Language Learning Strategies | #CleartheList February 2017 Language Resources

On to month two of this year’s #clearthelist! 

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!

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Last Month’s Highlights on Instagram

Last Month’s Blog Highlights

Travel

TaiChi in Beihai Park // Things to do in and around Beijing, China.

12 Things to Do In & Around Beijing China // The round up of my posts from my trip to China.

The Riverwalk and The Alamo in San Antonio, Texas // Just in time for my current trip to San Antonio!

Language Learning

How to Learn a Language from Scratch // My experience learning the Spanish language.

Don’t Compare Yourself to Other Learners // A post on why you should focus on your own studies rather than those of the others around you.

Getting the Most Out of Your Language Lessons // How to fully maximize your time with your language tutor.

Last Month’s Goals

Continue filling the gaps in my Mandarin vocabulary I’ve noticed since Little Linguist’s arrival. // Yes! I went out of my way a few times this past month to have conversations in Chinese. The family who owns the business next to my mom’s hair salon speaks Chinese and their grandson is eight days younger than Little Linguist, so I get to pick up quite a bit of new vocabulary every time I stop in to say hello.

Read one more language related book. // Yes! I read my language reading challenge book on the Spanish language and I also read a book about Latin.

Keep playing Zelda Ocarina of Time in Mandarin Chinese. // I worked on these transcriptions but didn’t get much play time.

Get ahead reading my language reading challenge books. // I’m not ahead, but I’m not behind either.

Keep working through my YouTube Queue.  // Slowly…

Keep reading my other Pooh Bear book in Chinese // Yes! All four chapters!

Actually order that new resource for Spanish. // Done and one chapter down.

Have something I’m reading that’s in French or Spanish. // Nope. Can’t win them all.

This Month’s Goals

Continue filling the gaps in my Mandarin vocabulary I’ve noticed since Little Linguist’s arrival. // As long as I’m still speaking to Little Linguist in Chinese, this one is here to stay.

Read one more language related book. // Get through at least three chapters of my grammar book that I started.

Keep playing Zelda Ocarina of Time in Mandarin Chinese. // It’s all about making language a part of my day-to-day life.

Get ahead reading my language reading challenge books. // Since I’m only on schedule for this one.

Keep working through my YouTube Queue.  // Because there still are just so many language lessons in there I need to do!

Keep reading my other Pooh Bear book in Chinese // Since I did four chapters last month, my goal is to do yet another four chapters this month.

Have something I’m reading that’s in French or Spanish. // Since I completely slacked on this one this past month.

Finish Pimsleur Chinese IV // I’m already several lessons in.

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:

  • Immersion (we speak franglais at home)
  • Reading books written by French authors
  • Listening to French radio/podcasts
  • Chatting with family
  • Watching movies and other video in French

What I am Using to Learn Russian:

What I am Using to Learn Korean:

What I am Using to Learn Spanish:

What I’m Using for Little Linguist

  • Pooh Bear and Baby Bear
  • Little Pim
  • YouTube
  • Day-to-day interaction
  • His Chinese lullaby is from Mantou Riji and his French is Une Souris Verte

The Biggest Lesson I Am Taking Away from This Month

That motivation really counts.

My progress in Spanish has been so much quicker than any of the other languages I’ve recently studied for two reasons. One is that it’s similar to a language I already speak (French) but the other is that I’m really motivated to learn it (the sooner I get to a comfortable level in Spanish, the sooner I can get back to Russian). 

Plus, because I am motivated to work on the language, study sessions just go that much more smoothly.

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  • So excited Spanish is going well for you! 🙂 And I think it’s great how you still keep going with Chinese and other langs at the same time! 😀

    • Thanks Lindsay. I try. But it is mostly just Spanish and Chinese for now. 🙂

  • negringa

    Yay for the little linguist 🙂

    I love Little Pim, I used it with my son when he was younger. Now that he’s 4, he’s been using MY apps. I also got him the Gus app but he gets bored with it quickly.

    • That’s good to know! I’ll have to see what he ends up being into when he gets a bit older. Right now I am still trying to figure out how to get Disney movies for him in Chinese.

  • Dorothée

    Cool your Spanish studies are going well! I also found it comes easily as a French Native 😉 (after Icelandic, Japanese or Hungarian, finally something understandable^^) but it can be tricky too, not that the grammar is difficult, but it is different and I’m very good at falling into traps 😛
    Good luck with Spanish, and with Mandarin this month!!

    • Thank you Dorothée! It does have quite a few false friends with English AND French that constantly throw me off.

  • I just love this: “….(the sooner I get to a comfortable level in Spanish, the sooner I can get back to Russian). ” hilarious that you’d study a language quicker, so you can get back to studying another one sooner 😀