Today is a bit about language learning, but not really. Hey, I can have other useful things to say other than language learning advice (I’m serious!). Anyway, for a while now, I have heard about this cool thing called Evernote. It’s a free program, that lets you make notes and clip things from the internet and have it save in a central location. Then you can get access to that information through anything that has access to the internet.
It seemed like a good idea, in fact it seemed like a great idea. My one problem was that I don’t take notes. Ask my wife how many times I have gone to the store and gotten half the things wrong, assuming I even get the item at all. It’s not that I can’t or shouldn’t make lists/reminders/notes to myself, or even that I don’t like to. I just don’t do it. I know it’s not a good excuse, but its mine.
How I found a use for Evernote
Even though I am doing a countdown to my new language and letting people vote for, or this month against, the various languages on my list, I have already chosen the language. Which means I am using these next few months to collect as much materials as I can find to help me learn them.
The hard part about it is that I am not trying to learn the language right now. When I find things, I want to be able to organize them easily, but not have to worry about losing it later. (I am a bit absent-minded sometimes.)
This is where Evernote comes in. Any resource or webpage, even YouTube videos, I can add and organize them now. Then on January 1st, I will be ready to hit the ground running. This has simplified what I do to get ready for my next project.
I know there is much more uses than this, so for your benefit here is a link to a blog on evernote to show you much more uses than this. How do you use evernote? Please share! I could use all the help I can get.
- An Introduction to Evernote [Video] (lifehack.org)
- Evernote for iOS Update Makes Editing Notes Easier (evernote.com)
- How To Use Evernote: 21 Creative Uses (christianpf.com)