hello! welcome back to maggie’s doodles 😍 i’ve been having SO much fun with my french study journal, so i thought i’d share some pages with you today!
i’ve shared one other post in this series so far! we’ll continue the awesomeness today (haha) by letting you take a peek at my study notes 😏 hopefully this can inspire you along on your own note-taking journey!
learn french with maggie!
here it is!! with my little sharpie squad! (haha) i got this journal very affordably from the thrift store 😍 priced at one dollar! it was very interesting to have to carefully tear out the pages someone else already wrote on (imagine donating a notebook with stuff you wrote in it…?), but once i’d finished that, i was able to make it completely my own.
wanna get a journal like this yourself? here’s a similar one i found on amazon!
many of my pages at the moment feature notes i’ve taken from dylane’s grammar course! (i mention her everywhere i talk about my french-learning journey haha, and she was very sweet to reply to my comment on tiktok! 🥰) taking notes is helping a LOT, since all the information i’m learning is very detailed.
by having notes that are pretty and organized, i love flipping back through the pages to admire my handiwork and have review sessions!
ahh gendered nouns! memorizing french m/f nouns feels quite like solving a mystery, i must say haha #sherlockmaggie
one thing that’s really helping me along in learning french is by writing primarily in french!
so as you can see, i’ve done doodles to represent the french words i’m learning instead of writing the english translation with them.
i mention this in a podcast episode as well (coming soon 😎): since i write the vocab words in french with a doodle, my brain is ‘forced’ to tie the two together instead of relying on the english word i already know!
along with my study notes, i have some fun pages as well! i’ve been listening to vianney a lot lately (haha), and the first lyric of his i really liked was the one i wrote out above. looking up the spelling and learning the pronunciation of french lyrics is a fun addition to learning! (totally didn’t recreate his signature haha)
i LOVE making cute reference pages! as i’m going along studying, i’ll make pages for phrases, groups of words, etc. i’m working on memorizing. it’s very helpful and they’re fun to make!
LOOK!! how adorable are these guys 😂 one of the french review games i play introduced french animal names, and they were all flying straight over my head. so i decided to make a page for them! all the doodles were one-take, which explains why some are huge compared to others, and some (like the cheval) look very odd indeed. all part of the fun, non? haha
shee-hoo! (that’s my real life phrase for something that’s tiring haha) i’ve made four or five pages like this (gendered noun endings ft. their exceptions!), and that’s been quite a lot. i’ve been ‘stuck’ on the same lesson in dylane’s course for about a week now! 🤣
i’m taking my time with it because it will help with retention in the long run. if i go too fast with learning a lot of info like this, my brain will kick it all out.
so by doing a bit each day, i can still focus on the information!
that being said, i want to make some more fun pages soon because all this masculine/feminine noun memorization can weigh you down… #definiteyweigheddownrnhaha
did i mention how much i love pages like this! getting to bring out more sharpies and my colored pencils makes this journal so fun to write in 😍 it’s fun to learn the names of the colors! i can’t wait to learn the names of other colors too.
thank you so much for reading!! if you’re learning a new language, i definitely recommend taking study notes and finding a fun way for you to keep track of your learning progress.
if you do a post sharing your study journal, please comment the link below! i’d love to see your notes 🤩