I just found out about this #ClearTheList project and I’m so excited to join! I think the language learning blogging community is relatively small compared to other niches, so I think this is a great way to connect with similar people and keep each other motivated.
If you aren’t sure what #ClearTheList is, it’s a goal-setting community founded by Lindsay Does Languages which links language learners up with each other through monthly update posts and allows linguists to find one another in this massive world of blogging. Check out her post here to get involved!
So, the next couple of months will be fairly slow-going for me in terms of language learning, as exam season is right around the corner, but once summer rolls around I can fully throw myself into textbooks and podcasts and foreign language films to speed up my progress.
And yes, I am hugging my German dictionary in the header photo. Because I love dictionaries.
I’m currently doing A-Level German at school, so most of my German studying is exam based right now, but I did find time for more fun activities to maintain my skills, which currently sit around intermediate level.
I finally dusted off some German novels, which had admittedly been sitting on my bookshelf since I went to Hamburg last year- I have some really nice foreign language books, but they always seem to become part of the scenery in my bedroom unless I force myself to pick them up!
Last month I started two of the easier German novels I own to ease myself back into reading again- Charlie und die Schokoladenfabrik by Roald Dahl and Frühstück bei Tiffany by Truman Capote.
I am currently on pages 44 and 13 respectively and these books are genuinely pleasurable to read, so it doesn’t feel like studying. In terms of difficulty, Charlie is considerably below my language level, which seems counter-productive, but actually means I reach for it more as it is guaranteed smooth reading. Frühstück is slightly more advanced but I can still manage it without a dictionary, which is a plus.
Looking at my bookshelf from where I’m sitting, I’m realising that most of my German novels are actually translations of French or English books! I want to rectify that, so from now on I will make a concerted effort to read more novels that are actually German. Any recommendations?
I’ve also been training my listening skills, mostly using the ‘Cari Antwortet’ videos on the ‘Easy Languages’ YouTube channel. These videos have no subtitles so are useful for more advanced German learners, and discuss interesting topics that are relevant in Germany at the moment. This is the most recent one, in case you’re interested:
I’m actually doing weekly posts on my blog updating my progress in Russian, as I have created a specific challenge for myself to keep motivated! I explain it all here, and this is my Week 1 Update if you want more detail!
As I only started learning Russian a couple of weeks ago I don’t have month’s worth of progress to update, but I’ve made a good start. I have completed the first four chapters of the New Penguin: Russian Course textbook, and I have nailed the Cyrillic alphabet through lots of practice of reading and writing words.
I have also been using Duolingo (add me if you have it!) and creating vocabulary lists of super basic phrases. I am so in love with the Russian language, I can’t wait til the summer so I can immerse myself completely!
My goals this month will have to be modest, as May and June are officially Stressful Exam Months. Booooo.
- Read more of Charlie und die Schokoladenfabrik and Frühstück bei Tiffany, even if it’s only a chapter
- Stay up-to-date with the Easy German YouTube videos
- Keep adding new vocab to Quizlet flashcard decks and revise them regularly
- Complete the next two chapters of the New Penguin: Russian Course textbook
- Review all the vocab I have written down so they are stored in my long-term memory
- Keep up a Duolingo streak (I can already predict failure for this one)
- I think making an iTalki account to find Russian speakers to practice with will have to wait til next month, but I’ll slap it on at the bottom here just in case I do find time. (Has anyone had good experiences with iTalki?)
So, that’s my first #ClearTheList update! I’ll try and do one every month as I think it’ll help me take a step back and prioritise my goals. What did you think? Link me your #ClearTheList posts below (I’m super nosey about other people’s goals), or just leave a comment if you have a language learning blog, cause I think this community is so great!
Also I just made a Twitter account! I need more people to follow with similar interests, so give me a lil tweet!