September: Take Action Calendar for Language Learners

The theme for September’s 28 day Take Action¬†Calendar for Language Learners¬†from Language Learners Journal (LLJ) is all about ‘Going Scroll Free’ and¬†getting more creative with language learning.

The calendar has daily suggested activities and prompts to enable you to take personal responsibility for your language learning whilst spreading a little kindness too¬†‚̧ԳŹ

You can download The Take Action Calendar for Language РSeptember Learners to print it off (and maybe stick on your vision board OR pop it in a journal).

The Take Action Calendar for Language - September Learners.(2)

The Take Action Calendar for Language – September Learners.Good luck!

The calendar is a work in progress and there are plans to translate it into different languages. If you have any ideas for future activities or a language you would like to see it translated into please get in touch. 

Our spooky special Take Action for Language Learners October Calendar will be released at the end of September.

Share your actions with us on social media using the hashtag #TAC and #LLJ.

We look forward to seeing your progress. Please pass this post on to inspire other language learners. Thank you¬†ūüėė


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Slovene, Slovenian, mood board

How to create an interactive language learning mood board

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Popular with designers, mood boards show where ideas for materials, colours, and themes come from. Mood boards can easily be adapted for visual language learning.  With the aid of technology, you can easily add sound clips and videos too.

The language mood board I created is for my Slovianian project. The images remind me of my WHY? Whilst the numbers are what I have recently studied and the colours are what I hope to study next. I like to learn how to describe the images in my target language and also translate my favorite quotes into the language too.

My mood board was created online for free with Canva, but I have also used a cork board in the past. The corkboard was covered with FlashStick cards that I could scan using the FlashAcademy App this would then link to a recording of a native speaker who would pronounce the word.

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Why create a mood board for language learning? 

  • Using a mood board will help you to visually express ‘you’re why‘ for learning a language.
  • A mood board is a very effective visual aid that can be linked to technology to add sound and video clips too! Given a full sensory experience to language learning!
  • A mood board can act as a good motivational factor to get things done. It will help you to collate and focus your ideas, and make language learning themes more stimulating.
  • Finally, the visual format can help memorize difficult vocabulary.

The format

A mood board could be in a digital or physical (foam/cardboard) format. Both options allow for video or audio clips to be added. For the physical option, this may mean printing off QR codes that link to online media.


The layout

It’s a one-page document to really make your own, experiment with colours, shapes, typography (fonts), sizes and different media. Many boards use a collage style. To get some inspiration visit Pinterest.


Resources for creating a mood board for language learning

Cork Board Budget, Wood Frame, 90 x 60 cm РAmazon 

A3 Foam Board – White (Pack of 10) – Amazon

Creating mood boards Adobe Creative Cloud (Free)

Creating mood boards with Canva (Free)

Why not develop a mood board for your language learning project and share with us on social media using the hashtags #LangMoBo #LanguageLearnersJournal.


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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¬†M√°ir√≠n 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‚Äôve 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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