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