Trisha Tests: Positively Icelandic #1

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Photograph Credit: This stunning photograph is the fabulous work of Taylor Leopold. Taken at Leopoldseljalandfoss Waterfall, Iceland.

So you voted for Icelandic and I have accepted your challenge. Let’s do this….

For the next 28 days using positive psychological methods, I am going to kickstart my language 51DrAxppB9L._SL110_learning. As a guide, I will be using 20 ways to improve language learning via positive psychology. There does not appear to be many resources online for learning Icelandic, but I did thankfully manage to find a complete beginners package on Amazon, click the pic for more details (affiliate link).

The Icelandic Resources I did find:

Language learning Library is jammed packed with exciting Icelandic resources!It also has site testimonies and ratings, which is awesome when trying to find the best sites to use.

My “Cunning”‘ Plan

Goals Seeds: 

Every evening I intend to write done 3 language learning goals for the following day. My first 3 are:

  1. Find some resources that will not only help me learn the language but keep me interested too.
  2. Research Icelandic Culture and history. I have already made a start on this and discovered there are 300,000 Icelandic speakers worldwide!
  3. Learn how to say “Hello”, “Bye”, “Please” and “Thank You”

 3 positive achievements 

  1. I know some facts already.
  2. I have found some amazing resources that are FREE!!!
  3. I  have an amazing supportive language learning community around me, thank you!

Support those who are struggling too.

Throughout my challenge, I will also be offering 20-minute pro bono motivational chats with those struggling to learn a new language or wanting some support with their self-esteem. I only have a limited number of spaces available so please contact me to book

Affirmations

Positive and feel good quotes are very important in language learning. Luckily I already have a list of my favourite motivational quotes

Connect with other Icelandic Speakers

Connecting with native and fluent Icelandic speakers will grow my fluency. At the time of writing this post, I know none, which is sad. So if you are a fluent or native Icelandic speaker please get in touch!

Visualise myself  having a conversation in Icelandic

This is hard to do when you don’t even know how to say “Hello” in Icelandic.

So I am taking a deep breath in, I can do this! I can learn Icelandic…

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Trisha to the Test…

Photograph copyright Clem Onojeghuo.

Why Hello There…

So my new series will see me experimenting on myself thus becoming my very own guinea-pig, exciting stuff!

So I am a big fan of positive psychology and use it on a daily basis…mainly to advise others.  One of my first blog posts was 20 Ways to Improve Language Learning via positive psychology. So I intend for 28 days from 1st April (no April fools) to live (especially in relation to language learning) as positively as I possibly can and record the results.

I once read a journal regarding rice, sounds interesting I know! However, rice that heard positive comments decayed less rapidly than those subjected to nasty, angry sounding voices! Similar research has been conducted on plants with similar results. Plants that had positivity drip fed into them bloomed and become better than the plants that didn’t. Plants also have a musical preference…classical!

Therefore I need to be positive and listen to classical music.

“Once You Replace Negative Thoughts With Positive Ones, You’ll Start Having Positive Results.”

– Willie Nelson

We will see Willie, we will see. That sounded better in my head than it looks on the post. I was referring to the above quote! So let’s do this… Can I replace any negative thoughts that I have on language learning, life, and reap the benefits that it so promised?

My Mission 

My mission is to record the progress made in language learning when applying positive psychology. I will do this for 28 days and record the data on this blog & social media. I intend to apply this to a language that is currently unfamiliar to me as this will give me a better baseline to start with. I do not trust myself to be consistent or objective. This is where I will need your help and that of my friends and family.

qI will share my final results at the end of April 2017…although you can follow my progress right here on my blog or on Twitter / Facebook.

What language should I take on? Please comment below or on social media. The language that gets the most votes I will study. Please note voting is now over and *** drum roll please*** the language selected by you was ICELANDIC!

Time to get myself prepared and I have found the perfect book from Amazon called ‘Habits of a Happy Brain‘. I highly recommend it. Click the image to take you to the link.

 

If you have any language learning theories you would like me to put to the test or items or products for review then get in contact or comment below. I look forward to hearing from you…


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10 Ways to use a Bullet Journal to Improve Language Learning

I have been using a bullet journal for a while now and decided to tailor it for language learning. A language journal is simply a notebook where you can write down language stuff that you need to remember! My journal has been an excellent resource that has helped me reach my goal of being able to have a 15-minute conversation with a native Spanish speaker. I was able to achieve this in only a few months. So here are 10 tips to get you started!

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1. Buy a Journal and Some Supplies!

Language Learners JournalDon’t bother buying a super expensive journal. It will be the information you put in it which will be invaluable. I remember seeing one for nearly £60! However, at the same time, you don’t want one too cheap with thin paper. My personal journal cost only £2.99 from The Range. However, the styles from The Range can sometimes be rather bland, but for the price, the paper quality is very good.  The one on the left is the official language learners journal that comes in a range of styles and you can purchase it here.

You can also check out some awesome journals on Amazon too. There are some really lovely journals available and I do highly recommend using the one that works best for you.

My Amazon Picks

2. Where it all began…

If you are brand new to bullet journaling check out the official website here to help get you started. I have used this style for a couple of years now and have noticed increased productivity not just in language learning, but my day-to-day life and professional life too!

3. Write the dates/index in your target language

If you are going to use the journal for language learning than it does make sense to plan your language learning in your target language. I have a mix of Mandarin, Spanish and even Icelandic in my journal!

4 Plan it

Plan out the next 3 months ahead. Set your goal. I study 45 minutes per day, 5 days a week. Although this does not include my language exchanges or Italki tutorials, these are included in my monthly planner.

5 Tracker it! 

Use a tracker to record all of the days you studied for the allocated time you have given yourself! I also use my tracker to measure sleep, exercise, and diet.

6 Ten Words-a-Day Challenge

In my weekly calendar, I have ten random words a day – for 5 days. I then review these words at the weekend.

7 Cheat Sheet Pocket 

At the back of most journals, there appears to be a pocket. When I first begin learning a language I keep my ‘cheat sheet’ here so I can jump straight into speaking my target language from day one. For some ideas of what to write on a ‘cheat sheet’ check out 20 Keywords to Get You Speaking Your Target Language From Day 1…

8 Useful Resources Log

I have allocated a page to new resources. So when someone recommends an app/website or book I write it down here…before I forget all about it!

9 Vocab lists/Grammar advice/Local Lingo 

The front half of my journal is the quarterly, monthly and weekly planner. The middle section is dedicated to vocabulary words and short phrases. The back section is notes, cultural information, and advice from native speakers. Don’t forget to convert some or all of your new vocab words to flash cards. You could use Anki to do this or create paper flashcards.

10 Review 

At least once a week spend some time reviewing new and older entries/tracker information and learn from this.

Why Does This Work?

A language journal can help you learn a language in a number of different ways.

  • Firstly, the act of just writing down words and concepts helps you remember them better. Handwriting notes mean you are paying extra attention to the information you are recording.
  • Secondly, you are more organised and less likely to miss that Italki tutorial you booked 3 weeks ago or remind yourself about that online MOOC you had forgotten you registered for.
  • Thirdly tracking process not only helps with accountability, but it shows the progress you are making and where you still need some attention.
  • Finally having a language learning journal will make you more productive as you have all the information you need to hand. You can write, track and review set goals, record your progress and gratitude in language learning too. You can review old words before you start to forget them.

For some examples of awesome bullet journals follow me on Pinterest or check out 20 Inspiring Bullet Journals for Language learning