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

你好!

你们好吗?

我是高兴!

*translation*

Hello!

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

ALSO!

I got my first article published on a website yesterday!

If you wanna read it here’s a link: https://lifehack.media/5-organization-tips-from-a-person-with-ocd

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.

Lingodeer

pros:

  • 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

cons:

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

 

Duolingo

pros:

  • 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

cons:

  • 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