Tracking My Progress

How do you guys keep track of your language learning progress? Do you use a spreadsheet? A calendar? Plain ol’ pen and paper? As a lazy person, I can’t always trust myself to study day in and out so I’ve been finding ways to remind myself to do it.

Currently I use Coach.me (which used to be called Lift). It’s a free iOS, Android and web app that let’s you set goals for yourself and requires you to “check in” every day.

Not only do I use it for Korean studies, I also have other goals on there such as Be Grateful, FlossDo Squats and less regular ones like Pack Lunch The Night Before for the days I have school. The app lets you set a weekly targets (e.g. every day, only Tues and Thurs, etc.) and reminders that can bug you at specific times in the day.

Below is my current progress so far! As you can see, I’ve literally only started self-studying in mid-January. So far I’ve had a 10-day streak which I’m quite proud of. The goal now is to avoid breaking that streak!

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Another tool I use is Toggl. This is what I use as a freelance web designer to track my hours. I realized recently that it could also be useful for tracking how long I spend each day doing school assignments and also studying Korean!

Here is the kind of info you would see over time (names of projects replaced to maintain privacy).

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It gives you the ability to be more specific too, so what I plan to do is not only track “Korean” but maybe “Korean – TTMIK”, “Korean – Speaking”, and “Korean – Writing”.

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FLR Method

Moses McCormick is a polyglot who shares his method of learning languages on his YouTube channel. He calls it the Foreign Language Roadrunning (FLR) Method. You can see it in action in the video above (skip to the 9:00 mark), where he practices his Korean by walking into stores and striking up conversations with strangers.

Notice how he repeats many of his answers when native speakers ask him questions: “I’ve studied Korean for 2 years”, “I’m self-taught”, “I have never been to Korea but I’ve been to Japan and Taiwan”. From what I’ve seen on his site, these make up the core of his method (at least the early stages of it) which focuses on common words/phrases that come up when talking to native speakers.

Even though it seems super intimidating, I really hope to be able to try this one day. 

Right now I’m only a few lessons into the first level of TTMIK, so I would need a better grasp of the fundamentals before I can attempt this. But I know from reading about/listening to other polyglots that speaking in a target language early on is a highly effective way of ingraining it into the memory.