#ClearTheList – Language Goals for February 2017

When I set my language goals for 2017 I also started to think of an effective way to break them down into manageable bits. The #clearthelist blog linkup is a great way to keep track of what I need to do and to improve and to make myself accountable at the same time. So here we go!

Language goals for February 2017



In February I want to focus more on listening, as I have been neglecting it in favour of vocab building.

I am going to listen to songs in Swedish for at least 2 hours a week, and look for a vlogger talking about a topic of my interest, or everyday life, to engage in passive listening.

Also, I want to master 600 expressions on Memrise – Swedish 3, and complete two lessons a week each on Babbel (*) and Learningswedish.se.

Finally, I will start working on the Rivstart textbooks I just received for my birthday! By the end of the month, I want to create a learning routine that works for me with these books.


This month I am going to write journal entries in French at least twice a week, find one/two blogs to follow and collect vocabulary I don’t know on Readlang to practice it later. For listening practice, I will watch two videos, or one movie, a week.


Though Japanese is my biggest love, lately I have been struggling with motivation. This month I am going to research one topic in Japanese every week and practice reading. Then I will experiment with different resources to practice the kanji I don’t remember. To polish my listening understanding I am going to watch at least two movies in Japanese in February.

Alright, goal setting is done. Time to get working on these!



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I’m Elena Gabrielli, introvert, grammar geek & proud Ravenclaw :)
I’m on a journey to help introverts and other quiet learners make language learning into a tool for self-care (and keep anxiety out of it).


  1. 1st February 2017 / 1:41 pm

    Hi Elena!
    Bon courage with your listening practice in Swedish!
    Growing listening/watching habits is difficult for me: I find passive listening “useless” and can’t make time for active/focus listening… I’ll follow your progress! Ciao 🙂
    (I won’t judge your French as I don’t speak Italian, only Hi/Bye and Thanks :P)

    • Elena
      1st February 2017 / 10:54 pm

      Merci Dorothée!
      I still don’t understand enough for active listening, so I’ll try and get used to the sound of the language by having it on the background while I do something else. Let’s see if I get some results! 🙂
      Bon courage to you!

  2. 1st February 2017 / 6:26 pm

    Thanks for joining us! All the best to you with your goals for this month.

    • Elena
      1st February 2017 / 10:54 pm

      Thank you Shannon!

  3. 3rd February 2017 / 9:57 am

    Best of luck Elena! You’re already doing way more than most people I’ve seen so if you keep it up I have no doubts you’ll reach your goals super fast.


    • Elena
      4th February 2017 / 4:53 pm

      Thank you Kris, that really is encouraging!