#ClearTheList is a monthly goal setting community of language learners which is hosted by Shannon of Eurolinguiste  and Lindsay of Lindsay Does Languages.

Before we look at this month’s list of goals, let’s review what my goals were last month:

My Arabic books.

Goals for Last Month:

  • Attend a seminar in my local area with Dr John Gallagher who will present about how people learned languages in Early Modern England.  – This was fabulous & John has a book coming out this year. For more info you can follow him on twitter @EarlyModernJohn .
  • Attend another intensive Welsh day in Denbigh, Wales. The weather is very bad at the moment, let’s hope it improves by then.  – Didn’t happen this month as I was sick!
  • 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.  – Ongoing
  • 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.  – You can watch the interview on Instagram here and by clicking on IGTV.
  • Complete the weekly tasks on the Instagram Language Challenge ran by Lindsay Does Languages. This month is a special one dedicated to indigenous languages! Done!  – Check out one of my instagram videos about Inuktitut spoken in Northern Canada.
  • 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.  – Ongoing but the Welsh isn’t reliable as the availability of the teacher is patchy.


Goals for This Month:

  • Firstly, I’m excited to announce that my brand new course in Scots will be launched  later this month with Language Boost. I will update the blog when it is ready!
  • I am going to Egypt next week (country number 47) and so I’m having refresher lessons in Arabic on italki as well as doing some self-study. Look out for my photos on my Instagram page.
  • 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. These are the ones I class as my ‘permanent’ languages.

Resources Used:

  • 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.