Summer Language Goals: Clear The List

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Welcome to my summer language learning update through #clearthelist. Hosted by Shannon of Eurolinguiste and Lindsay of Lindsay Does Languages. Clear the List is an awesome monthly support and accountability linkup for language learners who like to set regular language learning goals.

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I have a strong local accent and struggle with pronunciation. This can be more of a problem with the tonal languages I’m learning, such as Chinese Mandarin. So my main goal over summer is to really focus on my pronunciation of Spanish and Mandarin, whilst adding a brand new language to the equation – Slovenian (Slovene).  I’ll be updating this article once a month with the progress I’m making until September…

This summer I’ll be joined by my Little Learner who is wanting to improve her French, Spanish and has just started learning Mandarin Chinese with me…


August – Little Language learning did her presentation on China and spoke in Chinese Mandarin for 2 minutes. 😀 I have learnt how to say hello in Slovene, count to 10 and do very basic Captureintroductions. This is brilliant as before June I knew nothing of the language!

July – I signed up for the Languages of Slovenia Challenge! As I am already familiar with German, Italian and Romani I’ll be learning Slovenian in 90 days. I have NO experience WHATSOEVER with this language and currently unable to even say hello!

June – I am really excited to announce that I am now CELTA (Basically a Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) qualified! This was one of the hardest courses I have ever done and it made me realize just had difficult the English language is. I am currently doing another course with the focus on business English for Professionals. In June, whilst attempting to chat in Spanish with some natives I ended up going French! It was both rather embarrassing, but equally hilarious at the same time! This made me realize that I really need to knuckle down and regain my focus.

How will ‘we’ be learning languages this summer? 

Slovene, Slovenian, mood board
Learning Slovenian with some inspiration from an interactive mood board.

This summer I have been grasping the basics with LingoHut for both Spanish and Chinese and using The 50 Languages website for Slovene. I’ve ordered BBC Talk Spanish Complete from Amazon and will be using Language Transfer. I have also booked lessons on Italki for Chinese and found some potential language study partners for Slovene.

My little learner is excited about the new Chineasy for Children book that is launching in July and I’ve pre-ordered a copy for her. I’m excited too as my new notebook has arrived and as much as I love bullet journalling I’m going to get creative with an interactive language notebook. However, little learner also has her eyes on my new notebook too…I’m going have to order another one! (UPDATE: Little language learner STOLE my notebook and used it to plan her Chinese presentation and write vocab for French and Spanish).

Pronunciation is key for me and I’ll be using Speechling to really get to grips with any areas of weakness. What I love about Speechling is they share the same values as Language Learners Journal Ltd.

“Everyone in the world deserves access to quality language education.”


Finally, I will be using Flash Academy for gamification of Spanish and vocabulary building on the go. To keep language learning fun and help with my motivation I’ll be using The Take Action Calendar for Language Learners. It’s designed to spread a little kindness across the language learning community too.

The Take Action Calendar for Language Learners.
The Take Action Calendar for language learners to help with motivation.


Our August Goals

Little Language Learner

Little Learner will be continuing with her Chinese over the summer holidays and will be using the Hello Chinese App. She will also be using Duolingo for Spanish. As of September, the school has announced they will be teaching Chinese Mandarin to students!

Mama Language Learner

In August my main focus will be on Slovene, but I’ll still be using Duolingo for Spanish and helping the little learner with Chinese. I have booked an Italki package for Slovene and will be posting regular updates in the Languages of Slovenia Challenge Group and on my blog Learning Slovenian in 90 Days.

Our Goals for July

Little Language Learner

My little language learner is taking part in a speaking challenge at her school. Were she will be doing 2 whole minutes in Mandarin and preparing a presentation in Chinese! The school has given options so children can now choose the language they want to study. My Little Learner has switched to Spanish because she has been learning that language since Primary School and it’s the language of her ancestors.

Mama Language Learner

I’m delighted to have my little language learner by my side and I’ll be helping with the preparation for her speaking challenge in Chinese as well as posting my progress videos in the free #LLAP challenge. I’ll also be helping others to learn English, which I am super excited about. I have scheduled in some Chinese lessons on Italki and will be taking part in their 12-hour challenge for July. Plus I’ve joined the Languages of Slovenia Challenge where I’m introducing Slovene into the mix! You can follow my progress here.

Our Goals for June

So as you can see I’ll be using a range of resources to really stimulate my brain and help me get to at least B1 in Spanish and HSK2 in Mandarin Chinese by September 2018.

My little learner is studying French at school and her goal is to be top set for French. She also recognizes 70+ Chinese Characters now and we are learning Chinese together at home.

HSK Levels – Chinese Levels.

Language Learning Levels – European Languages.

Resource Roundup

Chinese – Mandarin 



French (Little Learner) 


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5 thoughts on “Summer Language Goals: Clear The List

  1. All the best for your language goals in July, Trisha! So fun you’re learning with your little learner too! 🙂

    1. Thank you Lindsay. I am loving the school speaking challenge! I have been pushing for a while and the deputy head contacted me to say that the school will be teaching Mandarin as from September! 🙂

  2. Does your little language learner just like learning languages or do you do something to encourage her to learn? My son is two and my wife and her parents speak Cantonese to him every day. Now he speaks Cantonese better than English, but I think the real test comes later on.

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