There has never been a better time to pick up a new language than now. There are endless apps, websites and other media resources that can aid your language learning. However, it’s important sometimes to go back to basics and use some old school methods. That’s where Flashsticks come in.

Flashsticks are basically just fancy post-it notes but they save you so much time and effort when it comes to learning vocab. I have the French, German and Spanish sets (all in intermediate level) and I love the simplicity of them. They consist of a small illustration, the word in the target language and a phonetic pronunciation guide.

They come in different colours depending on the type of word and its gender. For example, my French Flashsticks are blue for masculine nouns, pink for feminine nouns, and green for adverbs, adjectives and expressions. Of course, German has an additional colour (yellow) because of its extra gender.

To give you an indication of how obsessed I am with Flashsticks, here’s a picture of my bedroom wall at uni:


These are intended to be scattered around a little bit more and put in places that are associated with the word (e.g. you’d put the ‘window’ sticker next to a window).

Flashsticks are a great way to learn without even realising that you’re learning and whether it’s for your GCSE or A-level exams or just a hobby, they’re a great, simple language learning resource.