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How to Bullet Journal for Language Learning | 10+ Spreads to include

teacher avatar Cierra Smith, Simplifying your next creative passion

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11 Lessons (1h 23m)
    • 1. Intro & What To Expect

    • 2. Cover Spread / Front Page Setup

    • 3. Study Time Tracker

    • 4. Duolingo Tracker

    • 5. New Vocabulary Spread #1

    • 6. New Vocabulary Spread #2

    • 7. Forgotten Vocabulary Spread

    • 8. Most Used Phrases Spread

    • 9. Conjugations Spread

    • 10. Opposites Spread

    • 11. Visual Dictionary Spread

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About This Class

If we haven't met before, I’m a bit of a language enthusiast. And I’m a bit of a journal enthusiast. So I’m very excited to share this course with you. 

If it’s not self-explanatory, a “language journal,” otherwise known as a “language learning journal” is, in essence, a notebook for foreign language acquisition. A notebook dedicated to new words, forgotten words, vocabulary rules, verb conjugations, irregular verbs– you name it.

If it has to do with a foreign language, then you can 100% write it down in your language journal. For me personally, my language journal takes the form of a bullet journal.

But your language journal can truly be any notebook. I’d recommend a notebook with dotted grid pages or blank sheets for maximum writing flexibility but any old notebook should work. I find that a language learning journal helps gives my self-study routine some structure.

When you’re trying to teach yourself a language, it’s pretty easy to get lost in the jumble of new words, old words, “in-between” words, and everything else. There’s so much to learn and sometimes our eyes move faster than our minds. It’s pretty easy to write down a new word, but remembering it?

Now that’s another story. If you know how to use your language learning journal right, then it could easily become the most essential tool in your study routine. But that’s only if you use it right.

When you dive into creating a language journal blindly, you’ve got a pretty high chance of going about it wrong. I know I sure did. That's why I constructed this full step-by-step course on setting up a language journal that'll actually help you learn your target language. These spreads are designed to be motivational, educational, and aesthetically pleasing. You won't need any special supplies; just a few pens and highlighters, along with an optional pair of scissors and sticky notes. 

The journal spreads I'll demonstrate:

  1. Front Page | Language goals & Greeting Design
  2. Monthly Spread | Hourly goal, Resources, & Mini Calendar
  3. Time Study Tracker
  4. Duolingo Tracker (Can be easily customized to other teaching applications)
  5. New Vocabulary Spread #1 (Brief overview of creating an in-journal labeling system)
  6. New Vocabulary Spread #2 + Using Sticky Notes
  7. Forgotten Vocab Spread | Flashcard Style
  8. Most Used Phrases Spread
  9. Conjugations Spread | General Layout for customization to your target language
  10. Opposites Spread | Bohemian Theme
  11. Visual Dictionary Spread

For additional guidance with your language journal, head over to the "Language Journal" category on my website. For exclusive guides on upgrading your foreign language self-study routine, sign up for your free guides here. Step-by-step tutorials on optimizing note-taking for maximum memory retention and personalizing the process for you.


