Before we look at this month’s list of goals, let’s review what my goals were last 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. – Challenge still ongoing until the end of August!
- 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! – Done! This was a lot of fun. We had a Treasure Hunt around the town with questions in Welsh!
- 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). –Started but will continue in September
- 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. – Excellent book. I will write a blog post about this method soon!
- 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. – I had a fabulous trip and had to speak Russian all the time. You can read more about my trip on this post.
- 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 will be launching my new interview series on my IGTV and YouTube channel & it will be called “Let’s Talk Languages”. The guests I have lined up are polyglots and language enthusiasts from different backgrounds. The first interview will be with polyglot Jared Gimbel and we’ll be discussing Greenlandic and the languages of Oceania! Follow one of my channels to see these videos later this month!
- I hope to get to the Welsh Language Event, Eisteddfod. However, that depends on the weather. The forecast is not looking good at the moment!
- I will be going to the Edinburgh International Festival to see a play in Egyptian Arabic and to attend a Scots writing course for Scots speakers!
- Continuing with Russian throughout August and I am hoping to learn a little Ukrainian as I will be going to Kiev next month. I will be continuing with italki lessons and using my Red Kalinka short story books
- 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.