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  • Clear the List | Monthly Language Learning Strategies | August

    It’s August which means summer is almost over. 🙁 I don’t know what it is, especially since I don’t get summer breaks any more like I did in school, but I always feel like summer is supposed to be the period when I have more free time (even if it never is).

    As it is the beginning of yet another new month, I’d like to welcome those of you new to #clearthelist and welcome back those of you returning. #clearthelist is a linkup where we share our monthly goals, and by we, I mean myself, Lindsay of Lindsay Does Languages and Mariah of Food, Booze & Baggage. You should definitely take a minute to head over and check out their sites if you haven’t already!

    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

    A photo posted by Shannon Kennedy (@eurolinguiste) on Jul 31, 2016 at 11:13am PDT

    Last Month’s Blog Highlights

    Travel

    Korean Street Food Recipe for Tteokbokki // I made this delicious snack as a part of the Korean Language Challenge and it was soooo good.

    Visiting the Great Wall // Finally started sharing my photos from my trip to China (almost a year ago – yikes).

    Tapas in Barcelona // So, I might have been kind of obsessed with food this past month…

    Language Learning

    9 Interesting Facts About Korean Culture // I teamed up with Culture Smart! this month to bring you a few fun tidbits about Korean culture as a part of the Korean Language Challenge.

    Invented Languages // A post about conlangs – why we invent them and how they are used with information on a few different invented languages.

    Last Month’s Goals

    Keep working on my vocabulary in Korean. // Yes and no. I took a lot of notes regarding new vocabulary, but I wouldn’t necessarily say that I “learnt” those new words.

    Do at least four lessons in my Assimil Perfectionnement Russe. // Nope. I did one lesson.

    Read one language related book. // Yes! I got through a couple of phrasebooks this month for Korean.

    Finish up my Assimil Chinese Coursebook. // Yup! Now I’m ready to take a look at my Colloquial book.

    Find a Korean TV show that interests me and start to watch it. // Nope. I have been reading rather than watching tv, so I didn’t even think about this one.

    Start watching that new Mandarin TV show that I had bookmarked. // Nope.

    Finish up Pimsleur Korean I. // Nope. Didn’t even do one.

    Finish listening to the Pimsleur Culture lessons for Chinese. // Yup!

    Read my Serbia Culture Smart book. // Nope.

    Keep working through my YouTube Queue.  // Yes! I got through another 100 videos or so.

    Finish up my Lonely Planet Korean Phrasebook // Yup! I also worked through Making Out in Korean, so now I’m getting ready to work through my next phrasebook.

    Find a Russian workbook that I like // I stared using the Colloquial Russian coursebook, but I’m not quite sure if it’s what I’m looking for yet.

    Finish reading Winnie the Pooh in Chinese // Yup! Now I need to pick one of the other Chinese children’s books I have to start.

    This Month’s Goals

    Keep working on my vocabulary in Korean. // I want to actually go through my notes, highlight phrases that I can use in real life and then use them. I actually have an opportunity coming up, so I am hoping to pick out at least ten specific phrases I want to use when it happens.

    Do at least four lessons in Russian. // Out of whichever book I decide on – either Colloquial Russian or Assimil.

    Read one more language related book. // I have one sitting in front of me that I really look forward to reading.

    Find a Korean TV show that interests me and start to watch it. // Again, since I didn’t do this last month.

    Start watching that new Mandarin TV show that I had bookmarked. // See above.

    Finish up Pimsleur Korean I. // Once more, since I didn’t do this already.

    Read my Serbia Culture Smart book. // No excuses!

    Keep working through my YouTube Queue.  // I’d like to get through yet another 50-100 videos this month.

    Pick a new children’s book to start reading in Chinese // I already own a few, so I just need to decide which is next.

    My Language Learning Strategies and Updates

    In July, I was a little bit all over the place. Admittedly, far more than I would usually like to be. I think that this next month I really need to focus in and go back to creating a more detailed plan so that I don’t skip doing so many of the tasks I assign myself.

    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:

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

    What I am Using to Learn Russian:

    What I am Using to Learn Korean:

    The Biggest Lesson I Am Taking Away from This Month

    Focus!

    This past month I lost a bit (okay a lot) of my focus. In result, I went about my study in a haphazard way and don’t have much to show for it. I’d really like to get back on track this coming month, so my theme for August is definitely going to be “focus”.

    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! An InLinkz Link-up

    August 8, 2016 • Eurolinguiste • Views: 52

  • Clear the List | Language Learning Strategies Update | July

    Happy 4th of July weekend to those of you in the US – I hope you are having a fantastic holiday! I am enjoying the extra time off to get a little extra language study in and some time in the pool.

    Since it’s once more the beginning of a new month, I’d like to welcome those of you new to #clearthelist and welcome back those of you returning. #clearthelist is a linkup where we share our monthly goals, and by we, I mean myself, Lindsay of Lindsay Does Languages and Mariah of Food, Booze & Baggage. You should definitely take a minute to head over and check out their sites if you haven’t already!

    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

    A photo posted by Shannon Kennedy (@eurolinguiste) on Jul 2, 2016 at 1:29pm PDT

    Last Month’s Blog Highlights

    Travel

    18 Things to Do in Paris, France That Aren’t Visiting the Eiffel Tower // We go back to France each year to visit family and while we’re there, we like to pretend we’re tourists. It’s always fascinating how differently you explore a place when you live there versus when you’re visiting.

    The Summer Palace // I finally started sharing my posts from my trip to China and I thought I’d start with my first day in Beijing.

    Street Foods in Beijing // The food in China is so ridiculously amazing, especially at some of the street vendors.

    Language Learning

    Korean Dining Etiquette with Useful Phrases // As a part of the Korean Language Challenge Lindsay Dow and I are doing, I wrote this post on Korean Dining Etiquette. It was a ton of fun putting together.

    100+ Useful Conversational Phrases in Mandarin Chinese // This is my third post in this series (I also wrote guides for Korean and Croatian). These are phrases and words that I’ve found useful when conversing in Mandarin.

    Why Phrasebooks are a Must Have for Language Learners // Plus my top 5 recommendations.

    My Maximize Your Month Language Learning Strategies & Goals

    Last Month’s Goals

    Keep working on my vocabulary in Korean. // I think I did a pretty good job with this. I worked on numbers, a little bit of food vocabulary, and I added to my collection of conversational phrases.

    Finish up my Penguin Coursebook for Russian. // Done! Now I’m working through Assimil’s Perfectionnement Russe.

    Read one language related book. // Nope.

