Clear The List | Monthly Language Learning Strategies Update | April

Oh hi, long time no see! I missed the last two months of updating for #clearthelist, but I’m back to share what I’ve been working on, where I’ve been and what’s coming up!

On to #clearthelist …

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Last Month’s Highlights on Instagram

What’s Been Going On

Since January, a lot has happened. To start, in January, I started learning Hindi as a part of a new Add1Challenge. I’m learning it for my music work. and it’s been a lot of fun. For the most part, I’m using Pimsleur, Drops, and I have a wonderful tutor on italki. Here’s my most recent video:

I also started learning German (again). It was a language that I had given up, but for music, I needed to pick it up again. Here’s my Day 0 video:

I also went to Iceland, and en route, I did a mini language mission, seeing how much Icelandic I could pick up while traveling to the country. I’ll share more about that project soon.

Finally, I started working on a new album. This has nothing to do with language, unless you count music as a language, but it’s something I’m pretty proud of and have been hard at work on. The first single is actually already on itunes, and you can check it out here:

And now you’re caught up!

Last Clear the List Goals

Continue filling the gaps in my Mandarin vocabulary I’ve noticed since Little Linguist’s arrival. // We read together every night, so I’m always learning new words. We also attend a Mommy & Me class regularly.

Read the next Language Reading Challenge book on my list. // I’m behind announcing next year’s reading challenge, so I’ll do that soon.

Keep working through my YouTube Queue.  // I am up to 1,300 videos in my queue! I am working through it though, but right now, I only do as many lessons as I add per week.

Add1Challenge // Yup! I’m also late uploading these videos, but those that aren’t yet up are coming.

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. // Once I announce this year’s challenge, I plan to start reading right away!

Keep working through my YouTube Queue.  // Slow and steady…

Add1Challenge // I’m currently learning Hindi in one challenge and German in another, so my goal is to work on these languages until I’m confident giving presentations on music in both of them.

Resources I Used This Month

A quick recap of the materials I am using.

What I Am Using to Learn Chinese

  • LingQ – my favorite tool
  • iTalki Lessons – I have weekly Chinese lessons
  • Memrise – I do 18,000 points minimum per day 
  • Drops – they have a new character tool that is fantastic

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

What I am Using to Learn Russian:

What I am Using to Learn Korean:

What I am Using to Learn Spanish:

What I am Using to Learn Italian:

What I’m Using to Learn Japanese:

What I’m Using to Learn Croatian:

What I’m Using to Learn Hungarian:

What I’m Using to Learn Hindi:

What I’m Using to Learn German:

What I’m Using for Little Linguist

  • Lots of books
  • Day-to-day interaction
  • Mommy and Me weekly classes

Resources That Aren’t Language Specific

The Biggest Lesson I Am Taking Away from This Month

That accountability is so, so important. The Add1Challenge really helps me stay on track with my studies. Right after I started learning Hindi, some things happened that meant that I stepped away for the language and I had a lot of consecutive days that I didn’t touch the language (or any language for that matter). But I didn’t want to fail the challenge and felt some responsibility to stay on track, so I ended up getting back into it and picking my language learning habit back up. If it weren’t for checking in daily, and seeing all of those red-colored “nays” logged into the sheet, I might still be struggling.

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