Language Learning Goals: Clear The List – February 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 February 2017 and download your free planner! >>

Your free planner for February!

Before we get started, it’s a new month, which means a new planner!

Click the image below to download your free monthly language learning calendar for February. Use it to keep track of your language plans and goals for the coming month. Woop!

Join the #IGLC in February!

Need a little accountability? Join the Instagram Language Challenge for February.

It’a a completely free way to share your studies, connect with equally language-obsessed folk, and learn a little language each day. Click here to find out more about 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 February 2017 and download your free planner! >>

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Language Learning Review for January

Indonesian

Complete Indonesian – Finished! My goal was to be at the end of Unit 15. Turns out I’m at the end of Unit 17, aka the end of the whole book. Woop!

Memrise – Of course, I’m posting this a few days before the end of the month but the good news is that I so far have kept my streak all month. Yay!

italki – My goal was to have a whole 10 lesson package in January. Things started well and I had all my lessons booked ready to go, but unfortunately my tutor had to cancel the package due to other commitments. I’ve since found another tutor and have had 2 lessons so far with her.

Instagram Language Challenge – I was doing really well with this (and enjoying it!) until I got ill mid-week this week. Garr!

Language Reading Challenge

The Etymologicon – I joined a week or so late so this wasn’t on my original Clear The List goal list for January. However, I’ve really enjoyed reading this book for January’s Language Reading Challenge from Shannon at Eurolinguiste. The book was a fascinating walk through curiosities of the English language. I loved how short the chapters were and how well connected they were to each other. It’s a book you could read a bit of in 5 minutes, or read a lot of in one hour.

Language Learning Goals for February

I’ll be working in France pretty much all of February. Of course, this changes things slightly for language goals next month.

Indonesian

Complete Indonesian – I haven’t decided yet if I’ll be taking the book to France with me or not. Either way, I want to focus on consolidating the vocabulary learnt throughout the course. Which leads me to…

Memrise – Having done such a good job keeping my streak throughout January, I’m going to keep that up throughout February, getting me closer to completing this course. However, I’ll also be creating my own course from the vocabulary learnt throughout Complete Indonesian that hasn’t stuck yet.

Facebook – One thing I was really proud of last month was understanding a whole meme image in my Facebook feed. I shared in the Social Media for Language Learning series in January how to update your Facebook feed for languages. Since doing that myself, I’ve been gradually understanding more and more of the videos, text, comics, and memes that are now filling my Facebook newsfeed. Understanding a whole one was such a great feeling that I’m actively going to use one Facebook post per day as a language learning tool.

To go deeper, I’ll be making notes on new vocabulary, watching and re-watching, and perhaps even commenting when I have something to say.

Language Reading Challenge

Being in France it seems kinda crazy to ignore French, right?

Reading Les Misérables – I really enjoyed joining Eurolinguiste’s Language Reading Challenge in January. I have a bookshelf of language books to read before we sell up and leave later in the year and it’s been a nice little boost to help me get started on that. February’s book is “Book in your target language (translation of a book from your native language)”.

However, I won’t get the chance to read the copy of Les Misérables that I have in September when the monthly book is “Book in your target language (originally written in your target language)” so I’m going to switch that one around and do it this month instead.

Language Update Video

This month, I finally figured out what my rough plans are for 2017 when it comes to language learning! And I share everything in the video below…

Join Clear the list!

1. Share your goal post whether it includes your aspirations for the month or year. Submissions unrelated to the theme or links to your homepage will be deleted.

2. Link back to this post. You can use our button code below if you wish.

3. Follow the hosts: Lindsay from Lindsay Does Languages, Shannon from Eurolinguiste, Kris from Actual Fluency and Angel from French Lover.

4. THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT RULE: Please visit the site of the person who linked up immediately before you and leave them an encouraging comment! By hosting this linkup, we’re hoping to create a positive community where we can all share our goals. If you do not do this, you will be removed from the linkup.

5. Share on social media using #ClearTheList.


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Your free planner for February!

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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. :)
  • It seems like Indonesian is going really well for you. Isn’t it amazing when that happens? 😀

    And I love that you’re mixing up the months for the Language Reading Challenge. The guidelines are really just for inspiration if you aren’t sure where to start, so it’s super cool that you’re just digging right in.

    Good luck for this next month and have fun in France!

    • Thanks, Shannon! Yeah, it’s crazy – Indonesian is a breeze compared to Korean for me. Can’t wait to return back to Korean later this year though! 😀

      • That’s exactly how I felt about Spanish and Korean. And now I’m super motivated to get back to Russian and am even considering Japanese. Yay for the #easywins

  • Panna

    Hey! Just joined #clearthelist! Your Indonesian goals are amazing, especially the memrise one! I always struggle to keep up with it, so you goal really motivated me to make it one of mine as well!
    Have fun in France!!

  • Dorothée

    Good luck with your reading of “Les Misérables”! I read “Notre-Dame de Paris” also by Victor Hygo, and it was so full of descriptions… very detailled and interesting, but soooooooooooo long (descriptions of all the streets of Paris at the time, he did his research!)

    It’s great that you begin your trip by America. I am very curious about Peru, communicating with Peruvians on italki, and they say it is a very diverse country in terms of landscapes.

    • I have to be honest, so far it’s not going so well. It’s kinda…boring….and long and I maaaay have abandoned it slightly for a Goosebumps book in French I got here! Haha! :p

  • negringa

    I got sick this month too! I was able to get back on track though 🙂 I am also trying video for the first time to keep myself accountable for my Brazilian Portuguese Mission. It’s fun and terrifying at the same time!

    I haven’t started incorporating social media for Portuguese yet beyond a few Facebook friends. Any recommendations for using social media as a newbie?

    • Exciting about the video! For social media, I recommend focusing on one thing first and making it a habit – eg the Instagram Language Challenge! 🙂

  • I started reading Lés Mis and I think I got about 200 pages in before I just had to give up, it was WAAAAY too dry for my taste.

    • Yeah, I think you did well to get to 200 pages – I haven’t even made it that far and it’s already halfway through the month! Yaaaaaaawn :O

  • dear4522

    February… International mother language month. So we are be know it clearly and with this we also need others language also. It help us to get more facilities in the unknown place. so we need to learn more language in this month.