sometimes feel overwhelming especially in the beginning.

7. Stop paying attention to negativity

Don’t pay attention to the negativity of others when forming a new goal. What they are really revealing is how they feel about themselves. Equally, it’s your own choice if you listen to your own negativity or choose to push pass this. The most successful of people accept this is a stage that we all go through when building new habits and have learned through experience that it will pass.

8. Don’t focus on the number

21/66/ 100 they are all but numbers, love the process and reflect upon your progress at regular intervals. Not making the progress you want? Reflect on goals and pivot if you have to just don’t give up!

9. “If we always do what we have always done, we will always get what we have always got“. – Henry Ford

If we keep doing the same things we will always get the same results. If you want to form a new habit then you must embrace change.

10. Get Accountable for your actions

I read a blog post once that said keep goals to yourself, actually, the opposite is true hold yourself publicly accountable for your goals. You never know who might be able to help you or inspire you to continue when you feel like giving up.
Join the Parleremo Language Marathon where you choose to focus on one language for 15 minutes per day for 100 days with full support from an awesome community of goal-getters.

What new habit would you like to form? Let me know in the comments section.

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65 inspiring ideas during lockdown

65 Inspiring challenge ideas during lockdown

You can make a massive difference to your life without having to spend lots of money in only 15 minutes per day.
This blog post presents you with 65 different challenge ideas to inspire your life during the lockdown period.

65 Challege ideas

1. Learn a foreign language by practicing for as little as 15 minutes per day for the next 100 days.

2. Give a compliment everyday for the next 100 days.

3. Draw or paint a picture everyday for the next 100 days and build a portfolio.

4. Write in a journal for the next 100 days.

5. Exercise daily – doesn’t mean joining a gym!

6. *Give up alcohol for 100 days and research ways to detox.

7. Give up watching TV for 100 days and use the extra time to find a new hobby.

8. Listen to a different song everyday for 100 days.

9. Spend 3 – 15 minutes just focusing on your breath every day!

10. Take time out each day to observe your thoughts without judgement and note your mood.

11. Take a photograph & add some effects to it… every day for the next 100 days.

12. Work on writing a story or song 15 minutes per day for 100 days.

13. Grow your vocab – learn 10 new words a day!

14. Teach others something new every day.

15. Think of your worst habit that you’ve been meaning to ditch and work on giving it up over the next 100 days.

16. Do some gentle stretching exercises for 15 minutes everyday for the next 100 days.

17. Do some yoga everyday for the next 30 days.

18. Read an inspirational and motivational blog a day…extra kudos if it is in a language you are learning!

19. Write a blog post everyday for the next 30 days!

20. Spend 15 minutes a day repeating positive affirmations and practicing positive thinking.

21. Keep a laughter journal. Write down one thing a day that really made you laugh.

22. Work on those abs – Do 50 sit-ups a day.

23. Scribble or write some quotes on the back of a postcard everyday for the next 30 days.

24. Prepare or cook something healthy everyday for the next 30 days.

25. Cycle for at least 15 minutes everyday for the next 30 days.

26. Keep a worry journal, rate worries from 1 – 10 and write a solution for the main worries. Notice any patterns occurring? Note these down too, along with an action plan.

27. Write and reflect upon a gratitude list for the next month.

28. What have you always wanted to do but never have? Write a bucket list and spend the next 30 days completing as many items from it as possible – rge ones you cannot do add to a wishlist for when lock down ends. #BucketList

29. Take up knitting or crochet. Random I know, but knit or crochet an item a day!

30. Don’t bitch OR moan or saying ANYTHING negative about people for the next 30 days!

31. Live on a really strict budget for the next 3 months days and save some money!

32. Wake up at 5am to do 15 minutes meditation every morning.

33. Spend 15 minutes every morning playing devils advocate with yourself to challenge your own beliefs.

34. Face a fear!  Push yourself out of your comfort zone and work on a phobia for the next 3 months days.

35. Spend 15 minutes learning to love yourself.

36. Learn a new magic trick everyday of lockdown.

37. Plant a flower a day — in your garden or at random places once lockdown ends.

38. Write a motivational quote on a sticky note everyday for you guessed it the next 30 days and pop them in random places, such as in books or on trees!

