Clear The List | Monthly Language Learning Strategies Update | December Eurolinguiste

With November came an amazing trip to Budapest, Hungary with the rest of the Drops team. It was the first time I had the chance to meet everyone and it was an inspiring week.

It was also the big reveal for my project so I can finally let you know what language I’ve been working on for the last month or two. It’s… Hungarian! 

The founders of Drops are Hungarian and because it was my first trip with the team and it happened to be in Hungary, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to try Hungarian and surprise them with it. I’ll share more about the project soon, so keep an eye out for more posts in the next few weeks.

On to #clearthelist …

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Last Month’s Highlights on Instagram

 

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Last Month’s Goals

Continue filling the gaps in my Mandarin vocabulary I’ve noticed since Little Linguist’s arrival. // This month, I didn’t work on this as much as I would have liked. Definitely to change in the next month.

Read the next Language Reading Challenge book on my list. // In November, we read a book originally written in a language that we’re learning. I read through some of the Croatian articles that I found about the Croatian and Serbian languages.

Keep working through my YouTube Queue.  // I ended up having a two day cram session and got through a lot of my lesson videos. 

Add1Challenge // Made it through the first month and a half of the challenge and caught up sharing my updates once my project was revealed.

Secret Language Project // Yay, Hungarian!

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. // In December, we’re reading something about a language you’re not learning (it can be an article, an introduction to the language, or an entire book). I haven’t yet selected what I’ll read, but I’m looking forward to this months’ theme.

Keep working through my YouTube Queue.  // Will be working on this one for a while.

Add1Challenge // This month is when the Day 60 video is up, so I plan to prepare for that.

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:

  • LingQ
  • Immersion (we speak franglais at home)
  • Listening to French radio/podcasts
  • Lingoci

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 for Little Linguist

  • Lots of books (I picked up several in both Singapore and Shanghai)
  • 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

The first week and a half of November are when I really buckled down and started to study Hungarian. I wanted to speak well enough to really surprise the Drops founders and though I was nervous, I was pretty happy with what I was able to accomplish in that time. I am sure I still made mistakes, but I was able to use Hungarian in a variety of situations while I was in Budapest and it made my time there that much more enjoyable. 

So the lesson?

Learning a bit of the language before you travel somewhere definitely makes your time there that much more enjoyable. 

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