What Are Your Language Goals Before The End Of The Year?

Instilling goals in our minds is very important if not imperative to finding success in any endeavor to seek to embark on. Without setting a goal or two you will reach a point during that journey where you realize there's no real reason to accomplish what you set out to obtain in the first place.

However, if your set a goal such as improving your health by exercising to live longer, improving your grades for a better GPA or taking more time out of your day to study a language you are learning, then reaching your goal will make you more determined to persevere no matter the obstacle.

Speaking of languages, I thought before the end of the year I would set some clear, moderate goals to accomplish before November 30th such as:

-Finish the German tree

(My goal in learning German is to be able to read Einstein's scientific publications in his native language German. I know that seems like a complex goal but I really do love astronomy and physics and what's better than reading Einstein material.)

-Learn the Korean Alphabet

(I love Korean Pop. Big Bang is my favorite band and one day I hope to understand what they are saying. I figured I should start the foundation of learning Korean with the Alphabet of course.)

-Expand my Spanish vocabulary and listen to Spanish radio every day up until November 30th.

(I do listen to Spanish radio but the frequency has decreased over the past two months. however this past few weeks as I've been working through my German tree for Spanish speakers I have been broadening my vocabulary)

-Improve my Arabic and Japanese vocabulary.

(I already learned the alphabet and I did one lesson on the English for Arabic speakers course on Duolingo but I stopped a few weeks ago. I also did a few lessons on the English for Japanese course. I recently asked a friend who studied Japanese in college to let me borrow their Genki textbook so I could continue my Japanese studying. )

I wish I could extend the deadline up to the very last day of the year but I join the military December 1st so I won't be able to get any language studying done during boot camp which is for two months.

However I thought because we get to mail home letters to family that I would not only write in my native language (English) but also in Spanish, German and any other language I've delved in as well. Even though my family wont be able to understand it I just don't want to become rusty so I'll let them know ahead of time that my letters will have translated copies so that I can keep my language skills oiled. =D

What are your language goals before the end of the year approaches?

October 11, 2014


I have similar goals to yours:

  • Learn the basics of Farsi

  • Learn more Spanish vocabulary, further develop my Spanish ear/speaking skills

  • Learn the basics of Mandarin Chinese (Simplified)

  • Reach A2/B1 in Dutch

  • Finish my Portuguese tree

October 11, 2014

I was learning a little Farsi with Pimsleur Method a few months ago but my library had more options with Arabic so I went with that.

I have a Mandarin CD set but it's really boring. I need a program that's more engaging.

I'm also doing the Portuguese Tree for Spanish speakers. You can really expand your vocabulary doing the tree that way. I've learned a lot more words from the lessons and the comments from the Spanish speakers

October 11, 2014

I'm learning with a Memrise course made by MaeeSafaee.

I'm just using a standard course, nothing special. I've done a lot of flashcard review, because I know I would surely falter if I relied on the course alone.

I was doing that tree as well, but the missing accepted translations bothered me, and impeded my progress. I'll return to that after a few months or so.

October 11, 2014

Enjoy your Portuguese tree. I love seeing people that want to learn my native language :)

October 11, 2014

Hmm... ah yes!

Be able to read Spanish with a Spanish accent and not a French accent! :P

Master at least Half of French

Be able to carry a simple conversation in Spanish, German, Swedish, French, Russian, Danish.

Learn the Korean Alphabet

Learn the Arabic Alphabet

Be able to teach Basic French

Be able to Christmas Carol in French, Spanish, German, Swedish, Russian, Danish.

Finish the Book(s) Voyage au Centre de la Terre, Viaje al Centro de la Tierra, and เฉลยธรรมบัญญัติ 5

October 11, 2014

WOW! That's a big list to conquer before the end of the year LoL

October 11, 2014

I guess it is! But I love challenges! :D

October 11, 2014

Taking on huge challenges are motivating

October 11, 2014

Sure is! :)

October 12, 2014

My language goals are:

  • Finish Danish tree
  • Finish Portuguese tree
  • Finish French tree
  • Read a book in German
  • Read a book in Italian
  • Read a book in Dutch
  • Reach a B1 level in Dutch
  • Learn Basic Farsi
October 11, 2014

Hopefully I finish both my Portuguese and German tree before the end of this month. I think I can if I really focus.

