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Clear the List | Monthly Language Learning Strategies Update | November

Clear the List | Monthly Language Learning Strategies Update | November

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

I recently wrapped up my Persian language project and recorded my Day 90 video where I had a 15-minute conversation in the language. Here it is:

I’m now getting ready to work on my next language project, so read on to find out what it is!

And… I updated my course Busy Language Learner. I’ve written more about it below, but you can sign up here. It’s a 7-day course that helps you find the time to learn a new language and it’s just $29. You get actionable steps you can take each day.

Busy Language Learner

The Language Hacking Podcast


The Language Hacking Podcast over at Fluent in 3 Months where I’m co-hosting with Fi3M founder, Benny Lewis is still going strong! We release a new episode every week and we’re up to 20 episodes.

Some of our more recent guests have been: Johan Tekfak of Français Authentique, Kerstin Cable of Fluent Language, and the footballer Will John.

If you give the podcast a listen, or if you already have been listening, we’d love your reviews!

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 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. // My tutor and I spent some time reading books I plan to read with the kids together so I could make sure I understood everything I was reading, could read confidently, and don’t misread any characters.

Maintain my vocabulary learning streak. // Yes! I’ve missed days on some languages, but for the most part, I’m successful at this. Currently, my shortest streak is 24 days and my highest is 135 days.

Keep working through my YouTube Queue.  // I got through at least 200 videos in the last month and I’m very excited about this!

Fluent in 3 Months Challenge // I completed the challenge I was doing for Persian and recorded my Day 90 video. You can see it above.

Keep reading Game of Thrones in Russian. // I still haven’t started this one, but this next month I have good reason to.

Study Stranger Things in Hungarian. // As usual, same as above.

Finish my Persian Script Hacking book. // Done!

Get to lesson 15 of Pimsleur Persian II. // Not quite yet, but I’m still making forward progress with this course.

Maintain my weekly lessons in each language. // Yes!

Have an awesome birthday with family. // Another yes!

Women in Language // It was amazing and I can’t wait to do it again next year.

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.

Keep working through my YouTube Queue.  // I’d like to continue to work on this. Currently, I’m at 1,732 videos in my queue (for accountability) and I add new videos weekly when channels I follow upload new videos.

Fluent in 3 Months Challenge // I’m kicking off my new challenge. It’s a Polyglot challenge which means I’ll be doing maintenance on several languages. Five to be exact. For the next three months, I’m working on Hungarian, Persian, Russian, Croatian, and Japanese!

Keep reading Game of Thrones in Russian. // Since I’m focusing on Russian again, I can pick this back up.

Get through at least three chapters in each course book I’m working on. // These are: Teach Yourself Complete Persian, Genki I for Japanese, Colloquial Russian, Colloquial Croatian, and Colloquial Hungarian.

Get to lesson 15 of Pimsleur Persian II. // Since I didn’t get to this last month, I really want to do it this month. I may also pick up Pimsleur again for some of the other languages I’m studying if I do.

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, 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 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:

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 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

  • 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

I’ll never not be busy.

I can’t stop thinking that once I finish this task or that project, I’ll have some time. But lately, I’ve come to realize that each space in my calendar gets taken up by something new and each finished project is finished by the next.

So rather than wait until I’m not busy any more, I’ve started reprioritizing — in work, in my personal life and with language learning.

The only way I’m going to find time is if I make it.

It’s also why I decided to update my course Busy Language Learner. It’s a 7-day course with actionable steps you can take to fit language learning into your busy schedule and it’s available for just $29.

Busy Language Learner

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.

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