February 2019 Language Goals: The Romance Month

February is the month of romance, therefore, I have decided to brush up on my Spanish. After my short break from language learning in December and January, as of February I plan to re-focus on Mandarin Chinese.

Don’t forget that 2019 is also¬†the internal year of indigenous languages!

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To help keep me motivated I‚Äôll be posting my Chinese Mandarin and Spanish progress in the #15x100Challenge. It‚Äôs a motivational community aimed at a creating a more mindful approach to achieving goals by focusing on just 1 thing a day, for a minimum 15 minutes over a 100 day period.

My Language Goals for February

My goal for February is to reactivate my basic vocabulary of Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. I’ll be working through a beginners course on Memrise and completing my Duolingo tree in Spanish. I also plan to use simple crosswords and word search puzzle books to actively engage in reviewing vocabulary.

Memrise is a rather addictive resource and luckily I have found both a Spanish and Mandarin course that are well organised with audio throughout. This month I’ll also be boosting my vocabulary for free with LingoHut to get back on track with Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.


I want to get back to at least  B1 conversational level in Spanish and work towards my HSK level 1 in Mandarin… So that I can feel more confident when talking to native speakers. I am a false-beginner in both Spanish and Mandarin; having learnt the languages on and off over the last few years.  I have a basic understanding of the grammar and somewhere buried in the back of my head is an awesome vocabulary list that needs to be reawakened!

Public accountability of taking part in language challenges really helps my motivational levels and this year I plan to get involved in a few of them!

Scriveremo Publishing have a series of puzzle books that will help actively engage with the language learning materials and I’ll be using these to improve my Spanish.

Anglo-Romani, Gaelic and Irish

As it is the international year of Indigenous languages I don’t want to neglect our very own indigenous languages in the UK. So I plan to go back to my ancestral roots this month with Anglo-Romani (Romany Gypsy). As well as exploring Gaelic and Irish. I have created a Pinterest board for Anglo-Romani.

Chinese Mandarin 

Mandarin is the main language that I will be studying this year. Learning a foreign language isn’t easy. I feel the best way to truly learn is to actively speak and listen to the language as much as possible. Therefore I have booked a package on Italki so I can get as much tutoring in as possible. I plan on 2/45 minute tutorials a week.

Italki is an excellent resource and one that I regularly use to help me learn languages via Skype lessons. These lessons offer flexibility that fits perfectly into my busy lifestyle. Lessons can vary in price but start from about $5 for a 30 minute session. Register using this link to receive an additional $10 in credits after you have complete your first paid lesson!

The Power of Accountability

Throughout February my Spanish and Mandarin study time will be held accountable by being in a language challenge and my desire to stay at the top of my Memrise and Duolingo leaderboards!  My public pledge to study a language for at least 15 minutes per day, everyday has certainly helped my motivational levels.

What languages are you studying this month and will you be taking part in the indigenous language challenge in 2019?

#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!

Mandarin Resources that I’ll be using in February.

Clear the List: Slovenian September – Language Learning Goals

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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 РProud mummy moment! Back to ME РI 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¬†‚Äď I‚Äôll be keeping up with my daily dose of Memrise and using the 50 languages website.

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

Speaking¬†‚Äď I‚Äôm 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¬†‚Äď 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¬†‚Äď I’ll be using a range of resources from YouTube to Italki to Wespeke and Tandem.

Writing¬†‚Äď 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 РMandarin 



French (Little Learner) 


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Trisha Founder of Language Learners Journal.
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This summer I am taking part in the Languages of Slovenia Challenge.¬†This 3-month long challenge¬†is hosted by¬†Richard Simcott of Speaking Fluently and¬†M√°ir√≠n Millward from Mo’s Language Learning Journey¬†in association with the¬†Polyglot Conference,¬†which will be held in Ljubljana, Slovenia in October 2018.

A polyglot is a term for someone that is familiar with several languages.¬†It is derived¬†from¬†Greek¬†‘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 Hub group 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

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  • 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‚Äôve 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.
  • To make language learning fun and keep me motivated I’ll be using The Take Action Calendar for Language Learners.
  • MAL – (Master Any Language)¬†I stumbled across this site that has a wealth of different resources. The link will take you to the Slovenian section.

Other Resources 


Anna in Slovenia

Slovakia in Slovenia

Casza Slovenscino

Free Magazine & Books

Moja Slovenija Magazine

Slovenian Phrasebook

Are you also taking part in #LanguagesofSloveniaChallenge too or just learning Slovenian in general? I look forward to hearing from you and following your progress.

Bled, Slovenia. Photo by Peter Bucks on Unsplash
Bled, Slovenia. Photo by Peter Bucks on Unsplash

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