Clear The List | Monthly Language Learning Strategies Update | May Language Resources

In April, I wrapped up my second Add1Challenge, this time for Japanese (the first was for Croatian). I also started my third. This time around I’m doing it for…

*drumroll*

Korean.

And Russian.

I couldn’t decide between the two. Russian is a language I’ve studied pretty lightly up until this point and I’ve never really gone deep with it. I recently had a lesson that made me realize that wasn’t how I wanted to study the language, so I decided to get it in gear and commit to it the way it deserves.

But before I had that realization, I had already committed to doing the challenge for Korean. A language that I once tried my hand at, but things didn’t really work out. I’m hoping that the second time makes a difference.

 

On to #clearthelist

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Last Month’s Blog Highlights

Travel

9 Things to Do in Seminyak, Bali  // A list of a few of things I enjoyed most on my recent trip to Bali.

Raffles Hotel // A gorgeous colonial style hotel in Singapore that serves the well-known mixed drink the Singapore Sling.

 

Language Learning

How to Learn More than One Language at a Time // Why I don’t want to focus on just one language and what I do to learn more than one at once.

Why Vocabulary and Grammar Aren’t Enough // Plus an announcement about a new course from Lindsay Williams and I officially opening.

 

Last Month’s Goals

Continue filling the gaps in my Mandarin vocabulary I’ve noticed since Little Linguist’s arrival. // Yes! 

Read the next Language Reading Challenge book on my list. // Yes! I’m posting about it soon.

Keep working through my YouTube Queue.  // Yes! I made it through a ton of Russian lessons in my queue.

Continue to meet my daily goal on LingQ for Japanese. // Yes! And I even started to dig in with Russian again.

Add1Challenge Day 90 Video // Done!

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.

Read the next Language Reading Challenge book on my list. // In May, we’re reading a tutorial, recipe or lesson in your target language.

Keep working through my YouTube Queue.  // I’m still aiming to get through as many lessons as possible. I’m super done being not that great at Russian. Plus, I have tons of great Korean lessons in my queue.

Continue to meet my daily goal on LingQ for Japanese and Russian. // I’m still a ways off from being able to comfortably read in Korean.

Add1Challenge // I’m really pushing myself doing two languages in the challenge because it’s an intensive project (plus I’m not dropping my Japanese while I’m doing it). I’ll need to dedicate a lot of time to languages the next three months. 

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:

  • LingQ
  • Immersion (we speak franglais at home)
  • Reading books written by French authors
  • Listening to French radio/podcasts
  • Lingoci

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

Resources That Aren’t Language Specific

The Biggest Lesson I Am Taking Away from This Month

That the materials and strategies you use to learn one language may not do anything for you at all with another language. 

As I mentioned earlier, this isn’t my first time trying to learn Korean. I tried a while back with Lindsay, but nothing stuck. This really bothered me, so I decided to give it another go. I couldn’t bring myself to let the language go. 

The mistake I made was that I tried to learn Korean the same way I learned Chinese, thinking that what I did for one would work for the other. But it didn’t. Plus, it didn’t help that I didn’t have a tutor (this time around I plan to).

I’m definitely going to keep a close eye on how things are working for me with Korean this time around.

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