The holidays are here! How are you spending your last month of the year?
It’s time for a new analysis of my language goals as a part of Clear the List, but also the kick off for a new intake of Language Conqueror Master Quest! We’re kicking off the new year with a new opportunity to register for 12 months of passion-driven language learning.
We’re starting off the year with a Quest all about goal setting. And in February, we’ll dive into habits.
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 and Korean. Plus, we recently added Russian, Spanish, and German. Not to mention, more languages are coming soon!
You can subscribe to the podcast on your preferred podcast platform.
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And 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’ve started watching Chinese language films again and we’re slowly working it back into the schedule now that school has settled in.
Maintain my vocabulary learning streak + maintain my Duolingo learning streak. // I’ve kept this up and have streaks for all of my focus languages in the 100s.
Keep working through my YouTube Queue. // I’m at the same place this month as I was last — at about 2,000 videos in the queue. The good news is that while the number hasn’t decreased, it hasn’t crept up either.
Keep reading Game of Thrones in Russian. // Yes, I’m still making steady progress here.
Keep reading Eye of the World in Hungarian. // Same as above.
Start getting into course book study again. // This really is the most challenging thing for me to work into my schedule, so I didn’t manage this during this month.
This Month’s Goals
Continue filling the gaps in my Mandarin vocabulary I’ve noticed since Little Linguist’s arrival. // 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 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. I’d like to break 2,000 this month.
Keep reading Game of Thrones in Russian. // Same as usual.
Keep reading Eye of the World in Hungarian. // Same as usual.
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:
- Genki I
- Drops – they just added hundreds of new culture-specific words for Japanese!
- iTalki Lessons
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
- 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 know I’ve said it before, but I’ve really been reminded of the power of consistency this month. And that when you rely on routines and habits, making language learning a part of your day-to-day routine becomes automatic.
Don’t forget that I would love to hear all about your goals for this month!
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My name is Shannon Kennedy and I'm the language lover, traveler, and foodie behind Eurolinguiste. I'm also the Resident Polyglot at Drops and the Head Coach of the Fluent in 3 Months Challenge.