39. Business owner? Work on your social media marketing for at least 15 minutes per day everyday for the next month.

40. Get you and your friends to write down cool ideas for things to do and put them in a hat and pull out a different thing each day for the next 30 days.

41. Can’t draw? Then practice every day – record your progress in a sketchbook and post on social media, prepare to be amazed with the results!

42. Learn to play an instrument i.e. the ukulele, flute, guitar…

43.*Stop smoking over the next 100 days. If you need some support check out this awesome NHS site. #SmokeFree.

44. Learn something new…

45. Make a patchwork quilt.

46. Research a different culture, religion or philosophy every week of lockdown.

47. Read about a different period of history every week of lockdown.

48. Do one thing each day that makes you feel inspired.

49. Revamp/declutter your house!

50. Deep clean, sort and tidy your home by focusing on one small area everyday dor a month.

51. Spend at least 15 minutes in nature whether it’s your garden, a park, the countryside or the beach. Due to lockdown restrictions this may not be possible, but pick a place on Google World and go visit, better still have a VR?

52. Go caffeine free for 30 days.

53. Ditch social media sites for 30 days, or limit yourself to just 15 minutes per day.

54. Spend 30 days as a vegetarian or vegan

55. Do at least 1 random act of kindness everyday.

56. Visit a new website/blog everyday.

57. Read a chapter of a book. Finished the whole book then start a new chapter of a new book!

58. Ditch your car and walk to the local shops – if safe to do so.

59. Be positive for 30 days straight even if things go wrong, focus only on the positives.

60. Change sleeping patterns i.e. go to bed earlier or wake up earlier and stick to those times EVERYDAY for a month (even on weekends, sorry).

61. Spend 30 days fundraising for a charity or promoting a good cause.

62. Grow those brain cells… Do a brain training puzzle everyday,  like sudoku, crosswords or  Lumosity puzzles for 15 minutes per day, everyday for the next 100 days.

63. Reflect upon and write down something you love about your partner or a close family member every day and give them the list after your 30 day challenge ends.

64. Read or write a poem a day.

65. Dance or sing everyday — whether you’re good at it or not.

BONUS. Used to doing lots of things and rushing around? DO ABSOLUTELY NOTHING for 15 minutes, everyday for the next 30 days!

Thank you for reading this post. I wish you all the best with whatever challenge you decide to do over lockdown.

If you decide to try out any of the challenges mentioned then please keep in touch or share your progress on social media with the hashtag #LockdownChallenge OR #LanguagesinLockdown.  I’d love to hear how you get on.
On Twitter? Why not hold yourself publicly accountable and Tweet about the challenge you would like to do!
Don’t forget to like our Facebook Page and join our free supportive community to help keep you motivated and disciplined during the challenge, even if your new skill you are learning isn’t a language!

If you have any ideas that are not on the list please let me know in the comments section below.


 

Which Hormones Affect Your Appetite?

Trying to live your healthiest life with so many conflicting sources of information available can be difficult. To top that off, there is still a lot of science surrounding the human body and health (especially the science around diet and language learning) that is not truly understood. One subject that is well-documented, though, is appetite suppression.
An easy way to think of weight loss and appetite suppression is calories in versus calories out. The direction that more calories are headed is where the weight will eventually go. This means that if you are eating more calories than you are working off, you will gain weight and vice versa. A clever way to hack this system is through the use of appetite suppression from hormones. This article will discuss various hormones that can affect your appetite and the options that they are typically available in.  

Supplement Use Gaining Speed

Everywhere you look it seems like there is a new advertisement for a vitamin or mineral supplement that you should try. Why is this trend becoming so popular? One of the reasons is that research continues to evolve regarding the advantages of a healthy diet for the human body. There is constantly new science being announced that discusses the effects of certain diets and how our bodies are able to break down the individual components. Vitamins and minerals are increasing as popular supplements because they can fill that gap between what our bodies need and what we can gain from healthy food sources. Some things are simply not available from food sources and must be taken via a supplement. As more people use these supplements, there are more reviews and reports of improvements in things like mood and energy, and the cycle continues.

