Hey all! I am a few days behind in getting this post up (I just returned from a wonderful Cruise in the Caribbean which I’ll be sharing photos for soon), so I just now have regular internet access for the first time in about two weeks.
Once again, welcome to our #clearthelist linkup where we share our monthly goals. For those of you unfamiliar with #clearthelist, I cohost it with a lovely team of bloggers, Lindsay of Lindsay Does Languages, Esther of Local Adventurer, and Mariah of Food, Booze & Baggage. You should definitely take a minute to head over and check out their sites if you haven’t already!
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!
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Last Month’s Highlights on Instagram
Last Month’s Blog Highlights
I spent a lot of this past month working through a ton of resources and photos that I plan on sharing with you soon! Until then, here were my most popular posts from October:
How I’ve Failed at Language Learning and Why I’m Okay With It // Sharing our successes is a really awesome way to motivate one another, but I wanted to be open with my failures too! No one is perfect and it’s too easy to just share our good moments. It’s important to share the not so good moments, too.
The Most Delicious Crêpes in Paris, France // No further explanation needed.
Time Management for Language Learners // How to maximize our time to become more effective language learners.
Rooftop Bars in Barcelona, Spain // Great drinks, great food and great views of Barcelona.
My Maximize Your Month Language Learning Strategies & Goals
Last Month’s Goals
Start the HSK 4 tests. I completed all ten of the HSK 4 tests and failed every last one. I still have a month left to study, so there’s still hope! I did, however, realize that I was graded the tests incorrectly (the different sections have weighted scores) so it turns out that I passed every HSK 3 test every time (the way I was scoring them showed that I failed). That was a huge motivator for me.
Finish one new Memrise Deck and keep up to date on the old ones. I did this too. I downloaded the decks I was studying onto my phone so that I could do vocab review whenever I had a bit of free time on the cruise.
Do a real language update video. Nope.
Keep working through my new resources. I did this too! While I haven’t finished any 100%, I got through a significant amount in several of them. Reviews coming soon!
This Month’s Goals
Prepare for the HSK 4. This is my number one goal for this month (I will have about one month left to prepare as of today). It’s seriously crunch time, ya’ll.
Keep working through my new resources. But only when I need a break from Chinese.
My Language Learning Strategies and Updates
Here are some of the changes I’ve made to my language learning methods from previous months: I learnt how to to push myself to study even when I had both less time and energy than I hoped.
Resources I Used This Month
A quick recap on the materials I am using. What I’m Using to Learn Mandarin:
- iTalki Lessons – Honestly, this is still one of the best investments I’ve made.
- Assimil (Lessons 51-100)
- HSK 3 Practice Tests
- Antosch & Lin email newsletters
- Watching television shows and movies Cultural and Language Immersion
What I’m Using to Brush Up/Improve My French:
- Immersion (we speak franglais at home)
- Reading books written by French authors
- Listening to French radio/podcasts
What I am Using to Learn Russian:
- A notebook
- Google Translate
- iTalki Lessons
- The penmanship practice books from Russian Step-by-Step (a lot of you have been asking me about these)
The Biggest Lesson I Am Taking Away from This Month
There are still tons of ways to study language when you don’t have a lot of free time and they can be just as effective as other methods that require more time in a single sitting. In fact, I might even argue that they could be more effective! I wrote a really detailed post about this here, so I won’t go into much detail about it again, but I think I am going to focus on several shorter study intervals per day this next month than exhausting myself with hour long (plus) sittings. We’ll, see how it goes! 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!