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  • Language Learning Reading Challenge (in Partnership with Women in Language)

    The last several years, I’ve run the Language Learning Reading Challenge. Each month, we’ve read books that followed different themes or prompts, while chatting about them in the comments and Facebook group.

    This year, during Women in Language 2020, there was a lively, inspiring discussion about reading, research, and an incredible list of book recommendations came out of the conversation. And as one of the co-founders and co-organizers of Women in Language, I realized the need to adapt the Language Learning Reading Challenge into something more.

    It’s now both the WIL Book Club and the Language Learning Reading Challenge. This year, in addition to offering monthly prompts, I’ll share regular book recommendations, further reading, and so much more.

    Join the Facebook group here.

    What does the new Language Learning Reading Challenge Look Like?

    In partnership with Women in Language, the Language Learning Reading Challenge is going to have a few new features as well as carry over some of the legacy features.

    Here’s what’s happening:

    • Every month will have a theme and you can select any book you like that fits the theme to read as a part of the Language Learning Reading Challenge.
    • We’ll have a collection of recommended reading material and discussions going as a part of the Women in Language Book Club.
    • Regular read togethers hosted by community members where you can jump on a call and read with other language book lovers.
    • You’ll get to hang out and chat with a cool community on either Facebook or Goodreads (or both!).
    • And more to come!

    October 2020 Book Theme for the Language Learning Reading Challenge

    Read a book written by a female (or non-binary) author.

    Since September is just ten days away from being done, we’ll start WIL Book Club off in October (besides, I know many of you are busy catching up on and enjoying the talks at Women in Language!).

    For October, we’ll read a book by a female author. It can be in your native language, but you’ll get bonus points for reading a book in one of your target languages or for reading a book about your language written by a woman!

    Current Book Recommendations for the Women in Language Book Club

    Here is the current list of book recommendations to come out of Women in Language 2020. These will also be shared on Goodreads.

    Other Things You Should Know About the Language Learning Reading Challenge and Women in Language Book Club

    Each month, we’ll tackle one book covering a topic related to language and share our experiences as a group. Please feel free to join us. You can participate by commenting on the posts here at Eurolinguiste or by joining the group on Facebook.

    As part of the challenge, we will be read books that cover everything from culture, language learning, general learning techniques, history, and more. Plus, we’ll be reading both in our native languages and target languages.

    If you’re at a more advanced level in your target language, feel free to read any or all of the books (not just the ones indicated as target language only) in the language that you’re learning. If you’re still just getting started, that’s okay, too! You can read along in your native language, discovering more about the cultures and histories tied to the language(s) that you’re learning, opting for lower level or graded readers for books in your target language.

    Please note that you don’t have to pick just one language for this challenge. If you’re learning multiple languages, feel free to mix and match. The challenge is pretty flexible. I’ve planned it this way so you can get the most learning possible out of it.

    A Few Notes Regarding the Challenge:

    The challenge doesn’t have to focus on one language, if you are studying multiple languages (or have an interest in languages you’re not studying), feel free to go for books in or about those languages.

    You are absolutely welcome to read books of any level. Graded readers, children’s books, academic books or any other genre are acceptable for the challenges that require you to read in your target language(s).

    You do not need to participate every month to be a part of this challenge. You can choose the months that align with your interests.

    If you do not complete the book you take up in any one month of the challenge, that’s okay! You can still join in the conversation and share some of what you’ve learnt from the sections of the book you were able to get through.

    And that’s it! Looking forward to hearing all about what you’re reading.

    September 26, 2020 • Eurolinguiste, Language Resources • Views: 46

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

    It’s September, one of my favorite months. It’s not only my birthday month, but it’s also the first month of fall (imho the best season!). And… Women in Language is here!

    I’m a month into my Persian language project, nearly halfway to beating my longest streak ever on Memrise, and getting back into Mandarin Chinese becoming a bigger part of my life again. Let’s dive in!

    Women in Language

    Want to spend four days learning about language stuff while spending time with an amazing, supportive group of language lovers? Me too! That’s why I co-organize Women in Language each year with Lindsay Williams and Kerstin Cable.

    And this month, the next event is happening!

    You can attend talks for more than 30 inspiring speakers from September 17-20. We have panels, dream teams, language exchange practice sessions, live q&a’s and a chat that’s always on fire!

    Learn more here.

    The Language Hacking Podcast

    The Language Hacking Podcast over at Fluent in 3 Months where I’m co-hosting with Fi3M founder, Benny Lewis is still going strong! We release a new episode every week and we’re up to 13 episodes.

    Some of our guests have been: Idahosa Ness, Olly Richards, and Scott Young.

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

    Drops has Serbian and Bosnian

    Drops added two more languages last month! You can now learn Serbian and Bosnian with Drops (as well as Croatian).

