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Clear the List | Monthly Language Learning Strategies Update | December

Clear the List | Monthly Language Learning Strategies Update | December

Clear the List: A Goal Setting Link Up for Language Learners | Hosted by Lindsay Does Languages and Eurolinguiste

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The holiday season is upon us and it’s always such a joy, especially with small children who have such wonder and excitement for the holidays.

But the holidays are also a time where we’re all a little more stressed, occupied, and busy, so finding balance this month is key.

I’m currently working on a language maintenance project, you can learn more here:


And here:

I’m also getting ready to kick off a few new projects I’m very excited about. So if you want to be one of the first to hear about them, be sure to sign up here:

And… another friendly reminder that I recently updated my course Busy Language Learner. I’ve written more about it below, but you can sign up here. It’s a 7-day course that helps you find the time to learn a new language and it’s just $29. You get actionable steps you can take each day.

Busy Language Learner

The Language Hacking Podcast

The Language Hacking Podcast over at Fluent in 3 Months where I’m co-hosting with Fi3M founder, Benny Lewis is still going strong! We release a new episode every week and we’re up to almost 30 episodes.

Some of our more recent guests have been: yours truly in an episode about Drops, Steve Kaufmann from LingQ, and Michele Frolla from The Intrepid Guide.

If you give the podcast a listen, or if you already have been listening, we’d love your reviews!

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 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!

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 fallen off a bit with this over the last month, but there’s a great movie that came out on Netflix called “Over the Moon” that’s available in Chinese and we’ve been watching it quite a bit.

Maintain my vocabulary learning streak. // Yes! I’ve hit over 100 days on Drops and am even further along with several languages in Memrise.

Keep working through my YouTube Queue.  // Yes, but I also added several, and I mean several videos to the queue this month as well. I’ve bounced back up to 1,974.

Fluent in 3 Months Challenge // I’m in the midst of another challenge working on Hungarian, Persian, Russian, Croatian, and Japanese!

Keep reading Game of Thrones in Russian. // I only had one Russian lesson this month, so I didn’t get to this.

Get through at least three chapters in each course book I’m working on. // Yes!

Get to lesson 15 of Pimsleur Persian II. // Nope! I’ve been doing a lot of audio book listening and this has stolen the time I would have spent on this.

Maintain my weekly lessons in each language. // Yes, so long as both my teachers and I are available, I’ve been keeping this up.

This Month’s Goals

Continue filling the gaps in my Mandarin vocabulary I’ve noticed since Little Linguist’s arrival. // I’d like to continue to incorporate this more and more until we’re an OPOL household.

Maintain my vocabulary learning streak. // This has been a great way to rebuild my language routine, so it’s staying on the list indefinitely! Plus, I’m really seeing the impact of this study.

Keep working through my YouTube Queue.  // I definitely want to keep working through this. I’ve been learning a lot!

Fluent in 3 Months Challenge // I’m looking forward to continuing on with this over the next two months or so.

Keep reading Game of Thrones in Russian. // I will pick this back up this month!

Get through at least three more chapters in each course book I’m working on. // These are still: Teach Yourself Complete Persian, Genki I for Japanese, Colloquial Russian, Colloquial Croatian, and Colloquial Hungarian.

Maintain my weekly lessons in each language. // It makes sure I’m using all my languages each week and helps me a ton with accountability. Plus, now that I’m maintaining five languages, this is more important than ever.

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:

  • LingQ
  • Listening to French radio/podcasts/music

What I am Using to Learn Russian:

What I am Using to Learn Persian:

See Also
Language Learning Reading Challenge & Women in Language Book Club

What I am Using to Learn Hebrew:

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:

Not Currently doing any study for: German, Hindi

What I’m Using for Little Linguist

  • Lots of books
  • Day-to-day interaction
  • italki Lessons
  • Duolingo ABC
  • Droplets
  • Movies in Chinese
  • Gus on the Go Chinese

Resources That Aren’t Language Specific

The Biggest Lesson I Am Taking Away from This Month

Surprisingly, I don’t have a big lesson this month. Just reminders of past big lessons. Initially, I was a bit worried about not having a big takeaway to share, but when I thought about it a little more, I realized it’s alright. Not every month needs to have a big, new learning moment. Sometimes just slow, steady progress is enough.

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! 

Clear The List Linkup Rules:

1. Share your goal post whether it includes your aspirations for the month or year. Submissions unrelated to the theme or links to your homepage will be deleted.

2. Link back to this post. You can use our button if you wish.

3. Follow the hosts: Lindsay from Lindsay Does Languages and Shannon from Eurolinguiste.

4. THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT RULE: Please visit the site of the person who linked up immediately before you and leave them an encouraging comment! By hosting this linkup, we’re hoping to create a positive community where we can all share our goals. If you do not do this, you will be removed from the linkup.

5. Share on social media using #ClearTheList


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