Summer is here and I am so ready for it. I’m not the only one, right? I’m definitely in the mood to mix up some fun lemonades and enjoy time out on the balcony getting a bit of vitamin d while studying these next few months! Plus, the eat always gives you a good reason to eat frozen yogurt. Ha.

Anyway, before I get too far off tangent here, I’d like to welcome those of you new to #clearthelist and welcome back those of you returning. #clearthelist is a linkup where we share our monthly goals and by we, I mean myself, Lindsay of Lindsay Does Languages and Mariah of Food, Booze & Baggage. You should definitely take a minute to head over and check out their sites if you haven’t already!

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


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Jeez, I take a lot of pictures of food!

Last Month’s Blog Highlights


TUO Travel Undergarment Organizer // This was a fun review to do because I love all things that make my travels more organized!

Doors & Doorways in Paris, France // As you know, doors are one of my favorite photo subjects when I am out and about on my travels. Here are a few that caught my eye on our last trip to France.


Language Learning

How to Actually Learn a Language Faster // Serious tips to help you speed up your language learning process.

30 Tasks You Can Do in 5 Minutes or Less to Learn a Language // For those of you with busy schedules, this is a great list of activities you can do to work on your language study even when you’re pressed for time.


My Maximize Your Month Language Learning Strategies & Goals

Last Month’s Goals

Continue to do at least one lesson in my New Russian Penguin Course book per week. // I definitely continued to do this and I even did two lessons one of the weeks. I still haven’t worked my way through this book completely, but I’m getting close!

Actually work through some of the Russian language videos I have saved on Youtube. // I did this and I also did it a bit for Korean. I didn’t get through as many as I would have liked, but I did get through some of them.

Work through at least two Assimil Chinese lessons per week. // Accomplished.

Read a few more of my language related books. // Nope. I was pretty wiped this month, so I spent more time reading leisure books than I did language related books. I did, however, read the books that I am reading as a part of the Language Reading Challenge.

Start to work on building my vocabularies in Russian and Korean. // Yes to Korean. Kind of to Russian. Not as much as I was hoping to both. I haven’t yet found a course that I’m in love with on Memrise for Korean, and while this isn’t a legitimate excuse for not having studied vocabulary, it was the excuse I told myself in my head. I really would love to have a Korean course that is Korean audio where I type in the English translations of the words, but that doesn’t exist (that I know of) and I haven’t had time to make it.

This Month’s Goals

Keep working on my vocabulary in Korean. // No more excuses.

Finish up my Penguin Coursebook for Russian. // That way I can continue to focus on my Assimil coursebook!

Read one language related book. // A bit less ambitious than last month, but much more achievable.

Finish up my Assimil Chinese Coursebook. // That way I can start to work through some of the new resources that I’ve had my eye on.

Find a Korean TV show that interests me and start to watch it. // I’ve seen that this has had fantastic results for Lindsay as a part of our Korean Language Challenge and I am kind of eager to try it out myself.

Start watching that new Mandarin TV show that I had bookmarked. // And ideally, be more proactive in my learning as I watch than I have been in the past.

Finish up Pimsleur Korean I. // I’ve spent quite a bit of time with KoreanClass101 lately while commuting, but I’d like to finish up Pimsleur Korean I so I can start to work through Pimsleur Korean II.

Finish listening to the Pimsleur Culture lessons for Pimsleur. // I finished the first three series of Pimsleur Mandarin and only recently discovered there is a Pimsleur Mandarin Chinese IV. What?! But, I don’t want to even think about getting it until I’ve completely finished listening through what I already own. Culture lessons it is!

Read my Korean Culture Smart book. // This one should be easy because it’s so portable and I have a few gigs coming up that I can bring it along to so that I can get some reading done.

Keep working through my YouTube Queue. // I have more than 500 videos in my queue (and all of them are language lessons) that I’ve been meaning to watch. It was close to 700, but I worked through quite a few this last month or so. I’d like to continue getting through them, and at 3-7 minutes each, this is definitely something I can fit into my schedule.


My Language Learning Strategies and Updates

This past month I really focused on consistency and I have quite a bit to share on this in the “biggest lesson” section down below!

Resources I Used This Month

A quick recap on the materials I am using (there’s not much of a change from last month).

What I Am Using to Learn Chinese

  • iTalki Lessons – I have weekly Chinese lessons
  • Pimsleur
  • Memrise
  • ChineseClass101 & Melnyk’s
  • Assimil (Lessons 51-100)
  • Antosch & Lin email newsletters
  • FluentU – I watch anywhere from 3-6 videos per day and then work on the “Learning” section for each of the videos
  • Watching television shows and movies (I watched a few films this month and started watching the first episode of a few different series to try to pick something new to watch)

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

What I am Using to Learn Russian:

What I am Using to Learn Korean:

The Biggest Lesson I Am Taking Away from This Month

As I said above, this past month I really focused on consistency.

I use the app TeuxDeux to manage my daily to do list and one of it’s features is the ability to add recurring “to-do’s”. One of mine is to “study language” daily (in addition to other daily/weekly tasks that I aim to complete in language – Memrise, Duolingo, iTalki lessons,etc.).

This past month, I’ve been quite consistent at checking that one off (as well as many of my other language related tasks) and I’ve really seen that consistency in my study pay off. While my progress in Korean still feels slow, I know that I am still moving forward and that’s all that really matters. Slow and steady wins the race – except, I’m not really racing anyone or anything. 🙂 

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!