#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:

  • I have two exciting short trips planned this month. The first is to London for an intensive weekend course in Old English. I have been waiting for this course for some time so I’m really looking forward to it. – This course was fabulous. I have written a post aunnamedbout it here.
  • Over Easter, I will be going to the Isle of Man which is just a short flight from where I live! I hope to visit many historic sites and find out more about the Manx language! There are regular conversation groups around the island. – This was a wonderful trip. You can see my photos on my Instagram page.
  • Following on from my fabulous Egypt trip, I decided that I would like to return next winter and possibly to combine it with another Arabic-speaking country, so I will now be taking more Arabic lessons.  – Ongoing & I’ve had a couple more lessons this month.
  • 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. I am also learning more Russian before my trip to Belarus in July.  – Ongoing! 

 

Goals For This Month:

  • Completing a 6-week challenge to learn Urdu before the Polyglot Gathering this month. I’m aiming to give a short presentation there in Urdu.
  • A trip to Nimes in France where I will immerse myself in French. My level is good now so I am looking forward to getting some good practice in the language.
  • Travel to the Polyglot Gathering in Slovakia at the end of the month.
  • 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 & Arabic.

 

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.
  • For Napulitano/Neapolitan resources please see the comments in this post.
  • For Welsh resources please see this post.
  • 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.