Last Month’s Goals with Commentary:
First of all, I had a doozy of a month. I had a few things come up that sapped my energy and I struggled to follow my most basic of language learning habits. I’m proud to say that every day included: a podcast, Duolingo and subtitles in Italian on Netflix. I also went to my Tuesday night Italian class and had a lot of in-person Italian practice at various events with Italian friends. I think my conversational Italian has gone well but through the lack of motivation, I haven’t reviewed a lot of grammar on Duolingo as I usually would.
- Listen to faster YouTubers to practise my listening skills. Clear slow vloggers are great but I need to extend myself a bit more.
Okay. I can see that I’m better at understanding the podclub.ch podcasts I listen to. Yay!
- Take Duolingo test twice this month.
Nope. I’m not sure why. I really love Duolingo but I struggled this month to maintain even my streak. I missed one day, however, my streak is over 100 days.
- Record a progress video once a month.
Good. This is easy and I don’t put pressure on myself to be amazing. It’s just a candid snapshot of my ability at the time.
- Complete this online intermediate Italian course while I have a two week holiday break.
Nope. This did not engage me at all. My learning style requires that I enjoy or am interested in what I’m learning.
- Do the intermediate B1 test I download and printed.
Nope. I had a look at it.
- Use ANKI flash cards to practise tricky sentences.
Nope. I couldn’t find an iPhone flashcard app that suited my needs. I put ten phrases into an app which took a painstaking amount of time before realising I was only limited to ten phrases.
- Listen to 2 X Ted Talks in Italian.
- Complete one Duolingo progress test every month.
- Write all notes and journal entries for myself in Italian.
- Make sure to have Italian media as ‘background noise’ when I’m not watching or listening to something already. I usually do this, but I need to tighten up on this helpful habit.
- More carefully listen to and analyse the language choices of Italian speakers.
What are your May language goals?
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