Language Learning Strategies | #CleartheList September 2017 Eurolinguiste

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. 

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!

Please feel free to tag your posts or photos with either #clearthelist on your favorite social media channels!

Last Month’s Highlights on Instagram


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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

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

What I Am Using to Learn Croatian

What I’m Using to Brush Up/Improve My French:

  • LingQ
  • 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:

What I’m Using to Learn Japanese:

What I’m Using for Little Linguist

Resources That Aren’t Language Specific

  • None

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!

Don’t forget that I would love to hear all about your goals for this month! Please join us by adding your post to the linkup below! 

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  • theElectricHare

    Happy Birthday!

    I’ve been following the activity online from Langfest and it looks like everyone had a great time. I’m hoping to go to a polyglot event next year, most likely the Gathering in Bratislava.

    I notice you play Skyrim in French?! I decided to play The Sims in French as they do mundane day to day stuff which means I’ll actualy use new words I learn through the game!

    Good luck with September.

    • I do 🙂 I hated the game at first, but it’s really grown on me. I have a collection of books that I’m keeping in my virtual house. I can’t say I learned much new vocabulary. I’ll probably play again at some point in another language (I was so impressed with how many are available!). I hope you make it out to a language event – they are incredible!

  • Marie Noëlle

    The Langfest seemed like a lot of fun! I hope to be able to attend next year. Je te souhaite bonne chance avec tes buts du mois!

  • Sam

    I loved seeing all your pictures form Langfest, it looked amazing. Wish I could have been there too. Hopefully in the future I will be able to come to an event, meet everyone and join in on the fun.
    Loving the resource lists you use, really helpful for some tips on new things to try.
    Best of luck with your language learning in September!

    • I hope you get the chance. It was an incredible experience. This was my first and I definitely would love to go to more in the future.

  • Happy birthday for this month! Langfest looked amazing, and I did see some of the recorded talks online as unfortunately I was unable to attend the event this year. Best wishes with all your goals this month and with the add 1 challenge.

  • Dorothée

    Good luck with your September goals 🙂 and happy birthday when the right day comes !!

  • Tiia M

    I just love the steady routine you seem to have at this goal setting thing, how you always keep some elements the same, while changing some parts, it all seems like a really smooth and coherent flow of non-stop language learning lifestyle. One can tell you’ve been doing this for a while already. 🙂 Good luck for September!

  • Hi Shannon. Thanks for hosting #clearthelist. Since this was our first mission post being listed in the 2nd spot (on both Lindsay’s and your blog) has helped bring traffic to our new blog! It’s so great to be apart of the growing polyglot community!

    • That’s great news! Congrats and thanks so much for joining us.

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