Perks of Hormones

Hormones can be a great chemical to manipulate in order for us to reach our highest health potential. These chemicals can trigger many of our vital life processes, such as hunger and reproduction. When it comes to specifically focusing on appetite, there are three main ones to take a look at, and those are insulin, ghrelin, and leptin. There are also other hormones naturally occuring in the body that can indirectly affect our appetite and can be used under doctor supervision to help us achieve the goals we set for ourselves.
Insulin is a hormone produced by specific cells within the pancreas. This substance pulls sugar or simple carbohydrates from your bloodstream, such as glucose, and turns it into energy that you can use throughout the day. As your insulin levels drop, your body responds by producing something called ghrelin, also known as the hunger hormone. Having higher levels of insulin, so long as you are within the appropriate range, can leave you feeling fuller and satiated after a meal.

Ghrelin and Leptin

These two hormones work on a sort of see-saw mechanic. When your insulin levels are low, the production of ghrelin is triggered. This increases your appetite and encourages you to eat to gain more fuel for your body. Leptin is a hormone that works to inhibit the action of ghrelin and is triggered by glucose metabolism. This hormone will be the one to tell you that you’re full and should stop eating. Other things can impact these hormones as well, such as lack of sleep and a properly functioning body mechanic. Those who are diagnosed with issues like diabetes can experience much more trouble keeping these hormones regulated.

Injections versus Pills

When it comes to making this decision, it’s important to remember that your doctor is ultimately going to be able to give you the best advice. It’s also important that you listen to what your body tells you. If after a few doses you are still not feeling your best, then perhaps it’s time to change things up. In addition, some people consider injections a better option, and they aren’t necessarily wrong. It all depends on your goals and again, how your body reacts. Pills are going to take longer to be digested and absorbed within your body. It’s also possible that less of the supplement you take will be absorbed because of what is lost during the digestion and absorption process. On the other hand, injections have a more immediate effect. They are able to go directly into your bloodstream and start producing effects within fifteen minutes or less. Injections also have the ability to be timed better so that hunger isn’t striking during inopportune times, such as the middle of a workout.

Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin

A good example of a situation where injections may be better is with HCG. This is a hormone that is produced when a woman is pregnant, and it stimulates other hormones to activate. One use for this hormone is appetite suppression which leads to weight loss when combined with a specific diet plan. You can read more about the link between HCG diet hormones and appetite suppression.

Conclusion

As you can see, hormones play quite the important role in hunger, appetite, and making the fine balance between the two. Hormones like ghrelin and leptin work directly to keep hunger and appetite suppression mechanisms in check, while other hormones like insulin work more indirectly to help produce the same effects. In addition, there are a wide variety of ways to get these supplements into your body, providing you with the freedom to structure your lifestyle the way that best suits you. Pills may take a little longer to produce their desired effects but are easy and pain-free to administer. Injections hurt more to administer, but the effects are nearly immediate and can be useful in certain situations. The last thing to remember is that even though you will no doubt do your due diligence on research for various hormones and supplements, it is still best to discuss your plan with your doctor prior to getting started. It’s possible that you may have a health condition or are taking a medication that could interfere with the hormones, preventing you from getting the intended effect.
References:
Calories In Vs Calories Out: The Basic Formula Explained
Multivitamin/mineral Supplements
Your ‘Hunger Hormones’
Do Carbs Make You Hungry?
Comparing HCG Diet Hormones

Career Options to Consider for Active Travelers

Featured image via St. Louis Corporate Housing
Traveling can be one of the most entertaining things to do in life. Not only is this an enjoyable experience, but you will have an opportunity to meet new people, experience new cultures, and grow as an individual. If you’re interested in applying your language skills in the workplace while traveling, then here are some careers to keep in mind.

Cruise Ship jobs

Cruise ships are like small cities floating around the world. You have so many different amenities on a cruise ship. If you would love to travel the world for free in the lap of luxury, then a cruise ship job might be right for you.
There are so many different jobs that you can have on a cruise ship. Whether you want to teach yoga or cook delicious meals daily, there is a place of employment for you on a cruise ship. If you are looking to live on the sea for a great deal of the year while seeing many different countries, this could be the right job for you.

