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#ClearTheList – June Language Goals

#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:

  • 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. – Lessons completed and the actual challenge takes place next weekend!
  • 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.  – Done! I had a fabulous time! Blog post to follow soon!
  • Travel to the Polyglot Gathering in Bratislava, Slovakia at the end of the month. – This happens this week! 
  • Continuing to maintain or improve my best 7 languages with skype lessons on (Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Catalan, French, German and Afrikaans) – ongoing!
Polyglot Gathering Participants

Goals For This Month:

  • This week, I will attend the Polyglot Gathering which will be in Bratislava for the last time. The programme looks fabulous. There will be 5 presentations at the same time including one cultural one. Now there are more presentations in other languages such as Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, German, Russian, Slovak and Dutch!
  • I am boosting my Egyptian Arabic over the next couple of months and have bought a package of lessons on Italki. In the last couple of years, more and more resources at intermediate level have become available and there are plenty of teachers on Italki. com.

    My Arabic books.
  • In mid-June, I will be back at the British Library in London to attend a seminar about written languages in the Middle Ages, focusing on vernacular languages. I will also be visiting some of London’s historic sites.
  • Continuing to maintain or improve my best 7 languages with skype lessons on (Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Catalan, French, German and Afrikaans)



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.

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