Study Log: September 23rd-29th

I’m sorry this study log is late!

Sunday, September 23rd: Mandarin 60 minutes

Monday, September 24th: Korean 30 minutes

Tuesday, September 25th: Mandarin 30 minutes, Swahili 20 minutes, Korean 60 minutes

Wednesday, September 26th: Spanish 45 minutes

Thursday, September 27th: Russian 65 minutes

Friday, September 28th: Mandarin 70 minutes, Japanese 90 minutes

Saturday, September 29th: Spanish 25 minutes

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Study Log and Other Things






How are y’all?

I’m happy!

I need to start practicing typing on a keyboard in other languages because just those few words took me like 4 minutes. That’s far too long.

On my phone since it’s a touch screen the actual keyboard changes when I switch languages but on a real keyboard the letters don’t change. This makes typing in Korean and Japanese especially hard. Not as much with Mandarin because to type Mandarin I use pinyin.

Swahili’s easy though.

(that’s funny because Swahili use the same alphabet as English)

You know how I told you I’m behind in my Japanese and Chinese lessons?

Well I just got fully caught up! I’ve reached my goal for the month!

I went on Weibo for the first time in like 3 months today and I got 15 more followers without even doing anything! I wish more people I know used Weibo. It’s got such a good interface and it’s so intuitive. It would probably be my favorite social media network if people I know used it.

It’s also super good for learning new Chinese words.

Back when I used it more often I would go on Weibo and just look for characters I don’t recognize and copy and paste them into Naver translate then take notes. I learned words I’ve never encountered in any language learning material.

I’m gonna try to get back to posting study logs, I’ve been keeping track of my study habits, I just never post it. I guess I’ll tell you how I studied last week so I can tell you about this week on Sunday.

Sunday, September 16th: didn’t study 😦

Monday, September 17th: Japanese 25 minutes

Tuesday, September 18th: Mandarin 60 minutes, Japanese 75 minutes

Wednesday, September 19th: Mandarin 40 minutes

Thursday, September 20th: Swahili 60 minutes

Friday, September 21st: (reviewing mostly) Russian 15 minutes, Korean 30 minutes, Mandarin 60 minutes, Swahili 15 minutes

Saturday, September 22nd: Korean 20 minutes


I got my first article published on a website yesterday!

If you wanna read it here’s a link:

I’m so happy! I hope it gets a lot of reads!


Thanks for reading!



Which is Better: Duolingo or Lingodeer?

I made a video detailing my thoughts on which language app is more effective over the course of the past few days and posted it on youtube this afternoon. I thought since most of y’all don’t subscribe to my youtube channel (which you totally should), I’d make a dedicated blog post where you can read my thoughts.


So, what are duolingo and lingodeer?

Duolingo and Lingodeer are both free language learning services that offer basic to intermediate lessons in a variety of languages.



  • offers detailed grammar tips
  • teaches grammar in an almost template style format
  • builds upon itself as the learner progresses through the course
  • separate vocabulary and grammar reviews
  • intuitive, customizable review sessions
  • story feature where one makes things learned in lessons more tangible
  • teaches stroke order of chinese characters
  • rapidly expanding languages offered
  • hangul chart in korean course
  • cute mascot


  • offers fewer languages
  • less ubiquitous than duolingo
  • fewer vocabulary words than duolingo




  • ubiquitous, everybody uses it
  • a wide variety of languages (even fictional languages like Klingon)
  • wide variety of vocabulary offered
  • good chrome application
  • less learning curve
  • dedicated lessons to the writing systems of languages ie cyrillic, hangul, hiragana
  • longer courses
  • competitive in groups
  • rewarding (gems)
  • tinycards app to use alongside
  • cute mascot


  • seems to be stagnating in expansion
  • some courses are only available online and not on the app
  • no explanation of grammar points
  • the gem system discourages me from studying for a long period
  • doesn’t teach stroke order in mandarin course


So, which is better?

I don’t think either app is better per se. I think honestly the best thing you can do if you wanna use apps to aid in studying is download both and use them in conjunction. Use duolingo vocabulary with lingodeer grammar rules to teach yourself how to construct sentences.

Thank you for reading!

