Language Learning Goals: Clear The List – June 2017

Welcome to June’s #ClearTheList! This month, it’s all about Guaraní…and every language that happens to take my fancy at the Polyglot Gathering in Bratislava!

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Language Learning Review for May


I was learning a little Slovak as part of the Language Challenge for the Polyglot Gathering.

To be honest, I’m not too happy with my minimal progress on this.

About a week in, it was clear to me that Guaraní was getting waaaay more attention, and sometimes when that happens you just have to go with it.

That said, I didn’t do too badly on my goals despite being very nervous about the presentation…!

30 minutes of study Mon – Thurs – Yeah this pretty much happened with the exception of towards the end of the last week of the month when Ashley was away so my routine was switched up slightly.

1 hour italki each weekend – I think I had three sessions in the end, again missing the last week. Not too shabby. – Ok, this is a prime example of not sticking with something if it doesn’t work for you. I finished the beginner course, which was ok but then the first main course wasn’t as good and I was done by unit 5, so moved on to using more authentic resources such as SBS news podcasts, music and Wikipedia.

Memrise – Yup. This was super easy this month! I only broke my streak intentionally on the last weekend of May, which was a bank holiday in the UK (aka a three-day weekend!).

Documenting my studies – This started well but as soon as I had to get planning for the presentation, I focused my efforts on practising that instead.

HelloTalk + Lang-8 + the Facebook Group – I used Lang8 the most. It’s my favourite thing right now it seems!

Plan presentation + topic –…I worked on a fun poem with my tutor and then decided maybe that was too ambitious, and what if they asked questions about what I’d said that I couldn’t answer? Hmm.

So I wrote a short and simple presentation with my tutor the next lesson. This is a lot more boring but hopefully easier to do. We’ll see…!


I’m in love! I love this language so much so far.

30 minutes of study Mon – Thurs – Yep, this pretty much happened.

1 hour italki each weekend – This was going well until my tutor went away for the past two weeks so I feel a little lost at the moment but he should be back soon!

Duolingo via Spanish – Well, I had a cracking streak going of 36 days…until I travelled to Bratislava for the Polyglot Gathering. Oh the irony!

I left early in the morning, had little time at the airport, very little signal on my train journey across Slovakia and then zero brainpower by the time I arrived and slept pretty quickly after making myself some dinner.

Noooo! I’ll pick this back up soon.

Videos for pronunciation + basics – I’ve found one video in particular that I keep coming back to.

It’s a song, with lyric in the YouTube description so I can sing along. I like the nice mix of glottal stops and nasals. Woop!


Memrise – This happened until that pesky last week. Grr.

Friday language focus – Hmm…not so much! I got so into Slovak and Guaraní that I didn’t do too much extra with Indonesian on Fridays.

Language Reading Challenge

Finished both my Dobu book and un-language-related The Casual Vacancy. Finally!

Language Learning Goals for June


I’m writing this from Slovakia, so once I return from my trip, that’ll be the end of Slovak for me, at least for the time being.

It was fun to learn a little more about a Slavic language and maybe one day I’ll take one further.


Like I said, really loving this language!

There’s two months left of the Step Up Language Program but for the first couple of weeks while I’m here in Slovakia, I’m not going to be too strict with my time or goals as I know how busy these events are and how little language I actually learn while I’m here!

The following is for once I return home…

45 minutes of study Mon – Thurs – I’m not going for a full hour to allow me a little time each day to play with other languages that need a little refresh, or new ones that I’m curious about. It’s an experiment to see if allowing myself this time will help me focus primarily on one language.

1 hour italki each weekend – As long as my tutor is back when I am, then this will happen again.

Duolingo via Spanish – If I can get into the habit of at least refreshing the lessons that aren’t gold each day while I’m here in Slovakia then I’ll be happy. If needed then I’ll postpone things until I get back home.

My Song! – I’m enjoying coming back to my song every now and then and singing along!

