Multilingual Learning Plan–March 2016


On Friday, I went to a local bookstore and got Benny Lewis’ book Fluent in 3 Months.   I decided to take the day off in terms of my usual blogging about project management, and set forth my goals in general and for the next month in terms of language learning.

This is because over the weekend I was reading Fluent in 3 Months, and after reading the chapter on why people should be endeavoring to be fluent in multiple foreign languages, he starts the next chapter by challenging people to set actual goals that are specific and to post those goals in a public place (like a blog post) in order to make oneself accountable for them.

  1.  Multilingual level goals

I am fluent in five foreign languages if you measure that fluency in terms of B1 level or higher on the Common European Language Framework.

So for those languages, I have put my goal to become one level higher by 2017.

For the languages I have been studying but which I have not achieved fluency, I am also putting my goal to become one level higher by 201

For those languages I have not studied before, but which I want to study in 2016, I’m putting the target as BEGINNER (A1).

Level Goal Language
C2–Mastery
C1–Advanced Japanese, French
B2—Upper Intermediate Chinese, German, Spanish
B1–Intermediate Italian, Portuguese
A2–Elementary Arabic
A1–Beginner Korean, Dutch, Hindi, Irish

Although I put all languages on my level goal list, certain languages have higher priority level, which translates into studying frequency.   Also, although my ultimate goal is to speak with native speakers, my intermediate goal  is to use textbooks in order to prepare for proficiency tests.

2.  Multilingual goals–method, priority level

Language Goal (Test/Textbook) Priority
Japanese JLPT N2, Tobira High
French DALF C1/C2 Medium
Chinese HSK 4 High
German ZDfB (B2) Medium
Spanish DELE B2 Medium
Italian Italian Now Medium
Portuguese Portugues Actual Medium
Arabic Living Language, Rosetta Stone 3 Low
Korean Integrated Korean Beginning 1 Low
Dutch Living Language Beginner Low
Hindi Beginning Hindi, Rosetta Stone 1 Low
Irish Living Language Essential Low

3.   Multilingual goals–March 2016

Here’s my goals for March 2016.

Language Goal (Test/Textbook)
Japanese–DONE! Tobira Ch. 1; Kanji Kentei review levels 10, 9 (school grades 1)
French–DONE! Duolingo (complete entire skill tree)
Chinese–DONE! 2x/week Skype lesson with eChineseLearning, HSK 4 listening comprehension test #1 prep
German Duolingo (skill tree level 4 skills 1-10)
Spanish–DONE! Duolingo (complete entire skill tree)
Italian Duolingo (complete skill tree level 3)
Portuguese Duolingo (complete skill tree level 3)
Arabic–DONE! Mastering Arabic ch. 1
Korean Integrated Korean Beginning 1 (reading Hangul)
Dutch Living Language Beginner (pronunciation guide)
Hindi Beginning Hindi (reading Hindi script)
Irish Living Language Essential ch. 1

Those languages which are in bold are high priority, those that are in regular font are medium priority, and those which are in italics are low priority.

Let’s see what I accomplish in the month of March!

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