I did a little Farsi with the Pimsleur Method program. It's a great language.

October 11, 2014

Good luck with your trees!

I'm using a basic Farsi course created on Memrise by my dear friend Maede.

October 11, 2014

any question about farsi , you can count on me ;)

October 11, 2014

Read the Harry potter series in Spanish

Finish my French from Spanish tree.

October 11, 2014

I do love harry potter! I will give that a try!

October 11, 2014

Well, I have goals before the end of the school year. :) - work on my Spanish listening and delve into some more difficult tenses. Want to graduate from the B1.5 level (jaja) as well. - A2 in French and finish my tree - A2 in Chinese (or whatever that's equivalent to in HSK) and master my current textbook

Also may try to be fluent in Esperanto. Apparently that only takes a few months, and from what I've learned so far I don't think that will be tough. :)

October 11, 2014

I can read a little Chinese thanx to my studying in Japanese. I love watching movies where there are settings in China or Japan in which I see so many hanzi/kanji characters I can read =D

October 11, 2014

My goals are:

Finish my Spanish Tree

Get through 1/2 of Reverse Tree

Get through 1/2 of Dutch Tree

Get through 1/4 of Italian Tree

Develop Quicker Latin Reading Skills; Get an A+ for the Quarter in Latin II

Learn to Read Greek Alphabet and Basics of Ancient Greek

October 11, 2014

After you finish your Spanish tree I would suggest going through the reverse tree (English for spanish speakers) to broaden your vocabulary. I finished my Spanish tree a few months ago and now Im working through the reverse tree. It's really expanded my vocabulary

October 11, 2014
  • Speaking French at a B1 level
  • Finishing my DuoLingo French tree
  • Reaching level 25 in French
  • Speaking Esperanto at a A2 Level

I arrived in Toulouse today and will leave in 5 weeks - hopefully my time here will boost my vocabulary dramatically =)

October 12, 2014

Ugh so jealous that you're in France! Enjoy your trip and if you can try to find you a language partner as soon as you can hopefully by tomorrow

October 13, 2014

All the best to you for your time in France!! Have a good time!! :)

October 13, 2014

Here are my goals (sorry if some of them are really small):

  • Practice and improve my level of "fluency" in French (I haven't tested myself for my CEFR level yet, but I will soon)

  • Get farther on Greek (modern) and/or Spanish (if not, Italian, and if not Italian, Portuguese).

  • Level up in Danish (right now, Danish is the only language I have an interest for between both Dutch and Danish, so I'm considering dropping Dutch).

  • Have a good basic vocabulary of Finnish, Latin, and Ancient Greek (I'm studying them on Memrise).

October 11, 2014

I want to try Italian but I know Spanish, Portuguese and Italian will become very confusing

October 11, 2014
  • Be around 755 done with my French tree
  • Work on Italian a bit? (Also maybe Portuguese and Spanish, maybe Romanian)
  • Review the Greek (modern) alphabet I had memorized over the summer when I went to Greece but I have forgotten
  • Get and start reading a book in French
  • Maybe work on the Hindi alphabet a bit?
  • Also possibly finish the French tree, but that will be hard to do before this year ends.
October 11, 2014

Hey Reid, how are you learning Romanian? Mind sharing? I really want to learn and since the Romanian course here on duolingo isn't progressing I need somewhere else. Any help is much appreciated.

October 11, 2014

Ι αμ λεαρνινγ Ρομανιαν τηροθγη τηε Ρεωερσε ψοθρσε (Ενγλιση φορ Ρομανιαν Σπεακερσ) Oops, my keyboard got stuck in Greek. I am learning it through the reverse course (English for Romanian speakers.)

October 11, 2014

Oh that's cool.

October 11, 2014

Get through the Deutsch Aktuell 1 textbook and get the following from it (I got the first and second books from the German teacher at school when they cancelled it and they had leftover textbooks :): 1) Memorize the vocabulary (I understand the benefits to teaching individual words so you can string words together and form sentences on the fly and not being a phrasebook but through about ten pages I finally learned how to say my name is). 2) Understand the grammar taught in the book so I'll have aha! moments where I've seen the grammar from DL but didn't really understand to use it. 3) Use DL more. I haven't done anything on here but go through the forums for about 2 weeks now and I'll come back to it when I feel I'm ready..

