Clear the List | Language Learning Strategies Update | May

I feel like I say this every #clearthelist post but I seriously can’t believe it’s already a new month. How are we already into May? Yikes! 

For those of you new to #clearthelist, I would like to welcome you to the linkup where we share our monthly goals! And for those of you who are returning – welcome back!

Just as a quick recap, I cohost #clearthelist with a lovely blogger, Lindsay of Lindsay Does Languages. You should definitely take a minute to head over and check out her site if you haven’t already!

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


Maille Mustard in Paris, France // My experience mustard tasting at the Maille shop in Paris.

9 Interesting Facts About Russian Culture // My second post in this fun series I’ve been working on with Culture Smart.

Language Learning

How to Learn Multiple Languages at the Same Time // This is one of my favorite posts from this month where I tackle one of the most asked questions I get.

How to Start Learning a Language in 9 Steps // The things that I do each time I take on a new language.

How to Learn a Language Faster // A post on a few ways to speed up your language learning.

My Maximize Your Month Language Learning Strategies & Goals

Last Month’s Goals

Continue to do at least one lesson in my New Russian Penguin Course book per week. // I kept this up and I’m getting ready to work through as much of the rest of it as I can since this month’s language reading challenge is to work through a course book.

Keep working through some of the Russian language videos I have saved on Youtube. // Well… I worked through some of the Mandarin and Korean videos, but not Russian. I know it doesn’t count, but I managed to get through some of the hundreds of videos in my “Watch Later” playlist.

Work through at least two Assimil Chinese lessons per week. // Yup!

Read a few more of my language related books. // I did get through a couple this month, but I could have done better. I kind of got distracted by one of my favorite fantasy book series…

Start to work on building my vocabularies in Russian and Korean. // Korean, yes. Russian, not so much.

This Month’s Goals

Continue to do at least one lesson in my New Russian Penguin Course book per week. // I’d like to finish up with this book as a part of this month’s challenge so I may need to do more than one lesson per week.

Actually work through some of the Russian language videos I have saved on Youtube. // And NOT Korean and Chinese. Or maybe AND Korean and Chinese.

Work through at least two Assimil Chinese lessons per week. // Again, I’d like to keep up with this.

Read a few more of my language related books. // Another goal I’d like to keep up from last month.

Start to work on building my vocabularies in Russian and Korean. // Since I didn’t do such a great job of this from last month.

My Language Learning Strategies and Updates

This month I launched my first book and ecourse with Fluent in 3 Months, so a lot of my time was spent writing and talking about language and less about learning language. I find that when running a blog, that sometimes happens, but I’m okay with it because teaching language things helps me better internalize those very concepts. It’s funny how you can also learn things yourself by teaching them. So I’d have to say that this month, my big learning strategy has actually been teaching, oddly enough.

Resources I Used This Month

A quick recap on the materials I am using (there’s not much of a change from last month).

What I Am Using to Learn Chinese

  • iTalki Lessons – I have weekly Chinese lessons
  • Pimsleur
  • Memrise
  • ChineseClass101 & Melnyk’s
  • Assimil (Lessons 51-100)
  • 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
  • Watching television shows and movies (I watched a few films this month and started watching the first episode of a few different series to try to pick something new to watch)

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
  • FluentU

What I am Using to Learn Russian:

What I am Using to Learn Korean:

The Biggest Lesson I Am Taking Away from This Month

As I said earlier, my biggest lesson from this month is that you can learn through teaching. This goes for both language learning methods (my focus for this month) and languages themselves. I find that one of the best ways to really master the things that you’ve learnt is to teach them to someone else.

That being said, I’d like to take a moment to do a bit of shameless self-promotion and just share my new course and ebook “Say Goodbye to Shy: Speaking a Language, the Introvert’s Way“.

I had a lot of fun putting this together and the launch weekend was just an absolute blast. Lindsay Dow and Kerstin Cable both joined me for webinars this past weekend and it was so awesome getting to chat with them and you all about language learning. I also wrote a couple of blog posts to celebrate the launch (here and here).

But most importantly, I want to thank all of you so very, very much for all of your support with my book launch. You all are incredible! THANK YOU!

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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Published on: May 3, 2016

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