It’s my birthday month and I have exciting news in store (I’ll share soon!).
This past month, however, was INCREDIBLE. Why? LangFest is why.
I finally made it out to my first language event and it was amazing getting to meet everyone.
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Last Month’s Highlights on Instagram
Last Month’s Blog Highlights
Fort George, Granada // Visiting an old fort in the Caribbean.
Alambique in Puerto Rico // Incredible food in Puerto Rico.
6 Things I’d Love to Do in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia // And a collection of photos from the things that I did do.
Language Learning on the Road // How to maintain your studies when traveling.
How to Assess Your Language Level // And then make plans using those assessments.
Last Month’s Goals
Continue filling the gaps in my Mandarin vocabulary I’ve noticed since Little Linguist’s arrival. // Little Linguist has started pointing as his way to ask what things are. It’s given me a great way to build a list of “need to learn” words.
Read the next Language Reading Challenge book on my list. // Yes!
Keep working through my YouTube Queue. // Yes!
Read something in Chinese, French, and/or Spanish and Russian. // Sort of. I read a ton in Russian.
Keep studying my Chinese Memrise deck. // Nope!
Finish distilling my old Russian notes and my Croatian notes. // Nope!
Record my first video(s) in Japanese and Russian. // 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. // Because I LOVE LINGQ.
Take part in the Add1Challenge. // This is the first Add1Challenge hosted by Fluent in 3 Months and I thought I’d join in with Croatian.
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
- Chinese version of the Nintendo 64
What I Am Using to Learn Croatian
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:
What I am Using to Learn Korean:
- I am on a break from Korean
What I am Using to Learn Spanish:
- Lingoda (use code FM2J6Y )
- Coffee Break Spanish
- Schaum’s Spanish Grammar
- News in Slow Spanish
What I’m Using to Learn Japanese:
What I’m Using for Little Linguist
- Pooh Bear and Baby Bear
- Little Pim
- Finding Dory & Finding Nemo
- 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
That going out to language events is soooooo worth it. It is just amazing getting to meet everyone face to face, to chat with people who share your passions and to get a little practice in. Honestly, going to LangFest made me love the community so much more (and I already loved it a lot). There are some really fantastic people – too many to name!
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