Please comment if you want more reviews of learning resources from me and follow my blog!


Study Log: August 5th-11th

Sunday, August 5th: It was my birthday so I didn’t study.

Monday, August 6th: Korean 40 minutes, Mandarin 10 minutes

Tuesday, August 7th: Japanese 30 minutes, Russian 25 minutes, Korean 45 minutes

Wednesday, August 8th: Korean 30 minutes 

Thursday, August 9th: Swahili 20 minutes

Friday, August 10th: Korean 90 minutes, Japanese 20 minutes, Mandarin 10 minutes

Saturday, August 11th: didn’t study


It’s been a while since I posted one of these hasn’t it. I really wanna begin a new study initiative where I’m even more transparent about my habits so I that inspire others to put in their own effort towards gaining knowledge so I’ll go back to posting these. Hopefully on sundays.


July 22nd-28th Study Log

This week was the first implementation of my new study initiative!

July 22nd- 10 minutes Mandarin 10 minutes Russian

July 23rd- 25 minutes Japanese 15 minutes Korean

July 24th- 20 minutes Russian 30 minutes Mandarin

July 25th- 10 minutes Russian 40 minutes Mandarin

July 26th- 25 minutes Russian

July 27th- 30 minutes Japanese 20 minutes Korean

July 28th- 30 minutes Korean 15 minutes Japanese


I’m a little disappointed in myself because i didn’t study any swahili this week 😦 so I’m gonna focus more on swahili this coming week.


July 1st-7th study log

July 1st: studied japanese for 35 minutes, korean for 25, russian for 40, and mandarin for 10

July 2nd: studied mandarin for 20 minutes, russian for 35, japanese for 15, and reviewed korean for 40 minutes

July 3rd: studied korean and japanese for 20 minutes each and swahili for 35 minutes

July 4th: studied japanese for 30 minutes, korean for 40, russian for 20, and practiced spanish for 15 minutes

July 5th: i studied japanese for 40 minutes and russian for 30 minutes

July 6th: i studied russian for 35 minutes, japanes for 45, and korean for 15

July 7th: i studied Korean for 35 minutes, swahili for 15, russian for 10, mandarin for 40, and japanese for 10


study log: june 24th- june 30th

june 24th: 25 minutes studying korean, 35 minutes studying mandarin, 40 minutes studying japanese

june 25th: didn’t study

june 26th: 1 hour studying swahili, 20 minutes studying russian

june 27th: 40 minutes studying korean

june 28th: 1 hour studying japanese, 20 minutes studying korean, 10 minutes reviewing swahili

june 29th: 30 minutes studying russian, 20 minutes studying korean, 10 minutes studying japanese

june 30th: 1 hour studying korean, 45 minutes studying japanese, 25 minutes studying swahili, 30 minutes translating posts on weibo (mandarin)


here’s a picture of marshmallow with my shoes



15 language learning tips

This post took a while to  write. hopefully it’ll be helpful for you!♡

there is an accompanying video on youtube if you would prefer to watch a video

my video

Listen to music in the target language while studying or study in silence.

I find that whenever I study while english audio is playing I’ll find myself listening too hard to whatever’s playing. I also recommend listening to music in the target language in general because I believe it’s a good way to begin to understand wordplay. I suppose chamber music could work too because of the lack of words.

Take notes on online resources

If you’re a user of online resources or apps like Duolingo, Memrise, or Lingodeer i would recommend you write down what you don’t know. I find that if i play Duolingo like a game I end up retaining less information and I tend to just click through the levels robotically. This does not apply if you use the apps as a review tool or to sharpen your skills in a language you already know like how I use Duolingo to practice spanish, which I’m already fluent in.

when it comes to online resources i recommend duolingo and memrise but i recommend lingodeer the most. here are some photos of some of the things one does in a lesson on lingodeer.

If aiming for polyglotism, translate example sentences into all target languages

I would recommend buying a cheap notebook to write sentences in all of your languages. For example if you’re learning swedish, bulgarian, and tagalog from your first language english, write any practice sentences in all of those languages. I find that this helps me to better understand the similarities and differences between each language. By doing this one can also understand grammar better because most languages have different grammar rules and thus one can, for instance underline all verbs to see where verbs lie in relation to the verbs in the other languages. 

