September was a blur! It was the first month of my secret language project (I’ll share more on this very soon – promise!) and it was also the month I spent preparing for my trip to Shanghai (Chinese + Japanese). I’m insanely excited about my trip next month and I can’t wait to share how it goes with you.
On to #clearthelist …
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Last Month’s Highlights on Instagram
Last Month’s Blog Highlights
Language Learning in 5-Minute Drops // My review of the language learning app, Drops.
Last 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. I also needed to really work on music-related topics in Mandarin for my trip to Shanghai.
Read the next Language Reading Challenge book on my list. // In September, we read a memoir by someone who lives in a country that speaks your target language.
Keep working through my YouTube Queue. // I manage to get through a few language video lessons each week.
Continue to meet my daily goal on LingQ for Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Russian. // I did!
Actually finally watch the rest of Novine and then watch it again. // Nope. I didn’t have a lot of time to watch anything this month.
Chinese and Japanese Demonstrations // Yup! I’m as prepared as I am going to be and really looking forward to this trip.
Fluent in 3 Months Challenge // I fell a little behind with this particular Challenge, but I’ll do my best to catch up next month.
Secret Language Project? // I started, then had to take a break to focus on preparing for my trip to China.
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. We’ve been doing a lot more reading together lately, so he’s keeping me on my toes!
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.
Keep working through my YouTube Queue. // Lots of great lessons for me to get through here for each of my languages!
Chinese and Japanese Demonstrations // This month, I need to do the demonstrations I worked so hard to prepare.
Fluent in 3 Months Challenge // I am starting my next Challenge!
Secret Language Project? // After I return from China, this needs to be my main focus.
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
- Baby Bear, Harry the Dog, Disney Fairy Tales, and a book about an Imaginary Friend
- Little Pim
- Finding Dory, Cars and other films/tv shows
- 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
This month, I’m realizing what an incredible resource instruction books can be. In preparing for my presentations in Shanghai, I’ve pored over the instruction booklets for my instrument in both Japanese and Chinese to learn relevant vocabulary, prepare dialogues with my tutors and write short scripts about the instrument in each of the languages.
They’re fantastic for learning specialized vocabulary – and vocabulary I really need!
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My name is Shannon Kennedy and I'm the language lover, traveler, and foodie behind Eurolinguiste. I'm also the Resident Polyglot at Drops and the Head Coach of the Fluent in 3 Months Challenge.