October 11, 2014

Improving my French is my only goal on Duolingo in this period . Since it's a busy year for me , i think sticking to just one subj. & focus on is the best idea :)

October 11, 2014

French is soooo hard :D

October 12, 2014

Yep ! but love makes every hard thing easy maee ;)

October 12, 2014

I don't know how you guys do to handle all those languages at the same time, but before the end of the year this is what I want:

(I recently started to learn french so...) Be able to hold a basic french conversation with ease

Learn at least 6 songs in french.

Learn more english vocabulary, slang, expressions, and use them in conversation.

October 11, 2014

LoL! Once you learn one language that's in the same language group you basically know them all. However, if you are learning two languages or more at the same time it is best that the languages be DISTINCT from one another to avoid word confusion. Once you get a solid grasp of one language that is similar to another it will not be hard to learn the other one.

As for French music look up "Stromae" is a popular artist right now in France. Love his music

October 11, 2014

yes, you're right E.T.s_Son, and thank you for the suggestion, I didn't know that artist, it has been difficult for me to find good french music.

October 11, 2014

Finish Portuguese tree Learn at least half of Dutch (be able to count in Dutch after Numbers) Have a streak of at least 50 Keep all skills golden Stay ahead of most of my friends in XP

October 11, 2014
  • Finish 75% of my French tree
  • Begin Vietnamese?
October 11, 2014

I really do want to finish my French Tree or at least 50% if but the verb conjugation frustrates me

October 11, 2014

Increasing my days streak without stopping till the end of the year, even though my medical study. I know it may sounds an easy goal for many learners here, but it really means so much for me :D.

October 11, 2014

I guess I'm different, I'm savoring this, going slow. Freshening up my tree. I'm not that far from the end, but I am far enough from the end. I want to really really get German into my soul, deep. I don't want to forget it either. German is my main goal for the moment because it is totally difficult.

October 11, 2014

Mi objetivo es lograr fluidez en español para que puedo tratar a los pacientes hispanohablantes sin un traductor. También estoy pensando en retirarme en la República Dominicana.

October 11, 2014

It feel so great that I could read that without Google Translator =D When you get that feeling your motivation to fluency is fueled. I'd love to live a Spanish country for a few years, most likely Spain.

October 11, 2014

Why Spain?

October 11, 2014

Honestly, i don't know lol! I guess because most of the spanish shows, etc i've watched have come from Spain

October 12, 2014

I want to tame my completed from English trees so they stay golden without so much daily work.

And I want to finish both Portugese trees (from English and Spanish)

Finish the German from Spanish tree.

And hopefully get back to Dutch and Irish if they get put on the kindle fire app.

October 11, 2014

Before January 1, 2015, I hope to do these following things, deo volente:

-Finish my Portuguese tree on Duolingo (the last few lessons seem the hardest to push myself to finish)

-Become conversational in Arabic (اللهجة الممصري) (My current teacher says I am at an A2 level and I could be at B2 easily in 7 weeks)

-Lay a great foundation in Hebrew (I'm taking a class for this one.).

October 11, 2014

That is great that you're learning Arabic. It's such an interesting language and they fact that you're at a decent conversational level is superb. I wanted to learn Biblical Hebrew for some reason. LoL I think I want to learn a few ancient languages.

October 11, 2014

1-Finish the Spanish tree! 2-Learn Hungarian and Swedish on here! 3-Learn The Cyrillic alphabet completely! 4-Learn the basic Arabic!

October 11, 2014

You can learn the Cyrillic alphabet in a full day, that's definitely achievable. Also, what do you define as basic Arabic? Which dialect are you learning or are you going to learn MSA? I may have some resources for you. :)

October 11, 2014

I know! The Cyrillic alphabet is not that too much hard! Actually we learn the basic Arabic at school and I think It’s the standard Arabic! Sorry but What is MSA :) ?

October 11, 2014

Modern Standard Arabic. It's basically what newspapers, news reporters, use.

October 11, 2014

E.T.s_Son is correct, MSA is the standard that is used in the media and in formal settings. Here is a website to help you in your Arabic:

October 12, 2014

Thank you so much!

October 12, 2014

My list isn't too extensive because I'm a full time student, working full time, and an internship, but I have a list (always good to put it out there so you feel obliged to finish it!)