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1. Intro & What To Expect: Hello, beautiful people. And welcome to today's course on how to create your very own language journal. I'm sure you're here. You've heard of bullet journaling at this point. It's a pretty big train. It's been apart Evict trend for a few years now. A lot of people are getting really good at it. And if you're looking at pics on social media, you can see just how much of a creative passion this has turned into and just how you're really able to get your creative juices flowing personally. I have besides add my own linguistic spin on the bullet journal that I have, and I have turned it into a language journal. So just a journal where I track all my progress, that language learning. I put in my notes. I basically do anything that has to do with learning my target language, and I put it in this journal, and it's just a really fun, creative way. Hold yourself accountable and to keep working towards your language goals. Personally, I've found my language journal to be Q and a key in retaining the vocabulary that I learned in my target language, which is Vietnamese and also having fun while I'm doing it, which is something that a lot of learning or teaching platforms kind of skip out on your learning a language through a program on educational institution. A lot of times the process is not personalized for yourself. It's very just black and white, step by step, and it can get really boring. And if you don't find some way to make it personal and so just make a process that really works for you, then you just you might stop enjoying the process. And that's never what you want. You're trying to learn a language. Learning a language is a lifetime, basically a lifetime commitment, and you don't ever really want to get bored of that. And I find with my language, you know, I take it with me anyway because I do include plans, and some part of it is a bullet journal after all. So I take it with me when I go out. It's a five size, which the other comments eyes, is a four, which is still pretty small, and I'm able to just throw it in a bag and go So I have my vocabulary with me anywhere. So if you're even debating starting a languished journal. I would definitely recommend you do it because you'll have it with you everywhere. And even like if you're in class or here at work, it might look bad if you get on your phone and start reviewing vocabulary, or you get on your computer and start reviewing. Start using some teaching platform. But if you took it a journal, nobody really knows what you're looking at, its paper and pan, and you can hold it towards yourself and nobody knows that you're looking at. You can pit taking out any time and you can review, and that's why I love it. So in this course I have 10 Well, actually 11 spreads that I consider to be pretty essential when you were starting out with your bullet language journal. At least at the beginning, these I find to be essential. I used them myself, and I'm hoping that you can implement them into your bullet journal and your very own language journal lesbo justice. A little run down of what you can expect to learn. I'll be showing you had to set up a front page along your language learning goal, a month in a month. Pages you know, a monthly spread is kind of essential in a bullet journal, Um, a study tracker. A duo lingo tracker. A new vocabulary spread another new vocabulary spread and show you how to use them, sticking notes as well before God and vocabulary spread and most used phrases spread, a conjugation spread and opposites spread and a visual dictionary spread so you can get excited and we'll go ahead and get into the course. 2. Cover Spread / Front Page Setup: All right. So here, among the my actual monthly spread for June in my personal language journal. But for you all, I'll be doing something just a little bit more language focused and a little less artistic , you know, have to draw a person like that. Okay, so say there must be spread to be right here, actually know. Let me just put it right behind your cover. Okay? So the goal here to make it language focuses. You want to write down the month name in your language. Okay. This is this a pretty simple way to make sure that you're learning the language even while your adrenaline And of course, this is an easy way to do that. So hopefully, if you you have been learning the language for a little while now, you already know the months in the days, for the most part. But if not, this process will be especially educating for you. As you look up the dates and months while you do this in Vietnamese. Already known what June is. So that's fine for me. I can go ahead and write that down. But if you don't now would just be this time to look it up and make sure it's a reliable source. All right, so, four, the actual physical word I'm gonna be using black. But again, you can use whatever call you weren't black Sands out a little bit more. I'm using this marker, but you can use a pen like I normally do. Use a panda. Rieti this so again, you could put it anywhere you want. Just make it kind of big just to keep the team kind of consistent. I'm gonna be doing the straight black lines again, and you can even use the same fought You're having a space. Don't have to, though, being just to keep the theme consistent. I added some plants around tying foul, which is June literally with the number six and I'm gonna be filling in the color is against a little bit. Okay, so on the left hand side, I'm going to be putting a many Tallinder, so I'm gonna be doing like every other. We is a different color type thing here, and I have a pink mod liner that I'm using, which continues to go with my color themes. So that works. So this is June and the way that June is looking. You can put like the days of the shop using the, um, using like the the first letter of the week days in your language. So for me, yeah, basically the first The first letter in Vietnamese for you today is T but like, the second part is different, so I'll just I'll be doing that. So, are you using a seer for Sunday? Each certain Monday a B for Tuesday. Don't wanna put them too close together a t for Wednesday in in for Thursday s for Friday in a B for Saturday. Then I'll just be numbering accordingly. Monday 2020 is starting on on Monday. I'm sorry. Oh, June 2020. Starting on a Monday again, this isn't actually like a language journal specific thing, But, you know, it's good to have the days there. This is supposed to be like a bullet journal style language journal, so why not track the days as well? After all, English learning is a very time based thing. You really measure a lot of progress by how long he's been learning a language. 20 weren't. And just so you know, if you know the letter of you know the number Characters in your target language didn't use that here as well. Use as much of the target language every possible that you can. In Vietnamese, the number characters are the same. Only the pronunciation is different, which is why I'm using these numbers. But if there is an easy it was an easy way for you to figure out how to incorporate your language. Is your target languages characters into your monthly sprint for your calendars in Definitely Do that. All right, so that's 30. You go on this side, I'm going to be just living a little area where I can write down my our legal for that month. If you're learning the language, I would really suggest you have an hourly goal for each month, or at least for each week, like, you know, symphony or just like a daily goal that would average out to some kind of monthly go because, like I said, you can really measure your progress based on how long you been learning the language. If you don't track how long you've been learning it, that you don't really know how you're measuring up, the worry that you should be. No. So right here. This will be your monthly hourly goal again. You can totally write this in your target language. At least for demonstration