#Clearthelist – Language Goals June 2017

I have finally decided to take the plunge and join the #Clearthelist community, to try and get my language learning back on track. Recently I have been focusing on other things (like completing my German diary posts) and my languages has taken a back seat. Well, that ends now!

If you haven’t heard of #Clearthelist before, don’t worry I am here to help. It is a community created to bring together language learner by setting monthly goals on their quest to conquer languages; one word at a time. This community is hosted by Shannon of Eurolinguiste, Lindsay of Lindsay Does Languages, Kris Broholm of Actual Fluency, and Angel Pretot of French Lover.

Right, I better get started already…

In case this is your first time stumbling across my little blog, I thought I would tell you a bit about myself. I am a self-taught language learner, food lover and serial Instagram addict. I have been learning Italian since 2012, when I planned a secret get away for my fiancèe’s birthday after we graduated University. I know… romantic aren’t I? Since then I have been hooked. Continuing with Italian, dabbling in French, Spanish, Icelandic and now trying to get serious with German (again!), after an amazing week driving round Bavaria.


My main focus is developing my basic level of German. I mainly struggle with tuning my ear, when I am learning new languages. It feels like I can’t even hear what is being said, almost like I have noise cancelling headphones on and only a humming sounds makes it through. This makes having a conversation very difficult. So, if I can get my ear tuned in to the German sounds, I will have a much better time in conversation. Sound is the name of the German game this month!

I will also be maintaining my Italian, which I am at an intermediate level in. Keep it ticking over so I don’t lose my hard earned progress. I have tried to equally learn two languages in the past and I never feel I get progress in either so I will switch between maintaining and learning for Italian.

My goals are split into daily and monthly. As the names suggest, daily will be completed each day and monthly is something I want to do at least once in the month. No restrictions on time or quantity here, just doing it once (even for a few minutes) will count towards it. You will also notice that these goals are VERY simple… Better to do a good job of simple goals than to do a bad job of complicated ones… don’t you think?

Deutsch (German)

Ear and Tongue – Daily

I have just signed up for the Elemental sounds course (through Mimic Method) to help me focus on being able to understand German speech and improve my accent; so I stop sounding like a foreigner every time I open my mouth. Hopefully focusing on the sounds now will speed up my progress further down the line because I will understand more. Can’t be bad can it?

Music – Daily

Other than practicing the technical aspects of the sounds, I want to clock some real hours of listening this month. The best way to get used to the sounds of the language is to listen to it… a lot! I will mainly use Spotify for this, as it has a lot of German music  and big German playlists that I can play in the background while I am doing other things. My current favourites are CRO (a rapper) and AnnenMayKentereit (a band I think sounds like a German Mumford and Sons). Have a listen yourself and see what you think.

Video – Daily

To make sure that I’m not just passively listening, as can happen with music, I want to try and watch more video. The big difference here, from what I have done in the past, will be that I won’t use subtitles. At this stage it isn’t about me completely understanding what is going on, but mainly listening to a lot of speaking and trying to see what sounds (or words) I can pick out. I also think watching video will be helpful in learning new words and phrases from context; as it is combined with visual indicators of meaning. Sounds good to me!

Language Exchange – Monthly

Before I went to Germany, I found a language partner to practice having real conversations. Since we have got back, and normal life has set in, I haven’t done it nearly as much as I would like. This needs to change! The only way to get more confident speaking is to actually speak. Sounds obvious, but I sometimes forget it…

Italiano (Italian)

Reading – Daily

I am a massive manga fan! I currently have around 20 that I am reading. It has been a while since I have read any Italian manga and I think it is about time to pick it up again. I am planning to re-read Boku No Hero Academia, a story about a world full of superheroes and one boys search to become one without any powers. Great story and really looking forward to getting back into it.

Language Exchange – Monthly

Like in German, I need to practice speaking more to improve on my conversational skills. I can read a book and watch TV (to an extent), but as soon as I try and open my mouth, I get brain freeze and feel like an absolute beginner again.. To try and get over this “stage fright” I want to get back on Skype and speak Italiano…

Video – Monthly

This goal isn’t really specific to one language. As part of my new year’s resolution to be more confident (see my English post here and Italian post here) I am trying to record myself speaking in the languages I am learning. It might not be as good as having a face to face conversation, but I find it a little easy to fit into a busy schedule, as it only depends on me getting off my bum and in front of a camera.