    Finish up my Assimil Chinese Coursebook. // Nope, but I’m getting really close.

    Find a Korean TV show that interests me and start to watch it. // Nope. In fact, I didn’t watch any tv this month in any language.

    Start watching that new Mandarin TV show that I had bookmarked. // Nope. See above.

    Finish up Pimsleur Korean I. // Again, so close, but didn’t quite get there.

    Finish listening to the Pimsleur Culture lessons for Chinese. // Nope. I didn’t even load these tracks onto my ipod to listen to. But, I did manage to work through a few of the Chinese and Korean podcasts that have been accumulating in my downloaded podcasts instead.

    Read my Korean Culture Smart book. // Yup!

    Keep working through my YouTube Queue. // I made it through more than 100 videos this month, but I still have 400+ to go.

    This Month’s Goals

    Keep working on my vocabulary in Korean. // Because you can never know enough (useful) words in your target language.

    Do at least four lessons in my Assimil Perfectionnement Russe. // One per week.

    Read one language related book. // Since I failed at this one last month.

    Finish up my Assimil Chinese Coursebook. // Only a few more lessons left!

    Find a Korean TV show that interests me and start to watch it. // Again, since I didn’t do this last month.

    Start watching that new Mandarin TV show that I had bookmarked. // See above.

    Finish up Pimsleur Korean I. // I only have about 10 lessons left of Korean I, I am pretty sure I can manage this.

    Finish listening to the Pimsleur Culture lessons for Chinese. // Or, at least load them onto my ipod to listen to. Any step in the right direction.

    Read my Serbia Culture Smart book. // It’s my last one! Yikes!

    Keep working through my YouTube Queue.  // I’d like to get through another 50-100 videos this month.

    Finish up my Lonely Planet Korean Phrasebook // I’m more than halfway through with this and I’m ready to start a new resource.

    Find a Russian workbook that I like // I feel like I need to start doing exercises in the language to really get this one down.

    Finish reading Winnie the Pooh in Chinese // My tutor and I started this book last month but haven’t finished it yet because our last few lessons have been more conversation based than reading based.

    My Language Learning Strategies and Updates

    In June, I really focused on using all of my 5, 10 and 15 minute breaks to really get as much language study in as possible. I did a bit of a refresh with Italian, spent quite a bit of time with Korean, worked on maintaining my Chinese as well as improving my reading, and did a tiny bit of Russian study.

    The nice thing about each of those short breaks is that they tend to be spread out throughout my day, so I don’t have to worry about interference when switching between languages. And because I get to jump around from language to language, I don’t get bored.

    Resources I Used This Month

    A quick recap on the materials I am using (there’s not much of a change from last month).

    What I Am Using to Learn Chinese

    • iTalki Lessons – I have weekly Chinese lessons
    • Pimsleur
    • Memrise
    • ChineseClass101
    • Melnyk’s
    • Assimil (Lessons 51-100)
    • Antosch & Lin email newsletters
    • FluentU – I watch anywhere from 3-6 videos per day and then work on the “Learning” section for each of the videos
    • Watching television shows and movies (I watched a few films this month and started watching the first episode of a few different series to try to pick something new to watch)
    • Winnie the Pooh

    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

    What I am Using to Learn Russian:

    What I am Using to Learn Korean:

    The Biggest Lesson I Am Taking Away from This Month

    Just because you’ve learnt one language, doesn’t mean that the next will be easier or faster to learn.

    With both Russian and Korean I’ve found my progress to be relatively slow compared to some of the other languages that I’ve studied. And while it’s frustrating at times, I know that it’s okay as long as I’m making continual progress in the language (however fast or slow that progress may be). I’m not really in a rush to learn either of those languages, so even though I’d like to learn them a bit faster than my current speed, there’s really no solid reason as to why I would need to learn them faster.

    I found that this is something I’ve needed to remind myself of a few times this past month.

    And yes, I know that my progress would be much faster if I just focused on one or two languages, but I gave all my attention to Chinese last year and I wanted to have a bit more fun this year with more than one language. Next year I may decide to focus in on one or two once more, but this year is my “dabble” year, so I’m trying out a few new languages and deciding which I’ll keep up in the future.

    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! An InLinkz Link-up

    July 2, 2016 • Eurolinguiste • Views: 48

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

    Summer is here and I am so ready for it. I’m not the only one, right? I’m definitely in the mood to mix up some fun lemonades and enjoy time out on the balcony getting a bit of vitamin d while studying these next few months! Plus, the eat always gives you a good reason to eat frozen yogurt. Ha.

    Anyway, before I get too far off tangent here, I’d like to welcome those of you new to #clearthelist and welcome back those of you returning. #clearthelist is a linkup where we share our monthly goals and by we, I mean myself, Lindsay of Lindsay Does Languages and Mariah of Food, Booze & Baggage. You should definitely take a minute to head over and check out their sites if you haven’t already!

    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

    A photo posted by Shannon Kennedy (@eurolinguiste) on May 31, 2016 at 2:06pm PDT


    Jeez, I take a lot of pictures of food!

    Last Month’s Blog Highlights

    Travel

    TUO Travel Undergarment Organizer // This was a fun review to do because I love all things that make my travels more organized!

    Doors & Doorways in Paris, France // As you know, doors are one of my favorite photo subjects when I am out and about on my travels. Here are a few that caught my eye on our last trip to France.

    Language Learning

    How to Actually Learn a Language Faster // Serious tips to help you speed up your language learning process.

    30 Tasks You Can Do in 5 Minutes or Less to Learn a Language // For those of you with busy schedules, this is a great list of activities you can do to work on your language study even when you’re pressed for time.

    My Maximize Your Month Language Learning Strategies & Goals

    Last Month’s Goals

    Continue to do at least one lesson in my New Russian Penguin Course book per week. // I definitely continued to do this and I even did two lessons one of the weeks. I still haven’t worked my way through this book completely, but I’m getting close!

    Actually work through some of the Russian language videos I have saved on Youtube. // I did this and I also did it a bit for Korean. I didn’t get through as many as I would have liked, but I did get through some of them.

    Work through at least two Assimil Chinese lessons per week. // Accomplished.

    Read a few more of my language related books. // Nope. I was pretty wiped this month, so I spent more time reading leisure books than I did language related books. I did, however, read the books that I am reading as a part of the Language Reading Challenge.