purposes, though, I'll be leaving in English so that you can refer back to this and know exactly what you're looking at. Um, so that says monthly our goal Right under a monthly. Our goal, Ali writing the resource is that I plan to use that month, you know, every too early to plan it out. So no matter how Maney you're using, I just want to write it down so you can see what kind of mixture using if you're using a pretty big range, if you should probably brought it out a little bit, you know? So, yeah, right on. Resource is and like Like, you probably shouldn't just be using one. Right? So this should be a pretty necessary list for anybody whose learning a language because you should be using multiple resource is hopefully. Then I'll go ahead and put some dots, some bullet points and is your little last touch of your target language flair. Find an inspirational quote in your target language that you know, that actually resonates with you and write that down and you can try toe get fancy with your fought if you want to. It could be any quote. Oh, worry and concern consistency. I'll be doing another long black line, and I'll even be doing a box around the calendar and bear in mind. You can totally do another calendar spread if you want. Like a bigger calendar, at least for language learning for language learning spreads. I feel like a big calendar isn't as essential. List some others, and you can even do like a drop shadow if you want. So no, here is what your monthly spread will be looking like and now will be moving on to your duel and go tracker. 3. Study Time Tracker: do a linger truckers into the last video. But this will actually be your study trackers spread. Of course, this can really very depending on how you want to do it. But the gist of it is that you were going to be tracking how much time you spend setting the language each day. Or you could even change this to do for each week if you know you won't be setting each day . And you really have, like, a week legal that you're trying to hit. But for this bread, I'll be showing us where you could make for the hole. Well, I guess for the whole month, each and every single day. So I will be using this notebook here for a solid aimed to make a straight line. And as you can see, I'm placing this. Let's say they be like the re centimeters from the corner. I'm not great with eyeballing measurements, but yet you get the idea and I'll just be drawing a straight line on right next this line. I'm gonna be putting down the numbers of the month, so June has 30 days. But of course you would change this. Cueto. What month you're doing. But for those parts will either be 30 days or 31. - Her eight. So that's it. And then at the top, I'll be doing another line. Basically, this study tracker is gonna turn out looking a bit like a graph. Was like, uh, like the like a part of the wine X axis craft, If you can envision that your head? Yes. So I got this straight line at the top and then you'll be having your time measurement. So what? You know, your daily goal is trying to make increments of that of you realistic. So if your hourly if you know like you won't be getting over one hour, But you won't beginning like, something pretty short, like 10 minutes, then I don't know, like I feel like a good some good time increment surprises speeds 10 minutes lengths. So right here, you could say this will be your 10 minute mark. This will be your 20 minute work. I'd be your 30 minute mark. Your 40 minute mark, 50 minute mark and you're 60 minute mark, and then you would just measure that. I mean, you would write that down and you know, if you have enough space to write down your target language, then that would be ideal. It's a 10. This is just so you don't ever forget what this is measuring. But like I said, adjust this toe. How much How much time you normally spend studying? If you study like three hours per day, they indefinitely make the use increments bigger. All right, so we have that at the very basically, what you'll be doing is putting in lines. Wow, you'll be using one of your colors, probably like a highlighter. Or, if you have colors, you can use it as well. Also with this pink highlighter. If on the first you studied for 40 minutes, all yes, I do is go next to the first and do a straight line 2 40 right underneath 40. You can change these colors if you want, or you can stick with the same color every day for each bar. The best idea here would also be the label it just because some nights and you're using the marker, it doesn't look extremely accurate. It doesn't represent minutes as well as you would like, so I'll just be writing out in 40 minutes envied amuse that would be foot for a minute. So, ideally, you would be writing this down in your target. Language is well saying the second you studied 32 minutes, do another straight line close to 32 minutes and you can get it and right, 32 minutes, 32 foot. Obviously, that that's how it would look at the top. Here. I'll be using the brown that is part of my color scheme, and I'll be doing a straight line and across kind like the black straight line I've been doing. Oh, it's where I will write you can either right study tracker or you can write time tracker. All right, study. And then I'll use my black and all right tracker right next to that. Just smaller finish off the line at a little cursive in here. I had a few plants. It's so ideally your city check will end up looking something like this, and you would just filling the bars for each day of them are 4. Duolingo Tracker: personally, I don't use dueling Go. But I saw this duo lingo idea online, and I figured that it would be a pretty useful idea for a lot of people who do use to a lingo for their study. I actually got this spread idea from So Layla on ready, So Yeah, Thank her for that. Okay, So at the very top artists right now, do a lingo tracker. But if you are using dueling goto, learn multiple languages, I would suggest you running down duo lingo and then the name of the language for each language that you're learning. So you, which honestly, was like that complicates a language journal a little bit. Teoh do multiple languages. But I guess you could just right now, on most stuff in both languages and again, I'm using this teal color that is part of my color scheme to keep things consistent. And then I'll be using my black pin too. Add some cursive. - Now , if you can draw that dueling go owl, then go for it. Cysts. I don't know how to draw it, so I'll be leaving it off. But I feel like that would be too addition to this for the actual structure. Part of it, though. You'll look at your dueling go tree. Um, And if you're not exactly familiar with what, like what that means is it s basically the modules that you have to do undo a lingo. I can put it back. I put up on my laptop back there. That would be your tree right here, all those different modules that you have. And I'm not saying that you have to write on all of them cause that's kind of a lot, but at least right now on a pretty decent amount first or starting out wherever you are, your dueling go journey. So as you can see, the first thing that I have in Vietnamese is I'm sure this is kind of consistent on multiple languages is alphabet. So I just do a rectangle appear and again you could totally use a straight in to make sure everything is straight. And since looking at the tree, I see that basics has five different levels of crowns. So, like if you understand what that means, it has five to high levels basically, and I'll be doing dash lines in between this rectangle to represent the five different levels, so you can see that it's five lines and they right underneath all write down the name of the module, which, in this case, like I said, is out of it. But and so, ideally, once you would start feeling this when she would start completing modules, you would fill it in. So, you know, if you finish the 1st 2 hopefully you just get a filling out the color that you were using for the rest of your spread. Keep