Reading my old language learning notes

Reading my old language learning notes

Hello, everybody. I hope you’re doing well and you have a lot of time for language learning (as it’s vacations! ). To inspire you more, I prepared a new article for you. Recently, I’ve found my old language learning notes and I thought that I could share with you. I like making notes, organise them and use different colours. Sometimes it is too much! For my language notes, I take simple notebooks (nothing special) and just try to organise them by categories – grammar, new words, exercises, texts, explanations, etc.

Today, I will show you my old Polish, French, Spanish, English and (a little bit) German notes. Let’s get started!

English grammar problems!

I remember at school I always had problems with the English grammar. Of course, it happens even now (unfortunately!) with some difficult tenses, but nevertheless, my grammar notes helped me to learn and to understand at least the main tenses. The first thing I did is that I took my sticky notes, wrote down the grammar structures and explanations, and simply stuck them on my study desk before my nose, so I could see them all the time. Later, I decided to write them down in my notebook, so I could add more examples and schemas. Here is a page of my English grammar notebook.


Learning Polish really seriously!

Polish is my the very first language that I started to learn on my own. Even if I felt that it is enough easy for me to understand, to read and to say something, I knew that the Polish grammar is more difficult (comparing with the Ukrainian grammar). I had some problems to write without making mistakes. So, my Polish notebook I organised by cases. To my mind, it is the most complicated, as the endings sometimes change in a weird way 🙂

Here you can see, for example, the ablative case has two stickers – singular and plural forms.



In this way, I can quickly find the case that I need and revise it.


On the other pages, I worked only with the vocabulary. 


French – that was really crazy times!

When I entered the University, my second language was French. But we started learning it from the second year, so the first year was entirely English. The only problem is that I’ve already started learning French at school and I didn’t want to forget it. So, I learned French on my summer vacations. I had a lot of French notebooks, but now I have just two. The first one has only the grammar tenses. I stuck there some irregular verbs and I wrote down the tenses. Later, when I noticed that I don’t understand certain grammar topics I also noted them in this notebook.



My second French notebook I like a lot (not just because of the cover page)!


There, I mastered my French. So, there you can see some more difficult topics.


One thing that works great for me is rewriting some texts and underlining words that I don’t know. So, after the text, I write down the vocabulary.


Spanish? No problems!

I didn’t try hard to learn Spanish. I did it (and I am still doing it) for fun. Just because I LOVE the sound of this language. I don’t have difficulties with its grammar, so I noted that once and forever 🙂 What I am trying to do more is to learn new words, so I often add some new ones there.


German – I really hope to learn it one day!

Honestly, I don’t have a lot of German notes, and plus, the most of them have the same structure as the rest of my other notes. The only thing I wanted to show you is how I distinguish the German genders. I don’t know about you, but for me, it is a catastrophe 🙂 So, I just write them down in different colours. For example, for the feminine gender, I chose the pink one, for the masculine – blue and for the neutral – green.


In this way I can quickly understand the gender and thanks to my good working visual memory I memorise them faster. I can’t wait start learning German during my studies in October!

That’s all for today. I hope you liked my language learning notes and if you want I can also write about my current notes for some other languages that I learn.

All your opinions are important for me, don’t hesitate to share them in the comments below!

9 commentaires

  1. Czy wiesz, kim jest Brad Pitt?
    Hahahha, I think every Polish teacher/textbook uses that example!
    Question: Is it or was it harder, you think, to learn languages not in the Cyrillic script, or are you just used to it now?

    1. Haha, I guess! To learn Polish, I used « Hurra po polsku » textbook. It is really good one.
      Concerning your question: no, it wasn’t hard for me, as I started learning English when I was 6. So, I am used to it. I have never had any difficulties to learn another non Cyrillic script language. It’s just came in a natural way 🙂 And what about you, have you tried to learn a language in the Cyrillic script?

      1. Yes, I am trying to learn Russian but I haven’t had much time to practice so I’m still struggling with Cyrillic.

  2. Nice post Olga, I envy your organised approach! I’m learning Ukrainian very slowly but need to speed up as I’m going to Kyiv and Odesa in the autumn. I’d love to read more about your approach to note taking.

    1. Thank you! Wow, that will be a great travel. Say hello to Kyiv for me, please 🙂 In my opinion, you can use the same approach that I use for my Polish notes. I mean to devise your notes according to the grammar cases, and new words. In Ukrainian it is important to understand how to use them (the cases), as well as the grammar tenses, like for example, past imperfective and perfective forms. Good luck!


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