That’s all folks! Short and sweet, just like a promised. Time to get started so I can tell you all next month how I have smashed it!

I would love to hear about your language learning goal in the comments below and if you have any suggestions to help me with mine I would really appreciate it. Every little helps!

Ciao for now!

Set your language learning goals as a part of the Clear the List Link Up hosted by Shannon Kennedy of Eurolinguiste, Lindsay Dow of Lindsay Does Languages, Angel Pretot of French Lover, and Kris Broholm of Actual Fluency

32 thoughts on “#Clearthelist – Language Goals June 2017

  1. Good plan for June!
    For German Beginners, I think die Deutsche Welle has courses online. And if you feel like it, I recommend watching replay stuff on ARD Mediathek: there are no subtitles though, so maybe be selective or keep it for later!
    I like your tracker by the way!

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  2. Welcome to the #Clearthelist community! If you enjoy Cro, you should check out Marteria (I love both!). I’m looking forward to seeing your progress with the mimic method course!

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  3. Ciao e benvenuta! 🙂
    Yep, a good job with simple goals is ideal. I love your language goals trackers, they’re well structured and super cute!
    It’s great you know which areas you want to improve and concentrate on that. I recently read an article about how improving pronunciation helps you with overall understanding of the language. I’m looking forward to reading how it goes with the mimic method.
    In bocca al lupo per i tuoi obiettivi di giugno, a presto!

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    1. Thanks a lot! I have gone too complicated in the past and never get them done and end up just getting annoyed at myself.
      I am a little obsessed with all the Instagram bullet journals so I thought I would give my own a go. Not bad for my first attempt (if I do say so myself).
      I think it is also meant to help you with the speed you can pick up new words and phrases because you can understand and interpret them easier. Hopefully it will work 🙂


  4. Ciao Sam! 🙂
    Mi piacciono molto i tuoi obiettivi per questo mese e secondo me stai facendo un ottimo lavoro! 🙂

    In bocca al lupo e continua così!

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  5. Love this! I am always interested in seeing how other people learn different languages and this is a great strategy. It’s awesome that you are doing 2 languages at the same time. I am still trying to perfect Italian but leaving Italy in the next week, it’s going to be hard to upkeep in the states. Boo 😦

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    1. Glad you like it. Luckily I know Italian fairly well so I can manage two, I don’t think I would learn 2 from scratch at the same time though… too hard for me at the moment. I am writing a post about all the resources I use for learning Italian which will be out in next few weeks. Maybe something on there will help you with the upkeep 😁

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      1. I would love to see what they are. I wrote a similar post last year so it would be cool to see if we have any similar ways of learning the language. I’ll look out for it on your blog!

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  6. It’s super amazing that you’re trying to do this! I’ve found (speaking to multiple people who are learning languages, reading articles and in my own experience) that learning one language really intensely helps you to learn faster than if you try to do two languages at once, and you can master both of them much sooner.

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    1. Thanks! 😁 I completely agree. That is why I am focusing on German and only doing a small amount of Italian reading to keep it ticking over. I want to start other languages but need to get German to a higher level first otherwise I will just forget it all. Thanks for popping by 👍🏻

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  7. It’s so cool reading about someone else who is into languages too! And the pictures of your tracker/journal are really neat. I’ve studied Maori (native language of New Zealand), Japanese, French (which I studied living in Japan…so slightly more difficult), Mandarin, German, Italian, Spanish, and a smattering of other languages. Japanese is by far my strongest, and favourite, but through the Duolingo app I’ve picked up Spanish enough to start to be able to understand some basics when watching movies or tv shows in Spanish. I really struggle with French, and German I don’t think I even lasted a semester in it at university! My daily practice is practicing at least one of Japanese, Spanish, Italian, or French in the Duolingo app.

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    1. Wow, so many languages. I am currently on German and Italian but have dabbled in Icelandic, French and Spanish too. Moari sounds really interesting though. Japanese has always been on my wishlist but haven’t got round to it yet…
      For French and German I would suggest the coffe break podcasts. Focus on really useful language and easy to follow. Duolingo is great but not always the most practical vocabulary for startung conversations. Hope that helps 😁

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    1. I have actually started a bullet journel style tracker for my blog posts too, great minds think alike. 😉👍🏻
      I am finding it super helpful so I would def say you should give it a try. I look forward to seeing what yours looks like.

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