#ClearTheList April – Slow and steady wins the race
Yet another month has swept past, and it's time for my ClearTheList update for April.
What is ClearTheList?
Clear The List is a public accountability and goal-sharing initiative originally thought up by Lindsay from LindsayDoesLanguages and Shannon Kennedy from EuroLinguiste. Since January they have asked me and a few others to co-host in order to make CTL even bigger.
It gives some exposure to all of us, and it helps us stay accountable to keep learning and achieving our goals. This is very much in the spirit of my premium motivational course: Language Motivation Mastery.
You can also join! Instructions are in the widget at the very bottom of this post.
March felt shorter than usual because I took an entire week in London. Here I was helping out a friend mostly, but I also made it a priority to connect with my friends staying around so I went to Polyglot Pub (organised by Olly from IWTYAL) and I also organised a private dinner with Gareth from HowToGetFluent.
I love London a lot, and in the last few years I've been going there at least once a year. If I could live anywhere without considering the price then it would be London. Long-term dream perhaps?
Anyway, as always when I write these retrospective reports I'm always disappointed at my progress, I always feel like I could be doing more.
One problem I still have is the lack of my own space. For the last few months I've been staying with my mom trying to figure out where to go next. Should I go back to uni and finish my degree? Should I move abroad? Should I find a little flat in Denmark? Should I find a job?
All the questions left me slightly paralysed, and this has made a negative impact of my productivity in general. I'm sure once I get my own place (wherever that may be) that I'll be more ready to deal with increased productivity again, but for now I just kind of have to deal with it.
Accountability Challenge in Language Routine Mastery
One AWESOME thing that happened was I hosted an accountability challenge with the members of Language Routine Mastery. Every day I would post in the group and ask people to check in once they had accomplished their daily goals.
Having to host the challenge meant I had extra incentive to work myself, and so I had a very consistent month (more or less discounting the week I was in London, as it was REALLY busy.)
Now, I'm nowhere near as productive as my fellow CTL hosts but for me the KEY elements to successful language learning are:
- Have fun. If it's not fun, find a way to make it fun.
- Do something every day.
With that in mind here's what I worked on in March:
Focus language. Have to do at least something in this every day.
- Memrise Spanish 1 & 2 Courses // Almost done with 1 and have begun level 2.
- Michel Thomas Spanish // Almost done with the first half – love this course!
- Coffee Break Spanish // Only just started this. Will make it a priority in April.
Very casual maintenance
Very casual maintenance
Didn't do much in Hungarian this month. I watched a few YouTube videos from the Easy Languages channel, but otherwise didn't do anything.
Continue my good stride of doing something in Spanish every day.
- Complete Spanish 1 on Memrise
- Listen to 1 Michel Thomas track every day
- Listen to 7 episodes of Coffee Break Spanish
I also really need to start considering getting tutoring, but I'm a bit too bad in Spanish yet (totally an excuse) and I'm not really comfortable in my current location. Oh well, will HAVE to do this before soon 🙂