#Clearthelist – Language Goals July 2017

July is finally upon us and that can only mean one thing…. Time to set some new language learning goals. For those who don’t already know, #Clearthelist is a language learning community that brings together fellow language learners by sharing their monthly goals; hosted by Shannon of Eurolinguiste, Lindsay of Lindsay Does Languages, Kris Broholm of Actual Fluency, and Angel Pretot of French Lover.

June Bullet Journal Tracker

JUNE SUMMARY

Overall, June was a big success. I managed to stick to my targets and see some pretty substantial results. Still room for improvement but you have to start somewhere, don’t you? The difference came from keeping the goals really simple and not having a time restriction in place. In the past I have always overcomplicated my goals, which made them a lot harder to complete. Little and often is clearly the trick that works for me.

The game changer was my tracker. Having the little boxes to be coloured in each day was a big incentive for me to try and complete at least one, if not all, of the daily goals. It sounds a little silly, but I refused to see any day with no activity at all. It also didn’t feel like it was taking up all my time just to hit the target everyday which was nice; even allowing for a little bit of downtime away from languages, which always helps me stay fresher.

Let’s look in a little more detail at how I did…

June Tracker

Daily Goals

Deutsch – Mimic Method

12/30 – Good

The Elemental Sounds course is now complete and have found it super helpful. The clearest, and most practical explanations of how to recognise and produce sounds in a new language. I don’t think my listening skill will be my weakest after learning all these tools for focusing my learning from the beginning. I am writing a full review of the course which will be coming out later this week. Stay tuned!

Deutsch – Listening to Music

25/30 – Fantastic!

I managed to listen to music almost everyday; what an amazing result! The best thing about this was that it was easy to fit into my daily routine; washing up, cooking dinner or having a shower all became the perfect opportunity to train my ear. A great companion goal to the Mimic Method course too.

Deutsch – Watching video

12/30 – Well Done

I can definitely say that I watched a lot more video this month than I usually would which I was pleased with. To keep things simple, I know it’s like my buzzword now, I focused on one source of video; Pokemon. I know… I am so cool. I have loved it ever since I was a kid and as the language is simple it seemed like the natural choice for improving my German. I always find that watching films or TV that I love in my native language is a great way to ensure that I will stay interested in the new language. The Pokemon website (see here) has lots of episodes available in multiple languages so I would definitely say you should check it out. There is also an iOS app but it will only play in a foreign language if you change the language setting on your phone. I know for a fact that German and Italian work but haven’t tried any other languages yet.

Italiano – Reading Manga

27/30 – Amazing!

Another resounding success! I managed to read 70 chapters of Boku No Hero Academia which is a lot more than I was expecting. I use the Mangarock app on iOS (see here) which allows for offline downloads, so I can read it whenever I want; even when the internet is down. Reading a lot more this month also helped me with my writing when I stretched my Italian muscles by reviewing Harry Potter e la Pietra Filosofale in Italian! See here for the Italian review (and here for English if Italian is still on your wishlist).

Monthly Goals

Deutsch & Italiano – Language Exchanges & Video

0/1 – Better Luck next time!

Massive fail! I didn’t even manage this once this month. I think the daily goals worked as a bit of a double edged sword, they meant the daily goals all went really well but then I focused on these to the detriment of the monthly goals. These are all things I want to focus on moving forward but need to think of a way to break them down into daily bitesize chunks.

JULY GOALS…

July Goal Tracker

Now it’s time to move on to the goals for the month ahead. Following the success of the daily goals I am stripping them back to four daily goals for all the languages I am learning; along with a brand new tracker.

Deutsch – Mimic Method and Beyond!

With the Elemental Sounds course complete it is time to test what I know and improve further. I am going to be listening to a lot of music and dialogue from TV, transcribing into IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) and then replicating the sounds to get used to the natural speed and rhythms of the language. This should then give me a good foundation to build from in the future.

Italiano – Reading (again!)

This worked so well last time that I am going to be doing it again. Continuing with Boku No Hero Academia and also trying to dust of my copy of Harry Potter e la Pietra Filosofale and finally make some headway with it. It has only taken me 5 years to get through the first few chapters, so hopefully I can get a little further this month.

