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  • Clear the List | Monthly Language Learning Strategies Update | July

    The year is now halfway through. How are your language learning goals going in 2020? Let me know below in the comments!

    As for me, this month, I have a few new updates to share.

    The Free Language Learning Library

    My free language learning library has moved! If you’d like to join and get access to the materials available within the library, you can access it here.

    The Language Hacking Podcast

    Over at Fluent in 3 Months, Benny Lewis started a new podcast–The Language Hacking Podcast–and has kindly invited me to join him as his co-host!

    Several of the first episodes are already released, so you can check out our interviews with Scott Young, Paulette (an Fi3M Challenge participant), my interview with Benny Lewis and Benny’s interview with me!

    If you give the podcast a listen, or if you already have been listening, we’d love your reviews!

    Here’s how you can celebrate the podcast with us:

    • Step 1:  Subscribe on Apple Podcasts (or your favorite podcasts app) so you don’t miss an episode.
    • Step 2: Listen to Episode 1.
    • Step 3: Leave a review to let us know what you like about the podcast.

    Croatian is Now on Drops

    My last bit of news for this month is that Drops released a new language, one very near and dear to my heart! Croatian is now available on Drops.

    You can now spend 5 minutes a day learning thousands of new words in this language!

    For now, on to #clearthelist …

    If you’re new around these parts, #clearthelist is a linkup where we share our monthly goals, and by we, I mean myself, and Lindsay of Lindsay Does Languages.

    We’d absolutely love for you to a part of our community. You can join us by adding a link to your own goal post below.

    So let’s get started, sharing our goals and motivating one another to #clearthelist!

    Please feel free to tag your posts or photos with either #clearthelist on your favorite social media channels!

    Last Month’s Highlights on Instagram

    Last Month’s Goals

    Continue filling the gaps in my Mandarin vocabulary I’ve noticed since Little Linguist’s arrival. // We read a book in Mandarin each night, watch movies, and do other bits of immersion at home.

    Maintain my vocabulary learning streak. // YES!

    Keep working through my YouTube Queue.  // I didn’t work on this during the month of June, so I’ll keep it on the list.

    Fluent in 3 Months Challenge // In progress.

    Keep reading Game of Thrones in Russian. // Yes! I’ve continued reading and discussing Game of Thrones with my Russian tutor.

    Study Stranger Things in Hungarian. // Yes! We’ve completed two whole episodes and are getting into our third.

    Begin to do some coursebook work. // I also haven’t managed to incorporate this yet, so it stays on for next month!

    Maintain my weekly lessons in each language. // Yes! Some of my tutors are on holiday and I took a week off for our company offsite, but otherwise, I kept this up.

    This Month’s Goals

    Continue filling the gaps in my Mandarin vocabulary I’ve noticed since Little Linguist’s arrival. // I want to make sure Little Linguist keeps up his Chinese lessons and play and continue reading with him each night.

    Maintain my vocabulary learning streak. // This has been a great way to rebuild my language routine, so it’s staying on the list!

    Keep working through my YouTube Queue.  // Since I didn’t start this last month, I’d like to work this in this month.

    Fluent in 3 Months Challenge // The end of my Russian challenge is coming up!

    Keep reading Game of Thrones in Russian. // This has been an enjoyable way to work on Russian on my own and with my tutor and I’m learning loads of fun vocabulary.

    Study Stranger Things in Hungarian. // Same as above with Russian. 🙂

    Begin to do some coursebook work. // Since I couldn’t do this last month, this also remains on the list for this month.

    Maintain my weekly lessons in each language. // Because it’s still keeping me accountable and moving forward!

    Resources I Used This Month

    A quick recap of the materials I am using.

    What I Am Using to Learn Chinese

    What I’m Using to Brush Up/Improve My French:

    • LingQ
    • Listening to French radio/podcasts/music

    What I am Using to Learn Russian:

    What I am Using to Learn Hebrew:

    What I am Using to Learn Korean:

    What I am Using to Learn Spanish:

    What I am Using to Learn Italian:

    What I’m Using to Learn Japanese:

    What I’m Using to Learn Croatian:

    What I’m Using to Learn Hungarian:

    Not Currently doing any study for: German, Hindi

    What I’m Using for Little Linguist

    Resources That Aren’t Language Specific

    The Biggest Lesson I Am Taking Away from This Month

    Prioritizing!

    Now that the move is over, I’ve been catching back up on everything else. Prioritizing tasks has been ever more important for me!

    I’ve put together a system with the app Todoist as well as with my calendar to keep on top of all the tasks I need to complete, making sure the most important are checked off first.

    Don’t forget that I would love to hear all about your goals for this month! Please join us by adding your post to the linkup below! 

    Clear The List Linkup Rules:

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    July 3, 2020 • Eurolinguiste • Views: 241

  • Clear the List | Monthly Language Learning Strategies Update | June

    I’m back this month with another language learning strategies update. And I’m excited to share I’ve been able to maintain my routine through the last month–and am set up in our new home to keep at it!

    On to #clearthelist …

    If you’re new around these parts, #clearthelist is a linkup where we share our monthly goals, and by we, I mean myself, and Lindsay of Lindsay Does Languages.

    We’d absolutely love for you to a part of our community. You can join us by adding a link to your own goal post below.

