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 Italki.com (Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Catalan, French, German and Afrikaans) – ongoing!
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.
- 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 Italki.com (Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Catalan, French, German and Afrikaans)
- 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.