This month, I completed my Add1Challenge Day 90 video pretty early for Korean. My teacher needed to travel, so the last few weeks of the challenge, I went full throttle with my Korean studies.
I was pretty nervous about needing to record my Day 90 long before the deadline, but on Day 64 I took a deep breath, hit record, and made it 16 minutes.
Now that my Korean project is done, I will continue to do some low-level maintenance on the language so that I don’t lose what I’ve learned until my teacher returns. But I have a new project or two in mind based on a few travel plans I have in the coming months.
On to #clearthelist …
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Last Month’s Highlights on Instagram
Last Month’s Blog Highlights
Where to Find Croatian Food in Southern California // Plus Croatian food vocabulary.
Two Days in Asunción // A fun guest post from Lindsay Does Languages.
5 Tools I Use to Keep My Language Projects and Resources Organized // How I keep on top of my language learning tasks.
Stop Planning to Learn a Language // And just do it.
The Ultimate List of Language Resources for Spanish Learners // Native material for Spanish learners including books, podcasts, tv shows, and songs.
Last 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 June, we read a book on learning strategies (any learning strategy, not just language related). I read a book called Never Split the Difference. It is about negotiating, which I believe to be an aspect of conversation and thus, a useful skill to learn as a language enthusiast.
Keep working through my YouTube Queue. // I watched many of the Korean lessons I had bookmarked, but I’m making really good progress overall.
Continue to meet my daily goal on LingQ for Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Russian. // Yup! I love watching my word count add up.
Add1Challenge // I completed my Day 90 video for Korean, but I’m still taking part in the Intermediate challenge (Add1Advance) for Japanese. I have a few weeks left of videos to record, but I’m really enjoying the challenge, my Mastermind, and getting so much practice!
Fun Interview with Olly Richards of I Will Teach You a Language
This past month, I had an opportunity to chat with Olly Richards about introverted language learning and minimalism in language learning.
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. We’ve been doing a lot more reading together lately, so he’s keeping me on my toes!
Read the next Language Reading Challenge book on my list. // In July, we’re something written by someone who lives in a country that speaks your target language. If you’re an intermediate or advanced learner, you can read a book in your target language. If you’re a beginner, you can read a translation of a book.
Keep working through my YouTube Queue. // Now that my focus has shifted, there isn’t much in my YouTube queue that is for the language I want to work on. So while I still want to go through any Japanese or Russian languages I have bookmarked, my pace here will slow.
Continue to meet my daily goal on LingQ for Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Russian. // Since I was able to do it last month, I hope to keep it up this month.
Add1Challenge // In July, I’m wrapping up the Add1Challenge for Japanese and Korean, and starting the next. For this next challenge, I also plan to participate in the Intermediate challenge, but this time, my focus language will once again be – Croatian! It’s been about six months since I last focused on the language (though I have been doing daily vocabulary study), and it’s time to give it my attention once again.
In August, I’m really thrilled to have been invited back to LangFest as a speaker. I’ll be giving a talk on Croatian, and I can’t wait to share a bit about this incredible language with you.
Resources I Used This Month
A quick recap on the materials I am using.
What I Am Using to Learn Chinese
- LingQ – my favourite tool
- iTalki Lessons – I have weekly Chinese lessons
- Memrise – I do 18,000 points minimum per day
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 for Little Linguist
- Baby Bear, Harry the Dog, Disney Fairy Tales, and a book about an Imaginary Friend
- Little Pim
- Finding Dory, Cars and other films/tv shows
- Day-to-day interaction
Resources That Aren’t Language Specific
The Biggest Lesson I Am Taking Away from This Month
This month, I really am starting to feel as thought I’ve gotten the hang of managing my language projects. I’ve found a good balance in alternating which languages I study, which is my focus and maintaining what I’ve already learned.
I have no doubts that I’ll continue to improve how I organize my studies and focus, but for now, I’m pretty happy with where it’s at. I feel like I’m starting to make significant progress with each of my languages in a way I hadn’t managed in the past, so I’m excited to see where the next few months take me.
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16 Jul 2018 - Language Resources