#ClearTheList – Language Goals for March 2017

Wow, February has gone already! The time of new year’s resolutions feels long past and some of my goals have slightly changed. I want to focus more on Swedish to speed up my progress and be able to have decent conversations soon. I am going to maintain my French by reading and watching movies and videos but for now, it isn’t my priority. My Japanese really needs to be refreshed though, so I have to find the motivation to work on it!

Language goals for February 2017

How did I do last month?

I would say I did so-so with the goals for February.

For Swedish, I did spend some time practising listening: I started following vlogger Clara Henry, I watched the first two movies of the Millennium trilogy with subtitles and also spent a few days in Stockholm, in contact with real everyday conversations. I listened to lots of music in Swedish as well!

I managed to get to 600 expressions on Memrise – Swedish 3, but I didn’t do great with Babbel (*) and Learningswedish. Also, I started looking at the Rivstart books and did some exercise, but I don’t have a proper routine yet.

With French, I slowed down a bit. I watched quite a lot of videos from SolangeTeParle – I think she’s great. I also read some blog posts and researched some vocabulary, but I didn’t write as much as I wanted to.

I’m still struggling to bring back my passion for Japanese. I didn’t read much, but I did watch a few videos and two movies: Miss Hokusai and Evangelion: You are (not) alone. I can still follow the story without looking at subtitles, so at least that was a confidence boost!


Goals for March

In March I will be attending a full-time course to become an Italian language teacher and I’m pretty excited!

This means I will not have as much time to study three languages, so the word of the month will be: optimise. Unfortunately French and Japanese will have to be mostly put aside for now.



Most of my study time in March will be during my commute. I will practice vocabulary on Memrise and finish the deck Swedish 3, and do one lesson on Babbel (*) per week. As I will probably be very tired on my way back home, I am going to use that time to listen to songs in Swedish.

During my stay in Stockholm, I bought a comic for kids – I never thought I’d get so much satisfaction from understanding material aimed at 6 years old children! In the weekend I will spend 30 minutes reading, researching words and writing them down in my notebook.

Finally, I am starting to include some writing and occasional speaking in my everyday life. It was about time!


French and Japanese

I will use the languages I know better in my leisure time. For each, I hope I’ll manage to watch one video and read one article per week.

I will be running for most of the month, but I hope it is going to be a positive one!

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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 March 2017 / 6:57 pm

    Hey Elena!

    Watching vlogs in order to improve your lingual skills is a great idea. I used to do that when I was learning Spanish too. I will check out the channel of SolangeTeParle.

    Sometimes, I also feel like “I have to slow down learning a language” because I’m focusing more on learning another one. Keep trying to learn languages passively by listening and reading a bit. You will still improve a lot! Good luck with learning and I’m looking forward to reading your progress in your next #ClearTheList post =D

    • Elena
      2nd March 2017 / 8:57 am

      Hi Kamila, thank you for your encouraging words!
      I hope you enjoy SolangeTeParle, she is quirky and quite outspoken. If you know any good channels in French feel free to recommend them!
      Good luck to you too for your goals this month!

  2. 2nd March 2017 / 10:27 am


    I know the weird satisfaction of understanding materials for children in your target language! Well done! I hope I’ll be there with Japanese one day.
    Also watching films, even if it’s with subtitles is amazing, isn’t it!
    Good luck for your Italian teaching course!
    Have a nice day,

    • Elena
      2nd March 2017 / 2:40 pm

      Hello, thank you for your comment!
      It’s good to find other language learners who understand the small pleasures one can get from this wonderful activity.
      I’m sure you will get there with Japanese!
      Good luck for all of your goals and have a lovely day.

  3. 2nd March 2017 / 11:05 pm

    Ti ammiro un sacco e ti auguro una fantastica esperienza come insegnante!

    • Elena
      3rd March 2017 / 9:32 am

      Grazie! Sarà un mese intenso ma non vedo l’ora di imparare come creare una lezione!

  4. 5th March 2017 / 11:10 pm

    Where do you find films to watch in Japanese? I am a Beginner, but I like to listen the language (and at the same time do something else than learning kanji or flashcard reviews^^)
    Good luck with your other goals for March!

    • Elena
      6th March 2017 / 10:16 am

      For animation movies I used watchanimemovie.com while for anime series usually I go to gogoanime.com. If you have Netflix there is something in there too, though not a wide choice.
      It’s definitely a good idea to fit some fun activities into your study routine to avoid burn out!
      Good luck to you for your studies 🙂

  5. 6th March 2017 / 12:16 pm

    God morgon Elena 🙂

    How awesome that you are learning Swedish. 🙂 It was my dabble language in January and I really fell in love with it. I can’t wait to find more time to learn it more seriously.

    Also, Japanese is on my list of favorite languages to learn in the future.
    Ah! so many languages, so little time. – But you do have a very organised way of keeping at it while following your full-time course. Congrats!

    I wish you the best for this month. Keep up the good language learning 🙂

    • Elena
      7th March 2017 / 11:23 am

      Hej Angel, tack så mycket!

      Swedish is really beautiful, I hope you get the chance to tackle it soon. I always enjoy reading about other people studying the languages I am learning and find out new resources, so when you get back to it do let me know! 🙂

      Japanese is awesome too. Indeed, the list of languages to learn is always getting longer, no matter how many one knows already! 🙂
      Thank you and best of luck for all of your goals in March 🙂

  6. 6th March 2017 / 2:36 pm

    Great work and goals, and I must say I really enjoy your writing style also 🙂

    Keep it up!

    • Elena
      7th March 2017 / 11:16 am

      Thank you Kris! That really makes me happy. 🙂
      Good luck for your goals for March!

  7. 6th March 2017 / 9:52 pm

    I love your Super Mario notebook! Thanks for joining us and best to you with your goals this month.

    • Elena
      7th March 2017 / 11:14 am

      Cute stationery is an extra plus of language studying 🙂
      Thank you and good luck for your goals as well!

  8. 15th March 2017 / 5:18 pm

    Ah, great – I’ll have to check out SolangeTeParle, too! There seem to be a lot of nice French vloggers out there. And I see you’re using Babbel too. It’s really great for commute learning, and when they have a course that suits your level, I think the courses are really helpful to make a lot of progress! 🙂

    Hope you’re March is a good one!

    • Elena
      16th March 2017 / 9:29 am

      SolangeTeParle is quite unique, the love her or hate her kind of character, hope you’ll like her!
      Babbel is really good because it lets you practice vocabulary, but you also learn grammar by bits.
      Thank you and have a great learning month!