things going. Cute. Because this thing Hey, I'm showing this for dueling globe. Honestly, this would work for most language applications. If you're using memorize, I'm sure there's a way you could do this as well in other ones. Like babble. Um, it's about all I could think of, um, language pod one a one even like I talking if, like, there would be ways for you to incorporate as kind of spread like this. If you fight created a curriculum for your so or if you're studying at an educational institution and they've created a curriculum for you and you know what it is, you can literally lay the holding out. Even like for the whole next year if you want. So you said the basics. You finished 1st 1 and I've noticed that a lot of dueling go modules have levels on the five levels. All of them have levels, but you have five levels. Seems to be the average, at least at the beginning. When I'm noticing. Yeah, Or you could even, like, fill that in straight across if you want. So you can see is that continue going here. You'll be reaching checkpoints. So it's cute, you know, know that as well. You know, as you keep going, you'll see that this is actually one of the few spreads that stands two pages. So this ad I'll be putting checkpoints to if you know anything about how long. Um do illegal trees are, you'll probably realize that you when you probably need more than these two pages depending on how big you write, you write pretty small. You know, you might make you but if you were going for a neatness, I would suggest you using multiple pages show you exactly what this is looking like. This would be checkpoint to right underneath. I have numbers than I have three different categories here. And if you want to replicate this in your bullet journal, then you would literally draw it exactly like that. So I would only be putting one in this column and that one would be numbers. Uh, and then underneath I would have three more rectangles, each labelled accordingly. So continuous boarding all numbers, Yeah, burst as if you just really like the tree shaped and you want to stick insisting with that Or you can put these kind of randomly you put continuous right next to numbers if you want . Does it really matter too much? So I don't know. This is what your dueling go plainer were pretty much end up looking like. I think there's just this spy looks pretty cute and again, like I said, it could be used for basically any application that it's kind of structured in this way the next. But I'll be showing is a new vocabulary spread, and I'll discussing a bit about creating a labelling system for yourself. 5. New Vocabulary Spread #1: So just to start here, a few different new vocabulary spreads I've had in the past is one. It is another one. Even over here is another one. So he's condemn Finitely. Very. But you can see I like getting kind of colorful. It's making it kind of fun. Honestly, this spread a super simple and it's honestly just like language notes. This is more less of a planning spread and more of an actual note taking spread. Just keeping up with the color scheme all using the brown I've been using. And all right, leave this. I'll be ready Neutral cobbler at the top. But if you're trying to a maximum ease, maximize the space that you have. You don't even have to include this of the top. You could basically look at the page and tell what you're looking at. But you know, asked that eggs famous last time Take your black pen. You can see this is nothing special. But you can really make your notes that quite unique just by adding a little bit a fancy typography. So the headings here, quite simply, all you need to dio top here is write down word. This would be the word in your target language, then you could either right on translation or meaning, obviously writing down meaning. But of course, this could just be the English translation for the translation of the word into your mother tongue all the way to the side. Here I'll be writing sin tanks or image so which everyone that I feel like would better represent. I would better help me remember the word. I'll put that here. So a sentence of the the be an example sentence using the term and that would help me grass some context that maybe the word alone won't help me notice or an image will just help me remember it more. But images are better for just like concrete sounds like apple or something. Now, while I do like doing the whole, every other line thing is a different color because it really host what distinguishing and making sure things don't run together. I understand that this color is a bit dark and also she get a little bit more into that when I start talking about labelling. But for this abusing the lightest color I actually have among my markers, which is this tan and this actually is still pretty consistent with a color scheme. Has this Tan and brown are actually not that much different and tan. Still kind of like in the same color family as that Brown. So this so look pretty good. Little consistent. And while I do totally understand that this this notebook right here is not a bully journal , if you had a bullet journal or even online journal, you would be auto use that pretty much to guide your lines. But this literally doesn't have anything. My actual language journal is a bully journal, and I can use that for guiding, but because this doesn't I really just have to use this straight line here. Teoh are this straight notebook my dad's you got in my lines. But this is pretty simple. Pretty quick, depending on how many words you want to put. Depends well, like determine how big you make the space between each line. Honestly, each. I have to do one of these about each week because I learned a lot of new vocabulary during the week, and I learned quite a lot of words. So these lines are a bit the gaps between them are a bit bigger than I would normally use. But like I said, this is a demonstration. I am trying to say you guys time, it'll get the same point across. And keep in mind that if you have ah, highlighter, you could even use that and literally right on top of the highlighter instead of writing in between each sign, which is what I planted you here. But as you could have seen on my other spread, I was literally writing right on top of the highlighter. And if you do have a light enough highlighter and one that won't mess up the color labeling that you're doing, then you can definitely do that as well, like right here. So here's what This right bullets. Millie ends up looking like I'll do a few little lines right next to the words saying, consistent with the theme and just indicating that this is indeed the heading. Um, if you have like, yeah, what an example of this and use. Um, let's just do the word that I wrote down earlier. Just seeing chow, meaning allow and then a sentence being Joe man is Hello, You are. So that would be a suit tunes. And if I decided to have not done a sentence and have instead done an image, I could just do something simple, like a hand waving. Not the best hand, I'll admit. But all in all, I do the tickets, the job done and just talk a little bit, just about like creating a labelling system for yourself. I just say that because some nice and you're you're writing down words. English has a lot of words that double as there were types, so you'll have a word that's sundown and an adjective or an an adjective and a verb, and that can be really confusing when you're learning that language. Sometimes your notes are ambiguous and you don't really know like what the word means. Like myself, I was learning the enemies. I learned the word for clean. I thought it was the verb for, you know, to clean and actually turned out to be the adjective clean. And, you know, we're creating tennis's. That's a real problem because it's not a legitimate sentence when you use an adjective and you response to use the verb. So this, like an example of these words in English would be like dressed. Dress can be a verb as and I dressed myself dressed could be a