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Clear the List | Monthly Language Learning Strategies Update | April 2022

Clear the List | Monthly Language Learning Strategies Update | April 2022

Clear the List: A Goal Setting Link Up for Language Learners | Hosted by Lindsay Does Languages and Eurolinguiste

I’m a little late this month, okay… A lot late with sharing my #CleartheList post, but I’m here and so, let’s dive in!

Here is my latest analysis of my language goals as a part of Clear the List, but also the latest Language Conqueror Quest!

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We’re heading into April with a Quest all about dramas. There are loads of ways you can learn a new language with tv shows and dramas, and in this Quest, my good friend Caitlin shares a few of her favorite language learning strategies for learning with tv.

Join the Quest

What is Language Conqueror? It’s a course I work on with a monthly Quest focused on passion-driven learning. You can learn more, get a feel for my teaching style, and download our free PDF here: Get the Free PDF

And if that’s not enough, you can also get a feel for my teaching style with Snack-Sized Language!

Snack-Sized Language is a free podcast where we teach you snack-sized language lessons. So far we have episodes teaching general language learning tips, Japanese, French, Mandarin, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and German. Not to mention, more languages are coming soon!

You can subscribe to the podcast on your preferred podcast platform.

And if you enjoy Snack-Sized language, we would absolutely love it if you left us a review!

Now, on to #clearthelist …

Wondering what #clearthelist is? Let me clear it up for you (see what I did there?). #CleartheList is a linkup where we share our monthly goals, and by we, I mean myself, and you!

We’d absolutely love for you to be a part of our community. You can join us by adding a link to your own goal post in the comments 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

Last Month’s Goals

Continue filling the gaps in my Mandarin vocabulary I’ve noticed since Little Linguist’s arrival. // We’re still working this back into our schedule with YouTube video lessons and other regular interactions in the language. He’s really into doing Gus on the Go at the moment.

Maintain my vocabulary learning streak + maintain my Duolingo learning streak. // Yes, my longest streak is 685 days with Croatian!

Keep working through my YouTube Queue.  // My queue had gone up to around 2,600 videos and I’ve got it down to under 2,500.

Keep reading Game of Thrones in Russian. // I totally fell off the tracks once more. I had a couple spotty days of reading, but nothing consistent. LingQ changed their interface and to be honest, I’m still getting used to it. It’s definitely slowed down my time in the app.

Keep reading Eye of the World in Hungarian. // Same as above.

Read in French. // Same as above.

This Month’s Goals

Continue filling the gaps in our use of Mandarin at home. // As usual, I’d like to continue to incorporate this more and more until we’re an OPOL household. It’s fallen off slightly, so it’s something I want to bring back. And while we’re heading in the right direction, it definitely needs more attention.

Maintain my vocabulary learning streak. // This has been a great way to rebuild my language routine, so it’s staying on the list indefinitely! I share my stats over on Instagram in my stories nearly every day, so if you’re ever curious about where I’m at, you can check out my stories. I am learning Persian, Hungarian, Croatian, Russian, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Keep working through my YouTube Queue.  // As always, there’s a lot I need to get through. I hope to continue working at this in order to make consistent progress. Again, I’d just like the number of videos in my queue not to increase this month.

Keep reading Game of Thrones in Russian. // My goal is no longer to just generally read, but I need something more specific since I dropped off.

Keep reading Eye of the World in Hungarian. // Same as above.

Read in French. // I’d like to add reading in French each day to this list because I’m not using the language as much as before.

Resources I Used This Month

A quick recap of the materials I am using.

What I Am Using to Learn Chinese:

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

What I am Using to Learn Russian:

What I am Using to Learn Persian:

What I’m Using to Learn Japanese:

What I’m Using to Learn Croatian:

What I’m Using to Learn Hungarian:

What I’m Using to Learn Korean:

What I’m Using to Learn Spanish:

What I’m Using to Learn Portuguese:

Not Currently doing any study for: German, Hindi, Norwegian, Hebrew, Italian

What I’m Using for Little Linguist

  • Lots of books
  • Day-to-day interaction
  • italki Lessons
  • Duolingo ABC
  • Droplets
  • Movies in Chinese
  • Gus on the Go Chinese

Resources That Aren’t Language-Specific

  • Fluent in 3 Months Challenge
  • Todoist (to keep all my language lessons and to-do’s organized)
  • Notion – my new favorite app for taking notes (I just set up a template for the way I use Notion to take notes if you’re interested in duplicating it for yourself)

The Biggest Lesson I Am Taking Away from This Month

I’d have to say that this month, one of the things I’ve noticed is that I’ve gotten into too much of a routine with my language studies. I keep doing the same things and my progress has suffered because of this.

I’m hoping to add in a little more novelty in May to see how it goes!

Don’t forget that I would love to hear all about your goals for this month!

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