#ClearTheList is a monthly goal setting community of language learners which is hosted by Shannon of Eurolinguiste, Lindsay of Lindsay Does Languages, Angel of  French Lover and Kris of Actual Fluency.  

Before we look at this month’s list of goals, let’s review what my goals were last month:

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Reading Material in Spanish for this month.
  • This month, I will be giving a presentation about Gaelic in Scotland at the online Language Learning Summit.  – DONE!
  • Continue with my advanced & intermediate level languages by learning with a skype teacher on Italki. Those languages are Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Catalan, French, Sicilian and German. Continue with basic level Chinese lessons.  Ongoing!
  • Complete the A1 Slovak course and continue with Italki lessons. – I completed the A1 course last week !
  • Watch the new 3rd series of Gomorrah and improve my Napulitano listening skills  – I finished the series and will miss it until series 4 starts!
  • Continue learning Welsh on Italki. This is the second month of my three month challenge.  I also organised a trip to Wales to attend an intensive Welsh day at a language school. I will write about that in a separate post- Ongoing!
  • I found a new Egyptian Arabic teacher who really suits me. I did a 90 day challenge in Egyptian Arabic last year and made a video with a native speaker. You can watch that video here. My teacher stopped teaching online 9 months ago but it has taken me quite some time to find a teacher who provides resources like her. I am going to be having weekly lessons for the next couple of months just to boost my confidence.  – Ongoing until March
  • Participate in the Eurolinguiste Language Learning Reading Challenge. This month’s task is to read a book about the history of the region, culture, or language that you are studying. I will be reading “The Welsh Language: A History” by Janet Davies.  – Done!
  • This week, I will be going to Carcassonne in France. Of course I will be speaking as much French as possible but this is also the region where Occitan is spoken! I can understand a lot of Occitan because it’s very similar to Catalan and I just bought a new Occitan book to read!  – I went and had a great time and spoke French the whole time! You can read about that trip here.

 

March Goals:

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Reading material I bought in France.
  • I am presenting at the online event Women In Language. My presentation will be about overcoming a plateau in language learning at intermediate level. There are over 25 female speakers and anyone can attend by buying a ticket on the link.
  • I am going to Russia in April so I am learning enough Russian for my trip throughout March. Unfortunately I haven’t had the time to make it into a long-term project but my lessons will focus on the vocabulary I need for my trip.
  • I will finish my challenge to learn Welsh in 90 days and I will be making a video having a conversation with a native speaker. I hope to continue learning even after my 90 day challenge finishes because I like the tutor and the materials and I live only one hour from the Welsh border.
  • Participate in the Eurolinguiste Language Learning Reading Challenge. This month’s task is to read a book written in your target language. I will be reading to books. The first is “Fantasmas Entre Nosotros” by James Van Praagh. My Spanish is already advanced and so I find this book quite easy to read. The second book is a French book I bought in Carcassonne entitled La Femme Médiévale. My French isn’t as good as my Spanish yet so that will be a more challenging read.
  • I have recently become interested in other Germanic languages including Old English and Afrikaans. I had an Afrikaans lesson on Italki and the tutor was excellent so I have booked a few more for this month.
  • Continue with my advanced & intermediate level languages by learning with a skype teacher on Italki. Those languages are Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Catalan, French and German. Continue with A2 level Slovak and Chinese lessons.

 

Resources Used:

  • By far my favourite resource is Italki where I find my tutors for my Skype lessons. Some lessons can cost just $5 for 30 minutes. You can register on this link here and after taking your first paid lesson, you will receive $10 of credits to use towards another lesson.
  • TV5 website for interesting , short videos in French with exercises for A2, B1 and B2 levels.
  • German Grammar Exercises on this website where you can choose which topic to focus on.
  • Vilaweb is the main site I use for news and videos in Catalan.
  • Euronews is the main site I use to read and watch videos in my Latin languages.
  • The book Cwrs Mynediad in addition to my Welsh lessons on skype.
  • Walter Presents is an online TV channel in the UK and US showing good quality drama in other languages with English subtitles.
  • I use my own method similar to the Goldlist method to learn vocabulary but to save space, I use Excel spreadsheets and not notebooks.

What are your language learning goals this month? Join our #ClearTheList community by writing a blog post, following the hosts and posting the link with the tag #ClearTheList on social media.

 

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