Language Learning Goals: Clear The List – November 2017

Welcome to November’s #ClearTheList! This month, it’s all about Guaraní…and a handful of other languages on a much smaller level!

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 November 2017 and download your free planner! >>

Your free planner for November!

Before we get started, here’s your chance to make the most of November for language learning completely free with this month’s My Month in Languages Planner.

Click the image below to download your copy for November. Use it to keep track of your language plans and goals for the coming month. Woop!

Join the #IGLC in November!

Did you join the Instagram Language Challenge last month to learn or share the basics of a language? This month it’s all about useful little words to take your language learning further.

It’s totally free + you get to learn a little language each day. Woop!

Clear The List is your monthly chance to check in on your language learning and life goals. Click through to read mine for November 2017 and download your free planner! >>

Language Learning Review for October

Duolingo + Clozemaster + Memrise streak

This has snuggled itself nicely into my daily routine. Yay!

Peace Corps Workbook 1

In October, I wanted to restart using this regularly and study one lesson per day from Monday to Friday with the weekends to review and catch up if needed.

Buuuut…it didn’t happen.

italki lessons

I had two lessons with my tutor, weekly, but the last two weeks of October my tutor was on holiday.

WhatsApp Group

This didn’t work for me. It’s a big group with messages consistently posted throughout the day so notifications are off for me! Then there’s too much to catch up on.

I’d much prefer to have more 1:1 stuff to help me learn. I think that’s how I learn best.

Language Reading Challenge

The topic for Shannon’s Language Reading Challenge over at Eurolinguiste last month was “A book/magazine/etc about your personal interests in your target language (sports, sewing, music, etc.)”

I wasn’t following it strictly but I have finished The Moaning of Life, which I was reading last month.

Language Learning Goals for November

Guaraní

Not many changes this month!

Duolingo, Memrise + Clozemaster

Keeping my streaks will become more interesting as we begin to move around more in November. I’ll do my best!

Peace Corps Workbook 1

So the goal of one lesson daily Monday to Friday didn’t work so well in October, which means time for adjustment.

In November, my goal is 2-3 lessons per week to allow me some more flexibility.

italki lessons

My tutor returns from his holiday the week we leave Mexico and go down into Belize. We won’t be in Belize long so I can’t book a lesson that week but once we get into Guatemala I’ll figure out when I can have a lesson again.

Skype language exchange?

I had someone get in touch on italki from Paraguay who is interested in language exchange so I’ll see if we can find a time to talk this month.

Other languages!

As well as Guaraní, I’ve added a few new languages now that we have a better idea of our travel plans. We’re planning on heading to Southeast Asia around April time, which means lots of new languages to get to grips with the basics of!

Memrise + Clozemaster

I’ve started very tentatively with Thai, Khmer, Vietnamese, Lao, Tagalog; and I’m gently refreshing my Indonesian.

Language Reading Challenge

The topic for Shannon’s Language Reading Challenge over at Eurolinguiste this month is “A book set in the country of your target language (can be fiction or nonfiction)”.

Like I mentioned last month, I picked up Leyendas en Guatemala from a book exchange at the casa particular we stayed at in Havana. Seeing as we’ll be heading into Guatemala in November, this fits pretty well with the theme this month! Woohoo!

I’m also reading Dark Lands by Tony Wheeler, which still kinda fits with this month’s topic as it’s about travel, although not necessarily countries that speak my target languages.

Trip Update

I’m writing this from Mérida, Mexico where we’ve been for almost 6 weeks. We’re here for Day of the Dead and we’ll leave for Belize on the 6th November.

We’re not going to be in Belize long as Ashley has a run booked up a volcano (as you do!) in Guatemala so we need to be there a few days in advance to acclimatize.

After Guatemala, we’re working our way down through Central America until early/mid January when we fly to South America, possibly to the Galapagos Islands from Panama. The tortoises. Phew. I’m basically going to be crying happy tears for the whole time we’re there.

After a few countries in South America, the plan is Southeast Asia from April to July before home.

We’ve got our accommodation booked for Christmas but this coming week is all about getting those important flights and stuff sorted before we leave here.

Exciting times ahead!

In other news…

If you’re reading this before Monday 6th November, there’s still time to enroll on the Online Teaching Starter Kit.

Curious about how to start teaching languages online? Click here to learn more + enroll before enrollment closes for at least 6 months.

And if you’re a language teacher or a learner, you’ll love what we’ve got coming for you Friday 10th November.

You might have heard me mention Language Stories, the video + podcast project we’re producing on our way around about the languages we encounter along the way and meeting the people who speak them.

Well, episode 1 is happening soon! Each episode is a video + podcast, that are different

There’s a little preview uploaded now to iTunes and wherever you get your podcasts. Click here to learn more + subscribe on your favourite platform so you get episode one as soon as it goes live.

Can’t wait for you to hear + see it!

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. :)