Clear The List | Monthly Language Learning Strategies Update | November Language Resources / Travel

Only two months left in the year! I hope those of you who went out or relaxed at home enjoyed your All Hallows Eve. It was our first with Little Linguist and that was just too much fun. He isn’t able to eat the candy he earned trick or treating but M and I certainly can. 😉

So, as in the past, I’d like to once more 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, Lindsay of Lindsay Does Languages.

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!

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Last Month’s Highlights on Instagram

Last Month’s Blog Highlights


Wangfujing Night Market // Things to do in and around Beijing, China.

9 Interesting Facts About Serbian Culture // A continuation of my series with Kuperard.

Language Learning

What Should You Study to Learn a Language // A post about the types of materials and resources you should use to learn a new language

Why You Shouldn’t Let Perfectionism Get in the Way of Language Learning // A post about why you shouldn’t wait until “perfect” happens for you in your target language.

Last Month’s Goals

Keep working on my vocabulary in Korean. // I ended up taking a break from Korean a bit earlier than I anticipated. I was really starting to enjoy the language, but then I started to study Spanish to review a product and my priorities for the month just completely changed. I think I am going to focus on Spanish for now and then pick Korean or Russian back up once I get to a comfortable level in the language.

Fill the gaps in my Mandarin vocabulary I’ve noticed since Little Linguist’s arrival. // Yup! I started doing this. Did you know that peekaboo in Mandarin is 躲猫猫?

Read one more language related book. // Yes! I finished Colloquial Chinese and started Language Hacking Spanish.

Start watching that Korean show.// Yikes, no. Mini M has kind of taken over all our screen time with Jackie Chan films and movies about dogs.

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

Start up Pimsleur Korean II. // Again, no. But I did listen to a ton of K-Pop this month.

Read my language reading challenge book for this month// Yes! And I started the next two.

Keep working through my YouTube Queue.  // Yes, but not as many as I hoped.

Start reading The Lion King in Chinese // It never came in the mail, but we read books about brushing our teeth and naps and things in Chinese.

Work through one of the Language Hacking books // Working through the Spanish book.

Have something I’m reading that’s in French. // Yes and yes! I have another Pierre Bordage book even though I didn’t really like the first one and I also just got the second Wheel of Time book.

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.

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

Keep playing Zelda Ocarina of Time in Mandarin Chinese.. // I’m surprised how much more I understand than when I first made an attempt to start the game and it’s motivating to actually work through more than just the first dungeon now despite the fact that I’m literally writing out all the dialogue I come across by hand and so the going is so slow.

Read my language reading challenge book for this month and next month.// Well, finish them.

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

Start reading The Lion King in Chinese // Hopefully it will come this month.

Finish working through one of the Language Hacking books. // Since Spanish is now my focus.

Have something I’m reading that’s in French. // Since I have new material to work with this month.

My Language Learning Strategies and Updates

This month was a bit of a surprise for me because, in all honesty, I didn’t think that I would ever learn Spanish. But things change, so I decided to roll with it and here I am.

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 that stayed with us all month
  • 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

The biggest lesson I learnt this month is that sometimes you just need to go with your gut.

I really wanted to learn Korean, but there was just something about it that didn’t click with me. So when I started studying Spanish, it was just so easy to give into the temptation of continuing on with it and setting Korean aside. In my gut, I knew that Korean wasn’t working for me (for now) and that Spanish was, so I went with that feeling.

That being said, I want to return to Korean one day soon (and Russian, of course), but for now, my focus is español.

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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  • Katie Harris

    Sounds like you’ve come up with some brilliant ways to keep up with your Mandarin at home 加油!

  • Dorothée

    It seems you’ll have a Chinese November^^
    You say you want to focus on Spanish now, is it a new language for you?

    • Every month is Chinese month 🙂 I do want to focus on Spanish now and it is a new language for me. I’m really enjoying it.

  • Whitney Chakara

    Did they not make you learn Spanish in school? or did you have to pick between French and Spanish. they told us we could choose but pushed everyone towards Spanish. My listening is pretty good I can understand game shows and music( to a certain amount due to slang from different regions) however I try to watch telenovelas but get frustrated because of the speed at which the speak. Thanks for letting me know about lingoda. i recently did a trail and will be started next monday with spanish so I can finally unlock all that knowledge I learned in school.

    • No, I didn’t have Spanish. I’m glad that you enjoyed Lingoda!

  • Whitney Chakara

    Also, does the code cover every month? or just the first month?

    • I believe the code covers any plan you purchase at one time.

  • Angel – French Lover

    Hi Shannon 🙂

    I wish you good luck for your language goals this month.
    Looking forwards to clearing the lists together 🙂


  • Welcome to the world of español, mi amiga! 😉 I’ve been enjoying your videos on Instagram! Hablamos un día! 😉

  • bagley54254

    Language learning is more better for the people those are need to go different country regularly. It helps them to get more facilities in there and they can enjoy their job in the new place.

    • A language can be a great asset for those who travel, but I think that even those who don’t can benefit from knowing another language. Even if I didn’t travel, I think I would still learn languages. It gives me a way to explore without leaving home. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  • What an impressive list of several languages to be learning all at once. I always like to see when someone has a well thought out plan for their learning. They say if you write your goals down you are more likely to achieve them and that if you share your goals publicly it becomes even more likely you will achieve them. Great for you Shannon! Just think of all the places new languages can take you and the people you have the chance to communicate with!