    Spend just 5 minutes a day learning thousands of new words–including those related to staying healthy–in 39+ languages!

    For now, on to #clearthelist …

    Not sure what #clearthelist is? Let me clear it up for you (see what I did there?). #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 have been introducing more and more Mandarin into our daily routine. Books each night, Mandarin tv time before English tv, Mandarin game play before tablet time, lessons, games in the car, and more.

    Maintain my vocabulary learning streak. // Yes! I missed a day for a couple languages because I started too close to midnight, but I’ve kept up my streak for most of my active languages.

    Keep working through my YouTube Queue.  // Yes! I made it through quite a few videos this month.

    Fluent in 3 Months Challenge // I’m still going strong with my Persian language project!

    Keep reading Game of Thrones in Russian. // I didn’t do as much of this as I would have liked.

    Study Stranger Things in Hungarian. // Same as above.

    Keep working through the PersianPod101 course. // Yes! And I got that coursebook (actually several coursebooks) as the next step.

    Finish Pimsleur’s Persian 1. // I’m very close to doing this. So I’ll still count it as a “yay”.

    Maintain my weekly lessons in each language. // As much as this has been possible, I’ve done this!

    This Month’s Goals

    Continue filling the gaps in my Mandarin vocabulary I’ve noticed since Little Linguist’s arrival. // I’d like to continue to incorporate this more and more until we’re an OPOL household.

    Maintain my vocabulary learning streak. // This has been a great way to rebuild my language routine, so it’s staying on the list indefinitely! Plus, I’m really seeing the impact of this study.

    Keep working through my YouTube Queue.  // I’d like to continue to whittle this down since I have more than 1,000 videos in my queue.

    Fluent in 3 Months Challenge // This will be the tail end of my Persian language Challenge.

    Keep reading Game of Thrones in Russian. // More like resume reading Game of Thrones in Russian.

    Study Stranger Things in Hungarian. // Same as above.

    Finish my Persian Script Hacking book. // So that I can start to get comfortable reading and writing in Persian.

    Get to lesson 15 of Pimsleur Persian II. // I want to keep knocking this one out.

    Maintain my weekly lessons in each language. // It makes sure I’m using all my languages each week and helps me a ton with accountability.

    Have an awesome birthday with family. // Because it only happens once a year!

    Women in Language // I’m looking forward to all the inspiration and energy of this event.

    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 Persian:

    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

    • Lots of books
    • Day-to-day interaction
    • italki Lessons
    • Duolingo ABC
    • Droplets
    • Movies in Chinese
    • Gus on the Go Chinese

    Resources That Aren’t Language Specific

    The Biggest Lesson I Am Taking Away from This Month

    For the first two years of Little Linguist’s life, I spoke to him almost exclusively in Mandarin Chinese. But then, English started to creep in and before I knew it, had taken completely over.

    I’ve been trying to get back on track, but I was initially deterred by the idea of starting the language again now that he’s older. He communicates well in English and the idea of starting over with another language seemed intimidating.

    So I started with little things I knew he enjoyed–play, reading, movie time. And sure enough, the language began to become a part of our lives once more. And as I continue to make little additions, that part grows.

    So my lesson for this month is this…

    Sometimes, when a project or change seems overwhelming, just take a single step.

    For us, it was reading one Mandarin Chinese book each night. And it grew from there. But it was in taking that first step to get back on track that re-incorporating Chinese stopped seeming overwhelming.

    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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    September 7, 2020 • Eurolinguiste • Views: 353

  • How I Became Eurolinguiste | A Post in French

    Bonjour… Bon, voilà quoi – j’ai enfin décidé d’écrire un article en français. Je discute souvent des langues et des façons de définir le bilinguisme, mais je ne l’ai jamais fait dans une langue autre que l’anglais. J’espère donc que vous apprécierez mon histoire sur comment je suis devenu Eurolinguiste.

    Quand j’avais onze ans, j’ai commencé à apprendre ma deuxième langue. En fait, c’était ma troisième – j’ai parlé espagnol quand j’étais petite – mais j’ai presque tout oublié. En fait, j’ai tout oublié. C’est vrai qu’on oublie les langues que on n’utilise pas régulièrement – c’est dommage.

    Quand j’ai été choisir mon cours de langue, j’ai voulu apprendre l’allemand. Hélas, l’année où j’ai commencé mon cours de langue, l’allemand a été abandonné, et donc, je n’avais plus qu’un seul choix. Malgré le fait que ce n’était pas ce que je voulais, je ne regrette pas le chemin que j’ai pris. Si mon chemin avait été différent, je n’aurais pas cette passion pour la linguistique (qui existe en moi) aujourd’hui.

