February has been an insanely busy month (in a good way of course). It was the second month of the Language Reading Challenge and the first month of the Korean Language Challenge I’m hosting with Lindsay Dow. I also taught a webinar with Kerstin Cable of Fluent Language on finding grammar resources as well as a webinar with Lindsay on starting a new language.
It’s March and I have quite a bit of exciting news including the upcoming release of my new ebook and ecourse on language learning for introverts! You can sign up to find out when it officially releases here.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with #clearthelist, I would like to welcome you to #clearthelist where we share our monthly goals! And for those of you who are returning – welcome back! Just as a quick recap, I cohost #clearthelist with a lovely team of bloggers: Lindsay of Lindsay Does Languages, Esther of Local Adventurer, and Mariah of Food, Booze & Baggage. You should definitely take a minute to head over and check out their sites if you haven’t already!
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 below.
So let’s get started, sharing our goals and motivating one another to #clearthelist!
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Last Month’s Highlights on Instagram
Last Month’s Blog Highlights
A Review of the Culture Smart Book Series // I shared my first update as a part of the Language Reading Challenge with my review of the Culture Smart book series.
Accras de Morue // While in Martinique I tried this delicious dish for the first time and upon returning home, it was one of the first things I had to make.
Korean Update #1 // Lindsay and I shared our first Korean language learning update!
My Maximize Your Month Language Learning Strategies & Goals
Last Month’s Goals
Continue to do at least one lesson in my New Russian Penguin Course book per week. // Yup! I actually did them one per week this time, so I think I did better at this than I did the previous month.
Work through at least two Assimil Chinese lessons per week. // Yup! I can finally say that I did this one since I didn’t do it last month.
Achieve my next Korean challenge and film a video of myself reading in Korean even if I don’t understand what I’m reading. // Nope. I got really busy working on the book and didn’t have time to do this, but I’ll try to do it this month.
Read the next book for the reading challenge. // I actually read two books for the challenge!
This Month’s Goals
Continue to do at least one lesson in my New Russian Penguin Course book per week. // No explanation needed.
Start to work through some of the Russian language videos I have saved on Youtube. // I have been collecting Russian language videos I want to watch for months but haven’t actually started watching them. This needs to change.
Work through at least two Assimil Chinese lessons per week. // This seems to be a pretty good number for me.
Finish watching the Travel in Chinese series on CCTV. // I started watching this series in February and I’m about thirty videos away from finishing it.
Achieve my next Korean challenge and finally film that video of myself reading in Korean even if I don’t understand what I’m reading. // Since I didn’t do it last month, I need to do it this month.
Read the next book for the reading challenge. // This month it’s to read a travelogue or travel-related book tied to a country that speaks your target language. I am not sure at all about what I’ll read for this one. I guess I need to decide pretty quick!
Read more of my language related books. // I’ve been reading quite a bit of fiction lately (not that there’s anything wrong with that) because I really got into a new series of books that I haven’t been able to step away from. The last two in the series that I haven’t read are already loaned out from the library, so it’s kind of forced me to take a break from it. And rather than dive right into another fiction series, I’m going to use my reading time to tackle a few more of my language related books.
My Language Learning Strategies and Updates
This month is the first time since my university days that I’ve attempted to tackle three languages at once and so time management has been so important for me. I’ve also found that organization, planning, and quick access to resources have also been crucial.
Resources I Used This Month
A quick recap on the materials I am using.
What I Am Using to Learn Chinese
- iTalki Lessons – Honestly, this is still one of the best investments I’ve made
- Assimil (Lessons 51-100)
- Antosch & Lin email newsletters
- Watching television shows and movies (I finished Skip Beat and have since started working through the films available on Hulu)
What I’m Using to Brush Up/Improve My French:
- Immersion (we speak franglais at home)
- Reading books written by French authors (I read a French book about the Chinese language as part of the language challenge this month)
- Listening to French radio/podcasts
What I am Using to Learn Russian:
- New Russian Penguin Course
- iTalki Lessons
- The penmanship practice books from Russian Step-by-Step (a lot of you have been asking me about these)
What I am Using to Learn Korean:
- Assimil’s Korean Phrasebook
The Biggest Lesson I Am Taking Away from This Month
When tackling multiple languages, organization and preparation are that much more important. When you’re working on one language, organization and time management are important – you have to fit your study in around your day-to-day life. But when you are learning more than one language, it becomes that much more necessary.
This past month I’ve found that planning out my next steps for each language has been incredibly helpful. That way I always know what resources to pick up, what page to start on or what website to load. I don’t have to waste time deciding what comes next. It’s helped me make my study time that much more productive.
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!
16 Jan 2017 - Language Resources