    So let’s get started, sharing our goals and motivating one another to #clearthelist!

    Please feel free to tag your posts or photos with either #clearthelist on your favorite social media channels!

    Last Month’s Highlights on Instagram

    Last Month’s Goals

    Continue filling the gaps in my Mandarin vocabulary I’ve noticed since Little Linguist’s arrival. // Little Linguist had a couple of Chinese lessons this month and I’ve been doing my best to keep our playtime in Chinese. Now that the move is over, we’ll hopefully be able to get into a more consistent routine.

    Maintain my vocabulary learning streak. // I missed a few days this month, but overall, maintained daily learning. The days I missed were because it was after midnight before I checked the time (it was during moving days).

    Keep working through my YouTube Queue.  // I feel like I’ve added more video lessons this month than I’ve studied, but I found several Hungarian vloggers that talk about language learning in Hungarian, so I’m very excited to get to them.

    Fluent in 3 Months Challenge // I’m behind doing my day 30 video, but I’ll have it to share soon.

    Keep reading Game of Thrones in Russian. // My tutor and I are reading through this together and discussing it each week. We’ve been keeping on track with it.

    Study Stranger Things in Hungarian. // Likewise, my Hungarian tutor and I are discussing Stranger Things in Hungarian each week. We’ve done one lesson doing this so far, and are keeping with it.

    Find a new Japanese tutor. // I found one! We’ve had a couple lessons now and I like her teaching style.

    Maintain my weekly lessons in each language. // With the exception of the “offsite” week for work, I managed to have lessons every week for the six languages I’m working on actively this month. #majorwin

    This Month’s Goals

    Continue filling the gaps in my Mandarin vocabulary I’ve noticed since Little Linguist’s arrival. // I want to make sure Little Linguist keeps up his Chinese lessons and play. I’d also like to incorporate some Chinese reading each night.

    Maintain my vocabulary learning streak. // This has been a great way for me to really get back into my language studies, and it’s an easy thing I can do each day to maintain contact with my languages. I’d like to maintain this.

    Keep working through my YouTube Queue.  // I really want to work my way up to those new Hungarian videos I found!

    Fluent in 3 Months Challenge // I’ll be preparing for Day 60 in the challenge.

    Keep reading Game of Thrones in Russian. // This has been an enjoyable way to work on Russian on my own and with my tutor and I’m learning loads of fun vocabulary.

    Study Stranger Things in Hungarian. // Same as above with Russian. 🙂

    Begin to do some coursebook work. // With a few of my languages, I’m at the point where I need to sit down and work out some of the grammar. I want to be sure I do this whether with physical course books or online courses starting this month.

    Maintain my weekly lessons in each language. // Because it’s keeping me accountable and moving forward!

    Resources I Used This Month

    A quick recap of the materials I am using.

    What I Am Using to Learn Chinese

    What I’m Using to Brush Up/Improve My French:

    • LingQ
    • Listening to French radio/podcasts/music

    What I am Using to Learn Russian:

    What I am Using to Learn Hebrew:

    What I am Using to Learn Korean:

    What I am Using to Learn Spanish:

    What I am Using to Learn Italian:

    What I’m Using to Learn Japanese:

    What I’m Using to Learn Croatian:

    What I’m Using to Learn Hungarian:

    Not Currently doing any study for: German, Hindi

    What I’m Using for Little Linguist

    Resources That Aren’t Language Specific

    The Biggest Lesson I Am Taking Away from This Month

    I still get nervous when I need to use my languages.

    Having the Courage to Speak is something I still need to work at everyday. After our recent move, I discovered that our neighbors are Hungarian after hearing them chat one evening.

    The next night, they were outside again and I deliberated for almost an hour over whether or not I’d head over to meet them. I walked to the window to look out, put my shoes on, paced the hallway, went and sat back in my office, looked out the window again, paced the hall some more. I even went down, opened up the front door thinking about heading out, before going back inside and back into my office.

    I gave myself a million excuses. It’s late. I’d be interrupting them. They’ll think I’m weird for just walking up. What if I forget what to say? My Hungarian really isn’t that great… Finally, I thought, “I should just do it.” What was the worse that could happen? Really?

    I headed out, scuffing my feet along the ground as I walked up the driveway so I wouldn’t surprise them. They looked up, said hello in English and I replied in Hungarian, “Hello. I heard you speaking Hungarian. I also speak a little Hungarian and I was just very happy to hear the language, so I wanted to say hello.”

    They immediately switched to Hungarian. We chatted for a bit and then I went back home. It was a very pleasant, very friendly experience and now I know some of my new neighbors. It was worth working up the courage, and it’s experiences like this that are good reminders!

    Don’t forget that I would love to hear all about your goals for this month! Please join us by adding your post to the linkup below! 

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    June 10, 2020 • Eurolinguiste • Views: 486

  • Clear the List | Monthly Language Learning Strategies Update | May

    So much has changed since my last #clearthelist post! I’ve started a new language, have already completed my first Fi3M Challenge with it and am already on to the next language project! It’s time for a quick catchup!

    On to #clearthelist …

    If you’re new around these parts, #clearthelist is a linkup where we share our monthly goals, and by we, I mean myself, and Lindsay of Lindsay Does Languages.