    Start to work on building my vocabularies in Russian and Korean. // Yes to Korean. Kind of to Russian. Not as much as I was hoping to both. I haven’t yet found a course that I’m in love with on Memrise for Korean, and while this isn’t a legitimate excuse for not having studied vocabulary, it was the excuse I told myself in my head. I really would love to have a Korean course that is Korean audio where I type in the English translations of the words, but that doesn’t exist (that I know of) and I haven’t had time to make it.

    This Month’s Goals

    Keep working on my vocabulary in Korean. // No more excuses.

    Finish up my Penguin Coursebook for Russian. // That way I can continue to focus on my Assimil coursebook!

    Read one language related book. // A bit less ambitious than last month, but much more achievable.

    Finish up my Assimil Chinese Coursebook. // That way I can start to work through some of the new resources that I’ve had my eye on.

    Find a Korean TV show that interests me and start to watch it. // I’ve seen that this has had fantastic results for Lindsay as a part of our Korean Language Challenge and I am kind of eager to try it out myself.

    Start watching that new Mandarin TV show that I had bookmarked. // And ideally, be more proactive in my learning as I watch than I have been in the past.

    Finish up Pimsleur Korean I. // I’ve spent quite a bit of time with KoreanClass101 lately while commuting, but I’d like to finish up Pimsleur Korean I so I can start to work through Pimsleur Korean II.

    Finish listening to the Pimsleur Culture lessons for Pimsleur. // I finished the first three series of Pimsleur Mandarin and only recently discovered there is a Pimsleur Mandarin Chinese IV. What?! But, I don’t want to even think about getting it until I’ve completely finished listening through what I already own. Culture lessons it is!

    Read my Korean Culture Smart book. // This one should be easy because it’s so portable and I have a few gigs coming up that I can bring it along to so that I can get some reading done.

    Keep working through my YouTube Queue. // I have more than 500 videos in my queue (and all of them are language lessons) that I’ve been meaning to watch. It was close to 700, but I worked through quite a few this last month or so. I’d like to continue getting through them, and at 3-7 minutes each, this is definitely something I can fit into my schedule.

    My Language Learning Strategies and Updates

    This past month I really focused on consistency and I have quite a bit to share on this in the “biggest lesson” section down below!

    Resources I Used This Month

    A quick recap on the materials I am using (there’s not much of a change from last month).

    What I Am Using to Learn Chinese

    • iTalki Lessons – I have weekly Chinese lessons
    • Pimsleur
    • Memrise
    • ChineseClass101 & Melnyk’s
    • Assimil (Lessons 51-100)
    • Antosch & Lin email newsletters
    • FluentU – I watch anywhere from 3-6 videos per day and then work on the “Learning” section for each of the videos
    • Watching television shows and movies (I watched a few films this month and started watching the first episode of a few different series to try to pick something new to watch)

    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

    What I am Using to Learn Russian:

    What I am Using to Learn Korean:

    The Biggest Lesson I Am Taking Away from This Month

    As I said above, this past month I really focused on consistency.

    I use the app TeuxDeux to manage my daily to do list and one of it’s features is the ability to add recurring “to-do’s”. One of mine is to “study language” daily (in addition to other daily/weekly tasks that I aim to complete in language – Memrise, Duolingo, iTalki lessons,etc.).

    This past month, I’ve been quite consistent at checking that one off (as well as many of my other language related tasks) and I’ve really seen that consistency in my study pay off. While my progress in Korean still feels slow, I know that I am still moving forward and that’s all that really matters. Slow and steady wins the race – except, I’m not really racing anyone or anything. 🙂 

    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! An InLinkz Link-up

    June 1, 2016 • Eurolinguiste • Views: 55

  • Clear the List | Language Learning Strategies Update | May

    I feel like I say this every #clearthelist post but I seriously can’t believe it’s already a new month. How are we already into May? Yikes! 

    For those of you new to #clearthelist, I would like to welcome you to the linkup where we share our monthly goals! And for those of you who are returning – welcome back!

    Just as a quick recap, I cohost #clearthelist with a lovely pair of bloggers, Lindsay of Lindsay Does Languages and Mariah of Food, Booze & Baggage. You should definitely take a minute to head over and check out their sites if you haven’t already!

    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

    A photo posted by Shannon Kennedy (@eurolinguiste) on May 1, 2016 at 6:40pm PDT

    Last Month’s Blog Highlights

    Travel

    Maille Mustard in Paris, France // My experience mustard tasting at the Maille shop in Paris.

    9 Interesting Facts About Russian Culture // My second post in this fun series I’ve been working on with Culture Smart.

    Language Learning

    How to Learn Multiple Languages at the Same Time // This is one of my favorite posts from this month where I tackle one of the most asked questions I get.

    How to Start Learning a Language in 9 Steps // The things that I do each time I take on a new language.

    How to Learn a Language Faster // A post on a few ways to speed up your language learning.

    My Maximize Your Month Language Learning Strategies & Goals

    Last Month’s Goals

    Continue to do at least one lesson in my New Russian Penguin Course book per week. // I kept this up and I’m getting ready to work through as much of the rest of it as I can since this month’s language reading challenge is to work through a course book.

    Keep working through some of the Russian language videos I have saved on Youtube. // Well… I worked through some of the Mandarin and Korean videos, but not Russian. I know it doesn’t count, but I managed to get through some of the hundreds of videos in my “Watch Later” playlist.

    Work through at least two Assimil Chinese lessons per week. // Yup!

    Read a few more of my language related books. // I did get through a couple this month, but I could have done better. I kind of got distracted by one of my favorite fantasy book series…

    Start to work on building my vocabularies in Russian and Korean. // Korean, yes. Russian, not so much.

    This Month’s Goals

    Continue to do at least one lesson in my New Russian Penguin Course book per week. // I’d like to finish up with this book as a part of this month’s challenge so I may need to do more than one lesson per week.

    Actually work through some of the Russian language videos I have saved on Youtube. // And NOT Korean and Chinese. Or maybe AND Korean and Chinese.

    Work through at least two Assimil Chinese lessons per week. // Again, I’d like to keep up with this.

    Read a few more of my language related books. // Another goal I’d like to keep up from last month.

    Start to work on building my vocabularies in Russian and Korean. // Since I didn’t do such a great job of this from last month.

    My Language Learning Strategies and Updates

    This month I launched my first book and ecourse with Fluent in 3 Months, so a lot of my time was spent writing and talking about language and less about learning language. I find that when running a blog, that sometimes happens, but I’m okay with it because teaching language things helps me better internalize those very concepts. It’s funny how you can also learn things yourself by teaching them. So I’d have to say that this month, my big learning strategy has actually been teaching, oddly enough.

