Clear the List: September 2016

Hi, guys! Long time, no see, I know, but I decided to take a little break this summer – both from the blog and (somewhat) from language learning in general.

It’s been a semi-tough couple of months; I didn’t manage to find a job so I’ve been stressed about that and then I’m starting my master’s this month, so of course, I’m stressed about that and moving and everything too.

So yeah, not all bad, but I took some time for myself so that I could come back feeling refreshed and – yay – I’m happy to be back! Wooh.

I thought, then, it would be good to come back with a Clear the List post: a fresh one; I’m not looking back at my goals from July (that I didn’t meet); that helps me look to the month – and year – ahead.

Ready? Let’s go!

Clear the List Sept 2016

Language Related Goals

Mostly I want to focus on German in September because that’s the language I’m using for my master’s degree. So my goals are:

  • Read one chapter a day in German
  • Watch one film a week in German
  • Use Memrise/Anki every day

BONUS: some focus on Mandarin too (I haven’t used it in a while and it is weak). This would mostly involve studying with a textbook/using an app.

University Related Goals

New category! I’m not starting anything until the 26th (almost the end of the month!) but I’d like to go in prepared, so:

  • Finish my pre-reading (I am woefully behind)
  • Translate something every day (even if it’s short)

Non-language Related Goals

I realised I forgot about these in July, but I also have some non-language related goals for the month (since I don’t want to burn out):

  • Write every day (this is the one thing I have kept up this summer, which I think will help me at uni – I wrote 61k in July and 90k in August!)
  • Workout four days a week (I quit the gym, so I’m using Darebee and Blogilates to get me through)
  • Read every day (i.e., non-uni things… I’m enjoying the Wayward Pines trilogy rn)
  • Blog once a week

I think that’s good enough for September – and a great deal shorter than most of my other Clear the List posts have been in the past!

I’m going to try and blog here every Monday from here on out. I might blog more, but I don’t want it to fall less than that; I’d rather be consistent than do what I’ve done in the past (post lots but sporadically).

Also: announcement! I’ve set up another blog to talk all about my translation MA and where that takes me. You can find that here, so if you’re interested in following, please do. I figure that although some of my language-learning readers are interested in translation, it might wear thin if I’m posting about it all the time – so I created a separate space. I’m also planning on blogging there once a week (Thursdays, fortunately). The first post will go live today.

That’s it, I guess. I hope everyone’s ready for autumn – and I’ll be back on Monday!

(And, as ever, if you fancy joining the Clear the List linkup, here are the rules:

Maximize Your Month

1. Share your goal post whether it includes your aspirations for the month or year. Submissions unrelated to the theme or links to your homepage will be deleted.

2. Link back to this post. You can use our button if you wish.

3. Follow the hosts: Esther from Local Adventurer, Lindsay from Lindsay Does LanguagesMariah from Food, Booze & Baggage, and Shannon from Eurolinguiste.

4. THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT RULE: Please visit the site of the person who linked up immediately before you and leave them an encouraging comment! By hosting this linkup, we’re hoping to create a positive community where we can all share our goals. If you do not do this, you will be removed from the linkup.

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4 thoughts on “Clear the List: September 2016

  1. Hi 🙂 Nice to meet you Charlotte.
    I see you’re a fellow German learner – if you have good reading tips for me, I’m all ears. I should definitely start reading more regularly in German.
    i wish you good luck also for Mandarin (another one of my life goals which has been paused for way too long in my humble opinion. And also for the master’s – I’m so happy this is behind me now, it was definitely a tough and stressful time, so I definitely feel you. But you’ll make it throuh and you’ll be happy that you did it 😉
    i wish you an excellent September;
    Cheers
    Angel

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    • Hi, Angel, nice to see you here! 🙂 As far as German reading goes, I’d say pick something you enjoy… I don’t know if you have a kindle (or an Amazon account) but I’ve been using my free month of Kindle Unlimited recently and they have loads of German books you can read for free. It’s £7.99 (€9.99) a month after that but it’s a fun way to check out which books you might like even if you don’t want to pay for the subscription. I’m reading Honigsommer right now – it’s a coming of age romance book – but lots of fantasy books have popped up on my recommendations, too.

      And thank you for your kind words! 😀 I’m looking forward to starting my master’s, I just know it’s going to be a lot of work, so it’s like ummmmm gotta get my head down and working haha.

      I hope you have a great September too!

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