Summer is over and school is right around the corner (if it hasn’t started for you already!). We’re kicking things into gear because it’s the first year both our kids will be in school. And getting them up to speed has me feeling all nostalgic and motivated about study!
It’s time for a new analysis of my language goals as a part of Clear the List, but also a new Quest as a part of Language Conqueror!
And this month… it’s all about mnemonics.
I share different mnemonic techniques, how to use them, and so much more. So if you’re looking to improve your memory, this Quest is a great option for you.
What is Language Conqueror? It’s a course I work on with a monthly Quest focused on passion-driven learning. You can learn more, get a feel for my teaching style, and download our free PDF here: Get the Free PDF
And if that’s not enough, you can also get a feel for my teaching style with Snack-Sized Language!
Snack-Sized Language is a free podcast where we teach you snack-sized language lessons. So far we have episodes teaching general language learning tips, Japanese, French, Mandarin and Korean. Plus, we recently added Russian, Spanish, and German. Not to mention, more languages are coming soon!
You can subscribe to the podcast on your preferred podcast platform.
And if you enjoy Snack-Sized language, we would absolutely love it if you left us a review!
And now, on to #clearthelist …
Wondering what #clearthelist is? Let me clear it up for you (see what I did there?). #CleartheList is a linkup where we share our monthly goals, and by we, I mean myself, and you!
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 in the comments below.
So let’s get started, sharing our goals and motivating one another to #clearthelist!
Please feel free to tag your posts or photos with either #clearthelist on your favorite social media channels!
Last Month’s Highlights on Instagram
Last Month’s Goals
Continue filling the gaps in my Mandarin vocabulary I’ve noticed since Little Linguist’s arrival. // We’ve been working on this, and I try to get him to use Gus on the Go a little bit each day on his own. He’s been asking a lot more questions and we often talk about words in the different languages he speaks whenever we’re in the car together.
Maintain my vocabulary learning streak. // I have been maintaining this. I have 300-400+ days for all my active languages.
Keep working through my YouTube Queue. // I have been working on this, but it seems impossible to catch up at times. At the end of last month, I had close to 1,800 videos on the list but I now am back up to around 1,900.
Keep reading Game of Thrones in Russian. // I’ve been doing a little bit of reading each day and am making steady progress with this. In a week, I read, on average, about 2,000 words in Russian.
Keep reading Eye of the World in Hungarian. // Same as above though my reading pace is much slower in Hungarian.
Maintain my weekly lessons in each language. // I have been able to do this! Back on track.
This Month’s Goals
Continue filling the gaps in my Mandarin vocabulary I’ve noticed since Little Linguist’s arrival. // As usual, I’d like to continue to incorporate this more and more until we’re an OPOL household. It’s a work in progress!
Maintain my vocabulary learning streak. // This has been a great way to rebuild my language routine, so it’s staying on the list indefinitely! I share my stats over on Instagram in my stories nearly every day, so if you’re ever curious where I’m at, you can check out my stories. Though I’d like to add Korean back into the mix because I once more, finally, have the occasion to use the language.
Keep working through my YouTube Queue. // Once again, here’s even more I need to get through this month than there was the last. I hope to continue working at this in order to make consistent progress.
Keep reading Game of Thrones in Russian. // My tutor and I are working on this weekly.
Keep reading Eye of the World in Hungarian. // My tutor and I are working on this weekly.
Read everyday in Mandarin and Croatian. // I’ve kind of already been doing this, but I’d like to keep working on it.
Catch up on creating my flashcards. // I’ve fallen behind on adding new content and I’d like to catch up.
Watch one episode of Terrace House each week. // Like reading in Hungarian and Russian, I’m using Terrace House as a discussion point with my tutors. I’d like to keep on top of watching one episode a week to prepare for my lessons.
Start getting into course book study again. // This isn’t something I’ve been doing lately and I’m at the point with several of my languages where it’s needed.
Resources I Used This Month
A quick recap of the materials I am using.
What I Am Using to Learn Chinese:
What I’m Using to Brush Up/Improve My French:
- Listening to French radio/podcasts/music
What I am Using to Learn Russian:
What I am Using to Learn Persian:
What I’m Using to Learn Japanese:
- Genki I
- Drops – they just added hundreds of new culture-specific words for Japanese!
- iTalki Lessons
What I’m Using to Learn Croatian:
What I’m Using to Learn Hungarian:
What I’m Using to Learn Korean:
Not Currently doing any study for: German, Hindi, Norwegian, Hebrew, Italian, Spanish
What I’m Using for Little Linguist
- Lots of books
- Day-to-day interaction
- italki Lessons
- Duolingo ABC
- Movies in Chinese
- Gus on the Go Chinese
Resources That Aren’t Language Specific
- Fluent in 3 Months Challenge
- Todoist (to keep all my language lessons and to-do’s organized)
- Notion – my new favorite app for taking notes (I just set up a template for the way I use Notion to take notes if you’re interested in duplicating it for yourself)
The Biggest Lesson I Am Taking Away from This Month
This month, I would say my method of learning has included a lot more comprehensible input than in the past because of all the reading that I’m doing. I have noticed that without studying many of the words I’m reading, my recognition and understanding has increased quite a bit. It’s a slower process than some of what I might do otherwise, but I’m curious to see how it all plays out when I stick with this method longer term.
Don’t forget that I would love to hear all about your goals for this month!
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My name is Shannon Kennedy and I'm the language lover, traveler, and foodie behind Eurolinguiste. I'm also the Resident Polyglot at Drops and the Head Coach of the Fluent in 3 Months Challenge.