I’m back this month with another language learning strategies update. And I’m excited to share I’ve been able to maintain my routine through the last month–and am set up in our new home to keep at it!
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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. // Little Linguist had a couple of Chinese lessons this month and I’ve been doing my best to keep our playtime in Chinese. Now that the move is over, we’ll hopefully be able to get into a more consistent routine.
Maintain my vocabulary learning streak. // I missed a few days this month, but overall, maintained daily learning. The days I missed were because it was after midnight before I checked the time (it was during moving days).
Keep working through my YouTube Queue. // I feel like I’ve added more video lessons this month than I’ve studied, but I found several Hungarian vloggers that talk about language learning in Hungarian, so I’m very excited to get to them.
Fluent in 3 Months Challenge // I’m behind doing my day 30 video, but I’ll have it to share soon.
Keep reading Game of Thrones in Russian. // My tutor and I are reading through this together and discussing it each week. We’ve been keeping on track with it.
Study Stranger Things in Hungarian. // Likewise, my Hungarian tutor and I are discussing Stranger Things in Hungarian each week. We’ve done one lesson doing this so far, and are keeping with it.
Find a new Japanese tutor. // I found one! We’ve had a couple lessons now and I like her teaching style.
Maintain my weekly lessons in each language. // With the exception of the “offsite” week for work, I managed to have lessons every week for the six languages I’m working on actively this month. #majorwin
This Month’s Goals
Continue filling the gaps in my Mandarin vocabulary I’ve noticed since Little Linguist’s arrival. // I want to make sure Little Linguist keeps up his Chinese lessons and play. I’d also like to incorporate some Chinese reading each night.
Maintain my vocabulary learning streak. // This has been a great way for me to really get back into my language studies, and it’s an easy thing I can do each day to maintain contact with my languages. I’d like to maintain this.
Keep working through my YouTube Queue. // I really want to work my way up to those new Hungarian videos I found!
Fluent in 3 Months Challenge // I’ll be preparing for Day 60 in the challenge.
Keep reading Game of Thrones in Russian. // This has been an enjoyable way to work on Russian on my own and with my tutor and I’m learning loads of fun vocabulary.
Study Stranger Things in Hungarian. // Same as above with Russian. 🙂
Begin to do some coursebook work. // With a few of my languages, I’m at the point where I need to sit down and work out some of the grammar. I want to be sure I do this whether with physical course books or online courses starting this month.
Maintain my weekly lessons in each language. // Because it’s keeping me accountable and moving forward!
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 Hebrew:
What I am Using to Learn Korean:
- Drops – they just added several hundred new culture-specific words for Korean and I’m so excited about the new content!
- iTalki Lessons
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
Resources That Aren’t Language Specific
The Biggest Lesson I Am Taking Away from This Month
I still get nervous when I need to use my languages.
Having the Courage to Speak is something I still need to work at everyday. After our recent move, I discovered that our neighbors are Hungarian after hearing them chat one evening.
The next night, they were outside again and I deliberated for almost an hour over whether or not I’d head over to meet them. I walked to the window to look out, put my shoes on, paced the hallway, went and sat back in my office, looked out the window again, paced the hall some more. I even went down, opened up the front door thinking about heading out, before going back inside and back into my office.
I gave myself a million excuses. It’s late. I’d be interrupting them. They’ll think I’m weird for just walking up. What if I forget what to say? My Hungarian really isn’t that great… Finally, I thought, “I should just do it.” What was the worse that could happen? Really?
I headed out, scuffing my feet along the ground as I walked up the driveway so I wouldn’t surprise them. They looked up, said hello in English and I replied in Hungarian, “Hello. I heard you speaking Hungarian. I also speak a little Hungarian and I was just very happy to hear the language, so I wanted to say hello.”
They immediately switched to Hungarian. We chatted for a bit and then I went back home. It was a very pleasant, very friendly experience and now I know some of my new neighbors. It was worth working up the courage, and it’s experiences like this that are good reminders!
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