Before we look at this month’s list of goals, let’s review what my goals were last month:
- I have no travel plans for July or August so I will be able to spend more time studying. I will be continuing to improve my best 7 languages with skype lessons on Italki.com (Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Catalan, French, German and Afrikaans). I will also be continuing with Slovak although my level is lower than the above languages. Ongoing!
- As my basic Russian was so useful in both my trips to Russia and Georgia, I have booked some more Russian lessons on Italki for July because I would like to learn more before I go to Belarus next year. I’m planning on getting a lot of speaking practice on Italki to boost my level in the first 90 days so I’ll have 3 or 4 lessons per week during the summer and then I can take less lessons when I am more competent in speaking the language. I can already read the Cyrillic alphabet very well. I’m still having lessons but not as much as I’d planned due to a new challenge (see below)
- I will be participating in the Joy of Languages Language Diary Challenge this month for Afrikaans and probably one other language. – Didn’t manage this due to my new challenge (see below)
- I will be taking a taster lesson in Quechua on Italki! – Done!
- I will be taking part in the Italki challenge throughout July! – Done!
Goals for August:
- The most important one first. I decided to participate in the Languages of Slovenia Challenge in association with the Polyglot Conference which us taking place in Slovenia in October. I chose to learn Hungarian for the next 3 months! I will be having regular lessons on Italki throughout this period.
- I still hope to keep up my A1 Russian course but the time spent on this will be reduced until I finish my Hungarian challenge in October.
- I have no travel plans in August so I will be able to spend more time studying. I will be continuing to improve my best 7 languages with skype lessons on Italki.com (Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Catalan, French, German and Afrikaans).
- I am really glad to say I have found a new Greek teacher on Italki as I haven’t had any Greek lessons for a long time. My level was only A2 so now I am gradually reviving it with the aim to be much better by the time I go back to Greece in May. I had previously done Greek for 6 months through two 90 day challenges. More info and a link to my video where I speak Greek with my tutor is on this post.
- 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.
- For lots of languages, this series of puzzle books by Erik Zidowecki is excellent for building up your vocabulary and is available in many languages.
- For the Catalan resources I use, please see this post about my Catalan language journey.
- For the French resources I use, please see this post about my French language journey.
- For Sicilian resources please see this post here.
- For Napulitano/Neapolitan resources please see the comments in this post here.
- For Welsh resources please see this post here.
- For Hungarian I am using the Magyar OK book, Teach Yourself book and the website Let’s Learn Hungarian.
- German Grammar Exercises on this website where you can choose which topic to focus on.
- Euronews is the main site I use to read and watch videos in my Latin languages.
- Walter Presents is an online TV channel in the UK and US showing good quality drama in other languages with English subtitles. I am now also using Netflix for the same purpose.
- I use my own method similar to the Goldlist method to learn vocabulary but to save space, I use Excel spreadsheets and not notebooks. I highlight the words I don’t remember in red and focus on those. I can also hide rows and columns if I am confident with those words.
What are your goals the next month?