Like any other student, I faced many challenges these past couple months in terms of managing my time. 😐
Not only did I missed publishing a mission post, I didn’t even notice how much love and support I continued to get from this incredible online polyglot community through comments and emails!
Many thanks goes to
- Lindsay and Jo of Lindsay Does Languages
- Shannon of Eurolinguiste
- Idohosa and Sophie of Mimic Method, and
- Olly of I will teach you a language!
Your encouragement really sticks with me. Thanks!
If this is your first time here: basically as my title states, I am aiming to take my high school foreign language class to fluency in my chosen language of — drum roll, please! — Spanish.
I really want to be fluent in all of the UN languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish) by the time I graduate from
high school college which is why I want to be more than a high school-level Spanish speaker.
Learning a language through school is much, mush harder than just being raised with another language or traveling and learning live with real people. But, I’m determined!
Free Language Learning Habit Tracker Printable
Monthly Language Learning Post Format
My monthly language learning posts will be a combination of
- Benny the Irish Polyglot of Fluent in 3 Month’s mission updates. Here’s his complete mission updates archive, but he recently posted all his and his team members’ past missions from the past 8 years here.
- Lindsay Does Languages’ Monthly #ClearTheList Link Party (December). Lindsay co-hosts this monthly linky with Kris Broholm, Angel Pretot and Shannon of Eurolinguiste and #ClearTheList (January)
The goal is to share monthly language learning goals and work towards achieving them with a community of language learning buddies. Also, one rule of the party is to visit and comment on the language learning blogs that are on the list before posting or post on the linky.
Lindsay also hosts a monthly Instagram Language challenge (#IGLC: IstaGram Language Challenge), as part of her #ClearTheList post. Participating in the challenge can be as easy as learning a new word, basic phrase or topic every day.
- Brooke & Yara adaptation and school requirements for foreign languages
As a high school student, I am committed for a full academic year (2 semesters: Fall and Spring, so 10 months). Since I can’t do full language immersion to meet fluency in 3 months like Benny, I’ll use his (and all the online language learners’) principles and advice to supplement my high school curriculum.
Learning Language Progress Report – October – December
- Get caught up in my school curriculum – ✔️
I finished Spanish 2A with 5 credits by the end of the semester — but, I literally did the 4 of the 5 credits in less than 3 weeks.
Why? Because the curriculum did NOT turn out to be as fun and exciting I thought it was the first 2 weeks of class. It’s not interactive at all, and the curriculum is so poorly executed that all assignments and quizzes are based on grammar rules I was never really taught… I had to research online and teach myself just to get through the graded work.
So, I did what anyone would do… procrastinated!
I think this is one of the major reasons learning a foreign language in high school is so unsuccessful at creating fluent speakers. First, too much emphasis is on grammar and irrelevant vocabulary. You’re not taught in a fun way (and sometimes you’re not taught anything at all) and you have to spend so much time studying and memorizing for the grade… A LOT of time is wasted!
- Maintain an “A” in my Spanish class – ✔️
Yes, I got my “A”. While it helped maintain my GPA, I did not gain what I wanted from this class at all! With no live classmates and no real Spanish teacher, it was more like… hmm, how can I put it nicely? A waste of time…!?
- Read at least one Spanish Beginners Short Story. – ❌
- Finish all the activities of Chapter 1 of Spanish Fluency. – ❌
- Try hard to read, listen, translate any Spanish that I encounter during my day! – ✔️
Unfortunately, the occurrences did not happen often enough to make much of a dent in my Spanish skills. 😞 BUT! I still tried my best to use my Spanish knowledge in my normal day-to-day life.
Learn the word “bike” in as many languages as possible! 🚴♀️
With your help, I added 4 more
- English – bike
- Spanish – bicicleta
- Arabic – diraajah دراجة
- French – bicyclette
- German – fahrrad
- Slovenian – kolo
- Chinese Mandarin – 自行車 (Zìxíngchē) (Thanks in Chinese Trisha from Language Learners Journal!)
- Italian: bicicletta (Many thanks to Grazie Elena from Hitoritabi for 8 – 10!)
- Swedish: cykel
- Japanese: 自転車 jitensha
I made more progress on my side goal than in my Spanish fluency goal from school, hah! 😜
Language Learning Goals for January & Spring Semester
- Stay on target in my school curriculum: Spanish 2B
If I do a little bit every day and I move as fast as I did last semester, I should be able to add and finish Spanish 3A with no problem.
But, my “Wow!” reach goal would be to finish Spanish 3B by the end of the semester too.
- Maintain an “A” in my Spanish class
- Try hard to read, listen, translate any Spanish that I encounter during my day!
- Try to do something in Spanish every single day and use the pretty printable that we designed!
I need to listen, read, translate in writing or speaking, study, practice, or speak aloud in Spanish every single day.
- Find a study buddy (who’s as committed as I am!)
- Read at least one Spanish Short Story
- Learn the word “bike” in as many languages as possible! 🚴♀️
Trying to keep my goals realistic and simple this month — since we’re nearly half-way through the month.
I think if I can just do something small every single day I can build a good time priority management habit and in the upcoming months increase my amount of time. Don’t ya think?
Always opened to your suggestions.
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