noun, as in, I wear a dress, Um, and it can even be like an adjective. You say I'm dressed up, so you know, that's pretty confusing. And if you don't want to have to make the indication like seen child in this case is not really like any of those. It's a greeting. It's a phrase. So if there was, like a word that I physically knew that I wanted to write down like like, for example, which is actually clean in Vietnamese. But it is the active, not the verb. So if you don't want to have to do this whole thing, we have to do that, indicate that on each one and get a little bit annoying. If you have a labelling system, you don't have to do that. So instead of doing that, my labelling system is pretty like unique. I won't really go into it too much, but I was here on my website https um, Coleman's last last www dot culture simplicity dot com. I'll make it below. I do have label guides that I provide and I hope you create a personalized labelling system for yourself. And I even talk about why I use some of the colors that I use and how they've been assigned . Scientifically proven Teoh Improve memory retention. I have a color guide, a whole master guiding color and memory retention on my website that you can also check out on like all that below. And I even have an article on different kinds of color coding as well. So if you had a form of color coding, to distinguish between adjectives now is at to distinguish between adjectives now as adverbs and verbs. The number pi looks something like this, you know, it would be color coding, and psych yellow would just be for attitudes. That's actually not my specific color coding system. Might is more based on emotion and just like the connotation behind the words. So, you know, clean. That's pretty positive. And I have my yellow That was me, indicate, and I know that when I highlight on your needs like this, I know that it's an adjective, so that's just unique to what I do. But keep in mind to create like a labeling system for your So if I had, like, a verb se legs owns it, which is clean, that's the verb. Instead of having to do that, I would just do Oh, that. And then I know what my word categorization is. And that is just, of course, color coding, and I even we use a symbol to indicate the kind of herb in this case. It is an action for any labeling system work, but it really does make the whole note taking process more engaging, more a directive and more fun. 6. New Vocabulary Spread #2: here is your second use vocabulary spread in case that one. You didn't like it as much. This one is even a bit more interactive. It kind of has the same layout as the last one. You can totally do this heading again, but this time we'll be using sticky notes just to say the least. So I'll be doing word at the top again. Then I'll be writing sentence instead of meaning like I did on the last one and all the way over here. Here, operating pronunciation. I just said, You know that when you're first learning the language, it could be really hard to remember. Pronunciation and a lot of notes don't really like include it. But I know for me I would have to find other ways to include it if you know I p a in the international Cinetic alphabet, and this would be the perfect place to write that. But from those part, most of you probably be doing something like I don't know, like for me sake, the word on the last page. It's pronounced like psych, so that's what I would write, and I would tell me what the pronunciation was and then you know the word. It would again be sake. And then to show you how to use this sticky note This taking notice small. But I do also know smaller, sticky nose to do exist, as you saw on my other one, so you can use the size you want. This depends on like, how much money you're willing to span. How many sticky notes you wanna use, But like right here, you can see that these are the smallest ones. But if you want to, like, save some money on, I will show you how you can use this for mournful words, who is pretty simple. You just take it. The sticky side is right here, and I would just cut it, and I could it basically, just like how big the word is right now. I know that this could seem like a lot of work, but like it just depends on what she want to do. And then you just cover up the word and you write the translation on the top. So, like I said, the translation is clean. Either I could highlight this one is part of my color coding system or a highlight the word underneath, but like it doesn't really matter. By doing that, I know it's the ash to sentence. I could just do something for services. I would recommend you look it up or find some reliable settings like in a textbook or something Don't like, really try to make this innocence yourself free handing it cause it might be wrong. I mean, you have to be just pretty confident in your ability before you start doing that. So going go cough, then sick. That's just a pretty quick sentence. And again, color coding can come back into play. And I will this time be showing you well, You could do it when you are writing over it like I briefly demonstrated in the last one. So instead of you have any right in between each line, you were literally just right on top of the highlighter. I just use the same word that I used in the last one over here to kind of indicate what it sounds like. Then there would be a sentence right here keeping my You could also do a visual like I showed in the last one that I just sent it right down on for this time again. You could just cut this digging up again, placed the money one over here, and then you would have to clean on top or I've used my label right there, and I would have just known it was a verb anyway. No, I'm just indicate even more, adding that to make sure I know that's over, you know, staying consistent with aesthetics, I'll be adding a top ahead as well. - I don't have that. You've been totally put that putting that new vocabulary and put word ST chains pronunciation in your target language as well. If you know those words, or if you're willing to look them up and memorize them, that could also be a really easy way to make sure that you're engaging with your target language as you set up the journal and is showing you the two new McAlary spreads. That's how they both look pretty similar, but each with different benefits and, like demonstrated, this one used sticky notes, and it kinda helps you create your own little in journal flashcard system. And you can really use any size here. An expert I'll be showing is the forgotten vocabulary spread 7. Forgotten Vocabulary Spread: All right. So this right here is actually my new vocabulary spread in my personal bullet journal. What language journal? I guess. But I want to show you guys how toe Do it yourself. In this journal. I really like this break has again against the whole flashcard film, which has always been effective when learning a language. So basically, you'll start by phoning the page and have which I know that this may feel really weird on if you just I feel like you can't do that. You feel like it's wasting paper. Then, um, I would just suggest taking a copy she of paper and glue, like taping it to this side here instead of folding it personally. I just like this because I thought it was a united a unique idea, and it was kind of nice to create. It's almost fun, you know? That's the goal with language learning. So on this hop, I am going to be writing the English translation of the word and like the name indicates this is forgotten vocabulary. So, you know, I forgot it. I mean, I use dunking, which is a flashcard system, and if I'm reviewing and I know, it's aware that, like I looked at an offsite, Wow, that is totally did not come to me. That means I forgot it. So it would be going on this friend. And as you could actually have seen on the spread, I just showed I didn't even including heady heading because I knew exactly what it waas. But if you do want to include one or aesthetics reasons and just for later on indicating here it