Saturday 24 June 2023

Book Review: Fluentish: Language Learning Planner & Journal by Jo Franco (Non-Fiction)

Title: Fluentish: Language Learning Planner & Journal
Author: Jo Franco
Publisher: Teach Yourself
Publication Date: 7 November 2023
Pages: 240
Format: eBook - PDF
Genre: Non-Fiction/Language Learning
Source: ARC via NetGalley

Everyone is capable of learning a language... the secret is knowing  how  to learn.

- Struggling to find a logical pathway through all those books, apps, and foreign films?
- Frustrated by your lack of progress?
- Easily lose motivation?

Netflix travel host, serial language learner, and lifelong journaler, Jo Franco has combined a powerful framework and inspiring journal to make the path to fluency achievable, meaningful and, joyful.

The first half of this simple guide provides a practical blueprint to help you plan and organize your learning while developing skills and good habits for success. It includes all the tools you   goal setting, habit tracking,  a clever  workspace area  to jot down and summarize notes, sections for  vocabulary lists, verb tables,  and more.

The second half guides you through over  60  journal prompts  in a range of thought-provoking topics that will build both your self-awareness and language awareness. You will be able to identify language gaps, practice what you've learned and start writing your story in anew language.

Through journaling,  you will connect both emotionally and logically to your target language  which will create context based on your unique outlook on the world. This 'emotional learning' style will use memory and feeling to help you engage authentically with your study material and grow your fluency one entry at a time. The Fluentish  method creates a mind-body connection to take your learning off the page and into the real world.

Whether you're learning your first or your fifth language, in the classroom or on your own, The  Fluentish   Language Learning Planner and Journal  is the ideal companion to keep you organized, interested, and progressing in a new language. As Jo says,  journaling in a new language is like hiding the vitamins in the you learn a language while embarking on the ever-fascinating quest for self discovery.


I am learning nine foreign languages (some started only in the last 2-3 years, others I have studied since high school (20+ years ago)), so I have experience with many different approaches to language learning. I think Jo Franco's Fluentish: Language Learning Planner & Journal is a very useful resource to come onto the market, especially for those who are either new to self-study language learning or those who struggle to maintain motivation and need a structure to follow. In this latter regard, the book opens by encouraging you to set goals and a study plan, and then it revisits those same questions at the end, so you can assess your progress. There are also sections for recording new vocabulary and grammar patterns you learn, and so can be used in place of separate grammar and vocabulary notebooks. Writing a language is a big part of learning, and the journal prompts provided (organised from beginner to advanced) offer an aid to those unsure what to write about for practice. In short, this book offers one place to record your progress in a language, make notes as you study and practice your writing. I am giving this book four stars. This approach won't be for everyone, but for those with a suitable study style, it could be a valuable tool.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

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