My Language Journal

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My Language Journal

By Bill Price 

Learn a foreign language today with the help of this language learning journal. Includes 90 days worth of worksheets to help you plan, organize, and follow through on your language learning goals.

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Book: Positively Productive

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Trisha Collins-Dunbar 

Positively Productive offers a more holistic approach to language learning.

Learn simple, yet very effective psychological techniques that have been scientifically proven for success. Techniques used by the likes of successful athletics, entrepreneurs, and actors.

The workbook focuses on how to apply these skills to language learning to succeed and achieve your goals.

 

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Efficient Language Learning 

Bill Price 

At last, a book about time management and goal setting specifically applied to foreign language learning! Whether you are just thinking about learning your first foreign language or your twenty-first, there is something in here for you. Learn more efficiently and find more time that you never even knew you had."

For more information or to order check out Efficient Language Learning by Bill Price

How to be More Productive in Language Learning

We are not born with a positive mindset. It is our experiences, culture and religious beliefs that shape who we are.  Although our genetics do influence the chemical makeup of our attitude. All that said being more positive is actually a skill that anyone can learn. It takes hard work, consistency and persistence. There will always be highs and lows that life throws at you. You mould your own perspective and are responsible for your own success.

Remember you shape your perspective and are ultimately responsible for your own success.

By limiting exposure to negativity, focusing more on the positive, offering and asking for help when needed, you’ll feel better prepared for learning a new language. It can be very challenging to remain positive when faced with the challenges that can arise. For example, a language partner might not show, a tutorial may be cancelled or you may not be feeling confident about an exam. These experiences can have a negative result and over time may impact on your attitude for study and make you less motivated. However, it does not have to be that way. You can shape your own response to negative experiences and improve your performance.

Focus on the Postive to be more Productive

Step back and take a deep breath and remind yourself of all the reasons why you are learning the language. Write down all the things that are going well for you. A good idea is to invest in a journal. To get some ideas on how to use a language journal check out this post.

Look for the Good

Many people find it hard to stay positive when faced negative situations. If you are struggling with learning a language, always remember that this difficulty will
pass and if it doesn’t you will adapt your learning to better cope with the challenge. Be grateful for the things that are going well for you.  Honour even the smallest of successes that you have when learning a language.  Noticing and pointing out the good will help you to stay more positive, motivated and will build greater confidence. A positive attitude can also influence those around you. Give thanks when someone makes an extra effort to help you. If you're impressed with someone, tell them. Praise encourages an appreciation and this positive reinforcement back will be returned. Looking for the good can also reduce unconstructive competition and comparison between other language learners too.

Reward yourself

If you’ve just completed a goal, gone up a level in your fluency or you’re feeling
really exhausted, consider taking a break from studying for a couple of days. A long
weekend can improve your productivity and leave you feeling refreshed and more motivated too.

Social Stimulus

Developing relationships with other language learners is one of the most effective ways to improve your attitude and performance. Feeling supported will help you have more fun with your language learning, Reach out and realise the value of study partners. If you begin to feel negative, look to upbeat language learners to put things back into
perspective for you. Language is key to being social and developing people skills is an important part of language learning. Check out the 24 soft skills that are required to be a successful language learner.

Escaping Negativity 

If someone is being rather negative about another language learner refuse to join in. My trick is to turn the conversation around with some humour or telling a story of something else thus changing the topic. Joining in with negativity not only hurts those around you but over time you could develop a 'toxic' mindset too. A toxic mindset is detrimental to your own well-being. There will always be people who like to dwell and suck up positive energy like a vacuum and leak out negative vile. They think that the world is against them and they have a right to have whatever they want with little regard for those around them. They always complain and are quick to criticise others. Be aware of these people and try to avoid them because their pessimistic outlook will start to impact your own. Although sometimes it can be our very own thoughts that are negative check out this post to learn how to manage negative thoughts. 

Setting Goals for Language Learning 

If you say "I want to learn French" that isn't a very precise goal and sounds very overwhelming. Break goals down into smaller more management chunks over a specific time period.  You will find more enjoyment in learning if you’re always aiming to do better. Acknowledge what you can’t change and work on the things you have control
over. Ask yourself what your ultimate goals are? Where do you see yourself in
6 months, five or ten years time? Then ask yourself what you need to do to get there.
For some ideas on goals check out my personal plan for June.

