Language Learning Goals: Clear The List – August 2017

Welcome to August’s #ClearTheList! This month, it’s all about changes.

Hosted by myself, Kris Broholm, Angel Pretot and Shannon of Eurolinguiste, Clear The List is your chance to set monthly language learning goals + achieve them as part of the community. 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 August 2017 and download your free planner! >>

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I was so gutted I didn’t get the chance to join in last month’s Instagram Language Challenge. The prompt list was countries, with the idea that you could learn something new about a country or a language used in that country. You know I love me some new multilingual know-how. Odds are I won’t get to join in much in August either but we’ll see.

This month, the prompts are a mixture of actions, adverbs, and video days. Time to get learning! (To find out more about how to join in, click here to read more.

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Language Learning Review for July

As expected July wasn’t exactly a highlight of top language learning for me. That said, I did keep a little Guaraní ticking over and I did end up doing the italki Diversity Language Challenge on a whim. More on that in a moment…

Guaraní

I didn’t really learn much new stuff in Guaraní, but from time to time, this is a good thing because it gives you a chance to consolidate things rather than constantly fill your brain with new stuff!

Duolingo – I kept my Duolingo streak for pretty much all of the month but missed ONE day mid-month! Don’t you hate when that happens?!

Clozemaster – I discovered Clozemaster and was initially excited but then totally on board when I spotted Guaraní (Avañe’ẽ) in the list. LOVE this app right now.

Other Languages

Japanese – I’m still loving Terrace House and am currently on Part 3 of Aloha State, which isn’t quite as exciting yet as Boys X Girls In The City was, especially towards the end with Riko + creepy Hayato.

Clozemaster – As well as Guaraní on Clozemaster, I’ve started to casually study lots of other languages on the app too, mainly Romance languages so I can see the similarities and differences between languages I’ve already studied. Here’s my current Clozemaster list…Guaraní, Afrikaans, Indonesian, Latin, Romanian, Catalan, Galician, Occitan, and Piedmontese.

italki Diversity Language Challenge – This was a bit of a last minute surprise. After posting last month’s Clear The List post, I decided last minute to join the italki Diversity Language Challenge. Why ‘diversity’? Because if you studied 1 language from a list of lesser studied languages, they donated to Wikitongues. Awesome, I’m in!

I took lessons in Malay, ASL, Scottish Gaelic, Hausa, Javanese, Afrikaans, Gujarati, Hindi, BSL, Cuban Spanish (not exactly a new language but relevant right now for me!), Cebuano, and Galician.

Language Reading Challenge

The topic for Shannon’s Language Reading Challenge over at Eurolinguiste last month was ‘history of the region, culture, or language that you’re studying’. I’ve read my fair share of travel guides as the month has gone on so I’m sure I can tick that off! Ha!

My main reading goal this month was to finish The Emoji Code and Find A Way. Both of which I read and enjoyed, although The Emoji Code wasn’t as good as I’d hoped.

On the other hand, Find A Way was incredibly inspiring, and despite being a (true) story about Diana Nyad swimming between Cuba and Florida (after various attempts), there was plenty to relate to language learning.

Language Learning Goals for August

Guaraní

Duolingo – I’ll keep my streak as best as possible but I’m very much aware that due to travelling and timezones, I may well lose the streak. Thanks, timezones. So it’s not a strict goal, but I would like to get to the second test out marker.

Clozemaster – I’m going to do the same with Clozemaster in regards to streaks – do my best but know that timezones may well come along and mess with my streaks. I’ve done 122 words in July, so my rough goal is to get to 250 in total by the end of August.

Other Languages

Clozemaster – I’m going to keep my streaks as best as possible. Here’s to language play!

Language Reading Challenge

The topic for Shannon’s Language Reading Challenge over at Eurolinguiste this month is ‘A children’s book in your target language’.

Because I’m really keen to keep taking part despite going away, I’m going to read a French children’s book I’ve had for years that I got from a French market: Pinocchio!

Trip Update

It’s happening!! We leave for New York mid-month, which is ridiculously exciting!

We’ll be there for my birthday (and were due to see Amelie on Broadway but it’s been cancelled! Nooo!) and then head on up to Montréal (for LangFest) + Québec City before flying to Cuba at the end of the month.

Video Update

If you prefer the medium of video, then prepare yourself a cup of tea + settle in to watch.

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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. :)
  • I’ve read only good things about Clozemaster, I’ll have to try it too.
    Wow, you’re about to leave on your trip already! This year is flying. Hope it will be a great experience, looking forward to reading your next updates from somewhere else in the world 🙂

  • Whoa, Clozemaster looks cool. 🙂 Thanks for the tip, Lindsay!

  • Yaabie

    Argh, Lindsay, stap mentioning so many great language learning sites. I can’t keep up! and, I wanna hear about your ASL lesson

  • Good luck with your goals in August!
    How does Guaraní sound? Does it help that you already speak Spanish? Or is it completely different?

    • So there’s a variation called Jopara which is more of a blend between Spanish and Guarani and that’s what I’m learning via Duolingo. So Spanish helps for that! 🙂

  • theElectricHare

    It’s all go! I hope you have a fab time away and you’re able to get lots of language practice while you’re over there. I’m looking forward to hearing about your diversity challenge!

  • I have not heard of Clozemaster. I’ll check this out. Love the fact that you did BSL and I am so excited that more people are studying BSL. So impressed that you managed to keep up with your Duolingo streak despite travelling and everything you are doing that is both impressive and inspiring! The diversity challenge sounds really interesting.

  • Angel – French Lover

    Hi Lindsay 🙂 Good luck with the language goals and have fun traveling!
    regarding the risk of loosing the streak in Duolingo, how about buying a streak freeze before you travel, and again if you happen to miss a day and loose your streak freeze? I’ve been using it successfully in the past. Streak freezes aren’t that expensive, I’m sure you have ton of points anyway 😉

    • Yeah, I thought about that but it feels like cheating! :p I don’t mind too much if it gets lost! 🙂

  • Dorothée

    You don’t need the duolingo streak to prove you anything! You’ll master Guarani, I believe in you!!
    Good luck with your goals in August and a very good trip!!