    Resources I Used This Month

    A quick recap on the materials I am using (there’s not much of a change from last month).

    What I Am Using to Learn Chinese

    • iTalki Lessons – I have weekly Chinese lessons
    • Pimsleur
    • Memrise
    • ChineseClass101 & Melnyk’s
    • Assimil (Lessons 51-100)
    • Antosch & Lin email newsletters
    • FluentU – I watch anywhere from 3-6 videos per day and then work on the “Learning” section for each of the videos
    • Watching television shows and movies (I watched a few films this month and started watching the first episode of a few different series to try to pick something new to watch)

    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
    • FluentU

    What I am Using to Learn Russian:

    What I am Using to Learn Korean:

    The Biggest Lesson I Am Taking Away from This Month

    As I said earlier, my biggest lesson from this month is that you can learn through teaching. This goes for both language learning methods (my focus for this month) and languages themselves. I find that one of the best ways to really master the things that you’ve learnt is to teach them to someone else.

    That being said, I’d like to take a moment to do a bit of shameless self-promotion and just share my new course and ebook “Say Goodbye to Shy: Speaking a Language, the Introvert’s Way“.

    I had a lot of fun putting this together and the launch weekend was just an absolute blast. Lindsay Dow and Kerstin Cable both joined me for webinars this past weekend and it was so awesome getting to chat with them and you all about language learning. I also wrote a couple of blog posts to celebrate the launch (here and here).

    But most importantly, I want to thank all of you so very, very much for all of your support with my book launch. You all are incredible! THANK YOU!

    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! 
    An InLinkz Link-up

    May 3, 2016 • Eurolinguiste • Views: 50

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

    It’s April I’m getting ready for the launch of my new ebook and ecourse that will be released over at Fluent in 3 Months on language learning for introverts, and I am also excited to share some of the resources and materials I’m working with to continue learning Korean as a part of the challenge I’m doing with Lindsay Dow. 

    For those of you new to #clearthelist, I would like to welcome you to the linkup where we share our monthly goals! And for those of you who are returning – welcome back!

    Just as a quick recap, I cohost #clearthelist with a lovely pair of bloggers, Lindsay of Lindsay Does Languages and Mariah of Food, Booze & Baggage. You should definitely take a minute to head over and check out their sites if you haven’t already!

    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

    A photo posted by Shannon Kennedy (@eurolinguiste) on Mar 30, 2016 at 11:10am PDT

    Last Month’s Blog Highlights

    Travel

    Ladurée in Paris, France // In this post, I share my experience trying out macarons from Ladurée on my most recent visit to Paris.

    Maison Georges Larnicol // In addition to tasting macarons in Paris, I’ve also had the pleasure of trying kouignettes, a delicious, buttery treat from Maison Georges Larnicol.

    Language Learning

    15 Free Language Related Activities You Can Do This Weekend // In this post I shared 15 ways you can get some extra language learning in for free.

    French Tenses for Beginners: Past, Present and Future // I collaborated with Kerstin Hammes Cable to celebrate Grammar <3 Week with this post of French tenses.

    100+ Useful Conversational Words & Phrases in Korean // As a part of the Korean Language Challenge with Lindsay Dow, I created this free PDF packed full of useful phrases in Korean.

    My Maximize Your Month Language Learning Strategies & Goals

    Last Month’s Goals

    Continue to do at least one lesson in my New Russian Penguin Course book per week. // I managed to keep up with this task this past month and it’s really helping me wrap my head around Russian grammar. 

    Start to work through some of the Russian language videos I have saved on Youtube. // I worked through a few of the Russian videos I saved on YouTube, but not quite as many as I would have liked. Either way, I did get to some of them, so I’ll still count this one as a win.

    Work through at least two Assimil Chinese lessons per week. // Yup!

    Finish watching the Travel in Chinese series on CCTV. // I finished the Travel in Chinese Series and started a new series on CCTV. Several of the videos won’t load, unfortunately, but I’ve still had the opportunity to watch the majority of them.

    Achieve my next Korean challenge and finally film that video of myself reading in Korean even if I don’t understand what I’m reading. // I filmed a few short videos on my Instagram account this month and in two I’m reading words/a script I prepared. It took me a while to get this one, but I finally got it checked off!

    Read the next book for the reading challenge. // This month it’s to read a travelogue or travel-related book tied to a country that speaks your target language. I am not sure at all about what I’ll read for this one. I guess I need to decide pretty quick!

    Read more of my language related books. // I started to work through a few of these books and I plan on sharing more about them as part of the Language Learning Reading Challenge later this month.

    This Month’s Goals

    Continue to do at least one lesson in my New Russian Penguin Course book per week. // Next month’s Language Learning Reading Challenge (the month of May) is to finish up a language course book that you’ve been working through or that you start working on. I’d like to finish this book as a part of that challenge.

    Keep working through some of the Russian language videos I have saved on Youtube. // I’d like to get through a few more of these this month. 

    Work through at least two Assimil Chinese lessons per week. // Again, I’d like to keep up with this.

    Read a few more of my language related books. // I really enjoyed the books that I read last month so I look forward to keeping up with this goal this month.

    Start to work on building my vocabularies in Russian and Korean. // I think that this is my weakest point right now in both of these languages, and so, I’d like to correct this. Plus, I’m always for another excuse for spending more time on Memrise. 

    My Language Learning Strategies and Updates

    This month I’ve worked hard to increase the amount of time I spend listening to all of the languages I know/am learning to keep them active and to get a sense of the flow and sound of the languages. I’ve spent a lot of time in the car lately commuting to and from work/concerts, so I’ve had a lot of time to listen to the 101 language series from Innovative Language, my Pimsleur lessons, and a variety of foreign language podcasts.

    Resources I Used This Month

    A quick recap on the materials I am using.

    What I Am Using to Learn Chinese

    • iTalki Lessons – I have weekly Chinese lessons
    • Pimsleur
    • Memrise
    • ChineseClass101 & Melnyk’s
    • Assimil (Lessons 51-100)
    • Antosch & Lin email newsletters
    • FluentU – I watch anywhere from 3-6 videos per day and then work on the “Learning” section for each of the videos
    • Watching television shows and movies (I watched a few films this month and started watching the first episode of a few different series to try to pick something new to watch)

    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
    • FluentU

    What I am Using to Learn Russian:

    What I am Using to Learn Korean:

    The Biggest Lesson I Am Taking Away from This Month

    Not all language learning involves studying the language (grammar/vocabulary) itself.This is actually something that I’ve known for quite a while, but it’s always great to have a bit of a reminder. It’s so easy to get caught up in learning tons of new words and grammar rules and forget that there’s so much more to learning a language well than that.

