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
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.
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!
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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.
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.
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.
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A polyglot is a term for someone that is familiar with several languages. It is derived fromGreek ‘polu‘ meaning ‘many’and ‘glotto‘ meaning ‘tongue‘.
I have hosted and been involved in many language challenges over the years. I am very excited about this language challenge hosted by 2 of my polyglot idols! My chosen language for this challenge will be Slovenian/Slovene. Prior to the challenge I had no experience in this language whatsoever and was unable to even say hello! I didn’t know anything about the culture or history of this beautiful country.
From knowing absolutely no Slovenian in July 2018. My goal is to host a Facebook LIVE in The Language Learners Hubgroup in October 2018 where I will be speaking for at least 10 minutes in Slovenian and answering any questions!
In comparison to other languages, I have studied there is a lack of resources and a limited amount of teachers. However, I will be logging all the resources I will be using (or find) for any future Slovene learners.
My Slovene Learning Resources
I have created a Slovenian Board on Pinterest. If you are learning Slovene do let me know and I’ll add you to the board so you can add resources to.
I’ll be using online lessons on skype with a teacher from Italki.com. You can also find language exchange partners for free on there. By clicking to register on my link here you will get free $10 of italki vouchers once you’ve booked and paid for your first lesson.
Memrise To get to grips with the basics and learn the alphabet I’ll be using Memrise. This is great for some language learning on the go…, especially during the morning commute.
Slovene Learning Online Slovene (SLO) is a freely accessible online course in Slovene for foreigners, developed at the Centre for Slovene as a Second and Foreign Language in cooperation with the company DigiEd. The course is for all those who wish to learn Slovene on their own in a simple, playful and effective way.
The 50 Languages website has lots of phrases and vocabulary with audio and is divided into topics. The site is free to use. The link provided is for Slovenia but there are many more languages on there…
Utalk is a paid service that has over 140+ languages. It works great on touchscreen devices and is one of my fave language learning resources.