You make more progress than you think + #ClearTheList May

April was not one of my most productive months, and I think I could have made more progress. I have enough excuses for the goals I haven’t achieved this month. But I taught myself a new rule, which I shared with some people on Instagram in French. I embedded the video below but I’m not sure if the video below is working properly.

The rule is, “Always think of what you COULD do instead of what you couldn’t.”

So in this post, I want to give myself some advice and focus on the positive things, the goals I have achieved this month.

 

Note to self

  • Stop asking yourself painful questions and try to think more positively this month.
  • Think about things you could finish at the end of the month and congratulate yourself
  • It’s ok to move the tasks of this month to next month, but you are allowed to do that once!

Things I can be proud of this month + goals next month

Spanish

Okay, I was proud of my Spanish until I started learning French. At the beginning of April, each time when I was speaking Spanish, I automatically used some French words and pronounced them with a Spanish accent.

Since I haven’t practiced French a lot this month, I speak better Spanish now.

Goals of this month for Spanish

Book // I have read half of the book “Aleph” in Spanish and this month, I want to finish this book in May.

Peruvian accent // In the past, I was obsessed with the Mexican Spanish and I wanted to speak with a Mexican accent. But currently, I’m only speaking with Peruvians. My accent sounds now like a strange mix of the Turkish, Mexican, and Peruvian accent.

This month, I’ll try to sound more Peruvian by watching more videos and recording myself.

English + writing a novel

I can be proud of myself when it comes to English. It has improved the most this month, and that’s necessary because I’m going to write my novel (in English). I think I’ll start this month.

I would like to explain more about my novel but I have to find a way to describe the story without revealing too much. I’ll definitely share more information about it soon.

Goals of this month for English

Vocabulary // I’ve tried to make a list of each word I came across that I didn’t know. I took several vocabulary quizzes, searched for ‘vocabulary English’ on Pinterest, signed up for the word of the day, and read some books.

My list has now more than 500 words in English, and I practice 10-20 words a day. And it seems to be effective because sometimes I’m reading a book, and I think, “Yes, I have learned this word and now I understand more details of this story”.

There are so many words in English. It’s unbelievable.

This month, I’ll keep making adding new words to my list and practicing my vocabulary.

Pronunciation // I think I talk faster and better now, but I want to speak with an American accent. Let’s work on that this month.

French

My French… *sigh*

May will be a better month.

Goals of this month for French

Voice messages // I sent many voice messages in French. Unfortunately, not every day. But I will try to do that every day.

Watching videos on grammar // Done. I’ve learned many grammatical exceptions and rules, but I have to find a way to use them in conversations. I will continue watching videos.

Writing // Unfortunately, I haven’t written a lot this month. Sometimes I wrote a page in my diary in French, but I didn’t have a lot of inspiration. In my next #ClearTheList post, I want to write a little part in French.

Okay, nevermind.

While writing this post, I came to the conclusion that I have learned more than I expected. But I think I feel disappointed because I really wanted to make some progress in speaking French. So this month, I will focus more on French.

Have you ever thought you haven’t made any progress (like me) and found out that you actually did? Please let me now!

#ClearTheList is meant to set goals to learn a language each month, hosted by Lindsay ( Lindsay Does Languages), Kris Broholm (Actual Fluency), Angel Pretot (French Lover ), and Shannon Kennedy (Eurolinguiste). You can find the full description of Clear the List and how to join it, here.

Kamila is a polyglot who taught herself over 5 languages using social media and apps. She created Polyglot’s Diary where enjoys sharing her tips and experiences. Head over to her Instagram profile and YouTube Channel to follow her progress.

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