Language Learning Strategies | #CleartheList August 2017 Eurolinguiste / Language Resources

Today is an incredibly important day – it’s Little Linguist’s first birthday! This weekend we’re celebrating this big milestone, but for today, I’ve got my little one all to myself. 

July was a whirlwind month. I wrapped up the launch of Language Learning Accelerator, started Get by in Croatian, dove into my Croatian, Russian and Japanese studies, said goodbye to my grandfather alongside family I don’t get to see often, and enjoyed coordinating a cake smash for Little Linguist.

Some happy, sad, exciting and overwhelming moments. Definitely a lot to process!

If you’re new around these parts, #clearthelist is a linkup where we share our monthly goals, and by we, I mean myself, Lindsay of Lindsay Does Languages, Kris Broholm of Actual Fluency, and Angel Pretot of French Lover.

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


A post shared by Shannon Kennedy (@eurolinguiste) on

Last Month’s Blog Highlights


Mount Gay Rum, Barbados // Our tour of the rum distillery in Barbados.

The Covered Market in Martinique // A culinary adventure hidden in the Fort de France covered market in Martinique.

Language Learning

How I Adapted the Goldlist Method to Fit My Vocabulary Study // How I use “distilling” to make the most of all my language learning notes.

Language Laddering // An update on my Croatian, Japanese and Russian language learning projects and a summary of how I study new languages through old ones.

Last Month’s Goals

Continue filling the gaps in my Mandarin vocabulary I’ve noticed since Little Linguist’s arrival. // This month, I learned a few fun words for bugs, and I’ve also refreshed how to count from one to ten on one hand (Little Linguist’s new favourite thing to do even if all the numbers sound like “da”). 

Read the next Language Reading Challenge book on my list. // I did so much reading last month. This doesn’t mean I finished a lot of books, but I did make a lot of progress in those that I’m reading.

Keep working through my YouTube Queue.  // Yup! Steadily pecking away at it.

Read something in Chinese, French, and/or Spanish. // Yup! I’ve also started reading in Russian. LingQ for the win.

Study my dang Chinese Memrise deck! Sheesh. // Yup! I’ve finally decided to cap my decks where they’re at and really get to it. It required me changing the settings of my deck and duplicating to really make the most of what I had.

Finish distilling my old Russian notes. // I made decent progress with this, but I didn’t realize how much I already had down, so I still have some to do.

Record my first video(s) in Japanese. // Nope.

This Month’s Goals

Continue filling the gaps in my Mandarin vocabulary I’ve noticed since Little Linguist’s arrival. // Like I keep saying, this will be a never ending project. And it’s wonderful. He’s starting to get interested in specific things, so this is definitely going to help me build the right vocabulary.

Read the next Language Reading Challenge book on my list. // If you haven’t already, you can join us on Goodreads!

Keep working through my YouTube Queue.  // I still have a long way to go. Like 900+ videos to go. 

Read something in Chinese, French, and/or Spanish and Russian. // I’ve been reading too much in English lately and this needs to change.

Keep studying my Chinese Memrise deck. // There is so much useful stuff in there for Little Linguist.

Finish distilling my old Russian notes and my Croatian notes. // Almost there!

Record my first video(s) in Japanese and Russian. // One is super new and the other I need to get used to speaking again.

Resources I Used This Month

A quick recap on the materials I am using.

What I Am Using to Learn Chinese

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
  • Chatting with family
  • Watching movies and other videos in French
  • Playing Skyrim (well, all my PS4 games) in French (I plan on swapping the language to Chinese once I’ve completed my first play through)

What I am Using to Learn Russian:

What I am Using to Learn Korean:

  • I am on a break from Korean

What I am Using to Learn Spanish:

What I’m Using to Learn Japanese:

  • The One Minute Japanese podcast from the Radio Lingua network
  • JapanesePod101
  • Memrise

What I’m Using for Little Linguist

Resources That Aren’t Language Specific

  • None

The Biggest Lesson I Am Taking Away from This Month

It was something I already knew, but launching Get by in Croatian only reinforced it… What is it? Teaching your language helps you better understand it. Plus, I love planning the lessons and putting them together.

This month, I released the first two episodes:

I’m really enjoying it and it’s helping me improve my Croatian language skills. I highly recommend teaching your target language, even if you’re still starting out. You can even pretend to teach it to someone else if you’re nervous passing on what you know to another person. All you have to do is explain what you’re working on as though you’re teaching someone at a lower level than you. It really helps to instill what you’re working on!

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, Shannon from Eurolinguiste, Kris from Actual Fluency, and Angel from French Lover.

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.

5. Share on social media using #ClearTheList

Set your language learning goals as a part of the Clear the List Link Up hosted by Shannon Kennedy of Eurolinguiste, Lindsay Dow of Lindsay Does Languages, Angel Pretot of French Lover, and Kris Broholm of Actual Fluency #clearthelist

I'm a language lover, traveler and musician sharing my adventures and language learning tips over at Eurolinguiste. Join me on Facebook for daily language learning and travel tips!

  • Dorothée

    Like your distilling idea!
    For me it’s the contrary: I am stuck on the last band of the Eragon quadrilogy for months… it’s to long I can’t see the end :'( :'(
    I read other things in between because it’s too depressing! (and it goes so much faster to read in your mother language!!)

    • You can do it! (If you want to). There’s no shame in giving it up if you decide it isn’t your thing any more. Glad you like the distilling. It’s great!

  • dandiprat

    I hope the little linguist had a happy birthday. My son just had his first birthday at the beginning of last month. He doesn’t speak too much yet although he seems to understand a little bit of Cantonese and English (more Cantonese than English).
    I started trying to do a lot of language exchanges in the second half of July and am on a short break from my italki classes. I try to meet up with people on Skype, talking in English for 15 minutes and the. In Vietnamese for 15 minutes. So far I don’t think I’ve met up with anyone more than once although I scheduled a second meeting with somebody this Friday.

    • That’s so cool! Happy birthday to your little guy too! I think the variation in your exchanges is great. It’s fantastic practice for you as far as different accents and ways people speak.

  • Can’t wait for your ‘speaking Russian’ video!!! 😀

  • theElectricHare

    Happy Birthday Little Linguist 😀

    You’ve done so much last month – all the best with your ‘Get by in Croatian’ course. Teaching always reinforces what you already know – in language, in science – anything really!

  • Just wanted to say Hi and Thanks Shannon! Thanks to #clearthelist, our very first mission post is getting traffic from Lindsay and your site! 😀 We’re so excited to be a part of an active polyglot community. Congrats on all your little and big milestones too!!

    • Thank you so much. 🙂 I appreciate your kind words and well wishes and am glad you’re getting the chance to connect with others in the language community.