As it’s January, I have been setting my targets and planning my language learning and travels for the year.
Now to April – I am working on Egyptian Arabic as a 90 day challenge with an aim to being able to have a 15 minute conversation on video at the end. I have a very good tutor called Sumayyah who I found on the Verbling website. UPDATE: I finished the challenge. It was very difficult, but here is my Day 90 video.
Feb to June – I have registered for a Scottish Gaelic course again with the college Sabhal Mòr Ostaig in the Isle of Skye. This means the next four months will be tough.
End of March to end of June – Special 90 Day Project – I have found a Skype tutor to teach me Napoletano (Neapolitan dialect). I have decided to do this to improve my knowledge before my presentation about minority languages in Italy at LangFest in Montreal in August.
July to Sept – For the summer, I will do a new 90 day language challenge in a Slavic language (either Slovak or Croatian).
I still maintain my better languages through Skype conversations without needing to do much studying (Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Catalan, French and Sicilian). I am also continuing with Chinese and German lessons on Italki because I have been studying those languages for over a year now. I highly recommend Italki and I wouldn’t learn languages any other way now.
Language Related Travel Plans
April – I will be attending a weekend course for Cornish in Cornwall, England. Cornish is a Celtic language that was revived in the last century after it became extinct in the early 1800s (dates disputed!). Cornwall is a beautiful part of the country and I will be hiring a car for a couple of days and travelling around the region. I plan to visit the church where the last Cornish service was held in 1678. If you are interested in learning Cornish by distance (the price is very cheap!) you can find out more by clicking here.
May – I will be attending the Polyglot Gathering in Bratislava, Slovakia.
June – I will be going to Alghero, Sardinia where they speak both Italian and Alguerés (a variant of Catalan). Last time I was there, I was able to practise both languages.
August – I will be at LangFest in Montreal where I will give a presentation about the minority languages in Italy as well as a short lesson in Sicilian.
September – I will be visiting Croatia and Montenegro which is why I want to learn some Croatian before my trip.
October – I will be attending the Polyglot Conference in Reykjavik, Iceland. I hope I can see the Northern Lights again like I did on my last trip to Iceland.