Hei kaikille! Let’s go over my language learning objectives for the month of May 2017. What progress have I made with Finnish? What needs major improvements? Where am I not doing enough? Let’s answer these questions and discover how my routine can incorporate more time with my languages. This was quite an eventful month for me and so there wasn’t as much time I was able to dedicate to my languages for one reason or another but I also have to keep into consideration my lack of motivation and laziness too. Especially, since I probably had many more opportunities to practise but didn’t seize them. I got a lot out of my comfort zone this month in terms of my social life. Unfortunately, I didn’t meet any native speakers of languages I’m currently learning. Oh well! I also turned 27 on the 4th of this month. If anything, it was a month of celebrating for me.
Anywhoo, let’s get started!
I did slightly better this month than in March. I managed to get at least 2 sessions in with my Finnish tutor. Even though one of our sessions had technical difficulties. Which could not be helped on either end, to be honest. Luckily, my tutor was understanding and we were able to pick up from where we left off. Thankfully, this didn’t happen twice! I still feel like I can’t say much yet in Finnish. Each session was 1 hour so, in total, I only got 2 hours of speaking practice. That’s much better than not having any practice at all. I know I can do better though! Ideally, I would like to get at least 4 sessions with a tutor each month. More is better but unless I’m participating in a language challenge. It’s not always practical for my busy schedule. Although, I am making more room in my schedule for languages thanks to my bullet journal!
Most of my writing came from participating in Lindsay Does Languages’ Instagram Language Challenge or #IGLC. This month I only focused on Finnish rather than Japanese, Catalan, German and Finnish together. I’ve learned a few interesting phrases whilst translating words for each of the prompts. Another source of my writing came from my “homework” from my tutor after our sessions. Other than that I haven’t practised my written Finnish. Shame! Shame! Next month I need to get into the habit of writing in either a notebook/journal or on italki or Lang 8 at the very least. Realistically, I would like to write at least 4 entries in either a journal or on italki and/or Lang 8 about topics that interest me or what I absolute NEED to learn.
I listened to the following songs in Finnish:
Miks ei- Laura Voutilainen
Mä en kestä- Laura Voutilainen
Rahan takii- Antti Tuisku
Keinutaan-Antti Tuisku feat VilleGalle
Minä en puhu- Takaikuu
Mailmaan loppun- Emilia Ekström
Tänä yönä taivaaseen- Tiktak
Missä muruseni on- Jenni Vartiainen
Turvasana- Jenni Vartiainen
Minä sinua vaan- Jenni Vartiainen
Kohta sataa- Pete Parkkonen
Peto on irti- Antti Tuisku
Helppo elämä- Lauri Yrjölä
Lemmikki- Nelli Matula
Beibi- Haloo! Helsinki
Hulluuden Highway- Haloo! Helsinki
Hula hula- Robin feat Nelli Matula
So what did you listen to that wasn’t music and lyrics? Absolutely nothing! Well, I did watch a few videos from FinnishPod101 and a little bit from Yle prior to the Eurovision Song Contest. But other than that, it’s mostly just been songs. That needs to change obviously! But I do find music to be what motivates me when nothing else does. I need to diversify what I listen to with podcasts in Finnish, news in Finnish, etcetera, etcetera. Next month, that’s what I will be hunting for. If you have any recommendations feel free to share them in the comments section.
Just like my response to the Listening Practice section, most of my reading came from song lyrics. I don’t know what it is but I find Finnish text to still be quite intimidating to read. I will definitely need to work past this or else I won’t be able to read in Finnish. Next month, I will aim for at least 1 Yle article, one blog post and perhaps a very short story or poem in Finnish. I don’t own any books in Finnish at the moment so maybe considering getting some books (or e-books) in Finnish about topics that interest me. I also will be reviewing my Finnish LingQ lessons as well next month.
New Words And Phrases I’ve Learnt This Month
Annan sinulle sydämeni- I give you my heart.
Vähän- A little bit.
En ole tehnyt mitään väärää- I haven’t done anything wrong.
Hän näytti hyvin tanskalaiselta- He looked very Danish.
Kaadanko sinulle kupillisen teetä?- Shall I pour you a cup of tea? (Source: Sanakirja.fi)
Me olemme itse asiassa juuri juoneet teetä, kiitos vain- Actually we’ve just had tea, thank you. (From Sanakirja.fi)
Yksi kalja, kiitos- One beer, please.
Missä on taskulamppu?- Where is the flashlight?
LingQ? Memrise? HiNative? (Language Learning Apps)
Nope. Not. A. Single. App. Was. Used. This. Month. What a shame! I just haven’t felt like using too many apps this month. Usually, I at least use the LingQ app if I don’t use any other app but I didn’t even use that during this month. But my priorities have not been placed too much on languages. Or at least as much as I would like to. Next month means that all three of this apps must be used next month. At least, just once. Even if most of my learning takes place on other online platforms.
What were your language goals for May? Which goals did you accomplish and which ones could be improved on? How motivated were you this month? I’d love to hear your perspective.