    We’d absolutely love for you to a part of our community. You can join us by adding a link to your own goal post below.

    So let’s get started, sharing our goals and motivating one another to #clearthelist!

    Please feel free to tag your posts or photos with either #clearthelist on your favorite social media channels!

    Last Month’s Highlights on Instagram

    Last Month’s Goals

    I didn’t share these, so let’s skip to this month!

    This Month’s Goals

    Continue filling the gaps in my Mandarin vocabulary I’ve noticed since Little Linguist’s arrival. // Little Linguist has actually started having his very own Mandarin Chinese lessons!

    Maintain my vocabulary learning streak. // I want to keep up my vocabulary learning streak for as long as possible–something I was very good at doing but have fallen off on. Now that I’ve picked it back up, I’ve noticed that it does have a significant impact on what I actively use when speaking the languages.

    Keep working through my YouTube Queue.  // After my Youtube channel was terminated, I had to recreate my queue. I’m back up to several hundred videos I can work through to improve my languages.

    Fluent in 3 Months Challenge // I’m almost a month into my Fluent in 3 Months Challenge for Russian and I’d like to keep working at it.

    Keep reading Game of Thrones in Russian. // My tutor and I are reading through this together and discussing it each week.

    Study Stranger Things in Hungarian. // Likewise, my Hungarian tutor and I are discussing Stranger Things in Hungarian each week.

    Find a new Japanese tutor. // I’d like to keep up my speaking practice in Japanese, so I’m currently looking for a new tutor.

    Maintain my weekly lessons in each language. // I’m currently taking weekly lessons for many of my languages, and I’d like to keep it up.

    Resources I Used This Month

    A quick recap of the materials I am using.

    What I Am Using to Learn Chinese

    What I’m Using to Brush Up/Improve My French:

    • LingQ
    • Listening to French radio/podcasts

    What I am Using to Learn Russian:

    What I am Using to Learn Hebrew:

    What I am Using to Learn Korean:

    What I am Using to Learn Spanish:

    What I am Using to Learn Italian:

    What I’m Using to Learn Japanese:

    What I’m Using to Learn Croatian:

    What I’m Using to Learn Hungarian:

    Not Currently doing any study for: German, Hindi

    What I’m Using for Little Linguist

    Resources That Aren’t Language Specific

    The Biggest Lesson I Am Taking Away from This Month

    Over the last year, a lot has happened–for example, I’ve released two albums, have traveled some, and as you all know and have experienced first-hand, have been working to adapt to the changes brought on by COVID.

    When I first picked my language studies back up after being on-and-off with them for some time, I made a big mistake. I tried to pickup my routine exactly as I had left it off.

    Needless to say, that didn’t work out for me.

    The reason I dropped off was two-fold. One, life. Two, my language learning routine had gotten to the point it was no longer sustainable. I was trying to do too much.

    So after a couple of failed attempts at getting back into it, I decided to take it slow. I participated in a Fluent in 3 Months Challenge to give myself something clear to work towards– a 15-minute conversation. I then began doing lessons again for my key languages. Once I had established doing this as a routine, I added podcasts back in. And then vocabulary study.

    I’m now at a point where I’m able to include other things like reading and tv shows. But I’m be careful not to take too much on.

    TLDR? I learned to ease myself back into a habit after dropping off.

    Don’t forget that I would love to hear all about your goals for this month! Please join us by adding your post to the linkup below! 

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    1. Share your goal post whether it includes your aspirations for the month or year. Submissions unrelated to the theme or links to your homepage will be deleted.

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    4. THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT RULE: Please visit the site of the person who linked up immediately before you and leave them an encouraging comment! By hosting this linkup, we’re hoping to create a positive community where we can all share our goals. If you do not do this, you will be removed from the linkup.

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    May 18, 2020 • Eurolinguiste • Views: 594

  • CLEAR THE LIST | MONTHLY LANGUAGE LEARNING STRATEGIES UPDATE | JANUARY

    In December, with the holidays, I enjoyed time with family at home. I continued to study Hungarian, but also returned to several of my previous languages. 

    On to #clearthelist …

    If you’re new around these parts, #clearthelist is a linkup where we share our monthly goals, and by we, I mean myself, and Lindsay of Lindsay Does Languages.

    We’d absolutely love for you to a part of our community. You can join us by adding a link to your own goal post below.

    So let’s get started, sharing our goals and motivating one another to #clearthelist!

    Please feel free to tag your posts or photos with either #clearthelist on your favorite social media channels!

    Last Month’s Highlights on Instagram

    Last Month’s Goals

    Continue filling the gaps in my Mandarin vocabulary I’ve noticed since Little Linguist’s arrival. // We read together every night, so I’m always learning new words. 

    Read the next Language Reading Challenge book on my list. // In December, we read a book about a language that we’re not learning. I went through my Tuttle phrasebook for Arabic once more to relearn a few basic phrases.

    Keep working through my YouTube Queue.  // Did this!

    Fluent in 3 Months Challenge // I studied Hungarian each day as a part of the Challenge. I also published my Day 60 video..

    This Month’s Goals

    Continue filling the gaps in my Mandarin vocabulary I’ve noticed since Little Linguist’s arrival. // A permanent item on my monthly list. 

