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.

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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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Trisha Tests: Positively Icelandic #4

I have done a lot of writing and research into how having a more positive mindset can really change your life. I decided I wanted to apply this positive mindset to my own language learning, but it had to be a language I was not familiar with. So I ran a poll on social media and Icelandic was selected. So for the last 28 days (more or less), I have been studying Icelandic. Turns out that I personally found Icelandic harder than Mandarin. Having a more positive mindset not only helped to kick start my language learning, but I seemed to automatically apply it in other areas too so other areas of my life seemed to improve too!

For the last 28 days (more or less), I have been studying Icelandic. Turns out that I personally found Icelandic harder than Mandarin. That said having a more positive mindset not only helped to kick start my language learning, but I seemed to automatically apply it other areas of my life that consequently improved too!


My Icelandic learning Journey

In the beginning 

Week 1 

Week 2 

Week 3

Week 4 (You are reading it 😉)

Wanting to learn Icelandic?

FREE Icelandic Resources – 10 Awesome Icelandic resources 

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Top 10 Language Blogs for 2017

When learning a new language it is very important to surround yourself in supportive and informative communities. I am a firm believer that you learn not just from your teachers, but the peers who surround yourself with. For example, want to play the guitar start hanging around with other guitar players or in my case I dream to one day be a polyglot so I start learning from those that do it best. These sites are my personal fave blogger sites for 2017. It was a hard choice whittling down to just 10 as there are about 20 sites that I regularly follow. So in no particular order here they are…

1 Fluent in 3 Months 


I am vertically challenged and having to jump to get to the French books at my local bookshop I accidentally knocked this on to my head! I am not sure if it was the injury to my head all the book itself, but I can now get by in about 5 languages. I am still a regular in the forums and love how the book links to the site for a more interactive feature.

Language Hacking

Check out his hilarious YouTube channel: Irishpolyglot

2 I Will Teach You a Language


And this dude certainly lives up to his promise of teaching you a language! 😊 I love this site and I am a big fan of his podcasts His videos are rather entertaining too especially when he is just walking around town and chatting. I often find myself saying to the screen “look left and right when you cross that road, Olly!“.

Check out the post: 6 Destructive Language Learning Excuses 

3 Polyglot’s Diary 


This blog is created by Kamila. She has learned multiple languages from scratch and is still learning languages. On her blog, she answers questions from other language learners, shares her experiences and tips. I simply love this clean, crisp blog and I always find it fascinating to hear about the language learning experiences of polyglots.

Check out her story on how she became a polyglot: Become a polyglot

4 My Polyglot


There is just so much on this site and so many languages too. Check out his amazing and very supportive community on Facebook 

Check out his post: Steps to learning a Language with books

5 Lindsay Does Languages 


I wish I had found this site sooner. Lindsey is just an amazing teacher and her videos are hilarious. Her site is warm and vibrant and she makes language learning fun. I am super excited that she now offering language coaching for teachers too.

Check out her post: 8 Free Japanese Learning Resources

6 French Lover 


I LOVE FRANCE and when I am there I like to speak French. So I always brush on my French before I go and this site offers lots of language tips and even language coaching too! Recently whilst doing my family tree I discovered a Huguenot connection and my ancestors who lived in London were Dapreau, Dew and Gaucheron!

Check out his post: Finding time for language Learning.

7 Multicultural Living


This blog is focused on raising children who are multilingual.  Her posts are always encouraging and full of valuable advice.

Check out her post: What Bilingualism is NOT

8 Actual  Fluency


It is a really interesting site run by Kris Broholm and he is on a mission to speak 10 languages in 10 years. He does regular podcasts with polyglots who share their inspirational advice.

Check out his post: Why Language Learning Sucks in Schools 

9. Language Learning Library 


Packed with thousands of different language learning resources this site is always my first point of call when learning a new language. Plus I have an awesome guest post on this site that focuses on the First Steps to Language Learning 😏

Check out his post: How long does it take to learn a language 

10 Hacking Chinese 


This site is primarily aimed Chinese language learners. However, some of his posts can be very helpful for language learners no matter the language.

Check out his post: 10 Ways to Use Games for Language Learning!

There are so many awesome language learning blogs out there that also deserve some recognition. Language Learners Journal is all about positivity and togetherness in learning. Has a blog really helped you? If so share some blogging love and nominate your favourite sites. For more information click here.

What is your favourite language learning blog, apart from Language Learners Journal of Course? 😏


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