Language Learning Strategies | #CleartheList March 2017 Language Resources

Hello, hello! It’s time for this month’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


Guinness Storehouse // Things to Do In & Around Dublin, Ireland

Antica Sacrestia // Things to Do In & Around Venice, Italy


Language Learning

Getting the Most Out of Your Language Lessons // How to maximize the money and time you invest into working with a language tutor.

There are No Shortcuts to Learning a Language // Why you shouldn’t believe the hype about learning a language fast and why you need to commit for the long run.

How to Use Chunking to Fire Up Your Language Learning // An inspiring post by Fiel Sahir in which he applies his experience as a musician to language learning.


Last Month’s Goals

Continue filling the gaps in my Mandarin vocabulary I’ve noticed since Little Linguist’s arrival. // Yes! I learnt a bunch of new vocabulary this month that has been really helpful.

Read one more language related book. // Yes! I’m making nice, steady progress in my Spanish course book.

Keep playing Zelda Ocarina of Time in Mandarin Chinese. // This is one of those things that I didn’t really do, then remembered that I said I was going to do it and then did a bunch of it at the end of the month. So, still counts, right?

Get ahead reading my language reading challenge books. // I’m both ahead and behind. I am in the middle of several of the books for the challenge, but haven’t actually finished any of them. An odd place to be.

Keep working through my YouTube Queue.  // I’ve worked through it, but I also added more to it this month than I got through, so my number of ‘to watch’ videos is higher than it was last month. I’ll still count this as a win because I did technically watch some of the lessons.

Keep reading my other Pooh Bear book in Chinese // Yes. I kind of procrastinated and didn’t do this until the end of the month, but I still got in my four chapters.

Have something I’m reading that’s in French or Spanish. // Yes! I’m re-reading one of my favorite books in Spanish.

Finish Pimsleur Chinese IV // Done! This was hard because I was really sick and didn’t go to work for a while, and thus, didn’t spend as much time in the car as I normally would. Thankfully I only had about 15 lessons left, so I was able to squeeze them in on the days I did drive.

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. And it will always be a priority.

Read one more language related book. // Keep working through my grammar book in Spanish.

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 all over the place with 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 this past month, my goal is to do yet another four chapters this month.

Finish adding in my sticky notes to the first Pooh Bear Book. // I’ve been putting this off because Mini M was being a bit nosy and went through my notes. He ended up mixing them all up so they were completely out of order. It’s been a nightmare trying to figure it out and put it all back together so I’ve kind of avoided this task. But I really want to read this book with Little Linguist, so I’m going to stop procrastinating.

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

Do at least 15 Pimsleur Chinese V Lessons. // And then if I get through that, get through some of the Melnyk’s lessons I’ve put on hold.

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 videos 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 I really need to work harder at keeping things in Chinese with Little Linguist. Particularly because I was sick and traveling quite a bit this month, and then he was sick, I was just too tired and kept slipping back into English. I know it’s not the end of the world, but I am his only source for Mandarin so I just need to persevere a little more. 

He’s at the stage now where his babbling has consonants, so it’s interesting watching how things change in his speech. He says gah, geh and deh a lot and he has really long conversations with some of his toys that probably make sense to him but just make me giggle.

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  • Awww you already have someone to learn with! I want to see you both practicing soon! Good luck with your language learning goals of this month.

    • Thanks Kamila. We’re still working on consonant sounds for now, but I can definitely see him starting to understand bits of each language. It’s really exciting and amazing to watch.

  • I have been setting language learning goals for a while now, but this is the first time via #ClearTheList and I am looking forward to sharing my goals and also be inspired by the goals and achievements others share.

  • I like how specific your goals are: I am going to take some inspiration for next month, I am way too vague.
    Good luck with all of your goals!

    • Thanks Elena. I’m glad you like my goals. I find that being specific makes it more likely I’ll complete my goals and thus make progress.

  • I love that you’re speaking to Little Linguist in Chinese 🙂

    Good luck with your studies for this month!

  • Dorothée

    Did you plan something specific to read in French and Spanish? Or will you go with the inspiration of the moment? Looking for fiction to read in Spanish at the moment…
    Good luck with your goals!

    • Hi Dorothée, I definitely planned something. I’m currently reading Patrick Rothfuss in Spanish. You can get his book at Tinker Packs in Spanish if that interests you. In French I am reading a nonfiction history book about the history of Brittany.

      I’ve imported both into Lingq because it’s my new favourite thing, especially considering how much I read.

  • Angel – French Lover

    Hi Shannon!

    I’m always impressed by the variety of your goals and how you manage to study so many languages at once. Also, congrats on raising a multilingual Little Linguist. I’m sure he’ll grow to love languages as much as you do.

    Keep up the good work in March 🙂

    • I’m hoping, but he is his own person and will eventually have his own interests. 🙂

      Thanks Angel.

  • I was literally just about to write “I’m always impressed…” and then I saw that Angel had written exactly the same below, so I’ll vary my wording slightly.

    Shannon – you’re unbelievably productive, smart, and helpful – thanks for being an inspiration and positive influence in the world 🙂

    • Kris, the same to you. Thank you for making my day, my week, my month!