#Clearthelist January 2020: The Dutch Journey Continues…

WOW it’s 2020 already!!!

As a child I thought flying cars would be a thing by now and I would own one! Clearly influenced by Back to the Future!

I also saw myself as being old, really old! What I didn’t see was by 2020 I would be able to order coffee in several+ languages!

I’ve been tracking my goals and progress with #Clearthelist since about 2016!

Just in case this is the first time you have heard of #Clearthelist let me welcome you and explain what this is all about…

Clear the List is a support and accountability group for language bloggers to share their monthly language learning goals. It is hosted by the awesomeness that is Lindsay Williams and Shannon Kennedy.

January Theme: Hygge 

#Hygge, it is the Danish way of enjoying quiet moments and simple pleasures. I think the closest equivalent in English is the word ‘cosy‘, which means nice, warm and snug.

For me, hygge is being wrapped up in a fluffy blanket with warm thick socks or slippers on, a good book, and coffee  How do you Hygge? Let me know in the comments section below. #Hygge is going to be my theme for January. 

Goals for January 2020

To kick off the new year, I’ll be doing another 100 days in Dutch! Hoping to get to at least a B1 level by April. My daughter starts her GCSEs this year and has selected Spanish. I’ll also be brushing up on my Spanish so that I can best support her and maintaining my Mandarin Chinese.

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The Goal Breakdown

Listening

Daily – Binge listening to Dutch radio, Netflix or Youtube.

Weekly – Recapping on any difficult materials that I have struggled to understand.

Speaking

Daily – Getting some daily speaking practice in with my language partner or recording some videos/audio in Dutch.

Weekly – A weekly Skype lesson and/or language exchange (45 minutes).

Monthly – Hosting the monthly Duolingo Dutch Group at my local library.

Reading

Daily – In 2020, I’ll be applying a 2020 rule as I do 20 minutes Duolingo/Memrise in Dutch and 20 minutes in Spanish. I’ll also be working my way through Short Stories in Dutch and doing some puzzle books too!

Weekly – Clearing my LearnDutch Flashcards and checking out the reading materials avaliable on Parleremo.

Writing

Daily – Post on social media in Dutch (15 mins).

Weekly – Write in my bullet journal and on update online journal in Dutch (1 hour)

Monthly – At the end of the month I plan to take a placement test to ascertain my level of Dutch and focus on any areas for improvement.

Other News

#BiLingoBoxes

In 2020 I am really excited to launch #BiLingoBoxes. I am running a Crowdfunding campaign during January that is being supported by NatWest’s #BackherBusiness.

I am passionate about languages and if you are reading this maybe you are too? I have also been obsessed with stationery for as long as I can remember! I love tangible stationery supplies and language products that give me a rush of motivation to learn a new language. #BiLingoBoxes will provide one-off mystery boxes, packed with books, a journal and stationery for language learners of all abilities, to help inspire learning. 

Avaliable in:

  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • French
  • Dutch
  • German

What Are Your Language Goals?

What are your language learning goals in 2020?

🥳🎊🥳 Happy new year!!!🥳🎊🥳

#CleartheList is a goal setting network of dedicated language learners. I have to say I really enjoy reading the other blogs and I am inspired deeply by the dedication of the #CleartheList community. I would like to say a big thank you to the hosts Lindsay (Lindsay Does Languages), and Shannon Kennedy (Eurolinguiste). The aim of Clear the List is to set and share your language learning goals for any given month and then obviously try your best to achieve them by the end of it!

Set your language learning goals as a part of the Clear the List Link Up hosted by Shannon Kennedy of Eurolinguiste and Lindsay Williams of Lindsay Does Languages

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