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

Calendar blocking: a little book to bust your rut

A new calendar means new language learning resolutions. But how to stick to them? (Image from freeimages.com)

Oh, how the days of a new year sometimes seem to melt into an ambling, amorphous mess. From the high hopes of resolutions to the January Blues, language learning motivation can be in short supply in this cruellest of months.… Continue reading

Variety is the cheese of life : Acknowledge and bust your rut!

Variety is the cheese of life. Image from freeimages.com

Variety of approach has always been a hot topic for me in language learning. Changing up your sources and materials is one of the best ways to maintain high interest and motivation in a study regime. But I discovered something… Continue reading

Systematise your reading with Learning With Texts (LWT)

Hit upon the right system and learn languages like clockwork. (From freeimages.com)

System can be everything in language learning. This was the thrust of an excellent talk by Lýdia Machová of Language Mentoring, which I was lucky enough to catch at the recent Polyglot Conference in Ljubljana. As chance would have it,… Continue reading

Tackle multiple languages by blocking your time

Learning multiple languages CAN be as simple as putting together coloured blocks!

I am a language hog. I’m eternally curious about them, and genuinely love studying them. So, I’m often actively learning multiple languages at the same time. However, advice on learning multiple languages usually suggests plenty of caution and good planning. Now,… Continue reading

Routine-building: productivity tricks to turbocharge your language learning

A clipboard for marking off your routine language learning tasks

Good intentions are cheap. A new learning project can fill anyone with enthusiasm and optimism. But without one extra thing, good intentions quickly sink. That thing is routine. Life has a habit of getting busy, and people get distracted. Days run into weeks,… Continue reading