is, and again this Contos early be written in your target language. I honestly think what? Your language journal. You should be reading as much of it in your target language as possible. Like I said, this is a demonstration for you guys. So I'm leaving it in English. Just so you know, you guys will understand what it's saying, and I love to do every other line again because it helps me indicate, But it helps me just make sure distinguishing between the words and see if I have a lot on this on this space. It's not like super big of using this for a straight edge. And believe it or not, you guys, I actually do have a ruler. I'm just not using it. But you have. Ruler would probably probably nice here. And like you see on that one, you could right on top of the highlighter or you could write in between just depends on how big your highlighter is, what space you believe in between. I think since I showed you what it looks like when you run on top, I'll be showing you what it would look like if you would right in between, because again, this is still a good indicator. It still is a good way to distinguish. If anything, it just looks like a no book. She But the lines you think And you know, if you want to add some more color, you can totally do that. I find that different colors looks even prettier when you are writing directly on top of the colors. Um, for this I don't need to use dimmer colors because the words are gonna be separating them like it's a baby like it was probably kind of like a little confusing. Almost every single highlighting highlighted line was the same color, cause it's pretty a chance at some point they were like running to each other and then the indication like distinguish distinguishable factor, we begin to get a bit messed up. But when I'm reading between the lines, this is totally fine. You can't like tone I'm doing here. Um, I'm gonna be using scissors. So you're gonna need that. That's one of their supply that I did not mention at the beginning. But for this spread, at least you'll need some scissors. And like I said, you could have used it for the sticky notes as well. If your sticky notes are bigger or you could use about a sick, you know, it's the smaller ones. They're called sticky flags, not too hard. If I, they would go color scenes looking pretty cute and this opinion on how you like want to do it, um, you can write everything out first and then cut after or you can cut as you right. I find that I like to cut, like, right after I write it. Um, just because I think it's a little flimsy when you're writing on it after has already been cut. So whatever, I don't know. So on this side it would be the English translation, so I'll just write that for Dimmitt for demonstration English word. And then on this side you would write it in your target language. And again, you totally do that same hole colors color than if you want. And for even some more indication, even put a number next to it so that you know, it's numbered one. I know that it's matched up with this 1st 1 here, and they go here would just be a go down this whole page it fill it up for gettin vocab. But the charge it translation were on this side. Put the English translation and I have my scissors and I'm not gonna be coming from here. That's it's not what's going on here. You're gonna have to cut from this end. That way it'll flap open literally like kinda like a sinking out. Almost but like no secret park be like flat. And like I said, normally I would cut right after I right both translations. But position you are. Did you see? I'm pretty much cutting on the lines here, so that will make sure that I don't mess up with how words matchup because it's really freshening. The words on this side don't match up with the words on her need. Oh, that's so frustrating. Try to avoid that at all costs. Is we just again White Numbering could really help with that as well. So regular finished cutting it'll look like this and to kind of avoid what the papers tendencies to do, just pull them. But all back over on this sign, and then you just closed the journal. So there's your forgotten bow caps spread. Next we have your most used phrases. 8. Most Used Phrases Spread: Here's what my most use phrases spread looks like in my personal bullet journal. And I'm gonna be showing you guys how to construct this. Spread yourself flipping to the next page from your forgotten vocab. As always, we like a good heading. So since the color scheme, like I said, is three colors here on, then no black. If you want to include that, I'll be a switching back to pink for my header. I'll be using this breath, the brush tip and reading most used phrases. Okay. And if you it is only self explanatory, then most use phrases just a phrases that you notice that you use quite often when you're communicating in that target language or that you just see often you're reading. We're like language exchange. You see them a lot. She probably be here because they're phrases that you we do good to know. You know, we didn't have that whole nature the after you set up the structure for all of these, you can definitely go back and add some more design, okay? And I do notice these flu lines, you can just ignore them. They're not actually bleeding through there just because I was doing those lines so fast that I was actually going off the page. But, you know, you'll take more time and you're going. Like I said, I'm trying to not waste you guys time with this, trying to show you how to do these as quickly as possible so that you could get started as quickly as possible. Kids have to go here. It's fun. Okay, so the heading is going to say were Oh, my bad, you guys, It doesn't actually have to say that. That's what it would say for the most use phrases you don't have to put downward. You actually don't need anything else other than most used phrases. So I would actually just be numbering that and putting too three for As you can see this, you would just fill this in with how much space you have in my personal bullet journal. I ended up having 37 spaces. Depends how big your journal is, How big you, right? This one is really just based on how big I right, But when you have your bullet journal, hopefully you'll be going based on space. In between the death, the dotted lines and As you can see again, I'm circling right here. But as I did on this one, I did not circle. So it's up to you. It's what you want to dio and then you add some color back in. I'll just use this again to distinguish, and I'm actually gonna be showing you guys the other end. I've been using this this brush tip for most of it. But if you do have color pains, they're definitely useful as well. This is a doors here, and I'll just be doing in between each number this time. You could even do the lines first if you want, and then draw the numbers. It it doesn't really matter. Either way, it pretty much turns out the same look. And then in between each line, you would just write down the most use phrase. Pretty self explanatory. So restaurant demo This was like the world's least comprehensive cursive writing. This is how your most used phrases will end up looking. So there you go. And in my personal that General like I show this is where I'm currently I'm at number 12 and it's just been pretty useful here. You can see why color coding comes so nice because it can look so cute if you dio Okay, so there's your most use spray. Your most used phrases spread Next bread I will be showing is conjugation. 