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Last Month’s Highlights on Instagram
A post shared by Shannon Kennedy (@eurolinguiste) on Jul 2, 2017 at 7:15pm PDT
Last Month’s Blog Highlights
None this month – I focused on language learning.
5 Things You Can Do When You Don’t Have Time to Learn a Language // A post to help you find a little bit more time to fit language study into your routine.
How to Get Stuff Done When You Study a Language // Tips for having more productive language studies.
100+ Ways to Make Language Learning a Part of Your Day // An epic post that sorts everything by skill – reading, writing, listening and speaking.
Last Month’s Goals
Continue filling the gaps in my Mandarin vocabulary I’ve noticed since Little Linguist’s arrival. // I worked on this a tiny, little bit. It counts, right?
Read one more language related book. // I read Lingo by Gaston Dorren and it was really good. Highly recommended!
Transcribe the dialogues from Zelda Ocarina of Time in Mandarin Chinese that I currently have saved. // I did! Feeling so good getting back on track with everything.
Get ahead reading my language reading challenge books. // Yes! I’m finally ahead again and I hope to keep it that way.
Keep working through my YouTube Queue. // Yes. I realized that most of the videos in my queue weren’t things that I cared about watching. They were things I cared about listening to. When I realized this, I was able to set my queue to play automatically and listen to them in my car. Don’t worry – my phone was in my center console, so I wasn’t distracted! Realizing this made a huge difference for me.
Keep adding words from Chinese readings into my Memrise Chinese deck AND THEN STUDY THEM. // I started studying these at the very end of the month, so I suppose it counts.
Have something I’m reading that’s in French or Spanish. // Yes! El Nombre del Viento for the win. Seriously, LingQ is my favorite tool ever.
Keep working through my language podcasts. // I actually finished ALL of the lessons I had in my queue. This probably means I drive way too much, but hey. I can’t complain if it means I get to study languages uninterrupted, right?
This Month’s Goals
Continue filling the gaps in my Mandarin vocabulary I’ve noticed since Little Linguist’s arrival. // Like I keep saying, this will be a never ending project. And it’s wonderful.
Read the next Language Reading Challenge book on my list. // If you haven’t already, you can join us on Goodreads!
Keep working through my YouTube Queue. // I still have a long way to go.
Read something in Chinese, French, and/or Spanish. // At the level I’m at for these three languages, this is one of the best ways I can continue to improve them.
Study my dang Chinese Memrise deck! Sheesh. // Even though I started this at the end of June, it wasn’t as much as I wanted. I seriously need to get on this.
Finish distilling my old Russian notes. // I decided to start over with Russian, so I’m working through all of my old notes to start.
Record my first video(s) in Japanese. // I finally started to learn this beautiful language and I’m excited about it. Plus, Little Linguist likes me speaking it, so that’s encouraging.
Little Linguist really likes the sound of Japanese. I think it’s a sign…
— Eurolinguiste (@eurolinguistesk) 18 juin 2017
Resources I Used This Month
A quick recap on the materials I am using.
What I Am Using to Learn Chinese
- LingQ – my new favourite tool, I kid you not
- iTalki Lessons – I have weekly Chinese lessons
- Memrise – I do 12,000 points minimum per day (this will shift to 18,000 when I start studying my personalized Chinese deck)
- Chinese version of the Nintendo 64
What I’m Using to Brush Up/Improve My French:
- Immersion (we speak franglais at home)
- Reading books written by French authors
- Listening to French radio/podcasts
- Chatting with family
- Watching movies and other videos in French
What I am Using to Learn Russian:
What I am Using to Learn Korean:
What I am Using to Learn Spanish:
What I’m Using to Learn Japanese:
- The One Minute Japanese podcast from the Radio Lingua network
What I’m Using for Little Linguist
- Pooh Bear and Baby Bear
- Little Pim
- Finding Dory
- Day-to-day interaction
- His Chinese lullaby is from Mantou Riji, I also sing him “You are my Sunshine” in Chinese, and his French is Une Souris Verte
- Flashcards from Tuttle
Resources That Aren’t Language Specific
The Biggest Lesson I Am Taking Away from This Month
I seriously love Russian.
I do. I had a really tough time with it the first go (same as Korean), but I just couldn’t stay away from it. Every time I hear Russian, I marvel at how beautiful it sounds and it just stirs up this incredible desire to sit down and learn it.
I psyched myself out a bit too much with the grammar the last time, so I want to approach it a little differently this time. Hopefully my teachers will work with me (is it just me or do Russian tutors all really seem to want to focus on grammar?). I hope to persevere this time and finally learn this language that I so adore.
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