Hi, I'm Lindie Botes, a multi-passionate creator who loves languages and UX design.

I blog about language learning, UI/UX design, life, and healthy mindsets. I help language learners balance languages and life, and help language apps improve their user experiences.

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Restarting Arabic and overcoming my fears

How I’m re-learning Arabic and getting over my fear of speaking to strangers even as a beginner. I took about 3 years of Arabic classes in middle school when I lived in Dubai. As such, we learned Gulf Arabic. It was exciting but I didn’t spend as much effort on it than I would now. After all, it was before language learning was even a hobby for me.

How to get started writing in a new language: 112 writing

Looking to get more out of your writing practice in a new language? Not sure what to write about? Get the writing prompts guide here.

Regardless of which level you are in the language you’re learning, this guide will be useful as it’s packed with 112 writing prompts and activities, writing tips, a 7-step guide to success, and resources that will help you get the most out of your writing.

Do you consider yourself a good language learner?

Have you ever asked yourself this? After speaking at Languages in Science last November, someone in the audience asked me if I consider myself a “good language learner”. I had to pause and think, because it’s not so straightforward to answer.  Have you ever asked yourself, “am I actually a good language learner?”. Or have you ever said to someone else, “you seem like you’re a good learner”. What does this really mean? What do we define by “a good language learner”?. Does a good learner equal someone who becomes

What I’ve learned in 2021: in languages and life

Looking back on the year in general This year has been full of high highs and low lows. First, here are a few small celebrations through numbers. It was a super fun year with regard to language learning, and I enjoyed sharing my progress with you all on YouTube and this blog.  My free monthly language learning roundup newsletter also kicked off in February, and it’s been rewarding to share languages tips and progress with those of you who have subscribed. I also had a great time with mentoring calls on Superpeer, listening to your

A quick guide to encountering and learning Japanese Kanji

How I find and study Kanji For a beginner, I recommend using a structured textbook to learn new kanji. This is a good method because the book is likely to introduce the most common, easiest kanji first, and you won’t feel overwhelmed.  When I started out learning Japanese, I used Japanese for Busy people. I was pleased by how nicely they integrated kanji into the lessons. In the intermediate books, they provide space for you to practice the characters from the lesson.  These days, I learn kanji mostly through reading

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About Lindie

Based in South Africa, I’m a senior product designer at Solvers by day, co-founder of Kaards.io and designer at Skritter by night. 

I run a YouTube channel about language learning to an audience of 310K, as well as a monthly newsletter to 4000 subscribers. 

On the side, I coach language learning techniques to self-study learners, and help language apps solve their problems through UX consultations. 

I speak English, Afrikaans, Korean, Japanese, French, Spanish, Hungarian, Mandarin Chinese, Vietnamese, Arabic, Malay and Dutch to varying levels, and I’m always keen to dabble in new languages and share my methods here on my blog!

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