Before we look at this month’s list of goals, let’s review what my goals were last month:
Goals for Last Month:
- Continue with the Language Boost Russian Challenge until January and Egyptian Arabic revision lessons on Italki until March. – Done!
- I received a few language books for Christmas, especially in Russian. At the moment I am having combined Russian/Slovak lessons on Italki which is working very well for me. Before now, I only had a ‘survival’ level of Russian. I am hoping to complete A2 level by the end of the year. Russian is a very useful language for me because of the places I like travelling to. With Slovak, I’m further on than with Russian and I’m already halfway through the A2 coursebook. – Ongoing!
- Continuing to improve my best 7 languages with skype lessons on Italki.com (Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Catalan, French, German and Afrikaans). I’d like to continue with Welsh but my teacher has recently left italki, so I will need to pause my studies until I find someone else. – Ongoing and luckily I’ve found a new Welsh teacher!
Goals for This Month:
- Attend a seminar in my local area with Dr John Gallagher who will present about how people learned languages in Early Modern England.
- Attend another intensive Welsh day in Denbigh, Wales. The weather is very bad at the moment, let’s hope it improves by then.
- Continuing with lessons in Egyptian Arabic (for my Egypt trip next month), Greek (for my May trip) and Russian for my July trip to Belarus. I probably won’t have time to progress with these languages after these trips and will therefore only work on them if I have any travel plans to the relevant countries.
- I will be doing a live interview with Michele from @intrepidguide on Instagram on 14th Feb at 7pm UK time to discuss my upcoming Scots language course which will soon be released with Language Boost. Follow @intrepidguide on Instagram to get notified when the interview will take place.
- Complete the weekly tasks on the Instagram Language Challenge ran by Lindsay Does Languages. This month is a special one dedicated to indigenous languages!
- Continuing to maintain or improve my best 7 languages with skype lessons on Italki.com (Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Catalan, French, German and Afrikaans), plus learning Slovak and Welsh. These are the ones I class as my ‘permanent’ languages.
- By far my favourite resource is Italki where I find my tutors for my Skype lessons. Some lessons can cost just $5 for 30 minutes. You can register on this link here and after taking your first paid lesson, you will receive $10 of credits to use towards another lesson.
- For lots of languages, this series of puzzle books by Erik Zidowecki is excellent for building up your vocabulary and is available in many languages.
- For the Catalan resources I use, please see this post about my Catalan language journey.
- For the French resources I use, please see this post about my French language journey.
- For Sicilian resources please see this post here.
- For Napulitano/Neapolitan resources please see the comments in this post here.
- For Welsh resources please see this post here.
- For Old English I use the book “Learn Old English with Leofwin” and there is free audio for the book on this website.
- German Grammar Exercises on this website where you can choose which topic to focus on.
- Euronews is the main site I use to read and watch videos in my Latin languages.
- Walter Presents is an online TV channel in the UK and US showing good quality drama in other languages with English subtitles. I am now also using Netflix for the same purpose.
- For listening at intermediate/advanced level, there are podcasts available in many different languages on the site SBS Podcasts.