    Read the next Language Reading Challenge book on my list. // I’m announcing next year’s reading challenge soon, so I’ll soon share what we’re reading in January.

    Keep working through my YouTube Queue.  // I still have several hundred videos to watch.

    Fi3M Challenge // It’s the last few weeks of my current Challenge and the first two weeks of my next Challenge.

    Resources I Used This Month

    A quick recap of the materials I am using.

    What I Am Using to Learn Chinese

    • LingQ – my favorite tool
    • iTalki Lessons – I have weekly Chinese lessons
    • Memrise – I do 18,000 points minimum per day 
    • Drops – they have a new character tool that is fantastic

    What I’m Using to Brush Up/Improve My French:

    • LingQ
    • Listening to French radio/podcasts

    What I am Using to Learn Russian:

    What I am Using to Learn Korean:

    What I am Using to Learn Spanish:

    What I am Using to Learn Italian:

    What I’m Using to Learn Japanese:

    What I’m Using to Learn Croatian:

    What I’m Using to Learn Hungarian:

    What I’m Using for Little Linguist

    • Lots of books
    • Day-to-day interaction
    • Mommy and Me weekly classes

    Resources That Aren’t Language Specific

    The Biggest Lesson I Am Taking Away from This Month

    I’ve mentioned it in a few of my interviews and live videos lately, but haven’t yet shared my big takeaway here. The last few months, my biggest takeaway has really been that my language learning habit isn’t the task, but the language itself. 

    Before I used the built-in streak tracking for many of the language learning apps I use and worked to maintain them. Because of this, my habit was using those apps. Lately, however, I’ve started exploring diversifyng my study methods and so now, my habit is spending time with each of my languages in some way as often as possible. The habit is time with the language, not a specific tool. 

    But because I like stats and keeping track, I still use something to monitor how frequently I’m studying. I discovered an app called Streaks that I use to track how often I study each of my languages. I really find it effective and enjoy it.

    Don’t forget that I would love to hear all about your goals for this month! Please join us by adding your post to the linkup below! 

    Clear The List Linkup Rules:

    1. Share your goal post whether it includes your aspirations for the month or year. Submissions unrelated to the theme or links to your homepage will be deleted.

    2. Link back to this post. You can use our button if you wish.

    3. Follow the hosts: Lindsay from Lindsay Does Languages and Shannon from Eurolinguiste.

    4. THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT RULE: Please visit the site of the person who linked up immediately before you and leave them an encouraging comment! By hosting this linkup, we’re hoping to create a positive community where we can all share our goals. If you do not do this, you will be removed from the linkup.

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    December 27, 2019 • Eurolinguiste • Views: 888

  • CLEAR THE LIST | MONTHLY LANGUAGE LEARNING STRATEGIES UPDATE | AUGUST

    My new album “Back Again” is out and I am so excited! There will also soon be a Croatian version of the vocal song on the album, too.

    On to #clearthelist …

    If you’re new around these parts, #clearthelist is a linkup where we share our monthly goals, and by we, I mean myself, and Lindsay of Lindsay Does Languages.

    We’d absolutely love for you to a part of our community. You can join us by adding a link to your own goal post below.

    So let’s get started, sharing our goals and motivating one another to #clearthelist!

    Please feel free to tag your posts or photos with either #clearthelist on your favorite social media channels!

    What’s Been Going On

    As I mentioned, I spent the beginning of the month back in Budapest, so prior to the trip, I spent some time refreshing my Hungarian. Beyond that, I continued to work on Hindi and German.

    And now you’re caught up!

    Last Clear the List Goals

    Continue filling the gaps in my Mandarin vocabulary I’ve noticed since Little Linguist’s arrival. // We didn’t actually make it to any classes this week, but I did have the chance to work on Chinese on a few occasions.

    Read the next Language Reading Challenge book on my list. // In June, we’re reading a history of the region, culture, or language that we are studying. I read this.

    Keep working through my YouTube Queue.  // There’s still so much to get through!

    Fluent in 3 Months Challenge // I continued to learn as a part of the Challenge and started my Korean Challenge as well.

    This Month’s Goals

    Continue filling the gaps in my Mandarin vocabulary I’ve noticed since Little Linguist’s arrival. // A permanent item on my monthly list. 

    Read the next Language Reading Challenge book on my list. // In July, we’re reading something about a language we’re not learning.

    Keep working through my YouTube Queue.  // So much more to learn!

    Fluent in 3 Months Challenge // I’m still wrapping up my Hindi and German Challenge’s soon and starting my Korean Challenge.

    Resources I Used This Month

    A quick recap of the materials I am using.

    What I Am Using to Learn Chinese

    • LingQ – my favorite tool
    • iTalki Lessons – I have weekly Chinese lessons
    • Memrise – I do 18,000 points minimum per day 
    • Drops – they have a new character tool that is fantastic

    What I’m Using to Brush Up/Improve My French:

    What I am Using to Learn Russian:

    What I am Using to Learn Korean:

    What I am Using to Learn Spanish:

    What I am Using to Learn Italian:

    What I’m Using to Learn Japanese:

    What I’m Using to Learn Croatian:

    What I’m Using to Learn Hungarian:

    What I’m Using to Learn Hindi:

    What I’m Using to Learn German:

    What I’m Using for Little Linguist

    • Lots of books
    • Day-to-day interaction
    • Mommy and Me weekly classes

    Resources That Aren’t Language Specific

    The Biggest Lesson I Am Taking Away from This Month

    This month, I’m releasing my first solo album since 2012! I’ve worked on other albums and recordings under other names and as part of different groups, but this will be my first solo album since Behind Your Eyes. Working on this while keeping up my language studies was a challenge, but it taught me to really use those little waiting periods to the max.

