2018 December #ClearTheList Goal Setting

Clear The List – December 2018

#ClearTheList is a community goal setting activity, run by Lindsay over at Lindsay Does Languages, and Shannon of Eurolinguiste , where they review their past month’s work, and set new goals for the new month, and invite us all to join them. It is your chance to set monthly language learning goals and achieve them as part of the community. We share our monthly goals and encourage you to do the same. Check out December’s #ClearTheList on Lindsay Does Languages for more info on how to join in.

November In Review

November was a focus month for me – seeing how much German I could learn, and continuing with French. I was a good little vegemite, and didn’t get distracted with other shiny things… otherwise known in the language learning world as “Language Challenges” 🙂 I just did my own thing and ignored all those fun opportunities to join other people!

So, in brief, November looked like this:


Vocab – 5 mins/day Memrise 5,000 most frequently used words – Did this most days for the first two weeks, then it became a bit more sporadic.
Grammar/Reading/Writing/Listening30 mins/day Linguaphone French Language Kit (1971) – Daily was always going to be a bit “pie-in-the-sky”… however, I scheduled it three times a week in my timetable, and met this goal
Conversation – Weekly Skype conversations with my language partner and/or attending the local MundoLingo Language Exchange meetup – Did this each week.
Journalling – I would like to journal daily in French – I think it’s time. But my goal will be twice a week. – Yeah…no. Didn’t journal even once. Really not the journalling sort. One day I will accept this weakness and move on from my idealistic dream!


Vocab – 5 mins a day on Memrise, using a course I designed myself learning frequently used verbs;
2 x per week researching the vocab and phrases I identified as needing straight away to use the language quickly – I got through my top 50 frequently used verbs, looked up all my vocab, and made my own Memrise courses really quickly. I was done in the first 2 weeks!
Listening/Speaking – 1 Pimsleur track each day – Did this most days, repeated a lot, so got through 16 x half hour tracks through the month. But I know it well! I would have liked to move on, but I need to borrow the CDs from a friend… and didn’t yet!
Optional – Daily time in 
Teach Yourself Beginner’s German coursebook (2003), by Rosie McNab each day as well… there are 20 lessons in that, nicely matching to around 20 working days in the month, so we’ll see how we go. I’d like to… but I also tend to overcommit, so in the interests of underpromising to myself… this remains “optional” in my goals 😉 – Yeah, this was always a “probably not” thing. I did three lessons, but that was all.


Dutch/French Laddering – with Frans Leren en Oefenen, a kid’s book, designed for primary ages, and Snel en Vlot Frans Leren Spreken en Begrijpen is for adults – I did quite a few pages in the kids book, and I think 2 weeks worth of work in the adult book. It is really revision of both languages for me, but fun to do. 

DLI Intermediate – Advanced Workbook – print it out, check it out, get used to it and do a task a week – I didn’t do this yet. Got a bit waylaid with some other stuff…

and now on to…


Now, I will be going on holiday in a couple of weeks, so I have no idea how well I will be able to stick to my learning when I go… but I shall try very hard. In an ideal world, my goals look like this:


I was very pleased with how well I have been doing in the Linguaphone course. I don’t think I get any more than 1 or 2 sentences wrong in any activity, and often I have nearly written the correct answer, so pretty happy with that. I will just continue as is…

Vocab – 5 mins/day Memrise 5,000 most frequently used words
Grammar/Reading/Writing/Listening30 mins, 3 times/week Linguaphone French Language Kit (1971); also “French Conversations” from Olly at IWillTeachYouALanguage.com
Conversation – weekly online Skype calls & MundoLingo meetups
Journalling – I will do it if I feel like it!


As I did with German last month, this month I am doing a one month focus on Afrikaans. I have many Afrikaans speaking friends, one in particular, and it would just be nice to be able to chat in her mother tongue sometimes.

I’m going to do my self-designed hack, as I did for German.

Vocab – 5 mins a day on Memrise, using a course I designed myself learning frequently used verbs;
2 x per week researching the vocab and phrases I identified as needing straight away to use the language quickly
Listening/Speaking –  My ideal would be 1 Pimsleur track each day – but I don’t have Pimsleur for Afrikaans. IF YOU KNOW OF A GREAT PIMSLEUR STYLE PRONUNCIATION COURSE, PLS COMMENT BELOW! 😀
Grammar/Reading/Writing/Listening – 30 mins, 3 times/week in 
Teach Yourself Afrikaans coursebook (2010), by Lydia McDermott … there are 17 Chapters in that, so we’ll see how we go. I’d like to… I’m a bit more committed to Afrikaans than German, and I don’t have Pimsleur, so…


Dutch/French Laddering – with Frans Leren en Oefenen , and Snel en Vlot Frans Leren Spreken en Begrijpen. Just as I feel like it. As with German, I don’t want too much overlap with Afrikaans this month.


I didn’t include this in my goals for November, but I have been working through a Memrise course to get me familiar with the alphabet. So, I will keep doing that… also,


I’ve been learning the IPA – International Phonetic Alphabet. It gets easier as I add languages, because I discover what looked like funny symbols are actually letters 😀 So I will keep on trekking through the Memrise course, just as I feel like it.


Vocab – Just a bit of Memrise as I feel like it – too much else going on.

And in preparation for 2019…


Yup, 2019 is my year for Spanish. So I want to have a look and get some language tools ready. I have a Linguaphone course that I will be doing from scratch, unlike the faffing around I did with French. And I’ll get some of my own hacking done, and hopefully Pimsleur… if I can find and afford it!


And you? Und Sie? Et toi? En jij? Og þú? En jy? What are your language learning goals for December? Let me know in the comments below, and join the community over on the Eurolinguiste blog at

Set your language learning goals as a part of the Clear the List Link Up hosted by Shannon Kennedy of Eurolinguiste and Lindsay Williams of Lindsay Does Languages.

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