Learn to type in the target language

Learning to type may not have bee so important about a decade ago, but in our modern technologically minded society, it is necessary to be able to type in your second language. This is pretty simple to do on a smartphone because the letters on the keys will change, but on a computer one must memorize where each letter lies on the qwerty keyboard. Knowing how to type in your second language will make it easier to look things up in the target language, thus helping you find new online resources, or allow you to type something out if somebody doesn’t understand your accent.

Do listening practice outside of your home

When you’re at home you can control how many distractions you have but if you’re walking around your neighborhood you don’t have quite as much reign. Dealing with barking dogs can help you to better focus and improve your fine hearing skills. I like to listen to the coffee break chinese podcast on my morning walks and it’s really improved my ability to hear the differences in tones to be outside with noise while listening to chinese speakers.

Listen to how people with a different first language speak your target language

It’s important to not just know how certain people speak each language, so understanding people with a different accent than natives or you can improve your listening abilities. This can also help you to see how others make errors which can prevent you from making similar ones.

Come to terms with the fact that you’ll most likely never speak like a native

I personally find accents really charming, so i fully embrace this fact. I know it can be depressing for others, however because everyone wants to be the best and everyone wants to fit in. 


The memory palace method is a memorization technique that basically boils down to choosing a place that you walk through often and assigning landmarks in the area a word or phrase. For example, I had a very hard time remembering the korean word for nurse but when I assigned my bed that word and said it out loud each time I saw my bed I remembered the word well and now it’s one of my best memorized words.

Learn onomatopoeia in the target language

Onomatopoeia are the action noises people use (example: pow, crash , bang, woof). If you don’t learn these you may find yourself confused when you hear people making vaguely doglike noises that you don’t recognize when asked what sound a dog makes. This can probably also help if you’re a manga reader.

Take brakes from learning new words every once in a while

I find that if once i learn about 100 new words i take a break to focus on using those words and truly integrating them into my vocabulary that my ability to create original sentences progresses at a faster rate. This also helps me to drill words into my head and allows me to see all the ways 100 words can be combined.

Read things you’re interested in

I don’t think most reading material intended for language learners is helpful. I find that I am supremely uninterested in reading these simple structured pieces. Thus, I read celebrity gossip in other languages. I especially enjoy reading korean netizen comments on celebrities. Reading things that weren’t made specifically for language learners can really help you to see just how far along you are in each language because you can see just how much you recognize.

Keep “artifacts” in the language you’re learning

I like to hoard packaging. I’ll sometimes read through the backs of food packages to read the ingredients and directions so I can see words over and over again and once i fully understand what is written on the package i get rid of it. This is just another way to help you immerse yourself.

here are a few of my artifacts

Try using a few websites in your target language.

For example if you’re learning chinese get a weibo account or if you’re learning japanese get an ameba/ameblo account. I find that scrolling through weibo every once in a while really helps me to speed up my reading of chinese characters.

Don’t focus on travel tips or survival phrases

If you’re actually trying to learn the language, you don’t need to worry about learning “where is the bathroom” right away. You’ll probably learn all the survival phrases you need within a month of focused, pointed studying.

Have multimedia resources

My belief in using a lot of resources is probably pretty easy to see from this post but i really truly believe that using only online resources is limiting and will let you down when the internet is down at your house and you need to study. Just having one workbook can really help in preventing fatigue from repeating the same motions with online resources and allows for more flexible studying. if you can’t afford to buy a workbook, be sure to take thorough notes on online resources so you can review.


my first youtube video!

my last post about language learning got so many views very fast, so i thought “there must be a lot of people who wanna know about the study habits of a polyglot.” i also have a lot of interest in study with me videos so i thought to combine both of these and make my own study with me video!

it took me a lot of effort and about 5 hours to record and edit this video so if you could watch it or send it to someone or just think for a second “hmm mikah put in a lot of effort to make a video today” that would be super appreciated.


my video!


if you don’t wanna watch the video here’s the thumbnail for it to maybe entice you


if this video receives a positive response (i.e no death threats) i’ll be sure to make more of them because i actually enjoyed the process.