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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Q2 language learning review

Summary of hours In Q2 2021 (the last 3 months), I started tracking the amount of hours I put into language learning. I wanted to see which languages get the most time, and where my time goes! I only track active learning hours (e.g. italki lessons, grammar study, using a textbook, writing essays, engaging with articles) and not passive learning (listening to music, podcasts, and watching movies).  Total hours of languages this quarter: Approx 57 hours! I spent more time this quarter working on side projects and app design than

Not every week needs to look the same – learning languages naturally

The pressure we face With apps that push streaks, YouTubers showing their highly productive morning routines, and social media pushing hustle culture, it’s easy to start to think that we need to perform at the same level of productivity each day.  I’ve found that my energy levels and mental health differs from week to week and I can’t have the same day or same week in terms of language learning results. For that reason, it’s stressful to create a very structured language learning plan where every day or every week

Interesting and fun ways to track your language learning

Why should we track languages? Tracking both your language progress and what you’ve done in a language is not necessary by all means, but I would recommend it for a few reasons.  Not only does it help you see what resources and methods are working, but it also keeps you motivated and accountable for your learning. Tracking how much you’ve done is not a race with yourself or with others – it can merely serve as a good encourager when you are feeling down about seemingly slow progress. You can

5 useful ways to practice languages when you don’t know native speakers

Why it’s important to practice speaking A key part of learning a language to fluency is practicing with a native speaker. Talking to native speakers helps you improve pronunciation, learn natural grammar, and broaden your vocabulary. However, when we learn a new language from scratch, it’s sometimes difficult to find people lear us who speak the language we are learning. How then, can we learn and practice a language without the help of a native speaker? Here are 5 tried and tested tips. 1. Shadowing videos and podcasts If you’d

Getting over the fear of language lessons – 4 useful tips

It’s OK to be nervous! Hello friends! We are all living the COVID life, and a lot of us want to learn languages but at a safe distance. A really good way to do that is by finding a tutor online! But sometimes, we feel really nervous and don’t know how to approach language learning when we’re shy or introverted.  So what do you do when you feel nervous for your first online language lesson?  Here are 4 tips. Tips for introverted language learners Book the lesson as soon as

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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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