    So get out there, get some actual practice in speaking with other speakers of your target language, read about the language you’re learning (or the culture it’s tied to) and experience it. Eat Korean food if you’re learning Korean, watch a Kung Fu movie if you’re learning Chinese, learn about viticulture or wine tasting if you’re learning French or Italian… These are all just quick examples, but the point is to just do something that gets you involved in the language beyond grammar books and vocabulary flashcards.

    Find things that interest you and then do them in your target language. Learn about something you find interesting in the language you’re studying rather than in your native language. Just get involved with the language and experience it. Go beyond merely “learning” 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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  • Clear the List | Monthly Language Learning Strategies Update | March

    February has been an insanely busy month (in a good way of course). It was the second month of the Language Reading Challenge and the first month of the Korean Language Challenge I’m hosting with Lindsay Dow. I also taught a webinar with Kerstin Cable of Fluent Language on finding grammar resources as well as a webinar with Lindsay on starting a new language.

    It’s March and I have quite a bit of exciting news including the upcoming release of my new ebook and ecourse on language learning for introverts! You can sign up to find out when it officially releases here. 

    For those of you who are unfamiliar with #clearthelist, I would like to welcome you to #clearthelist where we share our monthly goals! And for those of you who are returning – welcome back! Just as a quick recap, I cohost #clearthelist with a lovely team of bloggers: Lindsay of Lindsay Does Languages, Esther of Local Adventurer, and Mariah of Food, Booze & Baggage. You should definitely take a minute to head over and check out their sites if you haven’t already!

    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

    A photo posted by Shannon Kennedy (@eurolinguiste) on Mar 1, 2016 at 2:59pm PST

    Last Month’s Blog Highlights

    A Review of the Culture Smart Book Series // I shared my first update as a part of the Language Reading Challenge with my review of the Culture Smart book series.

    Accras de Morue // While in Martinique I tried this delicious dish for the first time and upon returning home, it was one of the first things I had to make. 

    Korean Update #1 // Lindsay and I shared our first Korean language learning update!

    My Maximize Your Month Language Learning Strategies & Goals

    Last Month’s Goals

    Continue to do at least one lesson in my New Russian Penguin Course book per week. // Yup! I actually did them one per week this time, so I think I did better at this than I did the previous month.

    Work through at least two Assimil Chinese lessons per week. // Yup! I can finally say that I did this one since I didn’t do it last month.

    Achieve my next Korean challenge and film a video of myself reading in Korean even if I don’t understand what I’m reading. // Nope. I got really busy working on the book and didn’t have time to do this, but I’ll try to do it this month.

    Read the next book for the reading challenge. // I actually read two books for the challenge! 

    This Month’s Goals

    Continue to do at least one lesson in my New Russian Penguin Course book per week. // No explanation needed.

    Start to work through some of the Russian language videos I have saved on Youtube. // I have been collecting Russian language videos I want to watch for months but haven’t actually started watching them. This needs to change.

    Work through at least two Assimil Chinese lessons per week. // This seems to be a pretty good number for me.

    Finish watching the Travel in Chinese series on CCTV. // I started watching this series in February and I’m about thirty videos away from finishing it.

    Achieve my next Korean challenge and finally film that video of myself reading in Korean even if I don’t understand what I’m reading. // Since I didn’t do it last month, I need to do it this month.

    Read the next book for the reading challenge. // This month it’s to read a travelogue or travel-related book tied to a country that speaks your target language. I am not sure at all about what I’ll read for this one. I guess I need to decide pretty quick!

    Read more of my language related books. // I’ve been reading quite a bit of fiction lately (not that there’s anything wrong with that) because I really got into a new series of books that I haven’t been able to step away from. The last two in the series that I haven’t read are already loaned out from the library, so it’s kind of forced me to take a break from it. And rather than dive right into another fiction series, I’m going to use my reading time to tackle a few more of my language related books.

    My Language Learning Strategies and Updates

    This month is the first time since my university days that I’ve attempted to tackle three languages at once and so time management has been so important for me. I’ve also found that organization, planning, and quick access to resources have also been crucial.  

    Resources I Used This Month

    A quick recap on the materials I am using.

    What I Am Using to Learn Chinese

    • iTalki Lessons – Honestly, this is still one of the best investments I’ve made
    • Pimsleur
    • Memrise
    • Assimil (Lessons 51-100)
    • Antosch & Lin email newsletters
    • FluentU
    • Watching television shows and movies (I finished Skip Beat and have since started working through the films available on Hulu)

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

    • Immersion (we speak franglais at home)
    • Reading books written by French authors (I read a French book about the Chinese language as part of the language challenge this month)
    • Listening to French radio/podcasts
    • FluentU

    What I am Using to Learn Russian:

    What I am Using to Learn Korean:

    The Biggest Lesson I Am Taking Away from This Month

    When tackling multiple languages, organization and preparation are that much more important. When you’re working on one language, organization and time management are important – you have to fit your study in around your day-to-day life. But when you are learning more than one language, it becomes that much more necessary.

    This past month I’ve found that planning out my next steps for each language has been incredibly helpful. That way I always know what resources to pick up, what page to start on or what website to load. I don’t have to waste time deciding what comes next. It’s helped me make my study time that much more productive.

    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! 
    An InLinkz Link-up

    March 1, 2016 • Eurolinguiste • Views: 65

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

    Okay, so I know that I say this almost every month, but seriously, I cannot believe that it’s already the start of a new month. How is it February already? I really feel like I only just wrote my last #clearthelist post a week ago!

    For those of you who are new to #clearthelist, I would like to welcome to #clearthelist where we share our monthly goals! And for those of you who are returning – welcome back! Just as a quick recap, I cohost #clearthelist with a lovely team of bloggers: Lindsay of Lindsay Does Languages, Esther of Local Adventurer, and Mariah of Food, Booze & Baggage. You should definitely take a minute to head over and check out their sites if you haven’t already!

    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

    A photo posted by Shannon Kennedy (@eurolinguiste) on Jan 31, 2016 at 4:12pm PST

    Last Month’s Blog Highlights

    This past month, I started up the Language Learning Reading challenge and I’m really excited about this project. I am hoping that it helps me to read more often in and about my target languages and I’m looking forward to reading the posts of those who linkup.

    Language Learning Reading Challenge // Over the next 12 months, I am co-hosting a language learning reading challenge where myself and several other language learners are going to tackle a reading list associated with books on, about, or related to language learning. I hope you’ll join us!

