Language Learning Goals: Clear The List January 2017


This is an exciting time for Clear The List! We’ve got new co-hosts to share your language learning goals with for 2017. Yay!

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 January 2017 and download your free planner! >>

Your free planner for January!

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 January. Use it to keep track of your language plans and goals for the coming month. In fact, this version of the planner also has a little annual page to give you an overview of how you want to spend your year when it comes to languages. Woop!

Join the #IGLC in January!

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

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 January 2017 and download your free planner! >>

And if you’re curious to learn more about how to use social media for language learning, join Social Media Success, my 4-week online course complete with tech training videos, a digital workbook, and a Slack Community to help you maximise your time on social media for language learning. To read more and enroll, click right here.

Language Learning Review for December

Indonesian

So it turns out that Christmas was more of an interruption than I expected. But, hey, it’s all good.

Complete Indonesian – I planned to be at the end of Unit 12, but…I’m half way through 11. Ashley finished work mid-week so I didn’t exactly have a normal full week for the week I should have been on Unit 11. Unit 12? Well, after 17 Christmases (ok, I’m exaggerating slightly) I’m almost back to normal and ready to get back on track.

IndonesianPod101 – I planned to finish the Absolute Beginner series. Done!

HelloTalk – I did get into the habit of checking it daily for a week or so but it soon faded. After having the same goal for 2 months but it not really happening, I’m going to let this one go, it’s obviously not a priority for me at the moment otherwise it would have happened.

Memrise – I set a goal of 700 words…I’m at 616 at the time of writing. Boo! It turns out that Memrise is part of my regular routine that I drop as soon as I’m on a not so regular routine. So weird! It’s like “Heck, I’m on holiday. I shouldn’t be doing that thing I normally do!”

italki – My goal was to book my first 10 lesson package. I’ve done this!

Language Learning Goals for January

Indonesian

Complete Indonesian – Assuming I get Unit 11 done before the end of the year, I’ll be starting January on Unit 12, which should take me to Unit 15 by the end of the month working through one a week.

Memrise – One thing I was pretty proud of in December was my huge streak…until Christmas – boo! So rather than a numbers goal here, I’m going to set myself a goal of keeping my 5 word a day streak all month. Let’s do this!

italki – I’m going all out in January and having up to 3 lessons a week. Why so intense? In February I’ll be working in France all month and so can’t guarantee when I’ll get a chance to do some Indonesian or how much time I’ll have to do it.

Instagram Language Challenge – As you’ve seen above, the prompt (yes, just one!) is very simple for January: a video a day. I’ll be using this to document my speaking progress as I work through the Complete Indonesian course and my italki lessons. Social media is one of the easiest ways to document your language learning so I’ll be taking advantage of that. (Psst!…If you want to use social media for language learning you should totally join Social Media Success!)

Language Learning Goals for 2017

2017 is going to be a pretty crazy year. Not crazy in the way 2016 has been for most people, but crazy in the sense that we’re going to be selling our home and heading across the world to make films about language learning. Woop!

You can read more about the trip here, however right now things are changing a little. Eek!

We’ve decided to switch things around and start things at LangFest in Montreal meaning that we’ll be heading to the Americas first rather than overland across Europe and Asia.

This also means that which order I’ll be learning languages has been flipped on its head slightly. Aaaand..I’m still unsure of the most useful languages to learn first in 2017!

Of course, there’s French in Quebec, English in North America and Spanish in Latin America primarily, but I’m pretty confident with all of those.

It could be that I start to get to grips earlier with some of the languages I initially had planned, but right now it’s hard to say beyond Indonesian.

All I know at this point is that I plan to keep Indonesian up until roughly March (with a month working in France in February which probably means little study time) but beyond then, things are pretty open right now.

We’ll see where the year takes me in terms of languages, but in terms of travel and life stuff, it’s gonna be one heck of a year. I’m excited.

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 January!

If you missed it up top, you don’t have to scroll all the way back up. Heck no.

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Which language are you learning this month? What do you want to achieve? Join Clear The List to share your goals or comment below!

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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. :)
  • Judith

    I am so beyond jealous of your upcoming trip! That is definitely something I want to work towards being able to do in the future! Also, bravo on all the italki sessions you have planned for Indonesian. That is something I need to work towards in the new year, being comfortable enough to book some italki lessons in my target languages. 🙂

  • Such an exciting adventure ahead of you 🙂 did you make a loss on the house purchase or were you able to cover the costs?

    • Yeah looking forward to it! 😀 Weirdly, this was the cheapest way to move out (as opposed to renting or buying an older property) and all things being equal we should make a profit on our home 🙂

  • Kelly

    Hi Lindsay! Thanks again for hosting! I’m excited to hear about your language learning travels and see your videos. How exciting!

  • Wow the move to go mobile is great. I’ll be keeping a beady eye on that for sure. Good luck with your goals and keep inspiring us all 🙂

  • Good luck on your goals Lindsay! Have you used Teach Yourself before? It was the book that I first started with for Croatian because it was in the uni library, but I haven’t used it for other languages. Would love to know your thoughts. 🙂

    • Yeah I’ve used Teach Yourself a lot in the past. I really like it! 🙂 I think I wrote about it for Dutch but that was years ago and I’m too embarrassed to share the old article! Haha! :p

  • Kelli

    I ran into the same issue with Memrise in December too – I guess when I made my Dec #clearthelist, I didn’t count on being as lazy as I was 🙂 . Looking forward to seeing what other languages you’ll learn in 2017!

  • Dorothée

    I guess everybody had its holiday/christmas break!
    Good luck with your catching up Indonesian and your around the world trip preparation!! <3