    Don’t forget that I would love to hear all about your goals for this month! Please join us by adding your post to the linkup below! 

    Clear The List Linkup Rules:

    1. Share your goal post whether it includes your aspirations for the month or year. Submissions unrelated to the theme or links to your homepage will be deleted.

    2. Link back to this post. You can use our button if you wish.

    3. Follow the hosts: Lindsay from Lindsay Does Languages and Shannon from Eurolinguiste.

    4. THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT RULE: Please visit the site of the person who linked up immediately before you and leave them an encouraging comment! By hosting this linkup, we’re hoping to create a positive community where we can all share our goals. If you do not do this, you will be removed from the linkup.

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    July 27, 2019 • Eurolinguiste • Views: 196

  • CLEAR THE LIST | MONTHLY LANGUAGE LEARNING STRATEGIES UPDATE | MAY

    The beginning of May was the tail end of my second trip to Budapest, Hungary and the month carried me partway through my second Hindi Add1. It was also my first month in three years of getting back into martial arts!

    On to #clearthelist …

    If you’re new around these parts, #clearthelist is a linkup where we share our monthly goals, and by we, I mean myself, and Lindsay of Lindsay Does Languages.

    We’d absolutely love for you to a part of our community. You can join us by adding a link to your own goal post below.

    So let’s get started, sharing our goals and motivating one another to #clearthelist!

    Please feel free to tag your posts or photos with either #clearthelist on your favorite social media channels!

    What’s Been Going On

    As I mentioned, I spent the beginning of the month back in Budapest, so prior to the trip, I spent some time refreshing my Hungarian. Beyond that, I continued to work on Hindi and German.

    And now you’re caught up!

    Last Clear the List Goals

    Continue filling the gaps in my Mandarin vocabulary I’ve noticed since Little Linguist’s arrival. // Little Linguist and I go to weekly Mommy & Me Chinese classes. 

    Read the next Language Reading Challenge book on my list. // In May, the challenge was to read an introduction to your language. I chose to read the Hungarian Routledge Grammar.

    Keep working through my YouTube Queue.  // I’ve continued to watch the language lessons, but likely added more than I finished.

    Fluent in 3 Months Challenge // I’m still learning Hindi in one challenge and German in another, so my goal is to work on these languages until I’m confident giving presentations on music in both of them.

    This Month’s Goals

    Continue filling the gaps in my Mandarin vocabulary I’ve noticed since Little Linguist’s arrival. // A permanent item on my monthly list. 

    Read the next Language Reading Challenge book on my list. // In June, we’re reading a history of the region, culture, or language that we are studying. I plan on reading a book about the history of writing. It’ll cover several of the languages I’m learning.

    Keep working through my YouTube Queue.  // There’s still so much to get through!

    Fluent in 3 Months Challenge // I’ll be wrapping up my Hindi and German Challenge’s soon and starting my Korean Challenge.

    Resources I Used This Month

    A quick recap of the materials I am using.

    What I Am Using to Learn Chinese

    • LingQ – my favorite tool
    • iTalki Lessons – I have weekly Chinese lessons
    • Memrise – I do 18,000 points minimum per day 
    • Drops – they have a new character tool that is fantastic

    What I’m Using to Brush Up/Improve My French:

    What I am Using to Learn Russian

    What I am Using to Learn Korean:

    What I am Using to Learn Spanish:

    What I am Using to Learn Italian:

    What I’m Using to Learn Japanese:

    What I’m Using to Learn Croatian:

    What I’m Using to Learn Hungarian:

    What I’m Using to Learn Hindi:

    What I’m Using to Learn German:

    What I’m Using for Little Linguist

    • Lots of books
    • Day-to-day interaction
    • Mommy and Me weekly classes

    Resources That Aren’t Language Specific

    The Biggest Lesson I Am Taking Away from This Month

    This month, I’m releasing my first solo album since 2012! I’ve worked on other albums and recordings under other names and as part of different groups, but this will be my first solo album since Behind Your Eyes. Working on this while keeping up my language studies was a challenge, but it taught me to really use those little waiting periods to the max.

    Don’t forget that I would love to hear all about your goals for this month! Please join us by adding your post to the linkup below! 

    Clear The List Linkup Rules:

    1. Share your goal post whether it includes your aspirations for the month or year. Submissions unrelated to the theme or links to your homepage will be deleted.

    2. Link back to this post. You can use our button if you wish.

    3. Follow the hosts: Lindsay from Lindsay Does Languages and Shannon from Eurolinguiste.

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  • CLEAR THE LIST | MONTHLY LANGUAGE LEARNING STRATEGIES UPDATE | APRIL

    Oh hi, long time no see! I missed the last two months of updating for #clearthelist, but I’m back to share what I’ve been working on, where I’ve been and what’s coming up!

