https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

I challenge you

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To write a story. (Maybe a silly one? But, doesn't have to be.)

All ages welcome.

This is an ongoing challenge and you can start at any level. But, for each day that you practice your skills, add 1-3 new sentences.

Short version of the Challenge: Write 1 short story. Long version of the Challenge: Write 1 short story each week.

Here are some guidelines (they are not rules, just suggestions):

  • Try not to lose your streak.
  • Don't form an idea of what you want your story to be about ahead of time.
  • Each day that you practice, add at least 1 sentence to your story (the sentence needs to be in the language that you are learning).
  • Memorize each sentence of your story. So don't write more sentences than you can memorize. (If you turn it into a song, you might remember it easier.)
  • Only use words and grammar you have learned on Duolingo. (No peaking in a dictionary to add words to your story that you've never learned.)
  • Write sentences that match the difficulty of what you are learning. For example, if were near the beginning of a Spanish for English speakers's tree, your first sentence would be something like: "La manzana come pan." (The apple eats bread.)
  • Find someone to share your story with. (Pick someone who is learning the same language you are learning. You can ask for story partners in the comment section, or go to the Duolingo language forum that matches the language you are learning.)

Good Luck!!

NOTE Also, theme challenge suggestions would be fun option too. Like, write a story about ducks from outer space! If you have a theme suggestion, share it in the comments!

PS You can find the Language forums on the right side of the main Discussion page. If you have the new layout, this area will be labeled "Sections". If you have the previous layout, go to the right side of that page and scroll down until you see miniature flags next to each language section.

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4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/revdolphin
revdolphin
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Era una noche oscuridad. Había lluvia en la carretera.
Habíamos estado manejando para dieciocho horas. Estuvimos cansados.
Al pronto, otra coche empezó a girar sin control.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/revdolphin
revdolphin
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Habíamos estado manejando para dieciocho horas. Estuvimos cansados.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
Usagiboy7
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This sounds like a mystery, or a thriller. dun dun dun. (estoy en el borde de mi silla!)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/revdolphin
revdolphin
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Perhaps. We'll see what I'm in the mood to write next time.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/revdolphin
revdolphin
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Question about this part, "Only use words and grammar you have learned on Duolingo. (No peaking in a dictionary to add words to your story that you've never learned.) "

If it's a word I've learned, does it have to be from Duolingo? For instance, I'm fairly certain "egocéntrico" isn't in the Duolingo set, but I'm reading a psychology book in Spanish and it uses that word a lot. It's pretty obvious the meaning and I've never had to look it up, but am I excluded from using this word because I didn't learn it on Duolingo? And what of words where it's not as clear in my memory where I learned them?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
Usagiboy7
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They are only guidelines and not rules. My main goal was just not wanting people to overload themselves or to get so complext that it is far above their current skill level. I like the idea of people being encouraged to entrench themselves in what they are currently learning. You read books in Spanish, that is what you are currently learning. Go for it and have fun! (and if I'm your story partner, as I suspect I might be, have a little mercy on me ;) haha!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/aminowrimo
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This is a cool idea. :) I won't join in though, because I already have more stories written than I know what to do with.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
Usagiboy7
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@aminowrimo,

I've been wondering every since I saw the "wrimo" at the end of your name. :D

Anyhow, I decided to create the challenge after seeing that a few people were struggling with their trees and looking for motivation to keep going. It's only one idea, but, maybe it will be a fun way to inspire people to keep learning. ^_^

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/aminowrimo
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Yeah, I started participating in 2008 when I was 13 and have continued since then. Won every NaNo, though the last one was unorthodox in that I edited and critiqued rather than writing. The 'amino' comes from something my brother suggested when he was 6. Nothing to do with biology, I fear. XD Have you participated in NaNo?

I'm inspired to keep learning because there's an owl nagging at me on my iPhone and there's points... and I want to be able to finish The Three Musketeers in French. I tried once writing a story in French but coming up with the plot at that point was more trouble than it was worth. XD

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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@aminowrimo, I just answered on your Activity stream :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MalloryBlaise
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this is such a great idea - I'm really into writing so I might give this a go

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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Go for it! :) And if you post your story in a week, I'll give you a lingot :)

4 years ago
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