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Duolingo Level 10 Challenge!

This year for my New Year's resolution I'm going to make it to level 10 (225 practices) in every single one of the twenty six languages that are available for English speakers, with the exclusion of High Valyrian. I'm doing this because I would like to get a little bit of experience in many different languages so that I can know which ones that I like the most and to become more knowledgeable about a variety of languages rather than having in depth knowledge of one or two. It turns out that the amount of languages is extremely well distributed with the amount of weeks in a year, so if you do one language to level 10 every two weeks, 2*26=52 which is two short of the amount of weeks in a year, or exactly on it if you include High Valyrian, although you have to do approximately 40 minutes per day of Duolingo to be on track. Please tell me, do you have any recommendations for this challenge, I'd love to hear them, and what is your New Year's resolution?

January 10, 2018

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[deactivated user]

    in every single one of the twenty six languages that are available for English speakers

    26 languages? While your enthusiasm is laudable, you'll end up not knowing much about any of them. I mean, when you reach say language 20 in October you'll have no clue on what you've learned in language 6 in March. And so on.

    Proper language learning requires repetition... if you freeze it you won't go far.

    Sorry to be that guy but... other than doing it for fun, it doesn't seem like a good idea.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LasCicatrices

    I think their goal is to "test the waters" in each language. They haven't specifically picked out one language to learn because they might not know which ones they like the most. Quite a bit of exposure is also necessary to get an idea of if you like it or not, hence the level 10.

    Also, like the other guy said, some people just like the gaming aspect of Duolingo, which is also fine. I'm okay with people who like playing Duolingo just for playing it, they have different hobbies and priorities than us. As long as they don't disrupt the forums or anything, they bring Duolingo more income and possibly more users.


    [deactivated user]

      Hence I've mentioned the "for fun" aspect. From a proper language learning perspective I don't think it's that beneficial to test 26 languages, spending only 2 weeks on each one. He will get confused and mix everything up in the end.

      A more reasonable plan, yet still challenging, would be something like testing 10 languages, spending 1 month on each.

      But of course I wish him luck.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/piguy3

      When the person literally mentions

      so that I can know which ones that I like the most and to become more knowledgeable about a variety of languages rather than having in depth knowledge of one or two.

      it sounds like the OP has a clear objective in mind and is perfectly conscious of the obvious tradeoffs...

      People have different priorities and goals, a concept that I wouldn't think would be hard to understand for anyone who's chosen to spend their free time learning a language instead of plopped in front of the TV.

      More people probably ought to explore more before deciding they'll learn Spanish, French, or German just because that's what they happen to be familiar with because it's what's commonly done (for reasons that undoubtedly have more to do with historical inertia than actual practical sense).


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ngraner42

      If the goal is just exposure, it seems like a good plan. Also Duolingo is a kind of video game, some people may just enjoy playing it.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AlexDiaconescu

      well maybe he is an associative learner and it could come to the bright side, he'll let us know next January


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FrankEdger

      Know in advance that the grammar of some languages is very complex, as is the sound/letter system. Wishing you luck.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/garpike

      It turns out that the amount of languages is extremely well distributed with the amount of weeks in a year, so if you do one language to level 10 every two weeks, 2*26=52 which is two short of the amount of weeks in a year

      You will want to allow yourself rather more time for languages with unfamiliar scripts; it is generally a good idea to use other resources to familiarise yourself with a new script before starting a course as DL does not teach them very effectively at all (even with 'character challenges'). Regardless of long-term memory, you won't get much 'exposure' to a language if you're still struggling with the script after two weeks (as my own level 10 in Hebrew stands as a monument to!)


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Corinnebelle

      I admire your desires! Languages fascinate me also! What if more languages come out before the end of the year?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AJ_110

      Since Hindi and Indonesian may come out, I would make time for them as I already had three of the languages at the goal, and thank you!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/qwe765
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      It sounds like you're undertaking an interesting project. I agree with other posters that you may not ultimately remember much from each language that you can use later, but I think you'll have a rich experience finding out more about different language structures and functions, and how you as an individual best learn and utilize those features. The one recommendation I would have is to not be afraid to stop and explore, practice, or research a new concept or language if it's of interest to you, even if it briefly seems against the best interest of completing your goal. Language learning is satisfying on its own, but it's also a gateway to communication and culture. Keeping sight of that and making time to enjoy what each language opens up to you can keep the learning fresh and keep you going. Good luck with your New Year's resolution!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mr.Supermann

      Why would you learn Klingon but not High Valyrian?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AJ_110

      Klingon hasn't come out yet, which is why I didn't mention it, but it would fall under High Valyrian's category


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AlexDiaconescu

      I am also following this discussion to see how you do that :D


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/anitramwaju

      I think it will be difficult. Some languages are really more difficult to learn than others. I'd say that except for Polish the languages you have begun now are easy ones (at least for the beginning).

      Getting to level 10 in languages like Hebrew, Vietnamese or Japanese is another challenge (especially in two weeks)…

      I also tried a lot of languages but I often stop around level 7…

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