    On to #clearthelist …

    If you’re new around these parts, #clearthelist is a linkup where we share our monthly goals, and by we, I mean myself, and Lindsay of Lindsay Does Languages.

    We’d absolutely love for you to a part of our community. You can join us by adding a link to your own goal post below.

    So let’s get started, sharing our goals and motivating one another to #clearthelist!

    Please feel free to tag your posts or photos with either #clearthelist on your favorite social media channels!

    Last Month’s Highlights on Instagram

    What’s Been Going On

    Since January, a lot has happened. To start, in January, I started learning Hindi as a part of a new Fi3M Challenge. I’m learning it for my music work. and it’s been a lot of fun. For the most part, I’m using Pimsleur, Drops, and I have a wonderful tutor on italki.

    I also started learning German (again). It was a language that I had given up, but for music, I needed to pick it up again.

    I also went to Iceland, and en route, I did a mini language mission, seeing how much Icelandic I could pick up while traveling to the country. I’ll share more about that project soon.

    Finally, I started working on a new album. This has nothing to do with language, unless you count music as a language, but it’s something I’m pretty proud of and have been hard at work on. The first single is actually already on itunes, and you can check it out here:

    And now you’re caught up!

    Last Clear the List Goals

    Continue filling the gaps in my Mandarin vocabulary I’ve noticed since Little Linguist’s arrival. // We read together every night, so I’m always learning new words. We also attend a Mommy & Me class regularly.

    Read the next Language Reading Challenge book on my list. // I’m behind announcing next year’s reading challenge, so I’ll do that soon.

    Keep working through my YouTube Queue.  // I am up to 1,300 videos in my queue! I am working through it though, but right now, I only do as many lessons as I add per week.

    Fluent in 3 Months Challenge // Yup! I’m also late uploading these videos, but those that aren’t yet up are coming.

    This Month’s Goals

    Continue filling the gaps in my Mandarin vocabulary I’ve noticed since Little Linguist’s arrival. // A permanent item on my monthly list. 

    Read the next Language Reading Challenge book on my list. // Once I announce this year’s challenge, I plan to start reading right away!

    Keep working through my YouTube Queue.  // Slow and steady…

    Fluent in 3 Months Challenge // I’m currently learning Hindi in one challenge and German in another, so my goal is to work on these languages until I’m confident giving presentations on music in both of them.

    Resources I Used This Month

    A quick recap of the materials I am using.

    What I Am Using to Learn Chinese

    • LingQ – my favorite tool
    • iTalki Lessons – I have weekly Chinese lessons
    • Memrise – I do 18,000 points minimum per day 
    • Drops – they have a new character tool that is fantastic

    What I’m Using to Brush Up/Improve My French:

    What I am Using to Learn Russian:

    What I am Using to Learn Korean:

    What I am Using to Learn Spanish:

    What I am Using to Learn Italian:

    What I’m Using to Learn Japanese:

    What I’m Using to Learn Croatian:

    What I’m Using to Learn Hungarian:

    What I’m Using to Learn Hindi:

    What I’m Using to Learn German:

    What I’m Using for Little Linguist

    • Lots of books
    • Day-to-day interaction
    • Mommy and Me weekly classes

    Resources That Aren’t Language Specific

    The Biggest Lesson I Am Taking Away from This Month

    That accountability is so, so important. The Challenge really helps me stay on track with my studies. Right after I started learning Hindi, some things happened that meant that I stepped away for the language and I had a lot of consecutive days that I didn’t touch the language (or any language for that matter). But I didn’t want to fail the challenge and felt some responsibility to stay on track, so I ended up getting back into it and picking my language learning habit back up. If it weren’t for checking in daily, and seeing all of those red-colored “nays” logged into the sheet, I might still be struggling.

    Don’t forget that I would love to hear all about your goals for this month! Please join us by adding your post to the linkup below! 

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  • Clear the List | Language Learning Strategies Update | January

    Happy New Year to you and yours – a little early. I wanted to get a jumpstart on my language learning goals because I am excited about what I have planned for the new year.

    What’s in store? As a preview, I can tell you that my next language – Japanese – is a big feature. And a huge part of why I’m ecstatic about 2018.

    Onto #clearthelist

    If you’re new around these parts, #clearthelist is a linkup where we share our monthly goals, and by we, I mean myself, Lindsay of Lindsay Does Languages.

    We’d absolutely love for you to a part of our community. You can join us by adding a link to your own goal post below.

    So let’s get started, sharing our goals and motivating one another to #clearthelist!

    Please feel free to tag your posts or photos with either #clearthelist on your favorite social media channels!

    Last Month’s Highlights on Instagram

    Last Month’s Blog Highlights

    Travel

    Why Do You Travel? // I asked you what gets you out exploring, and you gave me an incredible of reasons to travel. 

    Language Learning

    10 Minimalist Gift Ideas for Language Learners // Not all language learners want new books or sets of flashcards. Here are a few more ideas for gifts for language learners – whether you’re treating yourself or a friend.

    How to Choose Language Learning Resources // An update of an old, but popular post. I’ve learned a lot since I originally wrote the post, so I revised it to reflect that.

    My New Language Learning Project // I announce my next (and likely, final) new language. 

