I recently signed up for a whole bunch of French newsletters!
I came across a little booklet in English about the Chartres Cathedral at a local thrift store. So then I was doing some research about La Cathédrale de Chartres, and realized that they have an e-mail newsletter you can sign up for on their website. I’m not religious, but I enjoy visiting churches in France for the history and beautiful architecture/artwork. Then I also looked up museums and famous sights that I’ve visited in France in the past, and signed up for 10 different newsletters. These are the newsletters that I’m currently signed up for:
L’Église Saint Eustache à Paris
Centre Pompidou (has a podcast and free online courses as well)
Musée des Augustins à Toulouse (podcast, free online conferences)
Musée des civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée (MUCEM) à Marseille
After a month or two, I’ll take a look and see which newsletters I enjoy reading and which to unsubscribe from. Then I’ll try adding in newsletters for practicing my other languages.
Chinese and Japanese will have to wait, as my character reading skills aren’t as high.
But I’ll be able to try newsletters for French, Spanish, Italian, Icelandic, and German!
Polish is 50/50 for my reading comprehension at the moment. I’m getting better at reading instagram captions, and I recognize certain vocabulary like days of the week, holiday vocab, and city/country vocab. But reading a whole newsletter might be a bit frustrating at the moment.
My levels in Icelandic and German aren’t that high, but since English is also a Germanic language, it gives me a bit of a leg up with reading comprehension in those languages. They also work together well as languages that I’m learning- as I learn vocab in German, that helps with my Icelandic and vice versa.
Do you have any language learning newsletters to recommend? I know that some online language teachers and content creators also have newsletters. Some of these are more promotional or for advertising though, so I’ve tried some of these out and then unsubscribed.
Alla prossima xx
*photo of me from July 2014 in Paris, in front of the large glass Pyramide du Louvre