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

One whole month of Japanese study is now under my belt – I can’t believe it! The good news is that though I’m starting to get into more challenging content, I am still completely in love with the language. 

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Last Month’s Blog Highlights

Travel

Doors & Doorways in Bali, Indonesia // Bali has some incredible doors and doorways, and in this post, I share some of my favourites from my trip there.

Tolido’s // Pandan pancakes and waffles might be my new favourite thing after visiting this café in Singapore.

Platform 1094 // An adorable Harry Potter themed restaurant in Singapore.

Language Learning

A Beginner’s Guide to the Japanese Language // A summary of what I’ve learned taking on the Japanese language from the beginning.

How to Use Cartoons to Learn a Language with Your Kids // An excellent guest post from Francesca on how she turned a passive activity into a great learning experience.

 

Last Month’s Goals

Continue filling the gaps in my Mandarin vocabulary I’ve noticed since Little Linguist’s arrival. // Yes! I’ve really gotten far into my personal Memrise course (finally) and it’s been great for improving the language.

Read the next Language Reading Challenge book on my list. // Nope! Guess, I’ll have two books to read this month.

Keep working through my YouTube Queue.  // Yup! I mostly worked through Japanese lessons I had saved from when I first dabbled with the language a few months back, but there’s tons more of great content I’ve been meaning to check out.

Read something in Chinese, French, and/or Spanish and Russian. // I’ve kind of done this, but I could be much, much better at it.

Finish distilling my Japanese notes. // Nope. I made good progress but definitely didn’t finish.

Overall language maintenance. // Yes! I continued my Russian and Croatian lessons, spoke tons of Spanish, Chinese, and French at a recent music conference and continued picking up Japanese. The only language that was left out (that I’m actively trying to maintain) is Italian. 

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 March we’re reading a translation (something translated into your target language). I’m not anywhere near being able to read in Japanese, so I’ll probably choose something in Chinese.

Keep working through my YouTube Queue.  // I still have way too many amazing videos on my list. 

Read something in Chinese, French, and/or Spanish and Russian. // LingQ for the win!

Finish distilling my Japanese notes. // I will do this in February.

Add1Challenge Month 2 // January was my first month of the Add1Challenge with Japanese. I still have a long way to go to get to a 15-minute conversation, so I want to focus on this more in the coming month.

Resources I Used This Month

A quick recap on the materials I am using.

What I Am Using to Learn Chinese

  • LingQ – my favourite tool
  • iTalki Lessons – I have weekly Chinese lessons
  • Memrise – I do 18,000 points minimum per day 

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

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

What I am Using to Learn Russian:

What I am Using to Learn Korean:

  • I am on a break from Korean

What I am Using to Learn Spanish:

What I’m Using to Learn Japanese:

What I’m Using for Little Linguist

Resources That Aren’t Language Specific

  • None

The Biggest Lesson I Am Taking Away from This Month

No matter how stressful or overwhelming it all gets, I just absolutely love languages. When you’re in the thick of things, this can be hard to remember, especially if you’re feeling pretty burnt out. So it’s important to include activities that can reignite that passion. 

At a music conference this past week, I had the opportunity to have long and short conversations in Chinese, French, Spanish, and Japanese. Doing so allowed me to connect with people that I otherwise wouldn’t have been able to and this has led to an entirely new set of opportunities. 

I love languages and I love that I get to chat with other people on their terms (and not just in English). I love the way it forms connections that speaking just English doesn’t. It was great to re-experience those feelings and I definitely need to make sure to find chances to do more of it in the future.

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  • Sam

    Great post as always. I am really glad I’m not the only one that gets so caught up in everything that is going on and forgets about having some down time when you are burnt out. Sometimes you just have to take a step back and do something fun to reset yourself. Mine was a two day trip to Wales lol.
    I still can’t believe how many languages you are learning at once, I just struggle with Italian on it’s own. Very inspiration!
    Good luck for February 🙂

  • Katie Harris

    Hi Shannon, that’s great that you’re getting so much enjoyment from Japanese! I’m really looking forward to seeing your progress 🙂

  • I have been using your 30 day plan this month and I do highly recommend it for other language learners. It is really helpful and I have just booked my very first Italki session for Italian – scary stuff! Best wishes for Japanese. I look forward to reading about your progress.