Language Learning Goals: March 2017 #Clear The List

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So I recently discovered an amazing positive language learning,  goal setting network hosted by a lovely lady called Lindsay of Lindsay Does Languages and some of her friends.  Shannon at Eurolinguiste , Kris Broholm of Actual Fluency, and Angel Pretot of French Lover. It’s called #clearthelist.  As I have a great love for  language learning I have decided to give it ago! I already set regular goals, but sharing them in a supportive network ensures accountability, increased motivation and most importantly assistance.

Last Month’s  Goals:

  • Completed my day 90 video for #Add1Challenge. Where I had a conversation with a native speaker for over 15 minutes, YAY!
  • My very  first ‘Live‘ video on Facebook and I decided to do it in Spanish! – Mission Completed!

This Month’s Goals:

Priority Language: Spanish – 45 Minutes Per Day, 5 days a week. 

  • Listen to at least one Spanish podcast everyday.
  • Monthly ‘Go Live’ in my Spanish.
  • Article/book to read.
  • 1/2 Italki tutorials per week.
  • Duolingo/Memrise – daily!

Mandarin Chinese – 4 hours per week

  • I run a monthly Mandarin Meetup in my local community and also host online meetups in Mandarin Chinese. If you are interested in joining us virtually please contact me and I’ll add you to our private group.
  • Italki lessons x 1 per fortnight, plus weekly language exchanges. They were on hold during my #Add1Challenge.
  • 10 minutes per day on ‘Hello Chinese

British Sign Language (BSL) – 1 to 2 hours per week 

  • Alphabet practice every morning.
  • Participate in my course.
  • USE IT or lose it!

French – 1 hour per week. 

  • Duolingo
  • Watch some movies. Any recommendations please comment below…

All of these goals are going to keep me busy, but I’m super excited to get started! I’m looking forward to seeing what I can actually accomplish with consistent language practice.

Resources I will use in March: 


  • ITalki 1-2 lessons per week
  • Immersion (My mini-me and I speak Spanish at home/Social Media all set to Spanish)
  • Reading articles and books in Spanish
  • Listening to Spanish radio/podcasts
  • Language Transfer/Duolingo
  • Watching movies and potentially Netflix in Spanish
  • Language Hacking Spanish by Benny Lewis
  • Memrise
  • Glossika/Pimsleur
  • Coffee Break Spanish
  • Netflix/You Tube

Mandarin Chinese

British Sign Language (BSL) 


  • Duolingo
  • Netflix / You Tube

The Biggest Lesson I Am Taking Away from Last Month:

Putting in effort and staying motivated really does pay off. Perseverance is everything!

Set your language learning goals as a part of the Clear the List Link Up hosted by Shannon Kennedy of Eurolinguiste, Lindsay Dow of Lindsay Does Languages, Angel Pretot of French Lover, and Kris Broholm of Actual Fluency
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12 thoughts on “Language Learning Goals: March 2017 #Clear The List

  1. Those are awesome goals!! Well, my goals are to do Memrise every day, and hopefully start doing some more Duolingo, as well! After reading this post, you inspired me to look into Spanish podcasts, so I found an app that I really like. I’m excited about starting to listen to them! Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

  2. The way you set your goals with a weekly time for each language is great! Usually I just decide what I want to accomplish, but this way it feels more precise and measurable. I’m going to try it next month!
    My priority this month will be on Swedish, and hopefully I will have the time to practice a bit of French and Japanese as well.
    Best of luck for your monthly goals!

  3. Awesome! You are learning multiple languages at the same time but you just focus a couple of hours a week on each language. That is an interesting approach! I’m looking forward to seeing your progress next month. Do you also publish that Facebook video on Youtube? I’d like to watch it.

  4. Hi! Good luck with your learning this month!
    If you like quiet movies and romantic comedies, I can recommend:
    – “Je vous trouve très beau”: A farmer searches a new wife because he can’t take care of himself. He goes to Romania to find one. He is rude, but the girl he finds is really nice and sunny, and he starts believing in love.
    – “Fauteuils d’orchestre”: A week in quartier of Paris, different people with different problems meet.
    – “Le code a changé”: During a family dinner, a man annonces to his family how he wants to name his future child… and it starts a big fight, all secrets are revealed.
    – “Ensemble, c’est tout”: this one comes from a book of Ana Gavalda. It is the story of two roomates who devide to take care of the grandmother of one of them with the help of one of their neighbour. They are lonely people, but together they’re not alone anymore.

  5. Hi Trisha 🙂
    Nice to meet you and welcome to #clearthelist.

    You have a very well structured way of studying. It’s awesome that you set a priority language and decide in advance on the exact number of hours you spend on each language. Way to be successful!

    Since you use Youtube to learn French, I thought you might like to have a look at my French youtube list:
    Do you have any favorite channels which I haven’t mentioned yet? I’d be happy to add them.

    Keep up the good work in March

    1. I like the idea of Glossika, but I have found it does not really work for me. I have “My brother is a good tennis player” drummed in to my brain now, but in English not the languages I would like to learn. The version I used was very fast. I think it would suit me for some of the languages that I am more advanced in. Plus it does not give me enough time to repeat…even trying to pause it. I think I prefer Duolingo and Memrise. One improvement that would help me is if they made the target language louder more pronounced so it stood out more.

  6. Spanish, Chinese, BSL, French. Cool. I wanna learn Spanish ‘cuz I’m from California where there are a lot of Spanish speakers. I already speak Chinese fluently (Mandarin and Cantonese), not “expertly” but conversational-al-y, but I need to do some review in writing. I know like 1 word in sign language, and it’s Taiwanese Sign Language, however I think learning sign language is a really good thing for polyglots and linguists because it is far removed from our comfort zone, I however plan tentatively to Learn ASL as I get the impression that it is something of a standard around the world. As for French- ahhh- I plan on learning French one fine day- to improve my English.

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