Something that very few schools teach is to have clearly defined goals when beginning to learn a language.

However, if you want to be successful it is extremely important! You have to know your WHY for learning this language (whether it’s because you like the culture, for a job, or if it’s because you like a guy or girl and you want to be able to communicate better with him or her).

You shouldn’t just have a goal; it’s also important to have a plan and a way to make yourself responsible for reaching your goal.

In this short article, I’m going to explain how I’m doing these three things in my 30-day challenge.

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Have a Goal

In the other day’s video, I explained to you my WHY for improving my level of Catalan. If you didn’t see that video, then click here to see it.

Make a Success Plan

Today I worked on organizing a plan for success. So, it’s just a weekly plan of what I will do each day. This way, I don’t have to think about it, I’ll already know my to-do for the day when I wake up.

plan for successHere you can see my plan:

Monday – Grammar/structure

Tuesday – Film a video or write an article

Wednesday – Publish a video

Thursday – Language exchange

Friday – Post an article

Saturday – Film a video

Sunday – More relaxed Catalan (for example: ready, watch series/movies, listen to/break down songs)


Every day – “Study” with Anki, read and get more vocabulary, listen to music, whatsapp

Make Yourself Accountable

Another important thing is having some way to make yourself accountable for reaching your goal. There are surely many ways to do this.

In the case of doing a challenge like I am, you should NEVER go to sleep without fulfilling your responsibility. You might you’ll sleep less, but atleast you’ll have the satisfaction of a greater wisdom of the language that you’re learning.

I’m going to recommend two ways to hold yourself accountable for reaching your goal.

  1. Create a log

I made myself a simple accountability log for the next 30 days of the challenge. There I have the day, the activities that I completed that day, and the approximate time. You can see it here

You can see that there are days in which I completed more than an hour, but I never go to sleep without doing at least the minimum.

  1. Get accountability partners

accountabilityMaybe you have some friend who also wants to learn or improve a language. So, why don’t you hold each other responsible? It’s much more probable that you’ll be successful if you have someone doing it with you and who is holding you accountable because you won’t want to let each other down.

I have two. They aren’t learning Catalan, but rather English and Spanish. Anyway, this way, we’ll make sure that we’re all doing our work.


If you do these three things that I recommended then it’s MUCH more probable that you will achieve your goal.

I believe that you can do it, so go ahead!

If you liked this article then please comment below.

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  • Thank you very much! Your three advice so important for improving our killed in learning.

  • Anh Dang says:

    Thank you for good advices, I am trying to do that

  • Nero says:

    Thank you for the pieces of advice, and GOOD LUCK to you in learning Catalan, I saw the video the day you posted it, I think you’re doing great with Catalan ( I don’t Understand Catalan nor speak it but I noticed that it’s quasi similar to spanish) , I also noticed a slight change in your bodylanguange like it’s not the same Ethan who speaks english n-n :^) (exactly what happens I think to all language learners) . Anyway, as a language learner myself I am sincerely encouraging you, ’cause at this rate of you being so diligent, you’re gonna be speaking fluent Catalan in no time, you realy are a role model !

  • a lot of thanks all three things is useful for improving our longuage

  • TRACY says:

    Thank very much, i want to study English but i feel that it’s very difficult. I wanna make some friends to improve it. i will try to do that.

  • The idea about a plan is simple and effective!

  • The idea about a plan is simple and effective!

  • The idea about a plan is simple and effective!

  • The idea about a plan is simple and effective!

  • The idea about a plan is simple and effective!

  • The idea about a plan is simple and effective!

  • The idea about a plan is simple and effective!

  • The idea about a plan is simple and effective!

  • The idea about a plan is simple and effective!

  • The idea about a plan is simple and effective!

  • The idea about a plan is simple and effective!

  • The journey will then be easily and much shorter when we follow to basically simple ideas. Thank you!

  • Hi Ethan Zinho
    I use a little notbook to do my weekly agenda. The subject that more spend my time is vocabulary ; write on anki because there are some words that have many meanings. I think I need to write the main but I delay to.
    Have a good weekend

  • I'll try to take your advice . Thank you.

  • Ethan Zinho says:

    Awesome! I hope you had a good weekend, too.

  • Ethan Zinho says:

    I agree. Thanks!

  • Ethan Zinho says:

    Great to hear!

  • Ethan Zinho says:

    I'm glad you enjoyed. Thanks!

  • Ethan Zinho says:

    I hope so! Thank you for reading 🙂

  • Ethan Zinho says:

    I'm so happy. Thank you!

  • Ethan Zinho says:

    I hope that it will help you. Thanks for reading.

  • Jailson says:

    Awesome pieces of advice man, thansk a bunch !!