Automatising Self-Discipline : From Zero to Two Hundred Posts!

A bit of self-discipline and soon you'll be celebrating with fireworks. Image from freeimages.com

This post is a particularly special one for Polyglossic. It marks two hundred weekly posts since the site launch almost four years ago. And the secret to that unbroken run? The old trick of repeating a new habit to the… Continue reading

The Power of One Deep Breath

Sunlight through the clouds. Image from FreeImages.com

Content, content, content. So often, the sole focus is on what we study. We hear a lot less about the setting, the timing and the flow. But these can have a huge impact on learning success. And something as simple… Continue reading

Be fallible! Building resilience as a language learner

Accept yourself as a wonderful, fallible human being. Image from freeimages.com.

Human beings are fallible. We all make mistakes. But our natural instinct is often to feel shame, and try to hide those mistakes. And so, this week, I give you the pep talk I would have loved as a newcomer… Continue reading

Staying Accountable as a Lone Language Learner

You can still be accountable even as a lone ranger. Photo by Mario Alberto Magallanes Trejo on FreeImages.com.

How do you stay accountable in your solo language learning? I know I sometimes find it difficult as an individual learner. It’s an important consideration for anyone studying on their own. But there’s a clue: one answer is to aim for… Continue reading

Feel the heat: get a visual grasp on Anki with this natty plug-in

Is your learning on fire? Just check your streak! Image from freeimages.com.

Anki is an incredibly powerful tool with a heap of learning science behind it. But do you ever feel, as an Anki user, that the process is all a bit of a mystery? That, instead of being passively fed material,… Continue reading

Frogs for breakfast! Language planning and the early bird

Eat the frog - not literally, of course, but in a language learning sense! Image from freeimages.com.

Do you ever get to the end of your language learning day, week or month with a heap of tasks to get through from your planning? Does your joy turn into a chore when you realise how many Anki flashcards… Continue reading

Motivation lacking? Do it for an audience!

Few things give more motivation than the prospect of having an audience for your efforts. (Image from freeimages.com)

Motivation can sometimes seem like a scarce resource. Simply wanting to achieve, for achievement’s sake, might not suffice to push you over the finish line. You need a bit extra. I found myself in this situation recently, working on a goal that… Continue reading

Give yourself a break! Fluid language learning planning for busy people

Language learning during busy times can be a bit of a blur. (Image from freeimages.com)

How was your November? Mine was busy. Very busy. As fulfilling and rewarding as they usually are, work, family and friends ended up filling nearly every minute. And, if you’re like me, you’ll find that life, in these busier moments, can… Continue reading

Language Economy, Kylie Style : Making a little go a long way

Kylie Minogue performing in Hamburg, making a little German go a long way!

It’s not all about cramming as much as possible with language learning. Sometimes a little can go a long way. And on a language expedition and pop concert jaunt to Hamburg this week, I was reminded of just that. To… Continue reading

Impostor syndrome? Prescribe yourself some polyglot community!

Impostor syndrome can leave you feeling exposed and anxious. (Picture from freeimages.com)

This week, I’m blogging from the grand hall of the Union Hotel in Ljubljana, Slovenia, as an excitable, kid-in-a-candy-store, first-time attendee of the annual Polyglot Conference. As expected, it’s been a bit of a language wonderland. I’ve been stuffed full… Continue reading