    Mon voyage linguistique n’a pas été facile, et il y a tellement de choses que j’ai oublié dans les langues que j’ai apprises. Quand mon désir d’apprendre une nouvelle langue l’emportait et que je laissais l’apprentissage de la précédente en suspend, ce qui arriva souvent, tout mes efforts ont (souvent) été perdus. À un moment donné, j’ai changé la langue que j’apprenais avec une telle fréquence qu’il me semblait que je n’arriverais jamais à la parler couramment.

    C’était beaucoup plus tard que j’ai finalement porté mon apprentissage sur les langues que j’aimais. La raison pour laquelle j’ai eu la chance d’apprendre plusieurs langues est que j’ai rencontré des gens qui me soutiennent dans l’apprentissage chaque langue. J’apprécie telement pour ceux qui m’ont soutenu jusqu’ici.

    Mon objectif pour l’instant « à ce jour » est d’ajouter l’italien et l’allemand et, plus tard, le croate.

    Je suis encore en apprentissage, et je serai toujours une étudiante en langues.

    PS. I added a sort of secret page to Eurolinguiste. Est-ce que vous pouvez le trouvez?

    August 18, 2020 • Eurolinguiste • Views: 692

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

    This last month has been exciting, with lots of new updates. I will, of course, get into more detail about what those are below soon.

    The Free Language Learning Library

    As a friendly reminder, in case you missed the update last month, my free language learning library moved! If you’d like to join and get access to the materials available within the library, access it here.

    The Language Hacking Podcast

    We’re into the second month of the Language Hacking Podcast over at Fluent in 3 Months where I’m co-hosting with Fi3M founder, Benny Lewis.

    We’ve interviewed a lot of fascinating folks, so it’s definitely worth checking out.

    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.

    Virus Prevention Vocabulary is Now on Drops

    In addition to recently releasing Croatian, Drops also released a new topic so you can learn vocabulary to discuss recent events in your new language.

    You can now spend 5 minutes a day learning thousands of new words–including those related to staying healthy–in 39+ languages!

    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’ve put together a plan to create more of an immersion environment at home. I’m hoping we’re able to better implement it this month.

    Maintain my vocabulary learning streak. // Yes! I’ve been able to successfully maintain my vocab streaks and even with a new language.

    Keep working through my YouTube Queue.  // Another month of adding more videos to watch rather than watching many of them, but I did manage to get through a few of them.

    Fluent in 3 Months Challenge // I ended up having to stop my Russian challenge because I started a new language…

    Keep reading Game of Thrones in Russian. // I have kept this up!

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

    Begin to do some coursebook work. // I started a Pod101 course, and while it isn’t a course “book”, it is a course, so I’ll count it as a win.

    Maintain my weekly lessons in each language. // Yes! Many of my tutors are on summer vacations, but I’ve been able to keep up my lessons with those whom are still around.

    This Month’s Goals

    Continue filling the gaps in my Mandarin vocabulary I’ve noticed since Little Linguist’s arrival. // We have a new plan in place to make Mandarin even more a part of our routine.

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

    Keep working through my YouTube Queue.  // Really this time!

    Fluent in 3 Months Challenge // I started a new language so I’m jumping into another challenge a bit late. I’m very excited about this project!

    Keep reading Game of Thrones in Russian. // It has been a good way to keep up my Russian and even improve it.

    Study Stranger Things in Hungarian. // It has been a fun method for boosting my Hungarian reading comprehension.

    Keep working through the PersianPod101 course. // And once I’m through much of this material, I hope to invest in a course book!

    Finish Pimsleur’s Persian 1. // I’ve completed the first two lessons so far.

    Maintain my weekly lessons in each language. // It makes sure I’m using all my languages each week.

    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 Persian:

    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

    13 wasn’t my final number. I initially thought I’d stop at 10 languages, but then it became 10, 12, then 13. And now I’m at language 14 (and technically this number would be higher if you counted the languages I dropped).

    What this number will end up being in the end remains to be seen. I may keep it at 14, may drop some languages, or may even get to a higher number.

    For now, the lesson I learned is that I should stop saying xyz will be my “last” language because as of yet, it hasn’t been the case.

    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.

    5. Share on social media using #ClearTheList

    August 4, 2020 • Eurolinguiste • Views: 546

  • 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:

    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.

    5. Share on social media using #ClearTheListToggle panel: Vergo Post Options

    July 3, 2020 • Eurolinguiste • Views: 682

  • 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: 858

  • 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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    May 18, 2020 • Eurolinguiste • Views: 906

  • 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! 

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    December 27, 2019 • Eurolinguiste • Views: 1015

  • 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! 

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    July 27, 2019 • Eurolinguiste • Views: 342

  • 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 Fluent in 3 Months Challenge. 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.

    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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    April 26, 2019 • Eurolinguiste • Views: 215