#ClearTheList – April 2017

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I took this picture while I lived in Stockholm, about 10 years ago. A special thought for that wonderful nordic city in light of recents events.

I just joined ClearTheList! If you don’t know the concept already, #ClearTheList is all about reflecting on your progress of the past month and setting new language learning goals for the coming weeks. It’s hosted by Lindsay (Lindsay Does Languages), Kris Broholm (Actual Fluency), Angel Pretot (French Lover), and Shannon Kennedy (Eurolinguiste). There are a lot of cool language related blogs to discover at the same time. If you’d like to join the party, you can find more information here:


I reckon my list is very humble compared to other language junkies. These days, I’m going minimalist, and it feels GOOD.

I try to reduce the number of resources and workbooks I am using at the moment. I keep the ones that I personally find efficient, and most importantly, that make me happy. I also decided to give all my attention to Korean. I had too much on my plate in March, including writing this blog. I kept feeling guilty for not having enough time to use aaall the language tools I had, and never felt satisfied with what I managed to accomplish.

Things I’ve been doing

Walking to work listening to the Talk to Me in Korean podcast

Reading Korean short texts out loud

Writing short journal entries

Dreaming about the day I’ll have time to schedule another lesson on italki

Using the Portuguese Duolingo app


Tools I’m liking this month

I find my Talk to Me in Korean exercise books very useful when combined to the podcasts. Of course, I always have my personal notebooks lying around and I make sure to note down all the new Korean words I can hear, specially while watching dramas. I’ve also started reading the very (very) cute book “The Old Man and the Cat”.



Topik test prep is a cool mobile app I use to prepare for the Topik (but which I also like for its easy flashcard system). Perfect for studying on the bus.

Viki.com is a great place to watch Korean dramas, but did you know it also had a Language learning function in its subtitles? That means that for some videos, you can read simultaneously subtitles in hangul and in your own language. I really like it.

My very honest language learning goals for April:

1- Finding a better balance between blogging and language studying. Not feeling guilty about preferring one over the other. Dedicating days or specific period of time for each of them and STICK TO IT.

2- Reading a chapter of the manhwa «The Old Man and the Cat » per week and looking up the difficult words.

3- Writing a journal entry every 2 weeks, if possible with the new grammar and words I have learnt. Having it corrected and writing it down again in my notebook.

4- Scheduling at least one lesson on italki with my Korean tutor by the end of the month. Haven’t seen her since November… it’s about time.

What are YOUR language learning goals for April?


  1. I like that you have honest goals, sometimes it’s easy to get too optimistic when setting them! And the first one about finding a balance between blogging and learning is gold, I should try it too.
    Looking forward to following your journey learning Korean, it’s been on my bucket list forever and I’d love to study it one day, when I’m settled with other stuff. Good luck with your studies in April!

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  2. Je me permets de laisser un commentaire en français hein… 😉 J’avais adoré les podcast de Talk to me in Korean, ils étaient super bien faits, pas trop longs et faciles à comprendre. J’aime beaucoup tes objectifs et ça me donne envie de me remettre au coréen (mais aussi au suédois !) très prochainement. Surtout avec tous les dramas que je regarde…


  3. Haha oui, comme tu vois, je navigue entre le français et l’anglais, à la recherche de la meilleure solution. Je remarque que mes articles attirent plus de lecteurs de pays anglophones que francophones. Comme toi, je vais finir par trouver mon style!

    Oui, difficile de résister à l’appel du coréen avec les dramas… tu pourras partir avec une longueur d’avance si tu décides de t’y mettre! 😉


  4. Bonjour Marie 🙂

    Je trouve génial que tu publies les “buts honestes” comme tu les appelles. La meilleure méthode pour atteindre ses buts, c’est de choisir des buts atteignables dès le début.
    Nous autres on passe notre temps à se battre avec nos X langues, et du coup à la fin du mois, on est souvent loin d’avoir fini la liste – mais bon, si on veut garder notre niveau dans plusieurs langues, on peut pas tellement les laisser tomber.

    C’est génial que tu apprennes le Coréen. C’est la prochaine langue sur ma liste de “langues que je veux essayer par curiosité). J’ai hâte de prendre le temps pour commencer.
    C’est quoi la toute première ressource que tu as utilisée pour apprendre le Coréen?

    Bon courage et bonne chance pour (la deŭième moitié de) ce mois.

    A bientôt


  5. Merci pour tes encouragements! La ressource incontournable pour les débutants en coréen est Talk to me in Korean. C’est très sympathique comme site et il y a beaucoup de ressources, incluant des podcasts et des vidéos. Évidemment, l’apprentissage de l’alphabet est aussi essentiel avant même de commencer. Il y a plusieurs applis pour nous rendre la tâche plus amusante!


  6. I think minimal is a very good approach. I am definitely with you on the first one. I beat myself up when I neglect one or the other and forget that I love them both and don’t have to choose a favourite 😀. Good luck clearing them! 👍🏻


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  9. You really make it appear really easy with your presentation however I find this topic to be really something that I feel I might by no means understand. It sort of feels too complicated and very extensive for me. I am looking forward to your subsequent post, I’ll try to get the hold of it!


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