Before we look at this month’s list of goals, let’s review what my goals were last 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! – it was a fabulous event and I wrote a separate blog post about it!
- 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. – Ongoing until the end of August!
- 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. – I had a great time and took the chance to visit some historic palaces in London too. The photos are 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) – Ongoing!
Goals For This Month:
- This month, I start the language challenge with the Polyglot Conference. I originally thought about doing Welsh or Urdu but then thought Russian would be a better idea as I have a trip planned to Belarus soon.
- I am booked on a summer course in Wales to learn more Welsh. I will be in Denbigh for 2 days and they will be running classes that week for all levels!
- My trip to Japan is not far away so I’m taking some beginner Japanese lessons online with Nihongo Connection. I’m only aiming to have enough language for survival as a traveller in Japan. I also bought a magazine in French all about Japan (see photo).
- I just bought the book “How to become fluent in multiple languages” by Elisa Polese. This is a similar method to the ones I’ve used for year, so I will write a blog post about that next week.
- Later this month, I will be going on a trip to Belarus and can therefore get some more practice in Russian! My level is still quite basic but I certainly know a lot more than when I went to Russia last year with just “survival” Russian. Since then, I’ve had more lessons on Italki.
- 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 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.