Clear the List: November 2017

Clear the List: November 2017

Hello, everyone! I’m back (again) and am ready for some studying and blogging this November. It seems like a good idea to find some indoor activities, since it’s getting so cold and dark out!

It’s been a while since I’ve been actively studying my languages, so I thought kicking off with a Clear the List post was the best way to go. So, without further ado, here are my goals for the next month…

Disclaimer: Although November is a 6WC month and I fully intend on studying throughout, I am also taking part in NaNoWriMo so I’m also going to be writing like crazy. My goals are, therefore, going to be a little on the lighter side this time around. 😉

November’s Goals

Study Mandarin for at least 12 hours. – Mandarin is my 6WC language and it’s one I’d really like to improve as I can feel the deterioration ever since I finished my first degree. I’m hoping to study a little every day (here’s to hoping Duolingo gets their course out sometime next month!) to at least refresh, especially when it comes to reading and writing.

Water everything on Memrise. – My poor Memrise plants! As I often do with actual plants, I have neglected them, and I’d like to fix that. I have an awful lot to water (and obviously I want to learn new words too) but hopefully by December, I’ll be starting with a more-or-less blank slate.

Keep up a month-long streak on Memrise, Duolingo, and Clozemaster. – None of these three websites, alone, can help you entirely learn a language, but I like all three and I’d like to get into the habit of using them every day. I have individual point targets on each one that I have to hit, but it doesn’t add up to that much time, especially considering all the downtime I have right now getting to or from work.

Read at least one book/watch a couple of films in German. – I still actively use my German (and I’m going back to Vienna in December, yay!), but I’m now having to make an effort again to maintain it. I’m also not going to hit my Super Challenge targets (better luck next time) but there’s no reason not to keep going!

That’s it for this month–I don’t want to overwhelm myself with everything else I have planned, so this keeps things nice and simple. I’m going to document my 6WC progress throughout November, so I’ll be back at least weekly.

Bye for now! 🙂

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#365daysoflanglearning – Day 52

Hi, guys!

Today’s prompt is another one that’s short and sweet: Learn an idiom in the language you’re learning.

Idioms are really useful in any language–not only will they help you to sound more fluent, they also help to give you some insight into the culture you’re learning about, too. Plus, they’re really fun!

Let me know if you find any you like!

Here’s the picture of the prompt if you’d like to share it:

#365daysoflanglearning - Day 52

See you tomorrow!

#365daysoflanglearning – Day 51

Hi, guys!

So, what do you like to talk about? Sport? Films? Books? It’s important to know–because when you’re learning a new language, you’re going to want to be able to talk about these things in that language as well.

I like to talk about food. A lot. And the fun thing about food is that we basically all end up talking about it because we all need it! 😉

Today’s prompt, then, is a food-related reading one: Read a recipe in the language you’re learning.

That’s it! If you’re feeling ambitious, note down your new words and bookmark some recipes to try later…

Here’s your pic to share the prompt and I’ll see you tomorrow!

#365daysoflanglearning - Day 51

#365daysoflanglearning – Day 50

Hi, guys!

First of all, I have a question for you today: Do you use Duolingo? If you don’t, and you haven’t tried it, then maybe use today to give it a whirl. If you don’t because you don’t like it–fair enough. But today’s prompt focuses on just one of its new features, one that I quite enjoy.

Use the chatbots on Duolingo.

If you have the Duolingo app, then a few months ago you might have noticed that they added chatbots (for Spanish and German at least, though I imagine for a few other languages too) for you to practise what you learn. Your task today is to try them out–but instead of using your phone’s keyboard, I suggest you use the microphone. I’ve tried this with Spanish and it’s a fun way to practise speaking (making sure your pronunciation is sooooooooo clear) without actually having to talk to anyone! 😉

Let me know how this goes and I’ll see you tomorrow!

#365daysoflanglearning - Day 50

#365daysoflanglearning – Day 49

Hi, guys! Having a good weekend? I hope so!

Today’s prompt is one that should be short and fun for all of you.

Listen to the radio for fifteen minutes.

Now, I don’t really care what you listen to–obviously talk radio is the best, because people are talking, but if you listen to top 40, then that doesn’t really matter. The point is to get some exposure to your language in action (so maybe do switch over if all you’re hearing is English/your native language), however that comes across. Fifteen minutes should do you fine, but if you’re feeling ambitious (and have the time), then try listening for a little longer.

Let me know if you find any cool radio stations! And here’s the picture if you’d like to share:

#365daysoflanglearning - Day 49

See you tomorrow!