 

What helps you to be more productive in your language learning?

For more ideas on how to be positively productive when learning a new language check out my new eBook/Book 'Positively Productive' from Amazon now!

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4. Learning Mandarin – Chinese Characters

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漢字

歡迎 (Huānyíng), this week I have been focusing on Chinese characters. Throughout May 2017 my goal is to learn 5 - 10 Chinese characters per day. There are loads of resources out there to help, but my personal favorite has to be the Chineasy method. I have made significant progress with these products.

2. Learning Mandain: Basic Introductions and Manners

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第二周 - 基本介绍和礼仪

There is an old saying "manners get you everywhere" so with that in mind this week I have been brushing up on my "Please", "Thank You", "Sorry" and basic introductions in Mandarin.  My tones are rather rusty and need practice, but I have the Get Fluent in Chinese package to help me with this.

Want to set a good impression when you meet a Chinese person? Easy peasy just introduce yourself in Chinese! However, remember that Mandarin although the most spoken language in the world is not the only Chinese language. There is also Shanghainese and Cantonese, plus some other local languages too.

Mandarin is Chinese is commonly known as 'Pǔtōnghuà' 普通话 meaning Universal Language or Zhōngwén 中文 meaning Chinese Language. 

Check out 'Beginner's Mandarin Chinese' on Udemy. Click image for more information.

 

The Basics

你好 (Nǐ hǎo) = Hello

再见 (Zàijiàn) = Good bye

谢谢 (Xièxiè) = Thank you

(Qǐng) = Please

对不起(Duìbùqǐ) = I am sorry

Basic Introductions

你好吗?(Nǐ hǎo ma?) = How are you?

我很好 (Wǒ hěn hǎo) = I am fine

我的名字是... (Wǒ de míngzì shì...) = My name is...

我叫...(Wǒ jiào) = I'm called...

For more information on tones check out my week 1 blog.

What's in a Name?

In the video above I am introducing myself with my Chinese name that was given to me by my tutor. It sounds like I am saying Amy, but I am in fact attempting to say 'En Ming'. To get a Chinese name speak to your Chinese tutor if you have one or ask a Chinese friend to name you or just for fun check out the link below...

Name me!

Chinese names all have meanings. When introducing themselves you may notice they give their family name (surname) first.

(Xìng) = Surname

名字 (Míngzì) = Name

To get to grips with the basics  I recommend Udemy. There are free language courses as well as paid.

Want to know your Chinese name? Comment below and I'll ask on your behalf!

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1. The Layman’s Guide to Mandarin Tones

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Week 1: Introducing the Tones

你好, I am currently piloting the awesome Step Up Language Program, #SULP. I have selected Chinese Mandarin as the language I will study for the next 90 days. In my first week of the challenge I have decided to go back to the beginning (I have studied Mandarin in the past) and start with the tones.

In Chinese Mandarin it is really important to get the tones correct. A word such as 'ma' can have many meanings depending on the tone.

First Tone - mā (ma1)

Meaning mother. This first tone is high and flat. To help memorise it think of a doctor telling you to say "Aaah" When he looks down your throat!

Second Tone - má (ma2)

Meaning hemp. The second tone is rising. It is similar to when we ask a question.

Third Tone - mǎ (ma3)

Meaning horse. The third tone is low. It is referred to as the "falling-rising" tone or the "dipping" tone. The tone needs to start very low than rise. One way that helps me is to imagine a bouncy ball. Through it down and catch it on the way up.

Fourth Tone - mà (ma4)

Meaning scold. The fourth tone is falling. Think of it as an angry sounding tone or a tone of statement for example "No!". The 4th tone also tends to be shorter in duration than the other three tones.

Neutral Tone - ma

Just keep it short and light. Don't emphasize it.

For help with tones I recommend checking out Udemy. There are free language courses on there as well as paid. I recommend "Chinese Made Easy", which was a free course and also Mandarin "Say it Right" course by Chinese Pod. The courses by Chinese Pod cover tones in a lot of detail and are very easy to understand.

Do you have any tips or tricks for learning the Mandarin tones? Comment below or on social media.

 

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