Clear The List | Monthly Language Learning Strategies Update | October

Oh, ha! Hey there! Long time no see. Yup, I totally missed last month’s #clearthelist post and as one of the hosts, that’s pretty lame. :/ Sorry about that!

But it’s a new month and I’m back!

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


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Last Month’s Blog Highlights


30 Things to Do In Barcelona, Spain // Where I take you on a self-guided walking tour.

9 Interesting Facts About Croatian Culture // I partnered with Kuperard to share these fun tidbits about Croatian culture.

Tikka Masala Chicken Pizza // With homemade naan bread! Yum!

Language Learning

The Languages & Dialects of France // A subject close to my heart after having studied Breton music in school.

Does Learning Another Language Make You a Better Speaker of Your Native Language? // Why I think the answer is both “yes” and “no”.

Language Immersion at Home VS Language Immersion Abroad // This is a post that I’ve had on my mind for some time and was glad to finally have the chance to write it.

Last Month’s Goals

Keep working on my vocabulary in Korean. // Yup! My notebook is slowly (very slowly) filling up and I cranked through quite a few resources during my month off of work in September.

Do at least four lessons in Russian. // I think I actually only did about two… Studying Russian and Korean at once might not be the best idea right now.

Read one more language-related book. // I read language course books, but not a book about language or culture, so nope.

Find a Korean TV show that interests me and start to watch it. // Yes and no. I picked out a show but didn’t start watching it. I’ve decided I’m going to listen to Lindsay and watch Boys Over Flowers, which she recommended highly to me.

Start watching that new Mandarin TV show that I had bookmarked. // Yup! I really like it too.

Finish up Pimsleur Korean I. // Finally can check this one off!

Read my Serbia Culture Smart book. // Yup!

Keep working through my YouTube Queue.  // Yup!

Pick a new children’s book to start reading in Chinese // I am going to read The Lion King in Chinese.

This Month’s Goals

Keep working on my vocabulary in Korean. // I’m giving myself until November to take Korean seriously and if I don’t see the progress I’ve mapped out for myself then I’m thinking of shifting my attentions. If I’m unable to make the kind of progress I’m hoping for in this time, then maybe I’m not as dedicated to the language as I should be to spend time with it right now.

Fill the gaps in my Mandarin vocabulary I’ve noticed since Little Linguist’s arrival. // I’ve been keeping notes on these, but haven’t filled them yet.

Read one more language related book. // Pick a number, any number.

Start watching that Korean show.// At least I picked it this last month.

Keep watching that new Mandarin TV show that I had bookmarked. // I really like it, but with family visiting, didn’t get to watch as much of it as I would have liked.

Start up Pimsleur Korean II. // It’s loaded up on my phone and ready to be put into play.

Read my language reading challenge book for this month// No excuses!

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

Start reading The Lion King in Chinese // I find I need to work through it alone first (so I can learn the characters I don’t yet know) so that I can then read it to Little Linguist.

Work through one of the Language Hacking books // I picked up all four of Benny Lewis’ new Language Hacking books. One is intended as a gift for someone but the other three are mine. All mine.

Have something I’m reading that’s in French. // I’ll talk about this more in this month’s Language Reading Challenge.

My Language Learning Strategies and Updates

No summary for this month other than I’d like to be a bit more serious about Korean than I have been. Up until now, I think it’s kind of served as a fun side project for me and I think it’s time for me to decide whether or not it will be more than that.

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:

The Biggest Lesson I Am Taking Away from This Month

I recently started a new job – no not one to replace what I already had, but one in addition to it. It’s definitely manageable for me, but it did take me a couple weeks to settle into the new schedule. Plus, with family here from France for the entire month, a ton of birthdays and the arrival of Little Linguist… Well, you get the point.

There has definitely been some settling in and adjusting going on, but I think things are at the point now where everything just kind of fits into place. My three most important languages (English, French and Chinese) all get regular, natural use so now it’s a matter of choosing which of my other languages I want to focus on for learning. I’m giving Korean a set time to see if it is the right one, and if not, then I’ll do the same for Russian.

So I suppose, to make a long story short(er), my biggest takeaway from this month is all about prioritizing. When juggling work, a family life, and hobbies, prioritizing is definitely an important thing to give attention to and I’ve been honing my skills at doing just that.

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!