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?