The 2017 Duolingo Eurovision Challenge:
I have had the idea of doing this competition for a while now. It is not a competition where you have to gain the most XP, or finish the tree first. This is a competition where you will have to do serious learning.
This competition is for beginners in European languages. The languages of the 42 countries participating in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, in Kiev (This doesn't include Australia, sorry).
You will be representing a country (the country where the language you are studying is spoken). You will study the language for one month (January 2017), and then take a test at the end of January to see if you have learned the language or not. There will be four learners per country, and the learner with the highest test score, will win the national selection, and then represent their country in the 2017 Duolingo Eurovision Challenge.
You will then have 1-2 weeks (while I correct the tests from the national selections) to review what you have already learned. If you win the national selection, you then have until the end of April 2017 to study for the Duolingo Eurovision Challenge. The country with the highest test score wins. The winner will be announced May 13th 2017, the day of the final of the Eurovision Song Contest!
The tests will be the same format for all languages, so one language will not have an easier test than the rest (They will also be devised carefully so you can't cheat on them:)
Countries and Languages
Below is a list of all languages you can learn, and which country you will be representing:
~ If you want to learn Albanian, you will represent Albania.
~ If you want to learn Armenian, you will represent Armenia.
~ If you want to learn Azerbaijani, you will represent Azerbaijan.
~ If you want to learn Belarussian, you will represent Belarus.
~ If you want to learn Bulgarian, you will represent Bulgaria.
~ If you want to learn Croatian, you will represent Croatia.
~ If you want to learn Czech, you will represent Czech Republic.
~ If you want to learn Danish, you will represent Denmark.
~ If you want to learn Dutch, you can represent The Netherlands or Belgium.
~ If you want to learn Estonian, you will represent Estonia.
~ If you want to learn Finnish, you will represent Finland.
~ If you want to learn French, you can represent France, Belgium or Switzerland.
~ If you want to learn German, you can represent Germany, Switzerland, Austria or Belgium.
~ If you want to learn Georgian, you will represent Georgia.
~ If you want to learn Greek, you can represent Greece or Cyprus.
~ If you want to learn Hungarian, you will represent Hungary.
~ If you want to learn Icelandic, you will represent Iceland.
~ If you want to learn Irish, you will represent Ireland.
~ If you want to learn Hebrew, you will represent Israel.
~ If you want to learn Italian, you can represent Italy, San Marino or Switzerland.
~ If you want to learn Latvian, you will represent Latvia.
~ If you want to learn Lithuanian, you will represent Lithuania.
~ If you want to learn Macedonian, you will represent F.Y.R Macedonia.
~ If you want to learn Maltese, you will represent Malta.
~ If you want to learn Moldovan, you will represent Moldova.
~ If you want to learn Montenegrin, you will represent Montenegro.
~ If you want to learn Norwegian, you will represent Norway.
~ If you want to learn Polish, you will represent Poland.
~ If you want to learn Portuguese, you will represent Portugal.
~ If you want to learn Romanian, you will represent Romania.
~ If you want to learn Romansch, you will represent Switzerland.
~ If you want to learn Russian, you will represent Russia.
~ If you want to learn Serbian, you will represent Serbia.
~ If you want to learn Slovene, you will represent Slovenia.
~ If you want to learn Slovak, you will represent Slovakia.
~ If you want to learn Spanish, you will represent Spain.
~ If you want to learn Swedish, you will represent Sweden.
~ If you want to learn Ukrainian, you will represent Ukraine.
~ If you want to learn Welsh or Cornish, you will represent the United Kingdom.
Please note that this list of languages is set. I will not be adding to it anymore, and even if the country pulls out of the actual Eurovision Song Contest, this list won't change.
The language you wish to learn must be a second language, and not your native.
You must be a beginner in the language.
You can not choose to learn two languages, you must choose one.
You must take the test on a specific day (TBD), with a specific deadline to complete the test.
Follow me so I can find your account easily if I need to give you updates.
You must learn these topics for the national selection tests at the end of January:
To download the PDF, click on the link>download this file>enter code you see and the download will start automatically.
Winners of the national selections will receive a certificate with a trophy image like this:
The winner of the overall competition will receive a certificate with a trophy image like this: (with the host nation's flag like in the actual Eurovision Song Contest)
Winners of the national selections and overall competition will be added to the Duolingo Eurovision Challenge HOF (to be created closer to end of the competiton).
