Language Learning Goals: Clear The List – March 2017


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Language Learning Review for February

Indonesian

Complete Indonesian – I didn’t bring my book to France with me. I also didn’t finish setting up my Memrise course for the vocab so this didn’t happen.

Memrise – I did a great job keeping my streak in January – and did this in February too…except that I lost my streak somehow because of the time difference (an hour?! How is that possible?!)

Facebook – I wanted to go deep with a Facebook post in Indonesian each day but didn’t have time for this and it wasn’t a priority so it didn’t really happen.

Language Reading Challenge

Reading Les Miserables – This didn’t really happen. I started with good intentions. Managed to read chapter one in one go on the train, then didn’t get time to sit and read the whole of chapter two in one go which always makes it difficult to follow a book for me.

But beyond that, I did feel that it was kind of a dull book. Also I discovered Modern Family on French Netflix, which isn’t on UK Netflix. So I spent my evenings catching up on that instead – with French subtitles I might add!

However, the original February challenge was “translation of a book from your native language”. So I picked up a Goosebumps from a second-hand bookshop here that at the time of writing I’m almost done with.

I’ll be finishing it off on my journey home to the UK. I’ll also share soon how I’ve read it and what techniques I’ve used to make the most of my time on it.

Language Learning Goals for March

Indonesian

I’ll be sticking with (or rather getting back to) Indonesian in March. It’s likely to be my last month focused solely on the language at the moment, but we’ll see.

I’m at a point now of absorbing everything I’ve taken in so far. March will be mostly about vocab revision and acquisition, and producing the language through speaking with italki and writing with Lang-8.

Here’s my goals…

Complete Indonesian – Going home, I’ll be revisiting my main course book and completing the Memrise vocab course I’m working on.

Memrise – Gotta keep that 5 word a day streak!

italki – To get me speaking again, I’m booking one session a week with my tutor.

Lang-8 – Lang-8 is one of those tools that I’ve known about for ages but never really taken advantage of. I’m going to try it this month.

Language Reading Challenge

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

I got sent the book When in French a few months back, which is about the author Lauren Collin’s story learning French after falling in love with a Frenchman.

So to keep me from getting French withdrawal symptoms when I get home, I’ll read this book in March.

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About Lindsay Dow

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. :)
  • When in French sounds interesting! I just read a similar story about someone learning Latin. Fascinating stuff. Good luck with your goals for March!

  • I’ll finally join the #IGLC this month and I couldn’t be more excited. I’ve been wanting to do that for years – since the very beginning – but I’ve only started to use Instagram recently. Let’s see how it goes! 🙂

  • Deny Adi Prabowo

    I’m learning Italian for the last couple of months but here in Indonesia it’s hard to find some chat partners because the language itself is not quite popular. So maybe #IGLC members can help me to develop my skill! I’ll do it this month! By the way if you need any help to study Bahasa Indonesia, I could give you a hand.

    Selamat malam!

  • Dorothée

    I really don’t understand how netflix works… it is not account-linked? when you go in another country you have access to this country’s netflix? So weird, when I went to a friend in Belgium, I still have access to the french netflix list, and her to the belgian… (I figured this out when trying to find a film online and she couldn’t have it on her TV)
    Anyway, good luck with your goals for March!

    • I didn’t know either as we only got it at Christmas so I’d not used it abroad yet. But, Amazon Prime doesn’t work well abroad – it just gives you a short list of Amazon’s own stuff that you can watch. However, Netflix gives you a whole host of other stuff that’s not available at home, which was great! Also, they have a good range of subtitles and audio dubbing so it’s perfect for language learning. 🙂

  • Angel – French Lover

    Congrats on your Indonesian progress – and good luck with the French reading 😉 You’re reading this book in English, right? Are you planning on doing all of the reading challenge in and about French?

    I feel so sorry that you didn’t like les Miserables. I read it ages ago and I loved it, but it’s true that it’s a bit long at times – did you try reading the full version (it’s like 1500 pages) ?

    I wish you good luck with your March language goals. You’re going to rock it, as usual 🙂

    • I don’t know which version I was reading…I picked up the book a while back second hand and then since we had our bridesmaids hold books instead of flowers (flowers die! What’s romantic about that?!) and this book was one of them (because it’s French – one other was in Spanish and the third sentimental) I figured now would be a good time to actually read what became a prop for the day! Ha! But…nope, I just couldn’t do it! 🙁

      The book for March is English, yes, and about a woman’s journey learning French. Pretty good so far! 🙂

  • It’s so impressive, how you manage to stay so productive all the time Lindsay – well done!

    Regarding les mis: I’m glad it wasn’t just me who found it to be extremely boring!! I’d rather watch the stage show 50 times than to drag myself through that book….

    • Haha! I think that was part of the problem – I’ve never seen the stage show or the film so didn’t even have a story to grasp onto to help me navigate my way through it!