    Recipe for Beef Empanadas, Chipotle Sauce, and Pumpkin Empanadas // My dad made me a beautiful new board to use for my photos and needless to say, I’ve been having a lot of fun trying new recipes and posing the end result upon it. 

    How I Memorized 600 Chinese Words in 2 Weeks // Two weeks prior to my HSK exam I learnt that I had been studying the wrong vocabulary and I needed to learn an additional 600 words to pass the test. Here’s just how I did it.

    My Maximize Your Month Language Learning Strategies & Goals

    Last Month’s Goals

    Work through at least one lesson in my New Russian Penguin Course book per week. // I didn’t do one lesson each week, but I completed at least one lesson for every week of the month, so I’ll say it counts.

    Work through at least two Assimil Chinese lessons per week. // Nope. 

    Start learning Korean. // Yup! I worked through my first milestone in Korean and I plan on posting a video sharing what I learnt on February 8th. Lindsay and I are having so much fun working on this Korean project together and we’re really excited to start sharing it with you.

    Start collecting resources for my conlang challenge. // I started a private playlist on Youtube and I accidentally announced that it won’t be Esperanto on my last Periscope. So there’s one hint for you!

    Read my first book as a part of the reading challenge I’m hosting. // I actually read a couple books towards the reading challenge and I’m having such fun doing this challenge.

    This Month’s Goals

    Continue to do at least one lesson in my New Russian Penguin Course book per week. // My Russian really needs some love and affection right now.

    Work through at least two Assimil Chinese lessons per week. // I am so tempted to make this three to four lessons per week, but I couldn’t even do one last month, so it wouldn’t really make sense for me to double a goal I wasn’t able to achieve. I’ll leave it at two per week.

    Achieve my next Korean challenge and film a video of myself reading in Korean even if I don’t understand what I’m reading. // It’s all about sounding out the words for now.

    Read the next book for the reading challenge. // This month it’s to read a book in a target language and I have quite a few in mind, I just need to choose one!

    My Language Learning Strategies and Updates

    This past month we had a music conference and I had a few shows that threw off my schedule more than I had expected them too so I didn’t work on language study as much as I had hoped. I still managed to work through Memrise nearly everyday, practice a bit on Duolingo, continue my (mostly) weekly lessons, and give my Russian Coursebook a bit of attention, but I had hoped to get a bit more done. 

    Overall, I still managed to get quite a bit of language study in, so I’m still pretty happy. I’m hoping that since February is relatively calm, I’ll be able to accomplish a bit more. 

    I’d like to mention that the reason I wasn’t able to get as much study in was not because I didn’t have enough time. I had moments where I had fifteen minutes here or thirty minutes there, but in all honesty, I was just too exhausted. 

    Technically I could have studied, but I chose not to. Why? Because studying when you’re overly tired is counterproductive. You aren’t able to give what you’re working on the full attention it deserves and you’re less likely to retain the new information. That means, I’d likely have to re-learn any material I took on when I was tired again at another point.

    Yes, constant exposure to your target languages is important which is why I still continued to do Memrise, lessons, and Duolingo, but there is such thing as burnout. I would much rather study language less so that I can still come back to it motivated rather than force myself to work on it when I just need some time to relax. 

    The good news was that I got to catch up on my reading and get through a few books that I had been wanting to read. And since I didn’t force myself to work on language any more than I could through an already exhausting month, I’m feeling pretty refreshed and quite ready to hit the books in February. 

    Resources I Used This Month

    A quick recap on the materials I am using.

    What I Am Using to Learn Chinese

    • iTalki Lessons – Honestly, this is still one of the best investments I’ve made
    • Pimsleur
    • Memrise
    • Assimil (Lessons 51-100)
    • Antosch & Lin email newsletters
    • FluentU
    • Watching television shows and movies (I’m kind of addicted to the show Skip Beat right now)

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

    • Immersion (we speak franglais at home)
    • Reading books written by French authors (well, this is what I should be doing)
    • Listening to French radio/podcasts
    • FluentU

    What I am Using to Learn Russian:

    What I am Using to Learn Korean:

    • Memrise

    The Biggest Lesson I Am Taking Away from This Month

    There are moments to push yourself and there are moments that you need to take a step back. When you really love doing something, it’s really easy to find yourself lost in doing it. Music and language are the two things that I feel that way about. I can sit for hours on end doing either of the two. 

    But that isn’t always the best thing for me to do. There are moments where I need to stretch myself beyond my comfort zone and really push myself to do more than I think I can, but there are other moments where you need to spend some time away from those things. It not only allows you the opportunity to miss them and appreciate them all the more, but it also provides you with the opportunity to get a bit of an outside prospective so that you can pick out the things that could be done better. 

    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! 
    An InLinkz Link-up

    January 31, 2016 • Eurolinguiste • Views: 47

  • Clear the List | Monthly Language Learning Strategies | January

    Welcome to 2016! 

    Yesterday I shared a few of my goals for the year, but today I would like to share my goals for this month that will help me get started in the right direction with my 2016 goals.

    So without any further ado…

    I, once again, would like to welcome to #clearthelist where we share our monthly goals! For those of you unfamiliar with #clearthelist, I cohost it with a lovely team of bloggers: Lindsay of Lindsay Does Languages, Esther of Local Adventurer, and Mariah of Food, Booze & Baggage. You should definitely take a minute to head over and check out their sites if you haven’t already!

    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

    A photo posted by Shannon Kennedy (@eurolinguiste) on Dec 31, 2015 at 9:55am PST

    Last Month’s Blog Highlights

    This past month, I had the opportunity to team up with a lovely group of language and travel bloggers to share the 12 Days of Christmas Around the World and I am so grateful to everyone who helped me make it happen!

    12 Days of Christmas Around the World // Plus Hanukkah! In these posts you can learn about how the holidays are celebrated in twelve different countries plus you’ll get a list of holiday vocabulary in the country’s language and a recipe for a regional dish!

    31 Holiday Gifts for Travelers and Language Learners // In this post I shared a few things that I hoped for this Christmas season plus gifts I’ve received in the past that I couldn’t live without.

    Hole in Wall Box // I’m giving away a subscription box along with Hole in Wall Box! You can watch my unboxing video and read my review of their San Diego box in this post.

    My Maximize Your Month Language Learning Strategies & Goals

    Last Month’s Goals

    Do the best that I can on my exam. I studied like crazy up until the exam date and did my best. The scores still aren’t up yet 🙁 so I’m still waiting to see the results. 