Albania National Selection: Rappelke,
Armenia National Selection:
Austria National Selection: Leona_Jasmin,
Azerbaijan National Selection: pinemartens,
Belarus National Selection:
Belgium National Selection: wittykittycute,
Bulgaria National Selection:
Croatia National Selection:
Cyprus National Selection:
Czech Republic National Selection: DuoFlash,
Denmark National Selection:
Estonia National Selection:
Finland National Selection:
Germany National Selection:
Hungary National Selection:
Iceland National Selection:
Ireland National Selection: MelEarwood
Israel National Selection: IvritMiron12,
Latvia National Selection:
Lithuania: Lithuania National Selection:
F. Y. R. Macedonia National Selection:
Malta National Selection:
Moldova National Selection:
Montenegro National Selection:
The Netherlands National Selection:
Portugal National Selection:
Romania National Selection: Kathleen315652,
Russia National Selection: xania1977,
San Marino National Selection:
Serbia National Selection:
Slovenia National Selection:
Switzerland National Selection:
Ukraine National Selection:
Any questions, in this section I will list some of the most frequently asked questions, to save you from asking:
Indicate your willingness to join.
Please state which language you want to learn.
2.5 (If your language has more than one country, please state which country you wish to represent).
- FOLLOW THE DISCUSSION! All the information is here!
Here are a few examples of requests:
~ "OMG I want to join". -- Stated willingness to join, but that's about it. Shows to me you didn't read the full post.
~ "French Please". -- Stated language, but not willingness to join or which country they wanted to represent. Shows that they didn't read the full post.
~ "I would like to join. I would like to learn Italian and represent San Marino". -- This ticks all the requirements and shows to me you read the post.
aaaand that's about it! Good luck to everyone who has entered!
Final Note: Please read the full post. It is vitally important! If you don't, your request to join could be delayed, causing you to miss out on that chance to represent your favourite country! Also, make sure to follow this discussion!
Where will you be getting the tests from? What level will they be?
(I ask because resources are scarce for some of the languages listed, and I'd like a concrete idea of what scope will be required before picking one.)
Same, I'd like to know more about the tests before choosing a language! How in depth is each topic? What areas will be covered (speaking, reading, etc.)? How are you going to accurately get all the languages marked?
Edit: Ya know what, sign me up to represent Azerbaijan anyway! I need a challenge ;)
The topics are not too advanced. I might create a list of prescribed vocabulary that you will need to learn before anyone starts learning anything in January.
I'll add you under Azerbaijan too:)
For the National Selections, I will be devising the tests, because they will be quite simple. All the tests will have the same format, and cover the list of topics in the post above. Basic vocabulary and basic grammar.
For the main competition, I might need to enlist the help of native speakers for certain languages like Montenegrin as the vocabulary and grammar on the test will be beyond the basics.
Ah, I see; that must still be quite an undertaking if lots of people sign up!
I'm surprised you didn't include Basque (one can be a Spaniard and speak Basque, surely?), particularly considering all your work on that excellent Memrise course which I had a dabble in some time ago. (And Catalan for that matter, which actually has a Duo course.)
Anyway, notwithstanding, I should like to represent Georgia, please.
Added! Basque and Catalan speakers are usually very proud of their own region and would prefer to be put under the Basque Country or Catalonia rather than Spain.
I would be more than happy to enter. Right now, my mind is on strengthening Greek, but I wouldn't mind taking on Polish (so representing Poland). Can I join?
Hello! I am tiger, and right here and now I am making the commitment to studying a new language for an entire month, in order to partake in and hopefully win this challenge (and maybe learn a few things in the process ; )) ).
The language I will be learning is German, and the country I will be representing is Germany.
Do you mean Scottish Gaelic? I always get confused with Gaelic, Scottish Gaelic, Gaeilge because they all sound the same.
I would like to join. I would like to learn Italian and represent Italy.
The competition is at home. The Eurovision Song Contest is in Kiev but that's only the theme:) You won't have to go anywhere.
This is interesting! :) I would love to join! :) I will be learning Swedish since I haven't been learning it for months. I have forgotten almost everything I learnt and would like to restart Swedish. :) I would like to represent Sweden. :)
I would like to join. I want to learn Welsh and represent the UK. I am level 5 at the moment but I only know two words. Am I allowed to compete? :)
Sure:) Spread the word too if you want:) The more people that see this the better! and good luck!
That's an awesome idea! I would like to learn Italian and represent Italy. :)
Hi there! I would like to join please. I would like to learn Georgian and represent Georgia. Thanks!
I would like to compete! I want to learn Spanish and represent Spain. I am only level 3.
I would like to join. I would like to learn Spanish and represent Spain
Can I try for Greece? I am assuming it's okay I already halfway know the alphabet.
This is so neat! I'd like to join learning Norwegian and representing Norway.
I would like to represent UK as I'm learning Welsh and as you can see, I'm a true beginner xD I saw there are already two participants so this is the time to test myself!
I would like to join. I would like to learn Spanish and represent Spain. Although I'm level 11, I still have a lot to learn.
I would like to join, please. I would like to learn Russian an represent Russia.
