Welcome to Clear the List!
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.
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Last Month’s Highlights on Instagram
Last Month’s Blog Highlights
Things to Do In Fort-de-France, Martinique // Places to see and things to eat and drink.
Montréal Brewpub Experience // Discovering the city’s craft beers and local foods.
An Introduction to Sociolinguistics // An introduction to one of my favourite parts of language and language study – the social and cultural aspects.
How to Stop Translating in Your Head // Or why I don’t think you should worry about this.
Last Month’s Goals
Continue filling the gaps in my Mandarin vocabulary I’ve noticed since Little Linguist’s arrival. // Got new books to work through too!
Read the next Language Reading Challenge book on my list. // You bet.
Keep working through my YouTube Queue. // I got through about 100 and added less than that, so I’ll get this as a win. I probably won’t get through much the next month mostly because I’m focused on Croatian and about 99.9% of my videos are about other languages, so I haven’t really had the chance to watch them.
Read something in Chinese, French, and/or Spanish and Russian. // Yes!
Take part in the Add1Challenge. // One month down, two to go.
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!
Complete month two of the Add1Challenge. // I forgot what a difference focus makes. I know I won’t be able to maintain the same intensity I’ve put into Croatian this last month, but I think I’ll have to make some very important decisions at the end of this challenge.
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
- TRAVEL (more on this soon)
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
I love languages and want to study THEM ALL. And in that excitement, I sometimes forget what doing a focused and intense project can do for your language learning. In participating in the Add1Challenge this past month, I’m reminded of how beneficial it is to sit down and work on one thing for a solid block of time.
To be transparent with you, I’m sure I won’t always commit to just one language at a time, but I’m beginning to see the wisdom in doing 3 month projects. It’s not so long that you get bored, but it’s long enough that the language gets the attention that it needs.
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