We’re at the Clear the List for 2017! I can’t believe another year of incredible language learning projects is coming to a close.
This month marked the end of my first Add1Challenge and my intensive Croatian learning project. This means that it’s time for a new project! What will it be? Any guesses? I’m curious to know what you think (or would like to see) me do next. So let me know in the comments! If you’re right, who knows… you might receive a little something from me.
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.
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Last Month’s Highlights on Instagram
Last Month’s Blog Highlights
The Getty Museum, Los Angeles // You don’t need to hop on a plane for all adventures – something I’m coming to appreciate all the more.
How to Have an Adventure at Home // A collection of 36 ideas to help get you started.
The Botanic Gardens, Singapore // An incredible UNESCO World Heritage site in Singapore.
Energy Management in Language Learning // And why it might be more important than time management.
12 Signs You Aren’t Getting the Most Out of Your Language Studies // And what you can do to change this.
Last Month’s Goals
Continue filling the gaps in my Mandarin vocabulary I’ve noticed since Little Linguist’s arrival. // I’ve been pretty good at keeping on top of my flashcards and using Chinese with him.
Read the next Language Reading Challenge book on my list. // If you haven’t already, you can join us on Facebook!
Complete month three of the Add1Challenge. // Done! I can’t believe I had an hour-long conversation in Croatian. You can watch both of my Day 90 videos below. In one, my son was with me and was a little distracted, so I decided to do a second video. In that, the connection wasn’t good and I couldn’t hear almost any of what my tutor said to me. I made it through both, though. I thought about editing the videos before I shared them with you (to clean them up – mostly Little Linguist’s interruptions and the connection issues) but decided against it. For me, this is what language learning looks like and I thought it would be best for me to share it raw and unedited. So here it is.
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 (thankfully) be a never ending project.
Plan out the Language Reading Challenge prompts for next year. // If you haven’t already, you can join us on Facebook!
Decide what I’m going to do next. // I have a few lessons for different languages and I have a pretty good idea of what’s next. I want to spend this month planning and goal setting and testing to be sure.
Resources I Used This Month
A quick recap on the materials I am using.
What I Am Using to Learn Chinese
- LingQ – my new favourite tool, I kid you not
- iTalki Lessons – I have weekly Chinese lessons
- Memrise – I do 18,000 points minimum per day
- Several new books I read with Little Linguist
- Chinese version of the Nintendo 64
- Yoyo Chinese
What I Am Using to Learn Croatian
- iTalki Lessons
- Get by in Croatian (teaching helps me better understand the language too)
- Bosnian Croatian Serbian – both the workbook and the textbook
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
- 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:
On a break from Russian for the moment.
What I am Using to Learn Korean:
I am on a break from Korean
What I am Using to Learn Spanish:
I am not actively studying Spanish.
What I’m Using to Learn Japanese:
I am not actively studying Japanese.
What I’m Using for Little Linguist
- Pooh Bear and Baby Bear
- Little Pim
- Finding Dory & Finding Nemo
- Disney bedtime stories
- Day-to-day interaction
- His Chinese lullaby is from Mantou Riji, I also sing him “You are my Sunshine” in Chinese, and his French is Une Souris Verte
- Flashcards from Tuttle
Resources That Aren’t Language Specific
The Biggest Lesson I Am Taking Away from This Month
This past month, I was reminded that no matter how much preparation you do, you’ll never be prepared enough. The best thing that you can do is accept this and just keep working away at the things you’d like accomplish. It’s easy to get caught up idealizing how something like your Add1Challenge Day 90 video may go or how smoothly you’ll order in your language at a local restaurant, only to get nervous or have something come up that makes it so the circumstances aren’t ideal.
For the most part, the ideal is probably never going to happen. So just do your best, take note of things you can work on and keep moving forward.
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