Language Learning Goals – Clear The List: April 2017


Hosted by myself, Kris Broholm, Angel Pretot and Shannon of Eurolinguiste, we share our monthly goals and encourage you to do the same. Check the bottom of this post for more info on how to join in.

Clear The List is your monthly chance to check in on your language learning and life goals. Click through to read mine for April 2017 and download your free planner! >>

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Language Learning Review for March

Indonesian

Phew! It’s been a busy one. Although I didn’t get everything completely done, I’ve still made time for Indonesian in March.

Complete Indonesian – Not quite…My goal was to completely finish the Memrise course I’m creating for the course book. Well, I added a second Memrise level for each unit in the course. The first level for each unit is tricky words and the second is sentences taken from the dialogues and grammar explanations. This meant that it was slower to process and considering I’m half way through the book having done double the work I anticipated per unit, I wasn’t far off with my estimation of a month to finish as I would be done if I hadn’t added that second level each unit.

Memrise – I wanted to keep my 5 day streak. And I did a pretty good job until the end of the month. The Online Teaching Starter Kit opened for enrollment at the end of the month so things have been just a little busier than usual…!

italki – My goal was 1 session each week, which almost happened except for the second week when my tutor was unavailable. I also realised that I’m able to talk quite freely for long periods of time, so I’m pretty happy with that!

Lang-8 – I didn’t get to this until very late in the month. Eeek! But I’m looking forward to using it more in April now I’m familiar with it.

Language Reading Challenge

The theme for Shannon’s Language Reading Challenge in March was a book about someone who learns a language (can be fiction or non-fiction).

Clear The List is your monthly chance to check in on your language learning and life goals. Click through to read mine for April 2017 and download your free planner! >>

I read When In French, a book about the author’s journey learning French as she fell in love with her partner. It’s a sweet book, but not smushy – there’s still plenty of language-related diversions throughout the book to keep that side of things happy, which I liked.

There’s some cool facts about the French and language in general in the book too. For example, did you know that when the French Revolution happened, only half of France spoke fluent French? Or that (according to Steven Pinker) if a language had just 60,000 words there’s roughly 100 million trillion ten-word sentences that make sense? Crazy stuff.

Language Learning Goals for April

Indonesian

Complete Indonesian – I’m going to keep going to complete that Memrise course!! It should be done by the end of April.

Memrise – Back on that streak! I have a bigger daily goal on the course I’m creating of 15 minutes per day, which is one reason I lost the streak last month. To make sure I improve in April, I’m going to make sure that I have at least 3 sessions during the day when I’m on a break from working Pomodoro (25 minutes on task, 5 minute break).

Lang-8 – I’m going to get more into Lang-8 to help build on my writing skills this month. Considering most of my time early on in the month will be dedicated to finishing off my Memrise course, my goal is to write 3 posts on Lang-8.

Glossika – I found myself listening to Glossika while I’ve been adding my vocab to my Memrise course and it’s a great way to double up and make a little more of a pretty dull task. I’ll be sharing more about how you can use Glossika on the blog in April.

Language Reading Challenge

The theme for Shannon’s Language Reading Challenge in April is ‘a book written by an author from a country that speaks your target language, either translated or original’.

I’m actually going to skip this month because I don’t have a particular book in mind that fits that theme and I have lots of books to read before we go on our trip in August. This month, I’m reading Dobu: Ethics of Exchange on a Massim Island, Papua New Guinea by Susanne Kuehling.

Clear The List is your monthly chance to check in on your language learning and life goals. Click through to read mine for April 2017 and download your free planner! >>

This is an anthropology book about one of the islands that speaks Dobuan, one of the languages we’ll be making a film about towards the end of our trip.

I’m not really used to reading academic style texts with references and all that jazz, but I’m really interested in anthropology, and of course interested in learning more about where we’ll be headed, so we’ll see how this goes in April.

Speaking of Our Trip…

As we get closer to leaving for our trip, our plans are changing and morphing and forming into actual solid plans, which is really exciting!

I was considering writing a whole blog post about how things have changed since I originally announced our trip in this post last year. However, because things are still likely to change at this stage, instead, I’ve decided to include a little update with each Clear The List post.

One big thing that’s happened this month is that we’ve booked our one-way flight! Eek! Before I tell you where to, let me just backtrack a little in case you’ve missed anything.

In August, Ashley (my husband) and I are setting off on a year-long trip around the world exploring and making films about languages and the people who speak them.

Our first inspiration for where to go was a strange book I found in my old small town library (you can read more about the book here). The book is about Dobuan, a language spoken in Papua New Guinea.

Clear The List is your monthly chance to check in on your language learning and life goals. Click through to read mine for April 2017 and download your free planner! >>

Our initial plans were to travel overland to Papua New Guinea, discovering many places and languages along the way.

However, due to getting stuck with overland plans on the edge of Europe and being unsure of the best way to go, and LangFest in Montreal calling pretty hard, we decided to switch things up and start on the other side of the planet.

Our confirmed plan so far consists of flying to New York City mid-August, meaning I’ll be there for my birthday (this was an accident, but I’m pretty chuffed about that), then heading up to Montreal for LangFest (while Ashley goes and runs a marathon in Quebec City on his birthday).

So things are working out a lot easier than with the first plan, and I’ll update you with any developments in next month’s Clear The List post.

But for now, I’m just going to go and pretend to be Carrie Bradshaw and listen to Empire State of Mind for the umpteenth time.

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About Lindsay Williams

Why hello there! I'm Lindsay and I do Languages. I blog, vlog and teach all things language. I blog about languages right here at Lindsay Does Languages, and about travel over at Mundo Trundle. If you're looking for language learning inspiration then stay a while. You might find just what you're looking for. :)
  • dandiprat

    Good job with Indonesian. I’m especially impressed with your speaking progress on italki. I hope it comes in handy on your trip,

    • Thank you! I hope so too after all this work on it! :p We’re planning on about a month in Indonesia so it should be handy!

  • Sounds like an awesome trip I wish you safe travels, Lindsay & Ashley 🙂

  • Amazing plan! I can’t wait to read your stories. Good luck with your goals of this month.

  • Interesting reads for last month and this month! Thanks for sharing them. Also – great job with your Indonesian! That’s impressive. 🙂 Happy travels.

  • Panna

    As always, you amaze me with your persistence, and all the goals and plans! And the “trip”! I’m so excited to see how it will turn out!!!! All the best for this month!!!

  • Tiia M

    Sounds like you’ve really made great progress with your Indonesian since you started! Would love to see another Indonesian video from you, it’s always inspiring to see the progress others make 🙂
    Good luck for April!!

    • YES! I totally need to do another Indonesian video!! I’ve been so busy with the Online Teaching Starter Kit (+ updating videos for it) that video just didn’t happen for what feels like for-ev-er…! But it’s in my plans!

  • Your trip sounds like the most exciting thing ever. I remember you talking about it a while ago and I was already eager to know more.

    I’m even more curious now that we’re getting closer to the summer!

  • Wow, great job with Indonesian!
    The idea of the trip and documentary is awesome, I’m looking forward to reading about the travel and even more to seeing the final work. All the best for April!

  • Great updates Lindsay, I always wonder how you get so much done!! Hope you have an amazing trip to N/A! I hope I can make it too 🙂

  • Angel – French Lover

    Hi Lindsay!
    You always have so much going on. It’s really impressive.
    Also I totally just added “When in French” to my to-read list. It sounds like an awesome book 🙂

    I wish you a good fortnight – yeah I’m so late that I can’t honestly say a month ^^ sorry about that.
    Good luck with the remaining half of your list.

    Angel