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

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

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

I’m heading into the final stretch with my latest language — Norwegian — and I’m still immersed in both the study of the language as well as the cultural immersion with tv shows (Vikings), books (The Last Kingdom) and video games (Assassin’s Creed Valhalla). I’m taking part in 90 Days with Drops and still keeping my five core languages in focus.

And, as it has for the first few months of 2021, a new month not only means a new look at my language goals as a part of Clear the List, but also a new Quest as a part of Language Conqueror!

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And this month… it’s all about food! As you know, I’m a total, total, total foodie, so I’m very excited to share how to use food to learn languages with you!


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 March, we’re all about food. You can learn more, get a feel for our teaching style, and download our free PDF here: Get the Free PDF

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!

Women in Language

This month is also when Women in Language is happening! You can still get your tickets until this Sunday, March 7, so don’t miss out!

We have 30+ speakers and panelists this year and it’s going to be an incredible event with a lively chat and inspiring talks. Tickets are only $29 for the four-day, online event.

And however you identify, you’re welcome to join us. The “women” only refers to the hosts of the event and most of our speakers.

Hope to see you there!

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 consistent with this, though we could always do more. Little Linguist has been teaching anyone who will listen French, so that’s going well, too.

Maintain my vocabulary learning streak. // Yes, yes, and yes! I’m at 200+ days for almost all my streaks.

Keep working through my YouTube Queue.  // Another big yes!

Restart reading Game of Thrones in Russian. // I started in the last few days of the month, so it still counts, right? Right?!

Learn Norwegian with Drops // I’m more than two thirds of the way through this challenge now and haven’t missed a day.

Get through at least three chapters in each course book I’m working on. // This one I didn’t do.

Maintain my weekly lessons in each language. // Yes! I’ve done this as consistently as possible.

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. 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’ve been keeping this up and am making good progress! As an update on my progress, from the 1,809 videos last month, I’m down to 1,517 in my queue. And I’ve even added a lot of new videos lately.

Keep reading Game of Thrones in Russian. // My tutor and I have a plan to do this weekly.

Learn Norwegian with Drops // I’m almost done with this project!

Get through at least three chapters in each course book I’m working on. // I didn’t do this last month, so I’d love to get back to it this month. 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:

What I am Using to Learn Hebrew:

What I am Using to Learn Korean:

What I am Using to Learn Spanish:

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

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

That I can’t do everything.

Lately, I’ve been trying out a lot of new things. I think it’s important to continue growing and learning about ourselves, but I made the mistake of not making room for the new things. Instead, I just tried to cram them into my already super full schedule.

And when I miss doing something, I had a hard time actually letting myself miss it. Instead, I’d put it into the backlog with the intention of making it up later.

What this looked like?

Everytime I missed studying a chapter in my coursebook, I kept it in my to do list rather than just rolling over the missed study session. So if I missed two out of four chapters in a month, I’d have a backlog of two chapters on my to do list rather than just being okay with having done two and leaving it at that.

I was doing the same with workouts and lots of other things.

I was encouraged to just delete all that stuff. It was tough, but I did it and it feels so much better to not be overwhelmed by all of those incomplete tasks!

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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