9. Conjugations Spread: So for your conjugation spread, this one is a little difficult to show for different target languages because something which is don't have congregations and some have tons and some have very few. So on this gonna be showing a pretty general in Presley, my target language doesn't have consultations. And if yours doesn't sit the spread But I have learned Spanish and passed, and I know that I kind of know, like, the pattern, at least Spanish congregations follow. And I feel like at least quite a few mainstream languages will also follow that general pattern. Um, yeah, so I'll be doing staying consistent with my color scheme writing congregations at the time . You just have to say, pretty consistent with the far I've been doing. And you notice that just when you're going back to your bullet, your No, it's the little things are Do your language journal. It's just the little things that can make it look really nice and like something you're proud of, other than learning the languages is a extremely honorable should be. Probably that in itself. You have to think pretty to demonstrate you are just on a roll. Okay, I think it's always fun to spice up things and, you know, change the orientation of the page. So, as a general, congregations, um, it's like guideline. Almost. That would be a good starting place for a categorization. I'll go buy taints so future pests and present over here. Let's just do it from this left to right. Okay. So, always, like that kind of the bottom of the sheet would be future. Just written this way, Middle would be present on the right. We have passed in. I always add some to that. I'll be doing arrows. Just a a little bit of cute nous Do what? I guess what? Uh, finishing out some straight lines and going back to my color here. Just underlining each one. I think so. It's a future president and has All right, so this is just basically like the most they say this congregations. I'm glad that I could give you even I know that in Spanish you have a r e r. And I are, but you know, I don't want to just make this specifically for Spanish. I want to make this kind of general, so I'll be doing it. I'll just be you know, assuming that your target language has six different forms in each tents which would be first person singular first person, plural, second person, singular sing a sighted person, poor room and their person singler third person plural and imagine they would write out anything any additional ones you have une below that. But if there is not any additional ones, and this one should work fine and you could just use the area but load right now it's mixture notes. Of course, it isn't what she would really be writing. And yours, you would be writing down the actual word. And I don't even have anything to diminish because Vietnamese doesn't have congregations, but yes Oh, an English first person plural would be we Listen, case if you were, like, a little confused by what I meant by that you Oh, him she day. And it would just be nice to go through and highlight. Keep up some color, spoke them color bursts. There was bring your journal alive. All right, so little cut right there. But annex and drop shadows makes it look a bit more abstract. And it does give it kind of like an artistic unique flair from the rest of the journal. So that's present. And then this would be future, and I'm making kind of the same assumption. All in all, this is how the conjugation spread. We'll turn out looking if you do it. If you do end up doing it. This is hot looks, but I do think it looks pretty cute. I like it. I feel like I feel a bit on making this tutorial swift, but the next spread is going to be on opposites. And then we have a visual dictionary, and that will be the end of this course. But they hope without it. So we finished cutting. It'll look like this and to kind of avoid what the papers tendencies to do, just pull them. But all back over on this sign, and then you make sure that it's they're not getting been over. You don't want that happen. And then you just closed the journal pages. Nobody star. Okay, so close it. That way they'll lay down how I want them to. All right, So they got it says next forgot. Invoke him at the top. Got my first English room right here. Translation. So there's your forgotten bow caps spread. Next, we have your most used phrases 10. Opposites Spread: So here's my bullet Journal language Journal. Its current opposite spread looks like I'll just show you guys how to do this right quick. It's a pretty simple spread, but it does help with understanding vocabulary at, like a deeper level, and it encourages you make connections is always pretty essential when you're learning a language. Yes, so opposites, you know. You know, opposites are you have, like, hot. You would write cold on the other side pretty basic, but like it will help you learn the words. I think it will help you learn it them faster and make those associations quicker. So at the top, as we always do, I'm going to be putting a heading. And, you know, since this is a language journal, it would be ideal to write it in the target language, which again I haven't been demonstrating the whole video side said, because I once you ought to be able to understand it. So also be writing opposites Here is a well so opposites you guys and like, totally see that this isn't even super in me or anything. You don't want the set up, just take, but so long you want to get right into the actual benefits of the language journal wishes, engaging with your target language and labelling and making it signed. You don't want to focus, but so long on creating it. But, you know, if you do have the mixture time, no need to rush it. Either. You want to be enjoyable. Should be kind of therapeutic, as bullet journaling normally is who wasn't too hot. Let's put that there and like I like I have been doing on most spreads. You can number it, but you don't have to. This bright particularly. It does not matter if you number, so I'll be putting bullets your bullet points, making sure to leave enough space essays. Each of these look like they're about centimeter apart again. I'm not to get eyeballing measurements, but it you know, it doesn't matter too much whether or not they actually are not. And with an actual religion, all this would be easier to tell anyway, because you could price do it in between each line as I did hear or not between slime, each like, you know, dotted line. You know that we can see here so pretty basic you would write one word on this side and being how, like a cute arrow here, I think this as a bohemian flares your notes, and then you would write the other word over here. So if you want, you could even do two lines. And I do think that it makes it a little bit easier when you can finally have it decided on it first, like you want. Like the positive adjectives on this side and the negative one on this night. Great. And no, opposites are positive. Negative. But like in my mind, if I hear hot and cold, I think hot it's positive. So I would put that over here and then cold over here if you have, um, you know, nice. And me nice over here mean over here, it, you know, you can find other ways to do it. It's not too hard if you have selfish, but that here on. So, you know, unselfish right here. Selfish over here. I just feel like that helps is a little bit with the memory, just in case, you know, for whatever using you forget which word is which you can try to remember. Like how you feel about the words the words generally mean. Then you'll be like, although it makes sense that it would be on the right side. So that must be what the word is. You could see I didn't do these lines on my actual bullet journal because I did have the dotted lines in them, so I didn't have to. But no, I do feel like it's it kind of makes this, but I look a bit more complete than if you would just leave empty and again. We never want our notes to run together that will. That would literally defeat the point of your bullet journal. If it's ambiguous and you can't tell what's going on, then there's no reason to keep one. You want it to be separated and you wanted you wanted to be something that you want to look at and then you can even add some color. And I do have my color tomb so I can totally just switch up the color scheme. And do you, Justus many in this color, anything kind of like have a little pattern going on again. You don't have to free, and this probably for the best if you don't But if you ever study hand and go for it. So actually just