4th month of Finnish – Clear the list, August 2017

The Clear-the-List challenge is hosted by Lindsay (from Lindsay Does Languages), Kris Broholm (from Actual Fluency), Angel Pretot (from French Lover) and Shannon (from Eurolinguiste). The goal is to share monthly goals and support each other while learning foreign languages.


Review of July

  • Singing routine with LyricsTraining –> kinda. The first week I used LyricsTraining, but then I stopped. I was focusing too much on trying to get the writing right instead of listening and singing. And I don’t know if it was that good for my oral comprehension skills. So I changed my routine and tried different things, still using songs. I also started watching Finnished (a YouTube channel for Finnish learners, in Finnish, with Finnish and English subtitles, à la Alberto from Italiano Automatico).
  • daily and weekly goals –> not done. at all. Doesn’t really matter. I put in the work with songs anyways.


I also did other things that I hadn’t planned:

  • finally found a theme I like for the blog. I tried different ones, it took some time, but it was worth it. I’m glad with this one.
  • I realized I hadn’t published anything other than clear-the-list posts these past few months. I like writing, but I don’t like writing long long posts. I always felt like you had to write 1200/2000-word posts to blog. Like it was the industry standard. Then I stumbled upon Seth Godin’s blog. He writes a post a day, but his posts are really short. I love this kind of blogging, and works better with my short attention span. So I started a new category: “Thoughts of the day”, where I write short posts about what’s on my mind (mostly language learning and health).
  • I updated my about page.
  • I updated the YouTube resources pages. It was a real mess before. So I created single pages for each language, and I separated the channels in two categories: with subtitles and without subtitles. Each channel of the category “with subtitles” has an indication of the kind of subtitles you can find (English, French, …, on every video, only a couple of videos, …).


Goals for August

I’m going to keep it simple for August. Every day, I’ll take a song, listen to it a couple of times, read the Finnish lyrics, and sing along. After that, I’ll read the English translation with LyricsTranslate. Then I’ll listen to the song without reading the lyrics to improve my oral comprehension skills. And finally, I’ll sing again until I’m comfortable with the song. Here are some of my favorite Finnish artists so far: Cheek, SiniSabotage, Erin, Robin, and SANNI.

I also said I’d make a 3-month video of my progress in Finnish. I don’t feel like I have much to say in Finnish yet. But I’ll make a video where I speak different languages, like how I’ve learned them.


That’s it for this month. Thanks for reading. Good luck with your goals, and see you in September!


Set your language learning goals as a part of the Clear the List Link Up hosted by Shannon Kennedy of Eurolinguiste, Lindsay Dow of Lindsay Does Languages, Angel Pretot of French Lover, and Kris Broholm of Actual Fluency

10 thoughts on “4th month of Finnish – Clear the list, August 2017”

  1. I like the new theme of the blog a lot! I also like the idea of shorter and more frequent posts.
    Thank you for sharing good YouTube resources, that’s such a great idea and the new pages are very easy to navigate.
    Good luck with your goals for August!

  2. I like the new theme very crisp and clear. I look forward to seeing the 3-month review video in Finnish. You can do it! I bet you know more than you think you do. Not heard of Lyrics Translate I must go and check this out!

    1. I’m glad you like the new theme ^^ I like how simple it is, and not overwhelming.
      You’re probably right. We usually know more than we think we do! I’ll make the video soon!

  3. Nice job with the blog changes, Akita! 😀 Doesn’t it feel good to sometimes just dive in and re-organize things? And your commitment to making short posts more consistently is awesome. Blogging is just like language learning- if we break it down into tiny goals like “learn 3 kanji a day” or “write one blog post every other day”, it’s way easier to keep going for the long haul.

    Also, ‘Finnished’ has to be the greatest name ever for a Finnish language resource. I love it, haha!

    1. Thank you! Exactly, it feels better now. Simple & clean.

      You’re right. Plus I enjoy this way of blogging much more. So it’s all good!

      haha yeah “Finnished” is a great name, love it too ^^

  4. Don’t be too hard on yourself – you may not have accomplished your language goals in the way that you wanted but you’ve still made progress and worked at your blog – surely that’s worth a victory dance?! 🙂 good luck with August!

    1. haha yeah you’re right. not sure I have the best moves but that’d be funny for sure!
      thank you & good luck with your goals too!

  5. Good luck with your goals for August!
    At least your blog looks good now 😉 July was rough for me too, too much work, I didn’t feel like learning after that^^ We’ll do better this month!

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