Learning with my journal

Hello lovelies, 🙂

I hope you are all still safe and healthy these days. I am fine and I am still working from home. It is now nearly one month I have been doing this and there are some advantages of it but also some disadvantages. I miss the small talks with my colleagues and on the other side I start more relaxed into the day because I don‘t need to drive the way to the office.

Another advantage is that I can try out new things which I have at home but I didn‘t find the time to try out. So I decided to learn Japanese more strictly. I am not a good learner when I have to sit down and learn just Katakana and Hirgana. Because of that I thought that a new approach would be a worthy try. 😊

I have some activities and to do‘s in my journal which I do very regularly. For quite some time I tracked my productivity with little doodles. I thought I could combine this with my new way of learning. I will look up the Japanese word for the activity/to do/productivity and every time I use my doodle I will write the Japanese word next to it. During my writing and doodling I will speak out loud the word I will have written.

What I don‘t want to do is write the Japanese word in normal letters. I would like to get a connection between the doodle and the Japanese signs. Every Japanese word which I didn’t use so far I wrote with pencil and when I used it and checked the spelling (for the third time … seriously 😂) then I rewrote it with pen.

Of course I have included a cheat sheet for looking up the Katakana or Hirgana in the back, in case I don’t remember (basically a table you can easily find on Google). 😉

Well, I have practised it now for a while and it helps me a lot. I remember the Katakana/Hiragana better and also it’s now easier to find the syllable sign I need from my cheat sheet. Furthermore, I remember Japanese words now better from the writing, the speaking out loud when writing and the looking up on my cheat sheet.

Do you integrate your learning into your journal? If so, how do you do it? If you don’t, why don’t you. It would be great if you left a comment.

Love to you all and stay healthy,


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