Wikipedia – Wikipedia is proving a really useful resource for Guaraní so I’ll be using this as reading practice.

Language Reading Challenge

The theme for Shannon’s Language Reading Challenge in June is ‘A book written by a language blogger’. I’ll actually be reading Shannon’s book!

As well as this, I’m reading a book called Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less, which I LOVE. When it comes to growing Lindsay Does Languages, one thing I’m very serious about is doing so in a sustainable way without being glued to my laptop until 1am or starting work right away when I wake up. So this book speaks to me!

I also have a couple of books from the library to get into including The Emoji Code. Another book that speaks right to me. Ha!

Trip Update

So…quite a big change to our plans for our trip. Initially, we were due to travel overland across Europe and Asia to Papua New Guinea, hopefully going onto the Americas after.

Then we changed plans to travel via the Americas because of LangFest in Montreal! We were going to spend 6 months on that side of the world, and 6 months in Asia and Papua New Guinea.

But now, big change time…we’re planning on spending most of our time in Latin America now. Exciting!

We’ve booked our flight out of Cuba to Cancun, Mexico, and will be going overland downwards from there through Central America with a little flight hop from Panama to Colombia/Ecuador and onwards from there.

I’m already hunting out the best caves and places to see sea turtles (two of my favourite things) as well as interesting language stories en route.

Video Update

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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. :)

  • Good luck with your presentation in Slovak, let us know how it goes!
    The trip updates sound exciting, Latin America must be wonderful so spending many months there will be amazing, I’m sure.
    All the best for June’s goals!

    • Thanks Elena! 🙂 Presentation went better than expected considering I completely forgot half of it! 😉

  • I also want to read the books you mentioned in your post but my “to buy” list keeps growing, haha. There are a lot of books I would like to read. Good luck with your language learning goals for this month and your presentation. I wish I could be there to attend your presentation, but I will probably go next year for the first time to a polyglot gathering.

    I hope to read more about your trip the next time 😀

  • Judith

    Great goals for this month! I hope your presentation goes fantastic! I can’t wait to read for about your travels in Latin America. As a native Spanish speaker I think it is a complete shame that I have never traveled to any Latin American country before so for now I will live vicariously through your travels! ^^ haha

  • Tiia M

    Ooo it was so interesting to hear some Guarani on your video! Also loved seeing your updates from Bratislava. One day I hope I’ll go to one of these events too!
    I love it how you are constantly experimenting with little things in your routine and sharing how they work. Like this 15 minutes for other languages thing, seems like a nice relaxed way to have fun AND keep your other languages from being forgotten. Good luck and all the best for June!

    • Hey Tiia! Thanks for your comment! Yes, constantly tweaking my routine and everything! So many different things to experiment with – one of the main reasons I dabble between languages so often – for the blog! Haha! 😉

  • Panna

    Hey Lindsay!
    Well done with sticking your goals (despite the last week, it is amazing)!
    Good luck with your goals for this month! I’m really excited about your trip to South-America and the language journey you’ll have there!
    Have a fabulous month!

  • Katie Harris

    Exciting stuff Lindsay! I think it’s fab that you’re going off the beaten language track and exploring some of the less obvious languages. Best of luck for June. As always, I’m looking forward to seeing what you have up your sleeve next 🙂

  • Ah! You’re reading my book. I hope you like it. 🙂 I’m so glad you’re enjoying your new language and I’m so excited about your trip. I look forward to seeing/reading all about it.

  • “Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less”


    Seriously, I struggle SO MUCH with this concept. You’d think that I’d learn my lesson by now but no, no, nope.

    It’s one thing to say it and another thing to put it into practice. Sigh.

    I’m glad to know that you’re finding this helpful!

    • Finished it on the weekend – very good!! Now just trying to put it all into practise while going through a crazy busy two months getting everything in place before we go…hmm…yeah…! Ha! Doing pretty good so far but bound to have a couple of weekend working moments over the next couple of weeks :p