The Clear-the-List challenge is hosted by Lindsay (from lindsaydoeslanguages.com), Kris Broholm, Angel Pretot and Shannon of Eurolinguiste. The goal is to share monthly goals and support each other while learning foreign languages.
Review of June
- New routine (1 hour a day listening to songs and reading the lyrics’ English translations) –> check! I had some days off, but I sticked to this routine almost everyday.
- Speaking Finnish once or twice a week with my language partners –> check! We even switched the format at some point: instead of doing 30min in French then 30min in Finnish (or vice versa), we did 15min in French, 15min in Finnish then 15min in French and 15min in Finnish. The conversation was more fluid and it made it easier to correct and help each other.
- Finnish podcast to interview me after three months to keep me accountable –> not done! I forgot about this. I was just focused on my routine. I don’t think I’ll do it, so I’ll probably make a video at the end of the third month.
Goals for July
A few days ago I started a new routine. I liked the one I had before but I decided to finally read and write in Finnish to take it up a notch.
I didn’t want to read anything before so that I would make my ear used to the language. I didn’t want the letters to interfere with what I was hearing. My goal was to reach a conversational level only learning by ear before reading. But I haven’t found anything free to learn by ear (I did find a free audio course but it was very formal). And even with the English lyrics I’m not learning fast enough. I did learn a lot, but since the two languages have very different structures it makes it hard to have a clear translation.
Now I feel like I’m at a point where reading would actually help me to learn more vocabulary and reinforce my oral comprehension skills. So here’s my new routine for July:
- I take a song, listen to it a couple of times, then read the lyrics translated in English on LyricsTranslate, try to translate sentence by sentence and check with the original lyrics in Finnish. Once this is done, I play with LyricsTraining. My goal is to see a different song everyday and to review the previous songs once in a while. So that I get exposed to different words and grammatical structures, and the reviewing part is here for repetition.
- I will add daily and weekly small goals. Each goal will consist of finding (=getting exposed to) one or several words or grammatical structures. I bought a book called “Learn a language in 7 days” by Ramón Campayo a few years back. It gives a list of the most frequent and useful words to learn. I’ll go through this list, target the words I don’t know in Finnish and play the detective to find them in a song somewhere. The first part of my routine is more random and this part is more structured, so that I make sure to learn all the key words (such as numbers, days of the week, …). I could use memrise or something similar to learn these words but I don’t like flashcards. So it may take more time than with a SRS system. But in the meantime I’ll still be working on my oral comprehension skills and get exposed to more structures anyways. I will also check Gabriel Wyner’s list (but I guess it’s similar to Campayo’s).
Thanks for reading and see you next month!