In October, I had an incredible trip to Shanghai where I had the chance to use both Mandarin and Japanese on a variety of occasions. It was a work trip, so I didn’t have much time to explore, but I was able to make one short day trip to a town near Suzhou.
On to #clearthelist …
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Last Month’s Highlights on Instagram
Last Month’s Blog Highlights
5 Reasons to Speak a New Language Even If Your Shy // On November 3rd, Lindsay Williams, Kerstin Cable and I are hosting a new Women in Language Event – WIL Camp. It’s a one-day event and each of us is giving a talk related to community. Mine is related to shyness and how to build confidence to start speaking.
Last Month’s Goals
Continue filling the gaps in my Mandarin vocabulary I’ve noticed since Little Linguist’s arrival. // Leading up to my trip to Shanghai, I did quite a bit of Mandarin study. But after the trip, my attention shifted to my new language. Because I spent about half the month on this, I’d count it a success.
Read the next Language Reading Challenge book on my list. // In October, we’re reading a coursebook. I’ll be working with a coursebook for my new language for this challenge. In November, we read a book originally written in a language that we’re learning. I read not a book, but several academic articles published in Croatian about the Croatian language.
Keep working through my YouTube Queue. // I only did a few lessons from my cue this month, but I did still do a few!
Chinese and Japanese Demonstrations // Done!
Add1Challenge // I am started my next Add1Challenge though the work I’m doing is still mostly in secret because it’s with my new language.
Secret Language Project? // After I return from China, this was my main focus (hence shifting my attention away from Chinese).
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 November, we’re reading a book originally written in a language that we’re learning. I plan to continue reading the Croatian articles that I found about the Croatian language. I still have a few more left to read.
Keep working through my YouTube Queue. // Still have a lot to go through!
Add1Challenge // Continue studying for the Add1Challenge.
Secret Language Project // The big reveal happens this month!
Resources I Used This Month
A quick recap of the materials I am using.
What I Am Using to Learn Chinese
- LingQ – my favorite tool
- iTalki Lessons – I have weekly Chinese lessons
- Memrise – I do 18,000 points minimum per day
- Drops – they have a new character tool that is fantastic
What I’m Using to Brush Up/Improve My French:
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
- Lots of books (I picked up several in both Singapore and Shanghai)
- Day-to-day interaction
- Mommy and Me weekly classes
Resources That Aren’t Language Specific
The Biggest Lesson I Am Taking Away from This Month
Being able to use the languages you’re learning is really amazing. I had so much fun getting to know people in Shanghai through both Japanese and Chinese, having conversations that I wouldn’t have otherwise had. It’s incredibly rewarding and makes all of those tough moments studying worth it one hundred times over.
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