    Last Month’s Goals

    Continue filling the gaps in my Mandarin vocabulary I’ve noticed since Little Linguist’s arrival. // Yes! We have several new books he received as Christmas gifts that we’re reading together.

    Plan out the Language Reading Challenge prompts for next year. // Done! You can find them here and if you haven’t already, you can join us on Facebook!

    Decide what I’m going to do next. // Also done. It’s Japanese!

    This Month’s Goals

    Continue filling the gaps in my Mandarin vocabulary I’ve noticed since Little Linguist’s arrival. // Like I said, we have lots of books we’re enjoying together.

    Read the next Language Reading Challenge book on my list. // In February we’re reading about the history of the language or culture you’re learning. My brother got me a book about the languages of China, so that’s probably what I’ll read that month.

    Keep working through my YouTube Queue.  // Even though this wasn’t on my list, I watched more than 200 of the language lessons and videos in my queue. Woot woot. I want to keep slowly pecking away at what’s there. 

    Read something in Chinese, French, and/or Spanish and Russian. // It’s important for me to maintain these languages. 

    Finish distilling my Japanese notes. // I started studying Japanese for about a week before I did the Fi3M Challenge. For Christmas, my gift was a set of new notebooks. One of these is my new Japanese-dedicated notebook. I need to transcribe all my notes into it. I want to stay organized with this language from the start.

    Overall language maintenance. // Even though I’m taking on a new language (which I will ultimately focus on for a short time), I want to be sure to continue to maintain all of my old languages. Now that I’m done taking on new languages, I plan to do more short-term, dedicated projects to keep growing my past languages.

    Resources I Used This Month

    A quick recap on the materials I am using.

    What I Am Using to Learn Chinese

    What I’m Using to Brush Up/Improve My French:

    • LingQ
    • Immersion (we speak franglais at home)
    • Reading books written by French authors
    • Listening to French radio/podcasts
    • Lingoci

    What I am Using to Learn Russian:

    What I am Using to Learn Korean:

    • I am on a break from Korean

    What I am Using to Learn Spanish:

    What I’m Using to Learn Japanese:

    What I’m Using for Little Linguist

    Resources That Aren’t Language Specific

    • None

    The Biggest Lesson I Am Taking Away from This Month

    The art of focus. 

    There are so many languages I would love to learn. But it’s come to the point where it’s more important to me to get much better at the languages I’ve already studied than it is for me to get just okay at a few more.

    It’s definitely a hard decision. There’s at least one more language that I’ve always wanted to learn, but focusing on the 8+ languages I’ve already invested so much time into is now my priority.

    Don’t forget that I would love to hear all about your goals for this month! Please join us by adding your post to the linkup below! 

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    1. Share your goal post whether it includes your aspirations for the month or year. Submissions unrelated to the theme or links to your homepage will be deleted.

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  • Clear The List | Monthly Language Learning Strategies Update | December

    With November came an amazing trip to Budapest, Hungary with the rest of the Drops team. It was the first time I had the chance to meet everyone and it was an inspiring week.

    It was also the big reveal for my project so I can finally let you know what language I’ve been working on for the last month or two. It’s… Hungarian! 

    The founders of Drops are Hungarian and because it was my first trip with the team and it happened to be in Hungary, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to try Hungarian and surprise them with it. I’ll share more about the project soon, so keep an eye out for more posts in the next few weeks.

    On to #clearthelist …

    If you’re new around these parts, #clearthelist is a linkup where we share our monthly goals, and by we, I mean myself, and Lindsay of Lindsay Does Languages.

    We’d absolutely love for you to a part of our community. You can join us by adding a link to your own goal post below.

    So let’s get started, sharing our goals and motivating one another to #clearthelist!

    Please feel free to tag your posts or photos with either #clearthelist on your favorite social media channels!

    Last Month’s Highlights on Instagram

    Last Month’s Goals

    Continue filling the gaps in my Mandarin vocabulary I’ve noticed since Little Linguist’s arrival. // This month, I didn’t work on this as much as I would have liked. Definitely to change in the next month.

    Read the next Language Reading Challenge book on my list. // In November, we read a book originally written in a language that we’re learning. I read through some of the Croatian articles that I found about the Croatian and Serbian languages.

    Keep working through my YouTube Queue.  // I ended up having a two day cram session and got through a lot of my lesson videos. 

    Fluent in 3 Months Challenge // Made it through the first month and a half of the challenge and caught up sharing my updates once my project was revealed.

    Secret Language Project // Yay, Hungarian!

    This Month’s Goals

    Continue filling the gaps in my Mandarin vocabulary I’ve noticed since Little Linguist’s arrival. // A permanent item on my monthly list. 

    Read the next Language Reading Challenge book on my list. // In December, we’re reading something about a language you’re not learning (it can be an article, an introduction to the language, or an entire book). I haven’t yet selected what I’ll read, but I’m looking forward to this months’ theme.

    Keep working through my YouTube Queue.  // Will be working on this one for a while.

    Fluent in 3 Months Challenge // This month is when the Day 60 video is up, so I plan to prepare for that.

    Resources I Used This Month

    A quick recap of the materials I am using.

