Clear the List | Monthly Language Learning Strategies Update | May

So much has changed since my last #clearthelist post! I’ve started a new language, have already completed my first Fi3M Challenge with it and am already on to the next language project! It’s time for a quick catchup!

On to #clearthelist …

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Last Month’s Highlights on Instagram

Last Month’s Goals

I didn’t share these, so let’s skip to this month!

This Month’s Goals

Continue filling the gaps in my Mandarin vocabulary I’ve noticed since Little Linguist’s arrival. // Little Linguist has actually started having his very own Mandarin Chinese lessons!

Maintain my vocabulary learning streak. // I want to keep up my vocabulary learning streak for as long as possible–something I was very good at doing but have fallen off on. Now that I’ve picked it back up, I’ve noticed that it does have a significant impact on what I actively use when speaking the languages.

Keep working through my YouTube Queue.  // After my Youtube channel was terminated, I had to recreate my queue. I’m back up to several hundred videos I can work through to improve my languages.

Fluent in 3 Months Challenge // I’m almost a month into my Fluent in 3 Months Challenge for Russian and I’d like to keep working at it.

Keep reading Game of Thrones in Russian. // My tutor and I are reading through this together and discussing it each week.

Study Stranger Things in Hungarian. // Likewise, my Hungarian tutor and I are discussing Stranger Things in Hungarian each week.

Find a new Japanese tutor. // I’d like to keep up my speaking practice in Japanese, so I’m currently looking for a new tutor.

Maintain my weekly lessons in each language. // I’m currently taking weekly lessons for many of my languages, and I’d like to keep it up.

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:

  • LingQ
  • Listening to French radio/podcasts

What I am Using to Learn Russian:

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

Resources That Aren’t Language Specific

The Biggest Lesson I Am Taking Away from This Month

Over the last year, a lot has happened–for example, I’ve released two albums, have traveled some, and as you all know and have experienced first-hand, have been working to adapt to the changes brought on by COVID.

When I first picked my language studies back up after being on-and-off with them for some time, I made a big mistake. I tried to pickup my routine exactly as I had left it off.

Needless to say, that didn’t work out for me.

The reason I dropped off was two-fold. One, life. Two, my language learning routine had gotten to the point it was no longer sustainable. I was trying to do too much.

So after a couple of failed attempts at getting back into it, I decided to take it slow. I participated in a Fluent in 3 Months Challenge to give myself something clear to work towards– a 15-minute conversation. I then began doing lessons again for my key languages. Once I had established doing this as a routine, I added podcasts back in. And then vocabulary study.

I’m now at a point where I’m able to include other things like reading and tv shows. But I’m be careful not to take too much on.

TLDR? I learned to ease myself back into a habit after dropping off.

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Published on: May 18, 2020

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