Español – Mimic Method

When I signed up for Mimic Method I got a special deal that included the four Elemental Sounds courses (French, Spanish, German and Portuguese) and so I will be trying out the Spanish course this month. I have wanted to learn Spanish for a while and now I am in the swing of things with the Mimic Method courses I thought it was a good time to try.

All Languages – Music

Not a lot of changes here, except expanding this goal to cover all the languages I am learning. I am going to continue with Spotify and Youtube as my main resources for this as they have a library of playlists that are hard to beat.

What are your goals for the month ahead? Let me know in the comments below.

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
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17 thoughts on “#Clearthelist – Language Goals July 2017

      1. Nice! My partner is 1/4 Polish so I plan on learning it at some point. Seems like a good enough reason to add to my language wish list. 😂
        I think Duolingo has a polish course which might be a good way of adding in a few extra minutes a day. Also memrise is good if not. Good luck! 👍🏻

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  1. Wow, Sam! This is an incredibly inspirational post- your June goals were so clearly defined + your tracking system = amazing. You’ve given me a lot of ideas for how to be more creative when tracking my language goals (usually I just use boring tick marks.)

    My language goals for this month include reading a book (Russian), finding a tutor (Chinese), and doing grammar (Spanish). You’re the second #ClearTheList blogger to mention music as a form of study… maybe I’ll do some of that this month, too.

    Have a great July! 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much! Really glad you like it. I loved making my tracker and it is really motivation when you want to colour in all the sections everyday. Going to try and be more creative with it as I go on.

      Nice goals. Italki is great for finding language partners or tutors. Also check out the kindle store because they may have some classic books in Russian for free and you can download foreign language dictionaries to look up words in the app. I remember I found the original Pinocchio story in Italian a while back which was great.

      Hope July goes well for you too 😁👍🏻

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  2. Hi Sam 🙂

    I love your tracker and the doodles – is it a bullet journal?
    How did you get into it? Does it work well for you? I’m considering starting a bullet journal but I’m afraid that I wouldn’t stick to it or that it would look messy in comparison to all the amazing ones we see on the internet, like yours.
    Do you have any advice on how to begin – or should I begin at all?

    Also, congrats on your June success and best of luck for July.
    Cheers
    Angel

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    1. Hi Angel,

      Really glad you like it. Yeah, its my version of a bullet journal. I am a little obsessed with Instagram and found loads of cool ones there. Having the tracker works really well to help me stay motivated and I enjoy making it.

      I don’t write my normal language notes in the bullet journal because I know they would be too messy or take me too long, but doing a tracker each month seems to work well.

      My advice would be to just give it a go. Take reference from some that you like and just try different things. Each time you can improve a little until it will be amazing like all the ones on the internet. Like a new language, you have to start somewhere 😁

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great July too!
      Cheers,
      Sam

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  3. So impressive, I’ve been intending to learn Italian for ages now and love the small daily goals approach, feeling very inspired 😀

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    1. Thanks very much. The small goals work really well for me to fit around a busy schedule.
      Let me know if you are looking for anything in particular with Italian, I am sure I can find some resources you will find handy 😁👍🏻

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      1. I will! I have an Micheal Thomas audio course which I have been planning to start for ages. I like the idea of doing a bit of reading and listening to music every day, it’s a lovely way to incorporate a new language into every day life, any tips would be fab 😀

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  4. Great post, great goals and great work in June! You really are a language learning pro. I love how creative you are with the learning methods, some of them are really different from the ones you run into in most of the language learning blogs. Creating a tracker was a game changer for me too, it’s both motivating and helps you stick to your plan more easily. Good luck for the rest of July!

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    1. Thanks very much. I wouldn’t say a pro but it does feel like I improving after 5 years of learning languages. 😉
      I think that it is good to try loads of different things to find the method that works best for you. At the moment, focusing on listening is really working for me.
      I love the tracker too! Really fun to make and good encouragement to do some everyday. Gotta love a bit of colouring in.
      Good luck with your July too 😁👍🏻

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