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

I’d like to welcome you 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.

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Last Month’s Highlights on Instagram

Last Month’s Blog Highlights

Travel

The Forbidden City // Things to do in and around Beijing, China.

Military Museum // More things to do in and around Beijing, China.

Language Learning

8 Ways to Learn a Language without a Teacher // For those of you who aren’t interested in learning with a tutor or feel you aren’t quite ready yet.

Making Language Learning a Habit // How to make language learning something you do every day as easily as brushing your teeth.

How Long Do I Need to Study to Learn a Language? // My thoughts on how much time per day you should be studying your target language.

Last Month’s Goals

This Month’s Goals

Continue filling the gaps in my Mandarin vocabulary I’ve noticed since Little Linguist’s arrival. // I am working on this. My friend brought me back these adorable little sticky notes from Taiwan and I’ve been using them in my reading for words I don’t know so that I don’t write in my books. I’m also constantly making notes about words I need. I learnt ‘shopping cart’ but I still need to know ‘why are you making that face?’ if anyone knows how to say that in Chinese. 🙂

Read one more language related book. // Yes! I got this really fun book that I plan on sharing soon.

Keep playing Zelda Ocarina of Time in Mandarin Chinese.. // Again, yes. I’ve really started to enjoy this project and all the transcribing. It’s helping my character writing a ton.

Read my language reading challenge book for this month and next month.// Yes!

Keep working through my YouTube Queue.  // Yes!

Start reading The Lion King in Chinese // It never came 🙁 and I ended up having to cancel the order. Boo!

Finish working through one of the Language Hacking books. // Almost! I done scripting all my videos. I just have to finish sharing them. I also bought a second copy for my good friend who wants to start learning Spanish.

Have something I’m reading that’s in French. // I ended up reading in Spanish instead, so I will still count this as a win.

This Month’s Goals

Continue filling the gaps in my Mandarin vocabulary I’ve noticed since Little Linguist’s arrival. // This will probably be something I need to do from now until eternity. I need to prepare for when Little Linguist starts asking questions! Hopefully the few years head start helps.

Read one more language related book. // Because language related books are awesome.

Keep playing Zelda Ocarina of Time in Mandarin Chinese.. // It helps a ton with grammar patterns.

Get ahead reading my language reading challenge books. // Once I decide on next year’s books.

Keep working through my YouTube Queue.  // Because I still add videos faster than I can watch them.

Start reading my other Pooh Bear book in Chinese // Since The Lion King is never coming.

Find a new resource for Spanish. // Anyone have any suggestions?

Have something I’m reading that’s in French or Spanish. // Hello, Patrick Rothfuss book translations that Little Linguist wants to steal.

My Language Learning Strategies and Updates

No big changes for the month. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

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
  • Chatting with family
  • Watching movies and other video in French

What I am Using to Learn Russian:

What I am Using to Learn Korean:

What I am Using to Learn Spanish:

The Biggest Lesson I Am Taking Away from This Month

Consistency is key. Really.

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  • Kelli

    Hi Shannon! Wow, you seem super busy with language learning. Its very
    exciting to see all of the unexpected ways you’ve found to make foreign
    languages part of your life this month. As far as Spanish resources, I
    love listening to the news in Spanish (my favorite news podcast is
    Buenos Dias, America). Looking forward to seeing you achieve these goals!

    • Thank you so much for the Spanish recommendations, Kelli!

  • Always so inspiring, Shannon! 😀 Can’t wait for Koreeeea!

  • Kelly

    I agree that consistency is key! That is my goal for Italian this month 🙂

    • Sounds like an excellent goal! Best to you with Italian this month.