#ClearTheList is a monthly goal setting community of language learners which is hosted by Shannon of Eurolinguiste  and Lindsay of Lindsay Does Languages. 

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

July Goals:

  • 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!
My books for this month.

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.

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.
  • 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?

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