  • Keep the portion of the French tree I've already finished golden while completing up through Household

  • Start my formal Japanese learning. I've been lacking lately, I just have to actually do it haha. Learn some more kanji.

  • Reach level 10 in Spanish

  • Pass the first checkpoint in the Italian tree

  • Get past the basics of the German

  • Solidify my reading of Hangul so I can start on Korean soon

  • Start learning Swedish whenever the course is out

You like kpop? I've been really into B1A4 lately and I used to listen to Big Bang a long time ago but it's been a while. I'm not as into Kpop as I am Jpop, but I know the basics at least haha.

October 11, 2014

I really haven't explored Jpop music as much as Kpop. Kpop is just so colorful and fun. It amazes me how many group memebers they have in one band. LoL . I think I'm going to get starting on learning the Korean alphabet today.

October 11, 2014

Learning the Korean alphabet (Hangul) doesn't take that long. I've heard of people learning it in a day with dedication! The only problem I've had with learning Hangul is the pronunciation.

October 11, 2014

There are some fantastic courses on memrise, but like TheBryce said, I think that pronunciation is the hardest part of Korean. There are a few "double" consonants (ie ㅂ=b whereas ㅃ=bb) and I still have yet to understand how to /say/ these, but once you learn how to read it, learning Korean itself should be a lot easier. But if you can figure out how to read hiragana, katakana, and kanji, learning hangul shouldn't be /too/ hard.

I'm the opposite haha. I know a lot of Jpop but very little Kpop in comparison. I always like to find new groups, but I find it's harder to sing along so I get discouraged haha. (Are you talking about Suju with their max of like 13 members?)

October 11, 2014
  • Be able to watch a French documentary without subtitles and understand pretty much everything.
  • Finish the Danish tree.
  • Test out of the Swedish tree and try to be helpful to others after that.
October 11, 2014

Mine are:

  1. Finish Spanish tree (if everything goes well then I should be done by the end of the week)

  2. Start French, and, if everything goes as well as Spanish, be done by mid-November.

  3. If Esperanto is out by then (which it should be at the rate they're going) then do that. After Italian, Spanish, and French (as well as knowing English), Esperanto shouldn't be too difficult. ;)

  4. If there's any more of the year left, start another (undecided) language.

  5. Get at least halfway through "Harry Potter e la Pietra Filosofale" and הארי פוטר ואבן החכמים.

  6. Keep all my trees golden

October 11, 2014

Work on better pronunciation Be able to hold simple conversations in Irish, Spanish, French, Italian Maybe start learning Greek (preferably ancient) These are probably more for the end of the academic year, though. If I could get really fast at Latin grammar, that'd be cool too.

October 11, 2014

Finish the Danish tree. Get through the old serbo-croat course I have, learn a 2000-word Croatian frequency list, watch two movies in Croatian, and read 1/4 of a novel in Croatian. Keep up reasonable grades in German and Mandarin classes at school.

October 12, 2014

Good luck with the German and Mandarin classes. I know they are both difficult yet fun languages to learn!

October 12, 2014

My goal is to start using Portuguese (my second language) to learn French (my putative third).

October 12, 2014

Great job on reaching level 25 in Portuguese. How would you rate your fluency level in Portuguese?

October 12, 2014

It's getting quite high lately. I read a lot about Portuguese grammar and get about an hour of conversational practice every day.

October 12, 2014

That's awesome. I really need to start using my Spanish

October 12, 2014
  1. Finish the Danish tree
  2. Reach the halfway point of the Irish tree
  3. Get started on learning Catalan
October 12, 2014

Recover my motivation to study intensively. Nowadays I only keep my streak on Duolingo with bits of practice.

October 12, 2014

I guess I would recommend simplifying your approach so that you can put more energy into studying whether that be by choosing one language or alternating between languages every other week, etc.

October 12, 2014

Reach A2 German

Reach C1 Japanese

Finish my German novel.

October 12, 2014

I need to buy a German novel preferably something easy

October 13, 2014

I want to

-Learn the entire Dutch Tree and be able to read the original diary of Anne Frank -Learn the entire Spanish Tree -Learn the basics of German And I'd like to be able to finish one language before I start another :)

November 5, 2015

빅뱅 !

October 11, 2014

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That's my face looking at all those languages at level 25. WOWWWW

October 11, 2014

Must be a robot. Gotta be.

October 14, 2014
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