#Clear the List: Exploring Scots

2019 is the year of Indigenous Languages. With this in mind Language Learners Journal Founder Trisha Dunbar explores the Scots language with the aim of having a basic conversation within the next 28 days!

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The Scots language is not to be confused with Scottish Gaelic and is actually from the Germanic family group. Although closely related to English, it isn’t speaking English with a Scottish accent!

It is a language in it’s own right and sometimes referred to as Lowland Scot so not to confuse with Scottish Gaelic.

Scots is spoken in central Scotland and the main cities of Aberdeen, Dundee, Glasgow, and Edinburgh.

Why Scots?

Trisha and daughter Sophia have decided on tackling Scots in honour of the 2019 year of Indigenous Languages. It is a language close to their hearts as the ancestral Dunbar family originated from Scotland.

Origins of the Dunbar Clan

Clan Dunbar

The Dunbar clan descended from the Earl of Northumbria, grandson of Crínán of Dunkeld and the nephew of King Duncan I of Scotland. After William the Conqueror took the family title away Dunbar fled back to bonny Scotland where he was granted lands by King Malcolm III of Scotland thus gaining the title of Earl of Dunbar.

Scots

The goal is to be able to greet and have a very basic conversation in Scots by the end of the month.

Main Resources: Scots VocaBooster Course.

Mandarin

Whilst the focus during July will be Scots, Trisha plans to continue with Mandarin Chinese.

Resources: Memrise, Yoyo Chinese and Domino Chinese.

Spanish

This language has been rather neglected lately so it’s a Duolingo and Memrise refresher. Watching new HBO show Los Espookys

Clear the List: Mandarin March – Language Learning Goals

My focus in 2019 is Mandarin Chinese, #AyearofMandarin. Here are my learning goals for March! To keep me focused and motivated this month I will be introducing monthly themes and taking part in the Yoyo Chinese Challenge and the 90 day My Language Challenge.

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Week 1 – Food and Professions

Week 2 – People & Pets

Week 3 – Places & Directions

Week 4 – Shopping & Transport

Chinese -Mandarin

Vocabulary – I have been vocabulary building with uTalk and LingoHut. Both services cater for a wide range of languages! I’ll also be using Memrise on a daily basis too.

Grammar – I am working my way through BBC Talk Mandarin.

Reading – My daughter and I are using the Chineasy method to help us recognise Chinese Characters.

Listening – I’ve joined the My Language Challenge pilot, which will act as a 90 day booster. The first mini-challenge will focus on listening skills. I’ll be using Pop-up Chinese, that has audio for all levels. I am also taking part in the Yoyo Chinese Challenge.

Speaking – I am having regular lessons on Italki with an amazing community tutor. In 2016 I founded the Hampshire Mandarin Meetup. It’s now facilitated by a friend who has done an amazing job at promoting and getting others interested in learning Chinese. People from the local Chinese community also attend! I’m going to swing by a few sessions this month and get involved with some of the amazing activities they run.

I am really looking forward to the Women In Language’s event this month! In the UK language learning is now more important than ever yet the amount of students studying languages is in decline! There are some amazing guest speakers all experts in their fields. I’d highly recommend checking this out. Men are welcome too!

Other resources I’ll be using this month:

Chinese in 9 weeks from Domino Chinese (via Udemy and their website).

Mango Languages

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Clear the List: Slovenian September – Language Learning Goals

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Hola! 你好! Živjo, Bonjour…

It’s September ALREADY!!! Welcome to #clearthelist. Hosted by the lovely Shannon of Eurolinguiste and Lindsay of Lindsay Does Languages. Clear the List is a FREE monthly support and accountability linkup for language learners who like to set and blog about their regular language learning goals…


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Where does the time go? As you may recall I signed up for the Languages of Slovenia Challenge at the end of July. So my main focus for September is on Slovenian. I am lucky enough to have a really awesome tutor who has just started a YouTube account! I highly recommend her brand new channel for any Slovenian beginners.