    Start really diving into Russian. Sort of. I ended up being quite a bit busier in December than I anticipated, so while I did more Russian study than I had completed in the previous months, I really didn’t get to give it the attention it deserves.

    Plan out my language learning (and personal) goals for 2016. Done! You can read them here.

    This Month’s Goals

    Work through at least one lesson in my New Russian Penguin Course book per week. // Ideally, I’d like to do more than one lesson per week, but January is another busy month for me, so I’ll keep this goal at something I know I can accomplish.

    Work through at least two Assimil Chinese lessons per week. // Again, this is fewer than I’d like to work through, but I’d rather surpass my goal than fail it.

    Start learning Korean. // I’m not going to give away too much about this goal in this post because I have another very special post planned for this one!

    Start collecting resources for my conlang challenge. // Have any of you ever considered learning a constructed language? I’d love to hear about your experience in the comments! This is going to be my first conlang, so I’m totally new to this.

    Read my first book as a part of the reading challenge I’m hosting. // Again, this will have it’s own post soon, so I won’t share too much here.

    My Language Learning Strategies and Updates

    Up until this past month, I’ve been really focused on studying Chinese, specifically for my exam. Now that it’s done, I feel like I can finally breathe! I thought that once my exam was over that I’d immediately throw myself into all the other resources I was forced to ignore while I focused on learning exam vocabulary and grammar, but the opposite actually happened. Aside from doing a bit of Memrise, my weekly lessons, and listening to podcasts about language learning strategies, I didn’t do much language study AT ALL. 

    Normally, I’d scold myself for being such a lazy learner, but I think that I just really needed the break, so I’m not going to be too hard on myself. I did do quite a bit more reading in Mandarin (it’s the new skill I want to focus on as it is currently my weakest skill in the language), so I’m going to say that totally counts. 🙂

    Resources I Used This Month

    A quick recap on the materials I am using.

    What I Am Using to Learn Chinese

    • iTalki Lessons – Honestly, this is still one of the best investments I’ve made
    • Pimsleur
    • Memrise
    • Assimil (Lessons 51-100)
    • Antosch & Lin email newsletters
    • FluentU
    • Watching television shows and movies (I’m kind of addicted to the show Skip Beat right now)

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

    • Immersion (we speak franglais at home)
    • Reading books written by French authors (well, this is what I should be doing)
    • Listening to French radio/podcasts
    • FluentU

    What I am Using to Learn Russian:

    The Biggest Lesson I Am Taking Away from This Month

    Breaks aren’t always a bad thing. As long as you make sure that they don’t become permanent. So now that my language break is over – here’s to an awesome 2016!

    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! An InLinkz Link-up

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  • Language Learning Goals & Plans for 2016

    It’s nearing the end of 2015 which means it’s time to share my goals for 2016. I have quite a few exciting projects planned for this next year and I can’t wait to share them with you. I’d also love to hear what you have going on this next year, so please feel free to leave me a note in the comments!

    Something Old

    1 // Continue with Russian

    Last year I started to learn Russian but ended up neglecting it because I needed to give so much more attention to Mandarin (and also because I struggled with it much more than I care to admit). I’d like to make it first priority this next year and really give it a chance.

    2 // Continue with Mandarin

    I made so much progress in this last year with Mandarin that I’d hate to lose the momentum I’ve been building, so I will definitely continue to study it in 2016. Rather than focus on test vocabulary and grammar, however, I’m going to shift my focus to topics that interest me more personally and I can get to all the resources I had to ignore while in test prep mode.

    Something New

    3 // Start Korean

    I had so much fun learning Korean that I really wanted to tackle another Asian language. My decision to choose Korean over Japanese was a combination of my love of Korean food, the fact that I already owned several books for the language, a few other things – and oh! – that Lindsay Dow is going to be learning it with me next year. Languages are always better with friends.

    4 // Learn the Mongolian alphabet

    While I was in China, I kept seeing a second script written next to the Chinese characters and wondered what it was because, to be honest, I thought it was just beautiful! My friend told me that it was Mongolian and since, it’s become my goal to learn the Mongolian script. Even if I don’t understand what I’m reading or writing, I’d just love to be able to recreate that gorgeous, flowing script. Now I just have to decide which version of the script I’d like to learn. I’m definitely open to suggestions!

    5 // Learn a Conlang TBA soon

    I’m still up in the air on this one, but I thought it would be a fun side project, so I’m seriously considering it.

    6 // Learn Morse Code

    Because why not? Lindsay definitely inspired me with her script challenge, so I really want to try out a few smaller challenges like this next year.

    7 // Start refreshing my past languages: Croatian, Italian and German

    Because read this post

    Something Borrowed (from previous goals)

    8 // Read as much in French as I do in English

    I wanted to read more in French last year, but the availability of English texts over French make that really hard. I’m going to try to convert more of my light reading over into French, but if you have a French language book you’d like reviewed (preferably language, history, or culture related) you’d be helping me towards my goal!

    Non-Language Related Goals

    9 // Continue minimizing

    I did a lot this past year, and I’d like to do more. 

    10 // Go on at least 2 trips

    I know this doesn’t seem like much, but I am not sure I’ll be able to travel as much this next year as I did in 2015 (thankfully I still have a lot of this year’s travel posts to tide me over next year).

    A Quick Recap On Last Year’s Goals

    1. Sit the HSK Exam (at least Level 4) // Passer l’examen HSK (au moins niveau 4). Done. Still waiting for my results.
    2. Go to 1  country I haven’t yet been to // Visiter 1 pays que je n’ai pas encore visiter. Done! I visited several places in the Caribbean that were new to me, China and Spain.
    3. Take mock European Framework Exams for each of my European languages by the end of the year // Passer un examen blanc (European Framework Exam) pour chacunes des langues européennes que je parle. I kind of totally forgot about this one.
    4. Read 50 Books – at least 10 in French // Lire 50 Livres – au moins 10 en français. I read fifty books, but I can’t say ten were in French. By the way, are we pals on Goodreads yet?
    5. Attain at least one new belt in Martial Arts // Atteindre au moins la prochaine ceinture dans les arts martiaux. I moved up two belts.
    6. Continue to minimize // Continuer d’eliminer les choses dont je n’ai plus besoin. I did a pretty good job of this, but I would like to do much better.
    7. Finish at least 10 of the songs I wrote in 2014 // Finir au moins 10 chansons que j’ai écrites en 2014. Yes!!! You can find them released under Shannon Kennedy & Eurolinguiste on Amazon or iTunes.
    8. Continue to work on my “secret project” // Continuer de travailler sur mon “projet secret”. Yeah, I’ll do that this year.
    9. Finish the next Teen Jazz book // Finir le prochain livre pour Teen Jazz. Done! It’s called “30 Days to a Better Music Brand“.
    10. Improve how I spend my free time // Améliorer comment je passe mon temps libre. I did an okay job at this, but it could have been better.
    11. Double my music/online output // Doubler mes sorties musicales/en ligne. I have to do the math still, but I think I’m close.
    12. Make more videos (language updates, music, travel) // Faire plus des videos (mises à jour de langue, la musique, les voyages). I definitely did this!

