Language Learning Goals: August 2017 #Clear The List

你好! Bonjour! Hola! Guten Tag! Welcome to my monthly language learning round up…

The Step Up Language Program, #SULP has now ended. Although I did not engage in the spoken aspects of the challenge as much as I wanted to due to bouts of illness. I am now able to recognise a vast majority of the Chinese radicals – yay!

Goals for August: 

Introducing German

New for August I am introducing German into my language learning routine. I am a complete beginner in German! If you know of any great resources (or German movies/TV shows) please let me know in the comments section below or on one of my social media channels.

Chinese Mandarin

  • Continue to learn 5-10 new Chinese characters per day. I am using Chineasy products to help with this.
  • I host a Mandarin Meetup once a month in my local community, we now have a Chinese tutor volunteering her support!



  • Help other language learners to the best of my ability. I am continuing to offer free coaching sessions for those struggling with language learning anxiety and confidence issues.

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

  1. That’s wonderful that your Mandarin meetup now has a volunteer tutor, hen hao! 😀

    I hope you have a great time getting started with German. Here’s a song that you can use for learning: Die Fantastischen Vier – Mfg. I used it to help learn the alphabet, since it’s a song of acronyms and abbreviations.

    The song:
    Explanation: or

    Have a great August, Trisha!

    – Katherine

  2. Oh my gosh, when I read that you want to be exposed to 10,000 words a day, I nearly fell off my chair! But after reading your post about it, it doesn’t seem as intense as I thought it would be:-D good luck in August!

    1. It does sound like an awful lot, but if you break it down it’s not as scary or extreme as it initially sounds. If you think the average decent blog post could be around 1000 words, read 10 blog posts in a day and the target is hit. It’s only an approximate amount, but I will be following this format throughout August to expose myself to the language as much as possible.

  3. Good luck with German 🙂 it’s a tough one. It was certainly the most difficult language I’ve mastered so far. But I’m sure you’ll make it, because I know you 🙂

    All the best for August
    – and thanks again for all your help <3


  4. Good luck with introducing German in your study routine. I’m curious to know how the 10 000 words a challenge goes, it sounds tough but definitely worth it.

  5. Good luck with your goals this month Trisha!
    I like to watch series in replay on the ARD mediathek for German, but this is a TV replay channel, so there is no subtitles, maybe too hard for your level now…
    For films I liked:
    “Rubinrot” and the gem trilogy in general, it is an adaptation of the books.
    “Alemania: Willkommen in Deutschland” about turkish immigration but from the children’s point of view, it is very nice
    “Vincent will meer”, a roadtrip
    “Fack ju Göhte” a comedy in a highschool

  6. A decent starting point for German is which is supported by the EU Commission.

    Deutsche Welle is also good, and it helped me quite a bit. The overview is at for everything they offer, and the courses by level are at

    I’m really curious to see how it goes for you. I’ve been in Germany nearly 8 years. I’ll be eligible for the citizenship application soon, as an EU citizen meeting the 8-year residency requirement. I took the citizenship language exam (B1 under EU regulations) a while back, but after I passed it I made the mistake of becoming complacent. I should’ve just kept studying. Now I’m getting back into it again, sitting the C1 exam in 4 months from now. I need that for a part-time MBA I want to study here, but it’s taught in German so I need to be really good.

    I’ll follow your progress with German and try to be helpful and encouraging as you go along.

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