Language Learning Goals: May 2017 #Clear The List

Hello, bonjour, hola, góðan dag, 你好, latcho divvus…

So May is going to be an exciting and busy month for me, YAY! I am taking part in the Step Up Language Program, #SULP and will be tackling Mandarin Chinese & Icelandic for the next 3 months.   I will also be working on my side project Positively Productive, looking at how positive psychology can be incorporated into language learning.

Last Month’s Goals:

  • 28-day Icelandic Challenge – Completed and I can now do basic greetings. I spent the first couple of weeks searching for some awesome resources, but unfortunately, I could not really find anyone to talk too in Icelandic.  Although I did receive lots of positive motivation and encouragement from the language learning communities. I am really grateful for the support so thank you!
  • I launched my own little business coaching motivation, self-esteem and confidence building online. I am still offering 20-minute motivational sessions online – pro-bono. So if you are interested, get in touch.

This Month’s Goals: 

  • Starting #SULP studying Mandarin Chinese for about 45 minutes, 5-6 days per- week.
  • Learn 5-10 new Chinese characters per-day.
  • Vocab build – Learn 5-10 new Mandarin words a day.
  • Continue with the basics of Icelandic.
  • Work towards completing Spanish on Duolingo.

Lesson Learnt

Having a more positive mindset really does help when learning languages. It also seemed to reflect out so that other people responded to it as well and become more motivated too.

Join Clear the List!

1. Click the picture below and share your goal post whether it includes your aspirations for the month or year ahead. Submissions unrelated to the theme or links to your homepage will be deleted by the hosts.

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3. If you have not done so already follow the hosts: Lindsay from Lindsay Does Languages, Shannon from Eurolinguiste, Kris from Actual Fluency and Angel from French Lover.

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Please visit the site of the person who linked up immediately before you and leave them an encouraging comment! The hosts of this link-up are hoping to create a positive community where we can all share our goals and language learning.

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 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

I look forward to reading what your goals will be this month!


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13 thoughts on “Language Learning Goals: May 2017 #Clear The List

  1. this positive psychology is really interesting! Do you feel any positive side effects on your day-to-day life? I mean: learning a new language using positive psychology also makes you more happy when you’re not spending time on learning a new language?
    Good luck with your businesses and Icelandic! and keep us updated on the Step Up Language Program (just found out about it on Lindsay’s post).

    1. Hi Akita. My belief is that the only person to be better than is yourself. I try to be a better person everyday and a positive mindset really helps with this. I find I actually get more support and make more progress when thinking positively and this applies to all areas of my life. I have found that sometimes negative feelings act like road blocks and hinder personal development. Thank you for reading my post. 🙂

      1. you’re welcome 😉 thank you for writing it. wow that’s inspiring. I’m always wondering how much our thoughts affect the quality of our lives. I’m always changing my mind but I also think thinking positively about what happens in your life is important. I had never thought about it and language learning though! thanks for bringing it up!

  2. Congrats on launching your business! The way positive psychology affects language learning is a very interesting subject. It’s something I would love to explore more.
    Best of luck with Mandarin Chinese and Icelandic!

  3. Congrats for your Icelandic challenge! It is something I should do to make progress in the language…
    Your duolingo goal for Spanish inspires me for another month (my monthly goals are already set for May), because I don’t progress with it for Hungarian.

    Good luck with your new business! And a lot of learning in May!

  4. Cool that you’re starting Mandarin now! Is it the first time you’ll be learning it? It’s certainly on my list to learn someday. 🙂 Good luck for May!

    1. Thank you, I studied it for 3 months last year for the #add1challenge, but getting back into it after 6 months Spanish & 28 days of Icelandic. Feeling a bit rusty in Mandarin at the moment. It is a beautiful language to learn.

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