    Two Exciting Announcements for 2016

    The first is, that as a part of my Korean learning challenge, I’m going to be pairing up with Lindsay Dow over at Lindsay Does Languages to document our learning processes. We’re going to create weekly videos (alternating each week so that there’s no duplication in content), biweekly summaries and monthly guides. It’s going to be a really fun way to share how we learn languages, what we do differently, what works for us and what doesn’t. If you’re learning Korean, or any language for that matter, it should be an interesting project to follow along!

    The second is that I am going to host an exciting new language reading challenge beginning in January that Alex Gendry, Lindsay Dow, Chiara Grandola, and Máirín Millward have all agreed to co-host with me. We’re tackling 12 different books (one per month) each covering a different aspect of learning, language, history, culture, and more, reading both about and in our target languages. It will be both a fun linkup and conversation, so I hope you’ll join in with us!

    So keep an eye out for updates on these two projects quite soon!

    Tips for Language Learning | Eurolinguiste

    That’s it for my goals this next year. What about you? What are your plans for 2016? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below!

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

    Well, it’s here. December has arrived and that means that in just four days, I’ll be sitting the long awaited HSK exam. 

    Am I ready?

    Ehh… 

    I have no idea. At this point, I really don’t. But, I have done all that I can to prepare for this exam, so all I can do is go and do my best. And then wait for 45 days for the results… But that’s another story.

    So without any further ado…

    Once again, I would like to welcome to #clearthelist where we share our monthly goals! For those of you unfamiliar with #clearthelist, I cohost it with a lovely team of bloggers: Lindsay of Lindsay Does Languages, Esther of Local Adventurer, and Mariah of Food, Booze & Baggage. You should definitely take a minute to head over and check out their sites if you haven’t already!

    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

    A photo posted by Shannon Kennedy (@eurolinguiste) on Nov 30, 2015 at 2:04pm PST

    Last Month’s Blog Highlights

    I spent a lot of this past month working through a ton of resources and photos that I plan on sharing with you soon! Until then, here were my most popular posts from November:

    Slow Cooker Spicy Korean Beef // This recipe was one of the most popular posts on my blog last month! I can’t wait to share this month’s recipe, but until then, I hope you enjoy this one.

    12+ Ways to Ensure You’re Getting the Most Out of Your Language Exchange // I really enjoyed writing this post and I’m so glad that you all have enjoyed the PDF download. If you didn’t get yours yet, you can still download it!

    A Review of Fluent in 3 Months Premium // Benny Lewis recently updated his hallmark product and I had the chance to review it. You can check out my thoughts in this post.

    100+ Croatian Words and Phrases // I had a lot of fun putting this post and PDF together. I hope you enjoy it!

    My Maximize Your Month Language Learning Strategies & Goals

    Last Month’s Goals

    Prepare for the HSK4 Exam. I studied like crazy because I found out only two weeks before the test that 1) there was a better book I could have used that I didn’t hear about until my lesson with Hanbridge Mandarin and 2) the word list I was using wasn’t the ‘most accurate’ list and that I needed to learn almost 600 new words in two weeks. Yay… 

    Keep working through my new resources. This didn’t really happen because (see above). I managed to finish one book and ten pages of another, but haven’t had the chance to review them yet. I will soon though!

    This Month’s Goals

    Do the best that I can on my exam. Because that’s really all that’s left to do for it at this point.

    Start really diving into Russian. Since my exam is the beginning of the month, that gives me all the rest of December to really dig into Russian before I add in Korean next year. 

    Plan out my language learning (and personal) goals for 2016

    My Language Learning Strategies and Updates

    I’m not going to say much here at this point because I have another post scheduled where I really get into my strategies for preparing for my exam.  I can’t say how I feel about it yet, but this month didn’t quite pan out how I had hoped in terms of preparation. I had scheduled 3 months with each level of the HSK, but since my exam was the beginning of December, I really only have had two months with level four. In hindsight, I should have given myself two months with level one instead, but I can’t change what has already passed.  If I’m totally honest, I’m a bit nervous about the test because I feel like I’m right on the edge of it going either way. I know that the wait for my score is going to be a tough month and a half for me! I’ll just have to fill my schedule with other things so I don’t have too much time to think about it!

    Resources I Used This Month

    A quick recap on the materials I am using. What I’m Using to Learn Mandarin:

    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
    • FluentU

    What I am Using to Learn Russian:

    The Biggest Lesson I Am Taking Away from This Month

    There is only so much you can do. There is only so much research, so much study, so much preparation, and so on, that you can do. We can always want to do more (which can both be a good and a bad thing), but when it really comes down to it, our minds and bodies have limits and we need to learn where and what they are. 

    I don’t talk about it much here, but in addition to being a full time musician and blogger/language learner, I also have a full time job. I do a lot of juggling and sometimes I just don’t have as much free time as I would like. There are some days that it’s harder for me to accept this than others – there are just so many things I’d like to do – but the fact is, this is my reality.

    It’s all about finding a healthy balance between finding time to pursue your interests while still being responsible in other aspects of your life. Sometimes this means not having as much to do the things that you’d like.  I know that there are a lot of language bloggers (myself included) who talk about how to find more time to study language, how to fit more language learning into your already packed schedule. And I believe that if you truly want to do something, you’ll always find the time to do it.  But you shouldn’t do it at the cost of other things (your personal life, your job, or your health). 

    In my family, I’m somewhat notorious for running myself ragged. But now that I’m in my 20s and not my teens, it takes a bigger toll on me than it once did. So this week, even though I know I could use the extra hours of study, I’m going to opt to go to bed sooner so that 1) I can get better (I’ve been sick) and 2) so that I’m well rested for my test because I think that those two things will be just as beneficial to my success as the study time.

    And in case I don’t say it again later – happy holidays to you and yours!

    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!  An InLinkz Link-up

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