I would like to join. I would like to learn Swedish and represent Sweden. I'm still level 5 and I'm a beginner.
Hello!!! Pretty good contest, I want to join!!! I always wanted to learn Hebrew (so I'll representing Israel). Thank you!!!
I would like to join and learn Polish representing Poland. Also I have a couple questions.
Would it be cheating to start learning before January? and Can I use sources outside of Duolingo to learn?
Adding you now:)
There's nothing stopping you from starting now, but I haven't finalized the vocab/grammar list yet so there wouldn't really be a point. You can use any resource you want:)
You'll have a month to learn the pre defined vocabulary and grammar topics and then on January 31 you take the test:) (or a day around that time when you are free).
This is so awesome! I've been a long time Eurovision fan and would like to join! Since Romanian just came out, I would like to represent Romania!
I would like to join the competition. I want to learn French and represent France.
Your post didn't say: is there an audio component? Not all of these languages are easy to find audio lessons for.
And: Is there still room on the Albanian team? I'd like to sign up for Albanian.
There won't be an audio component because some of the languages have little to none resources for audio available.
and yes, there's still room for Albanian:)
I was so worried about there being a rush for Albanian - there are foreigners living in Albania and Kosovo now who I assumed would jump in immediately. Of course, they would probably help Albania's standing in the final competition more than me. I will loyally cheer for whoever wins the first round, though.
I was tempted by Albanian, but audio material is rather thin on the ground (completely nonexistent for Gheg) and a half-decent Albanian TTS doesn't seem to exist.
Lack of audio is no excuse! I'll use whatever Google has, and cross my fingers that Albanians are an understanding people. In both senses of the word.
I would like to join Team Hebrew, so I would represent Israel... can I join? Thank you, so a good contest...
I would like to learn Spanish and represent Spain, please. Btw, since there are teams of four people per country, do you interact with the others of that team?
Hi! Unfortunately all the spaces for Spanish have been filled. I have had five requests and I'm waiting for the 4th and 5th to decide who participates. Would you like to try another language?
I've been studying Polish for about a week, so I'm still basically a beginner. Can I do that if i stop studying till the beginning of January?
I'd love to join and learn Czech. I've wanted to start learning it for a while... May I represent the Czech Republic?
Hello. Are you still hosting this challenge, even though your slots did not fill up as anticipated??? You must be disappointed...
Suz - It is to be expected, of course. There is simply no way that all of those slots would fill up. There just isn't enough exposure for any one post, even one of this caliber!
30+ people signing up is rather amazing in itself. I assume that with that many people already in the challenge, we will be able to begin as planned. From what I have seen in the past, delaying start times on competitions and challenges to fill up open slots only causes people already in it to lose interest or make other plans in the meantime.
Yes, dearest Charming One, I realized that after a bit. <deep sigh> I suppose this challenge might have gotten more exposure if it hadn't been at this particular time of year. Most people are so busy with other things. I agree. Nice to see so many willing contestants, nonetheless. I guess we'll just have to wait and see what happens...
I regret to notify you that I must request to be excused from your competition presently. Sorry! Maybe another time?
You have a month to learn what is on the topic list (I will give that to everyone on January first) then the national selection test is on the 31st of January (or whatever date near then you are free to take it). It will be short (roughly 30 mins). and you can learn at home:)
Hey, this sounds like a good idea! I would say france but im level 8, so maybe i could do, Danish(Denmark) German(Germnay) or maybe Portugese? I hope i can join!
You can join, but it cannot be for French because you are a bit past beginner I'm afraid. What other language would you like?
I'd love to participate and represent Sweden by learning Swedish if possible!
I would really like to join. I would like learn french and represent France. Thank you!
Hi otsogutxi. Innovative idea. Kudos. I would like to represent Spain, although I am currently on level 6. Will I be eligible? My first language is Hindi, my second is English. I am trying to make Spanish my third.
Hey otsogutxi, this is a great idea! :) Will this be a regular occurrence if it's successful? While I'll be learning it to communicate with two (awesome) people living in Germany, I'd like to represent Austria learning German.
hi i would like to join. i would like to learn Italian, and would like to represent Italy.
Hi! Unfortunately it's too late to join! the contest started 2 days ago. Sorry about that:(
Because the activity stream is no longer working it is difficult to know what is happening with the competition - when is the test date and how, when will you contact us about it please?
Hi! The tests will be available to everyone on the 31st of January, and you will have until the 2nd of February to finish it. If I cannot contact people through there streams, I will make a post about it on the discussion forums.
When we have to write the test? (because I haven't got it yet...) Thank you!!!
The tests are a bit more time consuming then I first thought, so I have not finished all of them yet. I want to be fairer and give them all out at the same time, but use this chance to study more.
Preferably hand them out in two days time ... just need it to finish the Polish tree ;)