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’ll be posting my Chinese Mandarin and Spanish progress in the #15x100Challenge. It’s 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.

Spanish

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.
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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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Summer Language Goals: Clear The List


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Hola! 你好! Živjo, Bonjour…

Welcome to my summer language learning update through #clearthelist. Hosted by Shannon of Eurolinguiste and Lindsay of Lindsay Does Languages. Clear the List is an awesome monthly support and accountability linkup for language learners who like to set regular language learning goals.


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The official Language Learners Journal notebook and BBC Talk Spanish Complete

I have a strong local accent and struggle with pronunciation. This can be more of a problem with the tonal languages I’m learning, such as Chinese Mandarin. So my main goal over summer is to really focus on my pronunciation of Spanish and Mandarin, whilst adding a brand new language to the equation – Slovenian (Slovene).  I’ll be updating this article once a month with the progress I’m making until September…

This summer I’ll be joined by my Little Learner who is wanting to improve her French, Spanish and has just started learning Mandarin Chinese with me…


Updates…

August – Little Language learning did her presentation on China and spoke in Chinese Mandarin for 2 minutes. 😀 I have learnt how to say hello in Slovene, count to 10 and do very basic Captureintroductions. This is brilliant as before June I knew nothing of the language!

July – I signed up for the Languages of Slovenia Challenge! As I am already familiar with German, Italian and Romani I’ll be learning Slovenian in 90 days. I have NO experience WHATSOEVER with this language and currently unable to even say hello!

June – I am really excited to announce that I am now CELTA (Basically a Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) qualified! This was one of the hardest courses I have ever done and it made me realize just had difficult the English language is. I am currently doing another course with the focus on business English for Professionals. In June, whilst attempting to chat in Spanish with some natives I ended up going French! It was both rather embarrassing, but equally hilarious at the same time! This made me realize that I really need to knuckle down and regain my focus.


How will ‘we’ be learning languages this summer? 

Slovene, Slovenian, mood board
Learning Slovenian with some inspiration from an interactive mood board.

This summer I have been grasping the basics with LingoHut for both Spanish and Chinese and using The 50 Languages website for Slovene. I’ve ordered BBC Talk Spanish Complete from Amazon and will be using Language Transfer. I have also booked lessons on Italki for Chinese and found some potential language study partners for Slovene.

My little learner is excited about the new Chineasy for Children book that is launching in July and I’ve pre-ordered a copy for her. I’m excited too as my new notebook has arrived and as much as I love bullet journalling I’m going to get creative with an interactive language notebook. However, little learner also has her eyes on my new notebook too…I’m going have to order another one! (UPDATE: Little language learner STOLE my notebook and used it to plan her Chinese presentation and write vocab for French and Spanish).

Pronunciation is key for me and I’ll be using Speechling to really get to grips with any areas of weakness. What I love about Speechling is they share the same values as Language Learners Journal Ltd.

“Everyone in the world deserves access to quality language education.”

Speechling

Finally, I will be using Flash Academy for gamification of Spanish and vocabulary building on the go. To keep language learning fun and help with my motivation I’ll be using The Take Action Calendar for Language Learners. It’s designed to spread a little kindness across the language learning community too.

The Take Action Calendar for Language Learners.
The Take Action Calendar for language learners to help with motivation.

 


Our August Goals

Little Language Learner

Little Learner will be continuing with her Chinese over the summer holidays and will be using the Hello Chinese App. She will also be using Duolingo for Spanish. As of September, the school has announced they will be teaching Chinese Mandarin to students!

Mama Language Learner

In August my main focus will be on Slovene, but I’ll still be using Duolingo for Spanish and helping the little learner with Chinese. I have booked an Italki package for Slovene and will be posting regular updates in the Languages of Slovenia Challenge Group and on my blog Learning Slovenian in 90 Days.

Our Goals for July

Little Language Learner

My little language learner is taking part in a speaking challenge at her school. Were she will be doing 2 whole minutes in Mandarin and preparing a presentation in Chinese! The school has given options so children can now choose the language they want to study. My Little Learner has switched to Spanish because she has been learning that language since Primary School and it’s the language of her ancestors.

Mama Language Learner

I’m delighted to have my little language learner by my side and I’ll be helping with the preparation for her speaking challenge in Chinese as well as posting my progress videos in the free #LLAP challenge. I’ll also be helping others to learn English, which I am super excited about. I have scheduled in some Chinese lessons on Italki and will be taking part in their 12-hour challenge for July. Plus I’ve joined the Languages of Slovenia Challenge where I’m introducing Slovene into the mix! You can follow my progress here.


Our Goals for June

So as you can see I’ll be using a range of resources to really stimulate my brain and help me get to at least B1 in Spanish and HSK2 in Mandarin Chinese by September 2018.

My little learner is studying French at school and her goal is to be top set for French. She also recognizes 70+ Chinese Characters now and we are learning Chinese together at home.

HSK Levels – Chinese Levels.

Language Learning Levels – European Languages.


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.

4. THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT RULE: Please visit the site of the person who linked up immediately before you and leave them an encouraging comment! By hosting this linkup, we’re hoping to create a positive community where we can all share our goals. If you do not do this, you will be removed from the link-up.

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