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#ClearTheList July 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:

  • 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 (Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Catalan, French, German and Afrikaans) – Ongoing!


unnamedGoals 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 (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 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.

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