Language Learning Goals: Clear the List in December 2017

Wishing all my readers a

Merry Christmas and a Happy New year! 

As we approach 2018 I have reflected back upon what I have achieved over the year and also the direction I would like to take in 2018 in regards to my own language learning.

2017 Reviewed 

It has been an amazing year for Language Learners Journal. I Started the year as just a lady with a hobby blog and about 10 followers! As 2017 comes to a close the blog has become a business that is venturing towards a social enterprise and I now have a total of around 5000+ followers across different social media channels, 2 books (Mindful Learning: How to Be More Focused and Productive and Positively Productive) and a Mindful Learning course that has become one of the top mindfulness courses on Udemy!

I have done over 100 FREE one-to-one sessions for people struggling with their stress levels, confidence or motivation when it comes to language learning. Plus a few other writers have joined the community and write on a regular basis for me! If you are passionate about learning languages and would like to guest blog please contact me.

On a downside, my language learning did suffer this year as a consequence of the business being born, family commitments and continuing to work in my day job.  I have neglected my Spanish learning. Although that said this year I did add the very basics of German and even Icelandic to my belt! My Mandarin monthly meetup group continues to run in the local community and I am lucky to have a wonderful facilitator who keeps things going for me whilst I do the backstage admin to ensure the group has a booked space every month.

My Goals Language for December 2017

The theme of my language learning this month will be Christmas: Food and Drink.

Chinese Mandarin (Reading & Speaking) 

  • Daily Duolingo + Memrise + Utalk – I am super excited that Duolingo has now added Chinese! Finally, YAY!
  • Chineasy + Flashcards.
  • Read Peter and the Wolf in Chinese.
  • Find a new Italk tutor (or check to see if my old tutor is still teaching on the platform as she was excellent.


  • Utalk + Flash Acamedy App + Duolingo. I am in competition with my daughter on Duolingo and she is currently winning!
  • Listen to all my favorite Christmas carols in Spanish.


  • I purchased an excellent German course on Udemy and I plan to finish this before the end of December.
  • Listen to all my favorite Christmas carols in German.

My Language Goals for 2018 

I am planning to continue with my Chinese Mandarin, German, and Spanish in 2018. In addition, I hope to add some programming languages too! So as of January, I will be introducing Python and Java Script into the equation.

The beginning of 2018 is my 1st anniversary of joining #CleartheList, which 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 this community. I would like to say a big thank you to the hosts Lindsay (Lindsay Does Languages), Kris Broholm (Actual Fluency), Angel Pretot (French Lover), and Shannon Kennedy (Eurolinguiste). The aim of Clear the List is to set and share your language learning goals for a given month and then obviously try your best to achieve them by the end of it!

Thank You!!! 

I just want to say a BIG thank you to my amazing readers who have supported the blog over the past year. My blog has been viewed over 220,000+ times during 2017, which isn’t  a bad amount for our first full year!

It costs time and money to keep this blog running, and these costs can be high. Therefore I want to thank my awesome Patrons who offer some financial support to help keep this site running. If you like what Language Learner’s Journal is about and want to sponsor the website, please feel free to donate – even if it’s just to fuel me with coffee to keep me producing content, giving free one-to-one sessions and help keep the site ad-free, YAY! You can donate anonymously or contact me and I’ll pop your name or logo on our dedicated page along with a link to your site.


Keep Language Learners Journal ad-free and help us invest in better equipment so we can continue to produce awesome content for language learners!


A Gift For You… 

As a thank you for being part of the Language Learners Journal Community my eWorkBook Positively Productive(US Link) will be FREE from 1st December for 5 days only! Download ASAP and if you like my book please leave an honest review on Amazon.

Frohe Weihnachten und die besten Wünsche für das neue Jahr!

¡Feliz Navidad y mis mejores deseos para el nuevo año!


Going forward into the new year what would you like from Language Learners Journal? More blogs, more videos, podcasts. Let me know in the comments section below, thank you…

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