A Review of the Language Habit Toolkit from Kerstin Cable Language Resources

Despite several years of language learning under my belt, there’s still one thing that I struggle with more than anything else.

Consistency.

Don’t get me wrong – I love learning languages which is why I keep doing it over and over and over.

Sometimes, life just gets in the way.

Today, sitting down and studying is habitual. It feels weird to me if I don’t spend at least a few moments during my day involved in language. As weird as if I had forgotten to have a cup of coffee or put on my shoes before I walk out the door.

But it wasn’t always like that. I struggled with any sort of consistent study schedule (or planning) for longer than I’d care to admit.

Slipping back into my old, inconsistent – I’ll study when I feel like it – routine, is something that I seriously worry about. And that’s where The Language Habit Toolkit comes in.

The Language Habit Toolkit

Kerstin Cable of FluentLanguage.co.uk is a fantastic and knowledgable polyglot based in the UK and the voice behind The Language Habit Toolkit. She’s studied languages for 20 years and as both an instructor and learner, she shares her experience from both sides.

Language learning presents a variety of challenges, and with the Language Habit Toolkit, Kerstin shows you that creating a roadmap and consistent study schedule doesn’t have to be one of them.

What Is the Language Habit Toolkit?

The Language Habit Toolkit is a series of (five) detailed worksheets to help you keep on track with your language learning. It also includes a video module on goal setting and a 37-page guide that includes tips on how to stay motivated and inspired in your studies so that you can keep returning to them day after day.

My Thoughts on the Language Habit Toolkit

Many language learners make the mistake of choosing poorly defined goals. ‘Fluency’ in a language is vague (it means a lot of different things to a lot of different people) and may seem out of reach. With a goal like that, it’s easy to grow frustrated at your progress because you just never seem to get there.

It is, on the one hand, good to have goals like these. Kerstin calls them ‘Vision Goals’ and they give you something to aspire to and work towards. They’re a mark to draw your bow and aim for. But you also need what she calls ‘Path Goals’ – those steps that ultimately lead you towards your ‘Vision Goals’.

Both the guide and the video do an excellent job of differentiating between the two and provide you all the knowledge you need to decide what both will be for you.

As Kerstin shares as a part of the Toolkit, achieving your goals and habit building are all about how you frame your thoughts. Words have a lot of power, and if anyone knows this, it’s a language learner. I have certainly experienced moments where I’ve seen this in full effect. I’m sure that you have too.

Using these worksheets is really wonderful for when you’re feeling stuck. Having the ability to go back and look at where you were a week before or even a month earlier really gives you into insight into just how far you’ve come and how steadily you’re making progress. It also gives you a clear path for moving forward.

This can be hard to see when you’re in the thick of it.

I like that this program has just one video and a short guide. The value isn’t in being led along by the hand. It’s in taking action yourself. I think this is fantastic because at some point, being an independent learner means being independent. You need to be able to rely on yourself to make progress. The Language Habit Toolkit offers you just that.

Things I Thought Could Be Better

I think that the Toolkit would benefit from a one sheet Quick Start Guide. That way, you get a quick overview on the best way to navigate the materials.

Because it’s the way many online courses go, I instinctively started with the video, thinking it was an introduction to the entire Toolkit. I was mistaken – it’s a module on goal setting – and it led to some initial confusion for me. Was the program for building habits or goal setting?

Once I read through the guide, things made more sense and I was able to dive into better using the material included in the Toolkit. While I like that the materials let you run on your own, it could benefit from a roadmap.

In Conclusion

As a part of the Language Habit Toolkit, Kerstin shares all the ways you can use goal setting and habit building to experience success as a language learning.

The materials are a great asset for learners who need direction or help establishing a consistent routine. You have everything you need to get started and to build a well-rounded language learning habit.

Please note that if you choose to purchase the Language Habit Toolkit through one of the links in this post, I will make a small commission at no extra cost to you. It goes towards keeping Eurolinguiste up and running, so if you do choose to purchase the course through one of the links, thank you immensely! I only recommend products that I myself use.

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  • donskister

    Its so nice reading your reviews in habit toolkit I just recently purchased that tool and its very helpful to me since Im start using it 3 days ago.. By the way i just recently follow you in Twitter after watching you live at #clear the list. i hope you dont mind for my reference only i really love to see your data in
    “right now Im working and In 30 days I want to” you dont have to include “My path goals”.

    • Hey Don,

      Thanks for your message. Sorry, I’m not totally sure I understood your request. Could you perhaps let me know a bit more about which data?

  • Thanks for your review and the suggestions, Shannon! I agree with you on the structure – for the next release I’m focusing on adding a few new worksheets, but over time there’s the idea of adding more video too!

  • Russ Gibson

    I can certainly appreciate the sentiment, “achieving your goals and habit building are all about how you frame your thoughts.” There is an old saying that goes something like this: “Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit…” and it continues to reaping a character, a destiny, or other similar variations. It starts in the mind, so I like this idea of have the differentiation between the kinds of goals. Practical items are important within the context of the overall vision!

    • Love that expression! Thanks Russ. Definitely agree with you.

  • Mariana (aka Kalleca)

    Hmmmm this sounds interesting. But would this be a different approach to other things like this? Like FI3M?

    • Hi Mariana, I’m Kerstin (I made the Toolkit). Thanks so much for the question! I really wanted to make sure that you can follow any technique, method, learn any language, and using this will support you 100%. I describe it as “systems-agnostic”, meaning that you will be able to use these tools no matter which language you are learning, no matter which technique you choose to follow. The idea is more about helping you keep track, stay focused, stay organized, and celebrate your achievements 👍

    • Hey Mariana, I can also probably help with this question. Which products at Fi3M are you comparing it to? Speak in a Week and Conversation Countdown are task-specific courses that get you speaking and conversing. Premium is their hub/portal/community that serves as a base for long term language strategies. Kerstin’s Toolkit, however, is all about habit building and mapping out your study routines as you go.

  • (ひらがな)ななこ٩(๑òωó๑)۶

    Hi Shannon! I’m Nanako. Long time reader, first time commenting.

    This is really cool. One of the things I’ve struggled with after college is building language learning habits outside of the classroom. When I was in college, it was a pretty clear goal of “pass your classes to get your major” with small goals like doing homework and quizzing each other on kanji and vocab. Now that I don’t have that goal, I feel like I’m flailing about. This sounds like it would help me refocus and come up with post-college goals and that’s what I really need, especially if I’m going to take the JLPT.

    Thanks for reviewing this! I think I’ll pick it up when I get my next paycheck.

    • Thanks for commenting Nanako, it’s so nice to meet you. I’m sure that Kerstin will be glad to hear that you enjoy the concept behind her course. I definitely agree that this may help you find direction again. If you try it out, please let me know what you think!

  • Derek Mar Ben

    Your assessment of the resource is quite convincing! It will help me a lot with both my studying and my language maintenance.
    Your feedback will be helpful to use it effectively. A Quick Start Guide would boost the toolkit for sure.

    • Thanks Derek! I’m so glad you enjoyed my review. Let me know what you think of the toolkit.