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
The Forbidden City // Things to do in and around Beijing, China.
Military Museum // More things to do in and around Beijing, China.
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.
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
- iTalki Lessons – I have weekly Chinese lessons
- Pimsleur (I bought IV and V for Black Friday!)
- 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
- Pooh Bear and Baby Bear
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:
- Perfectionnement Russe
- iTalki Lessons
- The penmanship practice books from Russian Step-by-Step (a lot of you have been asking me about these)
What I am Using to Learn Korean:
- Assimil’s Korean Phrasebook
- Practical Korean from Tuttle Publishing
- Making Out in 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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