This is my first post of 2017. In this post, I’ll be sharing my language learning goals for January as part of a blogging link-up called “Clear The List” a concept that was started by Lindsay from LindsayDoesLanguages and Shannon Kennedy from Eurolinguiste.
The idea is that you gain accountability and share the link love across your various blogs so that everyone benefits. It’s a great concept, and I’m excited to take part as one of then new co-hosts.
Defining new goals
I don’t make resolutions anymore. I think they are ineffective and represent a wishful thinking that only leads to overwhelm and burning out.
In 2017 I’ll be attempting to learn two new languages from my new base in Denmark. This new workflow will be radically different than what I was using to learn Hungarian in Hungary, so when I set these initial goals I have to really go back to the basics.
This is a topic I have extensively covered in my premium course: Language Motivation Mastery, but here is the short version:
I generally work with two different types of goals.
Outcome goals: Usually longer-term, can be similar to “dreams” or “ultimate ambition” and
Process goals: The smaller goals, usually very frequent that contribute towards the outcome goals.
It’s important to set very specific process goals, as the outcome goals can often be a bit vague and intangible. For example: what does it mean to “speak French well”?
2017: Romance Languages
In 2017 I’ve decided to finally tackle romance languages. After dabbling with Russian and Hungarian it will be a welcome change to get a bit closer to home, language-family wise.
My outcome goal for 2017 is therefore to speak lower conversation French and Spanish. I want to be able to converse on not too technical topics, understand what people say most of the time, that is the most important outcome goal.
The secondary outcome goal will be to read and watch native level material and understand enough to follow what is going on. I expect this won’t be particularly difficult to reach, but we’ll see when I get started how I progress.
I’m definitely not aiming for C1+ mastery levels, as the limited time scope of roughly 6 months per language will make this highly unrealistic.
I’ll start with Spanish and then switch to French around the 6-month mark. If everything goes well I’d love to visit the Montreal Language Festival late August and learn French with higher intensity.
So, with that in mind let’s take a look at some goals for January.
January Clear The List
- Complete half of Language Hacking Spanish
- Listen to 4 Episodes from SpanishPod101
- 6 Spanish tutoring lessons with Baselang
My Spanish toolbox
Note: I’ll be updating this every month to reflect all the software, services, and tools I’ve used.
Baselang: Unlimited Spanish tutoring classes for $129/pm
Language Hacking Spanish (Benny Lewis):
SpanishPod101: A great podcast with good explanations for new learners. Lots of content from total beginner to advanced levels.
Duolingo: Great little addictive language learning app for learning on the go or on the commute.
I’m making this month a little light, as I’ll be extending my holiday break until January 10. Starting February I will reevaluate and see if I can do more.
It’s always going to be a balance. I’m keen on learning Spanish and French as fast as possible, but I also have to remember to set aside time to produce content for Actual Fluency and my new upcoming projects.
2017 will be a year of hard work, but hopefully the results will be worth it.
What are your January goals?
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