changed the density. These are the same colors, but like the the colored in pink inside, Kind of like didn't work too well on me. I don't know if it's decided the pin or not. But anyway, I still do have, like, a little color pattern going on. And, you know, if you would you want to play with density. That could really make your notes that interesting. I don't only have to play with color. Like if I wanted to make these black lines thicker. I could totally do that, You know, maybe I will. So I had to have this black pain here, and I can just use did the grand. And keep in mind this is not permanent. It will not be bleeding through. Do not use permanent markers, please. Okay, so here is what you're opposite. Spread will end up looking like if you decide to follow this. I like it. I think is pretty cute and gets the job done is right. Opposites on each side and you'll get the benefits are next spread is our last spread of the course, and it is your visual dictionary. I just couldn't get a look like this. And to kind of avoid what the papers tendencies to do, just pull them. But all back over on this sign, and then you make sure that it's they're not getting been over. You don't want that happen. And then you just closed the journal pages. No star. Okay, so close it. That way, they'll lay down how I want them to. All right, So they got it. Says next forgot. Invoke him at the top. Got my first English room right here. Translation. So there's your forgetting vocab spread. Next, we have your most used phrases. 11. Visual Dictionary Spread: last spread is a visual dictionary. I have quite a few hosts block posts about the benefits of visuals for language learning, and I'm pretty. I'm a pretty big advocate of it, like I do a lot of doodle pages, and they're one of my favorite things in my language journal. So I feel like I really needed to include them. Her you are. Ideally, your visual dictionaries would be alphabetical, but is that just sounds like a lot of work. Sounds like I think you don't want to do it doesn't actually have to be alphabetical. You don't have to do that. I just like that would help with organization, and it would capture the dictionary part of it a little bit better. But as you just noticed on my doodle pages, they weren't after medical. And you, if you do decide to do alphabetical, though I would. Such is doing alphabetical by like the subject you're learning, like the topic you're currently in, what unit you're in in your program, your educational lists, institution and then you know off but have advertising vocabulary terms in the unit that you're currently studying. But that's a suggestion. So visual dictionaries are pretty simple, and it set up a spread is not like heart it all because, really, the work comes in when you actually are drawing in the pictures. But ideally, like depending on how movie letters you have here, you don't really know. Like what letters You will be a meeting. I don't know. Like what? Kind off that your target language has Mine has a lot in out of it. So it has, you know, ABC, But it doesn't have all the same letters. Like there are a few dialect, like a few diet critics that change the letter and the sounds, So I can't really personalizes to your target language, so that's gonna be your job, all right? And I'm using this coaster to straighten out the lines. Okay, So what I think, I think what's practical here before four images per line? No, I say line like you. You know, for if this was a line, you would have four images here. So four images in line, I guess. And then just see how many set as you go. Hopefully you'll have at least six. So then you have 24. Even more would allow you to do an image for each picture. Reach letter of the alphabet. But granted, that's right. Not gonna happen for a specific subject. And like I said, your language might not have the same out of it. Your language might have. Significantly more letters might have less. I don't really know. I know Ty has like, 70 something, so this one would be enough spaces and you have to do another page. But I guess it just depends on how many vocabulary turns you'll be, including on your visual dictionary, because I totally understand that some words are not considered visual at all. It would be very hard to draw a picture for them, but I do think there's fun and stretching your imagination. Concrete mounds are pretty simple those that you could touch so like drawing a tree. You can totally do that individual dictionary drawing abstract noun like integrity. You know, that's it's a little bit harder. You could definitely figure it out. I've done it quite a few times, So above these lines you would be drawing an image, and then under each line you would be writing the word for the image in. Ideally, it would be in alphabetical order. So that's what I would do. This side part here and on this part, I would suggest you write down your whole out of it. Like I guess. Like I said, if you're often massively like 70 characters, you might have yet to do that. But I would at least suggest you try. Okay, so, um, Vietnamese doesn't actually have Z. Um, so yeah, but I'm gonna be doing this pretending like you have. Ah, traditional Latin top a bit enemies. It doesn't have a few these letters, but this golden this is to familiarize yourself with the alphabet. Even if you are already this can always just help freshen up your mind. And it might make you really sensing you didn't exactly notice before, So a b c d e f g this I have to do it this way because I can't write it backwards. Que Oh, see you. Me So you'd have all it on the side there. Just like as a comic, it would kind of show the visual dictionary at least the direction you're generally going in. And then you would fill it in, like accordingly. So if there were that you were learning started within our we would probably be somewhere around. One of these started with liking them. It would be like around here, one of these. No remedy for l. You know, it's a visual dictionary. I hope you kind of you get that. And you know, you want to add the color, Keep up the aesthetics theme course, I'll be writing visual dictionary at the top. - And then I mean, these all look, so wow. Okay, so these don't look like great. So if you want, you can totally just trace over the letters. I won't lead exactly tracing over them because I don't want in this smear. Do you have a sneer? Proof marker? Armenia. Smear proof. Hmm. Maybe not. Um, no, it's not looking too bad, but my pain is not a smear proof. I really want to risk it. So I'm gonna cannot be going around. That just keeps up the color that's makes it look interesting. And, you know, if you want to go that last step and just go over it, then you won't be my guess. You don't want to make it to dark where you can't see what you're reading but I will show you what that looks like. Like I said, if you don't have smear proof markers, I don't suggest doing this. My mother actually is. It's your fruit. I mean Syria with pins. My marker is my pain is not smear proof, sneer proof, but my marker bite be cause it's not sneering, so that's that's really nice. So there we go. There's your visual dictionary spread not anything like super fancy, but gets the job done as all the spreads to. So that's a little flip back through. Show you what these air looking like. I tried to stay pretty consistent. Which color scheme of peak that turquoise and brown in the study backer this morning, making from a long way. You guys, it's been fun. Thank you guys so much for watching this course he was. Don't even stand. It means so much to me, literally. I love language, learning and sharing my passion, and that's why I have a whole blonde dedicated to it. Like I said, I have a little bit about the links below. You have to check them out if you want. I have a few different language journal guys that you can try out. So I really want to make sure that you enjoy this process. You make it unique to you. 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