#ClearTheList: October


#ClearTheList is all about reflecting on your progress of the past month and setting new language learning goals for the coming weeks. It’s hosted by Lindsay (Lindsay Does Languages), Kris Broholm (Actual Fluency), Angel Pretot (French Lover), and Shannon Kennedy (Eurolinguiste). There are a lot of cool language related blogs to discover at the same time. If you’d like to join the party, you can find the rules and more information here:clear-the-list-sidebar-1

So Marie, weren’t you going « goal free » in September?

I was.


But as soon as I posted my last Clear The List entry, I couldn’t resist drawing a goal tracker with weekly objectives. Sure enough, I didn’t do half of the things that I had listed, but now that the month is over, I can clearly see what worked and what didn’t. For example, I had found amazing Korean video lessons, but since it didn’t fit really well into my schedule, I stopped after watching two. On another hand, Pimsleur lessons are perfectly incorporated into my routine, and I never miss a day.


Weren’t you supposed to do the language diary challenge on Instagram?

I was.

I’m disappointed I didn’t get to do it. I posted a first video, all motivated and excited, and next thing I knew, the month was over. This challenge has an amazing community, and is a fun, yet efficient way to improve your target language on a daily basis. But at the same time, social media are time consuming, and you soon realize you’ve spent a whole hour staring at your phone. I will try to find a balance in this, and I will try to participate as much as I can to the challenge.


Did you manage to include more things into your daily routine?

I did.

I am now reading Korean comic books before going to bed. It’s a bit challenging, but I can still follow the story without having to look every word up. I can’t wait for TTMIK’s bookstore to lift their shipping restrictions for Canada and buy some of their new reading books.


AND! Duolingo is finally available for Korean! I find it very easy to include into my morning routine, right after I finish reading the news, with half cup left of my morning tea. Definitely a keeper.

For October, I am trying to find Korean snail mail pen friends. I’ve seen some very nice pictures on Instagram and I think it is good sometimes to sit down, select a nice paper and pen, and take the time to write to someone the old fashion way. I’ll keep you posted about this!

What are your language learning plans for October?


  1. Oh wow! There’s Korean on duolingo as well? This is way too tempting!
    By th way I totally understand how you fell about the language journal challenge, I have the same problem!
    And having a pen pal is such an amazing idea! I hope you’ll find someone soon!
    Good luck!

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  2. You’ve just opened my eyes to the point of a tracker. Whenever I’ve tried tracking things, I usually feel bad about not keeping things up, especially if I’ve missed quite a few days. I guess the point of a tracker is to see what works for you and what doesn’t with a clear visual record.

    Having a pen pal is a great idea! I used to write to a girl in Canada for a few years back when I was a Girl Guide. There’s a pen pal exchange system in Girlguiding where you can write to other Guides around the world. Obviously that’s not helpful to you if you’re not in the organisation, but I’m sure you’ll find someone to write to soon enough! Good luck!

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  3. Hello Marie!
    It makes perfect sense to me to have a tracker even when you go goal free. That way you can keep an eye on what you’re doing, without the stress of “having” to do.
    I know exactly what you mean about the language challenge on Instagram: so many lovely people, such a great idea, but sometimes I get more anxious than motivated at the idea of posting every single day.

    I found out from your tweet about Duolingo Korean… such a temptation! Would you recommend it for super total complete beginners? Is it any good to learn hangul? (I really shouldn’t add this to my schedule right now, but I can keep the suggestions for later 🙂 )

    You’re plans are so well balanced on all language activities that I’m sure you’ll do great this month. Good luck and have a great October!


  4. I have decided to go goal free (ish) this month and still made a tracker so I can see that I have made some progress. Even just seeing a couple of sections coloured in will remind me that I have achieved something and need to stay positive.
    I have tried getting back in to Duolingo recently and really like the bots on the iphone app. Really helpful for practicing conversational skills (especially when I can get the speech recognition working properly).
    I read a really good korean web comic called “The Gamer” which has good translations in to English, may be something to add to your resource pile 🙂
    Good luck with October progress!

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  5. Oh! Thank you for the suggestion! Do you read that comic on Naver Webtoon, or did you purchase it?
    Yes! I think trackers are still a great tool for goal-free months. It tracks progress or interests instead of the typical language goals. Your beautiful trackers actually inspired me to start drawing mine!
    Good luck with your goals as well! 🙂


  6. It seems you had many small victories this month, in terms of small improvements to your routine and discovering new things and learning about what works for you! That’s great! 🙂

    I see what you meen with the Instagram challenge. I used to have a great routine for that but I’ll admit it meant sometimes spending a good while to write that single post or making that video. Of course the process of making the post can be great language practice, too, but sometimes it is too much of an effort, it shouldn’t feel like one. Like any routine, it got easier when I did it often, though. Now I’m struggling with it again. But posting just every once in a while is totally a good way to participate too, I think!

    I wish you all the best for October! Hope you find your pen pals, it is a lovely idea!


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