Clearthelist: language learning goals August 2017

I’ve had a look at my diary to understand what happened in July: I feel like it literally disappeared in front of me. You know when your projects end up all over the place and you don’t seem to be able to keep track of them? My July has been a mess made of too many ideas, too little facts and way too much stuff being postponed.
Whenever a new idea pops up in my mind I get restless and I can’t wait to start working on it, leaving all sorts of unaccomplished tasks behind me. It’s frustrating and it’s starting to make me feel quite anxious. I would like to be able to focus and to be more disciplined.

Phew, enough with rants. This month wasn’t a great one so I wanted to be honest about it. It’s no use to make everything seem pretty and shiny here on the blog when in reality I’m struggling. Hopefully, I will find a way to deal with my plans better and to concentrate my energy on fewer projects. Maybe it just takes a bit more time to settle into the life of a freelancer.

July review

Despite that, I am satisfied with the language learning bit.
I kept enjoying studying Swedish and I dedicated time to it consistently every day.
The Instagram challenges were a good way to stay motivated and I’m proud I posted every day for #languagediarychallenge. I had to give up #IGLC after half month as I realised that creating the images was taking me way too much time. Next month I’ll try a more relaxed approach instead.
Everything else went pretty smoothly:

  • Memrise: learn 100 new words. ✔
  • Babbel (*): review weekly and do one new lesson per week. ✔
  • one new lesson per week. ✔
  • hejsvenska: one session per week. ✔
  • Rivstart books: two sessions per week. ✔
  • SFIPodd: one session per week. ✔

Moreover, I had the chance to try Interlinear Books and I’ve been using it to improve reading skills. I’ll write a review later in August to tell you more about it. Spoiler: it’s good stuff.

I got curious to try Duolingo for Japanese after its recent release. I have mixed feelings about it but I have to admit it’s addictive and despite it being too easy for my level I feel a bit of a thrill for Japanese again. I’m rushing through the tree to write about it soon.

Plans for August

My Swedish routine will stay pretty much the same:

In addition, I will try to finish the Interlinear Book I’m reading and I’ll throw in some Duolingo sessions whenever I feel like it.
In August I will be in Sweden for a week, so my main goal will be to actually talk to people I don’t know. I want to start ordering at a restaurant, buying something at a shop or asking for information. The main obstacle here will be to overcome my shyness.

I’m going to complete the Duolingo tree for Japanese, hopefully within a week / ten days from now.
As I seem to be more keen to study Japanese I will use Instagram to practice it this month. It feels like a good way to dip my toe in the water again very slowly, to recover bit by bit from my Japanese burnout.

I will take it very easy with French, reading a few articles and commenting posts if I have the chance.

August will be a month when I try to reassess my priorities and set an effective working routine. That way I will be able to be in full force in September, a month that always feels like a new beginning for me.

That’s all for this month, time to get to work. 頑張りましょう!
What are your plans for August? Are you taking it easy during the holidays or are you going to use your free time to study some more?

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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. dandiprat
    30th July 2017 / 5:12 pm

    I think you did alright this month, at least with Swedish. That’s about the amount of work I did with Vietnamese. I hope August is even better!

    • Elena
      30th July 2017 / 6:19 pm

      Thank you for your encouraging words! Yes, it could have been worst. Good luck for your studies in August!

  2. 1st August 2017 / 12:12 am

    August is a great month to reassess and change up routines… you can experiment and then- like you said- have all the enthusiasm for a fresh start in September. (And I agree with you, the Pomodoro method is awesome!)

    Congratulations on your new planner and have a wonderful trip to Sweden! 😀

    • Elena
      1st August 2017 / 10:07 am

      I hope to be a bit more clear about plans and new habits by the end of the month.
      Thank you and good luck with your goals for August!

  3. 1st August 2017 / 4:05 pm

    We all know you’re addicted to language learning Elena ^^ (“in addiction I will try to finish the Interlinear Book…”).
    Wish you the best for August and your trip to Sweden.

    • 1st August 2017 / 4:06 pm

      also, I tried to join your secret library, but I didn’t get the second email with the password, I don’t know if I did something wrong or if there’s a broken link.

      • Elena
        1st August 2017 / 4:15 pm

        I guess you checked the spam folder? It’s weird because I tried if it worked with different email addresses a few times and it always went smoothly. I will forward you the password in a moment anyway. Thank you for letting me know!

    • Elena
      1st August 2017 / 4:13 pm

      Haha I am indeed and I sleep way too little! Thanks, I’ll edit it now. 🙂

  4. 3rd August 2017 / 12:11 am

    I know exactly what you mean about the excitement of a new project leaving others unfinished! I’m sure you’ll do great in August!

    • Elena
      3rd August 2017 / 3:12 pm

      It’s good to know I’m not alone in this at least! 🙂 Thank you and good luck for your studies in August as well!

  5. 3rd August 2017 / 8:26 pm

    Well done on the language diary challenge. I’ll check out your planner. Sounds like a really productive month, well done.

    • Elena
      4th August 2017 / 4:38 pm

      Thank you Trisha! Good luck with your studies in August.

  6. 4th August 2017 / 2:57 pm

    Hey Elena 🙂 Congrats on your consistency in July, it’s awesome.
    Also, I’m jealous of your Swedish learning routine. I love this language so much – but hey, priority to the priorities as they say.
    Also, thank. I just discovered the existence of duolingo for Japanese. I see it’s in hatching, so it will prevent me from wasting my time on it, but later when the web version exists, you can be sure I’ll spend a while on it.
    I wish you good luck with your August goals, and also a good time reassessing your priorities. It’s so important to get more clarity from time to time.
    Looking forward to seeing what priorities come out in September.

    Alls the best for August

    • Elena
      4th August 2017 / 4:43 pm

      Hello Angel!
      Thank you, I hope I’ll keep being focused on studies in August.
      I know right, there are so many languages I would like to learn, but I don’t want to neglect other important things so I need to control myself! Hope you’ll have a chance to dedicate time to Swedish at some point, it’s a beautiful language.
      Yes, for now Duolingo Japanese is only available on mobile, hopefully they will expand it a bit when they release the web version.
      Thank you so much and good luck with your goals as well!

  7. 6th August 2017 / 6:20 pm

    Hi Elena,
    I am very curious about Japanese on duolingo, I didn’t try it yet. How practical do you find it? You say it is too easy for your level, but I mean in the management of Japanese script, and how the lessons are constructed, do think it is a good tool for Beginners?

    Good luck with your other goals in August!

    • Elena
      8th August 2017 / 9:12 am

      Hi Dorothée,
      I think for a beginner I would recommend Duolingo for Japanese as a review tool alongside more traditional materials, like a textbook that gives you some grammar explanation or insight on the culture.
      It’s fun and motivates you to practice a bit every day, but I don’t think it’s a good way to learn the basics of Japanese by itself.
      I’m thinking of writing a post with my impressions on it when I finish the tree, probably it will be on the blog around end of August / beginning of September 🙂

      Thank you and good luck with your studies this month!