My December 2016 Italian Goals | #clearthelist

It’s funny how deeply rooted opinions or tendencies that seem to define who we are…can change.

I’ve studied French & Italian before, but I never became fluent because I was afraid to make mistakes. I preferred not to say anything at all unless I knew it was *perfect.*

I also used to avoid social media because I just didn’t see what the big deal was! I thought it was impersonal and I preferred to keep my life private.

Now something within me has changed  and I can say a big huge YES to mistakes because they help me learn, and YES to social media because that’s how I have met some of the most inspiring, encouraging, and interesting people. I just love it!

Last month I did the Joy of Languages language diary challenge on Instagram. The goal was to write or say something in your target language every day in November. I missed a few days, but I had SO much fun participating, and enjoyed connecting with other language learners.

Language challenges make me so much more motivated and accountable for creating daily habits to work towards fluency in Italian.

That’s why I was so excited to stumble upon the clear the list challenge hosted by Lindsay Does Languages & Eurolinguiste.

I made a video explaining my December goals, but in a nutshell, I have a really simple goal, and that is to make learning Italian a daily habit.

I plan to spend 30 minutes every day focused on a Italian. I’m going to alternate between reading/writing days and listening/speaking days. I’m using some materials that I’ve had on my shelf for awhile, because I’ve been all about using what I already have lately. Plus, as much as I want to jump into my novels & movies in Italian, they’re a little too difficult for me at the moment.


I will check back in with you at the end of the month to let you know more about the materials I’m using to learn Italian and to let you know if I achieved my goal of 30 minutes a day (plus 4 videos in Italian that I mentioned in the video)!

What are your language goals this month?





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Ciao, I'm Kelly!

Welcome to my adventures in learning Italian, often while cooking authentic Italian recipes and wine tasting! I love discovering the traditional regional cuisine of Italy and trying to recreate those dishes when I'm back home in the US. I'm also on my way to becoming an Italian citizen through jure sanguinis (by ancestry).

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3 years ago

Hi Kelly! I’m so excited to hear your idea of dedicating 30 minutes to your language practice every day – its crazy how much a small snippet of your daily routine can build up over a month. Looking forward to seeing your progression throughout December. πŸ™‚

Tamara Marie
3 years ago

I also love the idea of making language learning a habit πŸ™‚ I am doing the same thing with focusing on Spanish exposure for my son.

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