Language Learning Goals: March 2017 #Clear The List

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So I recently discovered an amazing positive language learning, ¬†goal setting network¬†hosted by a lovely lady called Lindsay of Lindsay Does Languages¬†and some of her friends. ¬†Shannon at Eurolinguiste , Kris Broholm of Actual Fluency, and Angel Pretot of French Lover. It’s called #clearthelist.¬† As I have a great love for ¬†language learning I have decided to give it ago!¬†I already set regular goals, but sharing them in a supportive network ensures accountability, increased motivation and most importantly assistance.

Last Month’s ¬†Goals:

  • Completed my day 90 video for #Add1Challenge. Where I had a conversation with a native speaker for over 15 minutes, YAY!
  • My very ¬†first ‘Live‘ video on Facebook and I decided to do it in Spanish! – Mission Completed!

This Month’s Goals:

Priority Language: Spanish Р45 Minutes Per Day, 5 days a week. 

  • Listen to at least one Spanish podcast everyday.
  • Monthly ‘Go Live’ in my Spanish.
  • Article/book to read.
  • 1/2 Italki tutorials per week.
  • Duolingo/Memrise – daily!

Mandarin Chinese – 4 hours per week

  • I run a monthly Mandarin Meetup in my local community and also host online meetups in Mandarin Chinese. If you are interested in joining us virtually please contact me and I’ll add you to our private group.
  • Italki lessons x 1 per fortnight, plus weekly language exchanges. They were on hold during my #Add1Challenge.
  • 10 minutes per day on ‘Hello Chinese

British Sign Language (BSL) Р1 to 2 hours per week 

  • Alphabet practice every morning.
  • Participate in my course.
  • USE IT or lose it!

French Р1 hour per week. 

  • Duolingo
  • Watch some movies. Any recommendations please comment below…

All of these goals are going to keep me busy, but I’m super excited to get started! I’m looking forward to seeing what I can actually accomplish with consistent language practice.

Resources I will use in March: 

Spanish

  • ITalki 1-2 lessons per week
  • Immersion (My mini-me and I speak Spanish¬†at home/Social Media all set to Spanish)
  • Reading¬†articles and books in Spanish
  • Listening to Spanish¬†radio/podcasts
  • Language Transfer/Duolingo
  • Watching movies and potentially Netflix¬†in¬†Spanish
  • Language Hacking Spanish by Benny Lewis
  • Memrise
  • Glossika/Pimsleur
  • Coffee Break Spanish
  • Netflix/You Tube

Mandarin Chinese

British Sign Language (BSL) 

French 

  • Duolingo
  • Netflix / You Tube

The Biggest Lesson I Am Taking Away from Last Month:

Putting in effort and staying motivated really does pay off. Perseverance is everything!

Set your language learning goals as a part of the Clear the List Link Up hosted by Shannon Kennedy of Eurolinguiste, Lindsay Dow of Lindsay Does Languages, Angel Pretot of French Lover, and Kris Broholm of Actual Fluency
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So what are your language learning plans for the month ahead? Do you have any recommendations? Please let me know below…

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Language Learning Positivity: The Kindness Matters Movement

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Hey, fellow language learners! Every December since 2016 Language Learners Journal has hosted a kindness movement. We hope to make this year the biggest YET!

How Does the Movement Work?

  • For the month of December, you leave 3-5 positive and encouraging comments a week (or even a day) on the social media posts of fellow language learners.
  • Approach an established language learner¬†and ask what they have found positive about learning a new language.
  • Choose 1- 3 (or maybe more) people during December. It could be some language learners that are really struggling and need some support or have lost motivation. Show them you care by ‘paying it forward’ with resources/buy them some language learning equipment or simply share with them some advice. What will you do?
  • Have a language learning business? Is there any service you could offer pro-bono?
  • Check out our free mini-challenge 7 days of Kindness over on our Facebook Group, details below.

What is the point of this?

Showing kindness & positivity can encourage a growth mindset, give hope and improve motivation. Emotions are powerful when it comes to memory formation.

If one is stressed or sad they are less likely to be able to focus on studying. However, a simple act of kindness could really make a difference. If you are passionate about learning another language then extend that passion to others.

I look forward to seeing what positivity & kindness you will be spreading in December across the language learning communities and beyond…

For some more ideas of random acts of kindness click here.

What do you plan to do? Comment below and share your stories/photographs on social media, tagging  #KindnessMatters AND #LanguageLearnersJournal or #LanguageLJ so we can see all the positivity we are spreading.

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