Airline Pilot

A job with travel opportunities built right in is an airline pilot. While you will have to complete a great deal of training, this career can be gratifying. You will be able to see the world as a top-notch airline pilot.
Free travel is just one of the many different amenities of becoming an airline pilot. As an airline pilot, you will have layovers in many exotic places. This will give you the ability to learn about many different cultures during your typical work week. You’ll have continual opportunities to further your language learning by interacting with locals as you travel.

Translator

If you want a lot of different travel opportunities, being a translator can be the career for you. Whether you are translating real-time for politicians or translating for tourists in different countries, these bilingual careers will afford you the opportunity to travel all over the world.
Learning different languages provides you with a range of future benefits. Becoming a translator is a great way for you to see the world and have interesting conversations with people from different cultures.
These are just a few of the many different career options that active travelers can consider. If you want to see the world and make a living, one of these careers just might be the right fit for you.
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Resources and References:

Jobs for People Who Love to Travel
10 Simple Ways to Immediately Improve Your Listening Skills for Language Learning
4 Things to Consider if You Travel for Business
 

Trisha Learns Slovenian in 90 Days…


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Trisha Founder of Language Learners Journal.
Trisha, Founder of Language Learners Journal. Photograph by meehalska.com.

This summer I am taking part in the Languages of Slovenia Challenge. This 3-month long challenge is hosted by Richard Simcott of Speaking Fluently and Máirín Millward from Mo’s Language Learning Journey in association with the Polyglot Conference, which will be held in Ljubljana, Slovenia in October 2018.
A polyglot is a term for someone that is familiar with several languages. It is derived from Greek ‘polu‘ meaning  ‘many’ and ‘glotto‘ meaning ‘tongue‘.
I have hosted and been involved in many language challenges over the years. I am very excited about this language challenge hosted by 2 of my polyglot idols!  My chosen language for this challenge will be Slovenian/Slovene.  Prior to the challenge I had no experience in this language whatsoever and was unable to even say hello! I didn’t know anything about the culture or history of this beautiful country.
From knowing absolutely no Slovenian in July 2018. My goal is to host a Facebook LIVE in The Language Learners Hub group in October 2018 where I will be speaking for at least 10 minutes in Slovenian and answering any questions!

Challenges

In comparison to other languages, I have studied there is a lack of resources and a limited amount of teachers. However, I will be logging all the resources I will be using (or find) for any future Slovene learners.

My Slovene Learning Resources

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  • I have created a Slovenian Board on Pinterest. If you are learning Slovene do let me know and I’ll add you to the board so you can add resources to.
  • I’ll be using online lessons on skype with a teacher from Italki.com. You can also find language exchange partners for free on there. By clicking to register on my link here you will get free $10 of italki vouchers once you’ve booked and paid for your first lesson.
  • Memrise To get to grips with the basics and learn the alphabet I’ll be using Memrise. This is great for some language learning on the go…, especially during the morning commute.
  • Slovene Learning Online Slovene (SLO) is a freely accessible online course in Slovene for foreigners, developed at the Centre for Slovene as a Second and Foreign Language in cooperation with the company DigiEd. The course is for all those who wish to learn Slovene on their own in a simple, playful and effective way.
  • The 50 Languages website has lots of phrases and vocabulary with audio and is divided into topics. The site is free to use. The link provided is for Slovenia but there are many more languages on there…
  • Utalk is a paid service that has over 140+ languages. It works great on touchscreen devices and is one of my fave language learning resources.
  • To make language learning fun and keep me motivated I’ll be using The Take Action Calendar for Language Learners.
  • MAL – (Master Any Language) I stumbled across this site that has a wealth of different resources. The link will take you to the Slovenian section.

Other Resources 

Blogs

Anna in Slovenia
Slovakia in Slovenia
Casza Slovenscino

Free Magazine & Books

Moja Slovenija Magazine
Slovenian Phrasebook

Are you also taking part in #LanguagesofSloveniaChallenge too or just learning Slovenian in general? I look forward to hearing from you and following your progress.


Bled, Slovenia. Photo by Peter Bucks on Unsplash
Bled, Slovenia. Photo by Peter Bucks on Unsplash


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