    What I Am Using to Learn Chinese

    • LingQ – my favorite tool
    • iTalki Lessons – I have weekly Chinese lessons
    • Memrise – I do 18,000 points minimum per day 
    • Drops – they have a new character tool that is fantastic

    What I’m Using to Brush Up/Improve My French:

    • LingQ
    • Immersion (we speak franglais at home)
    • Listening to French radio/podcasts
    • Lingoci

    What I am Using to Learn Russian:

    What I am Using to Learn Korean:

    What I am Using to Learn Spanish:

    What I am Using to Learn Italian:

    What I’m Using to Learn Japanese:

    What I’m Using to Learn Croatian:

    What I’m Using to Learn Hungarian:

    What I’m Using for Little Linguist

    • Lots of books (I picked up several in both Singapore and Shanghai)
    • Day-to-day interaction
    • Mommy and Me weekly classes

    Resources That Aren’t Language Specific

    The Biggest Lesson I Am Taking Away from This Month

    The first week and a half of November are when I really buckled down and started to study Hungarian. I wanted to speak well enough to really surprise the Drops founders and though I was nervous, I was pretty happy with what I was able to accomplish in that time. I am sure I still made mistakes, but I was able to use Hungarian in a variety of situations while I was in Budapest and it made my time there that much more enjoyable. 

    So the lesson?

    Learning a bit of the language before you travel somewhere definitely makes your time there that much more enjoyable. 

    Don’t forget that I would love to hear all about your goals for this month! Please join us by adding your post to the linkup below! 

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  • Clear The List | Monthly Language Learning Strategies Update | November

    In October, I had an incredible trip to Shanghai where I had the chance to use both Mandarin and Japanese on a variety of occasions. It was a work trip, so I didn’t have much time to explore, but I was able to make one short day trip to a town near Suzhou. 

    On to #clearthelist …

    If you’re new around these parts, #clearthelist is a linkup where we share our monthly goals, and by we, I mean myself, and Lindsay of Lindsay Does Languages.

    We’d absolutely love for you to a part of our community. You can join us by adding a link to your own goal post below.

    So let’s get started, sharing our goals and motivating one another to #clearthelist!

    Please feel free to tag your posts or photos with either #clearthelist on your favorite social media channels!

    Last Month’s Blog Highlights

    Language Learning

    5 Reasons to Speak a New Language Even If Your Shy // On November 3rd, Lindsay Williams, Kerstin Cable and I are hosting a new Women in Language Event – WIL Camp. It’s a one-day event and each of us is giving a talk related to community. Mine is related to shyness and how to build confidence to start speaking.

    Last Month’s Goals

    Continue filling the gaps in my Mandarin vocabulary I’ve noticed since Little Linguist’s arrival. // Leading up to my trip to Shanghai, I did quite a bit of Mandarin study. But after the trip, my attention shifted to my new language. Because I spent about half the month on this, I’d count it a success. 

    Read the next Language Reading Challenge book on my list. // In October, we’re reading a coursebook. I’ll be working with a coursebook for my new language for this challenge. In November, we read a book originally written in a language that we’re learning. I read not a book, but several academic articles published in Croatian about the Croatian language.

    Keep working through my YouTube Queue.  // I only did a few lessons from my cue this month, but I did still do a few!

    Chinese and Japanese Demonstrations // Done!

    Fi3M Challenge // I started my next Fi3M Challenge though the work I’m doing is still mostly in secret because it’s with my new language.

    Secret Language Project? // After I return from China, this was my main focus (hence shifting my attention away from Chinese).

    This Month’s Goals

    Continue filling the gaps in my Mandarin vocabulary I’ve noticed since Little Linguist’s arrival. // A permanent item on my monthly list. 

    Read the next Language Reading Challenge book on my list. // In November, we’re reading a book originally written in a language that we’re learning. I plan to continue reading the Croatian articles that I found about the Croatian language. I still have a few more left to read. 

    Keep working through my YouTube Queue.  // Still have a lot to go through!

    Fi3M Challenge // Continue studying for the FI3M Challenge.

    Secret Language Project // The big reveal happens this month!

    Resources I Used This Month

    A quick recap of the materials I am using.

    What I Am Using to Learn Chinese

    • LingQ – my favorite tool
    • iTalki Lessons – I have weekly Chinese lessons
    • Memrise – I do 18,000 points minimum per day 
    • Drops – they have a new character tool that is fantastic

    What I’m Using to Brush Up/Improve My French:

    • LingQ
    • Immersion (we speak franglais at home)
    • Listening to French radio/podcasts
    • Lingoci

    What I am Using to Learn Russian:

    What I am Using to Learn Korean:

    What I am Using to Learn Spanish:

    What I am Using to Learn Italian:

    What I’m Using to Learn Japanese:

    What I’m Using for Little Linguist

    • Lots of books (I picked up several in both Singapore and Shanghai)
    • Day-to-day interaction
    • Mommy and Me weekly classes

    Resources That Aren’t Language Specific

    The Biggest Lesson I Am Taking Away from This Month

    Being able to use the languages you’re learning is really amazing. I had so much fun getting to know people in Shanghai through both Japanese and Chinese, having conversations that I wouldn’t have otherwise had. It’s incredibly rewarding and makes all of those tough moments studying worth it one hundred times over.

    Don’t forget that I would love to hear all about your goals for this month! Please join us by adding your post to the linkup below! 

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