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Clear the List | Monthly Language Learning Strategies Update | February 2021

Clear the List | Monthly Language Learning Strategies Update | February 2021

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

It’s a new month and I’m deep into my new language — Norwegian — enjoying both the study of the language as well as the cultural immersion. I’m taking part in 90 Days with Drops and still keeping my five core languages in focus.

And a new month not only means a new look at my language goals, but also a new Quest as a part of Language Conqueror!

It’s a course I work on together with my friend Caitlin Sacasas of 5 Minute Japanese. And each month, we highlight a new topic to help you learn a new language through passion-driven learning. In the month of February, we’re all about habits. You can learn more, get a feel for our teaching style, and download our free PDF here:


And if that’s not enough, you can also get a feel for our 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.

Here’s a snippet:

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 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 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 keeping up our weekly Chinese lessons, but I’d definitely like to increase this.

Maintain my vocabulary learning streak. // Yes! I’m up to 200+ days for most of my languages.

Keep working through my YouTube Queue.  // I’ve been working through this, but this month I think I added more videos than I watched.

Fluent in 3 Months Challenge // Done! I didn’t do my 90 day video, but I got a lot out of participating.

Keep reading Game of Thrones in Russian. // Definite no. :/

Learn Norwegian with Drops // Yes! I’ve kept up my streak since starting this project.

Get through at least three more chapters in each course book I’m working on. // Another no. Incorporating course book study has been the most difficult part of my language study.

Maintain my weekly lessons in each language. // Yes! I’ve been keeping up weekly lessons for each of my core five languages: Japanese, Hungarian, Russian, Croatian, and Persian (plus, Chinese).

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. And, as I mentioned last month, I’m actually thinking of re-incorporating French as well.

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. 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.

Keep working through my YouTube Queue.  // I definitely want to keep working through this. I’ve been learning a lot and am making good progress! As an update on my progress, I have 1,809 videos in my queue. I know it’s more than last month, but I’ve added a lot of new videos lately.

Restart reading Game of Thrones in Russian. // I definitely noticed my confidence pick up when I maintained this habit and I want to continue this.

Learn Norwegian with Drops // I have a solid 30 days as a part of 90 days with Drops and I’d like to keep it up.

Get through at least three 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, as I mentioned last month, 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 Norwegian:

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

This month, I started to dive deep with my habit building and since I’m so stats driven, have focused on logging a lot of stats related to my learning and habits I’d like to build. I want to dive even deeper going forward, but for now, I’m focusing on building the habit of… logging my habits.

I use Notion to keep track of everything and it’s become a helpful practice for me to be more mindful of the things that are important to me and the daily actions that define who I am.

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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