 


Updates…

Little Language Learner did her presentation at the end of July on Chinese culture and spoke in Chinese Mandarin for 2 minutes – Proud mummy moment! Back to ME – I have nailed greetings, can give very basic introductions and count to a thousand in Slovenian. This is brilliant as back in July I knew nothing of the beautiful Slovenian language!

In another news: Feedspot has currently named Language Learners Journal as being one of their top 100 Language Learning blogs! It is a real honor to feature in their list.  Thank you to all of our readers and supporters.

September also marks our 3 year anniversary on WordPress. Language Learners Journal started off as just a hobby blog to provide some peer support to other independent language learners and had 10 local followers. We now have 6000+ followers across social media and operate as a not-for-profit limited business.


The Take Action Calendar for Language Learners #TAC4LL. The calendar is designed to help motivate, inspire and spread a little kindness across the language learning community.  The theme for September is ‘Scroll Free’. This means logging off (or cutting down) on social media and re-investing this time into learning or getting more creative with languages using vision boards, journals or interactive notebooks.

Keep an eye out for our ‘spookey‘ themed #TAC4LL in October…


How will ‘we‘ be learning languages in September? 

This September I will be having weekly tutorials on Italki as well as trying to keep my Memrise streak going. I’ll be working my way through the material on 50 Languages and Slovene Online. I have to say that I have totally fallen in love with the SLOVEnian language 

Little Language Learner will be back at school and having foreign language classes twice a week…


Our September Goals

Little Language Learner

Triple L (Little Language Learner) will be returning to school after the summer holidays and continuing to learn Spanish/French via Duolingo. Plus her weekly school lessons/home work. Mandarin Chinese is being introduced to the school and I am hoping that Triple L will be able to learn this language too. Some schools can be selective on who attends certain lessons, but hopefully they will recognise that Triple L already has experience and a keen interest in Chinese Mandarin. No real goals set as this month is all about getting back into a routine after 6 weeks off school!!!

Mama Language Learner

As for M Double L (Mama Language Learner)… Well my main focus will be on Slovenian, but I’ll still be using Duolingo for Spanish and helping the little learner with Chinese. I have booked an Italki package for Slovenian and will be posting regular updates in the Languages of Slovenia Challenge Group and on my blog Learning Slovenian in 90 Days. This month I am going to try get my head around the 6 grammatical cases (Skloni).

Vocabulary – I’ll be keeping up with my daily dose of Memrise and using the 50 languages website.

Grammar – This month I’ll be focusing on the 6 grammar cases (Skloni) with the support of my Italki tutor(s) and YouTube.

Speaking – I’m planning to speak more! As of September I am looking to increase my Italki lessons from 1 to 2 a week. Plus I want to start speaking Slovenian on my brand new Instagram account.

Reading – I’ve setup my laptop and phone in Slovenian and installed Readlang on my Google browser. I have downloaded a magazine that is written Slovenian and followed a few blogs too. PLUS I have a workbook that one of my tutors has sent me. The workbook takes on average 80 hours to complete. If I want to complete my end goal I need to complete the workbook in 30 hours!

Listening – I’ll be using a range of resources from YouTube to Italki to Wespeke and Tandem.

Writing – Although my main focus is on speaking and listening I will write 10 sentences every day in Slovenian. These sentences will be on topics that are likely to arise in general conversation.

Main Goal: To go LIVE on Facebook on or around 20th October speaking for 10 minutes in Slovenian.


Resource Roundup

Chinese – Mandarin 

Spanish 

Slovene

French (Little Learner) 


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1. Share your goal post whether it includes your aspirations for the month or year. Submissions unrelated to the theme or links to your homepage will be deleted.

2. Link back to this post. You can use our button code below if you wish.

3. Follow the hosts: Lindsay from Lindsay Does Languages and Shannon from Eurolinguiste.

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