90 day language challenge
I was thinking about doing a 90 day challenge with the Danish language to see how much I can learn in three months. I was wondering if anybody was interested in joining me. You can learn any language you want! I'm going to be using other resources, unlike the person in the link down below, but I am starting a language that I don't know.
It starts on April 2nd and ends on June 30th.
Thank you for reading this post, and I hope you'll join the challenge!
By the way - the challenge is mostly intended for starting new languages. If your still studying a language and you don't want to start a new one, that is fine.
Sorry I didn't really make that clear in the discussion.
OK, that's fine, but I'll stick to French cause I kinda need to learn it for my exams. :D
That's a lovely idea. I might start learning Hungarian or German. Good luck with your Danish!
I’ll join you! But I’m not really sure if I should start with Japanese, Chinese or Korean or Spanish or Russian....ahhhh there are so many languages I want to learn :(
I'm glad I saw this post. I started learning Portuguese only a few days ago. It'd be nice to have some accountablity. How are you going to organize the challenge??
It's organized in this discussion.
The challenge is to see how much you are able to learn of a new language in 3 months.
For those who don't want to learn a new language, challenge yourselves by seeing if you can get a certain number of skills down the tree, or maybe even finish it.
It would be a good idea for you to set a goal. I personally would like to get conversational in Danish, since I have friends who speak it. I'm not sure if I would be able to finish the tree in 3 months!
Anyway, I hope that explanation wasn't confusing. Thanks for asking!
I'll join! I'm newer to Japanese considering I only started March 19th, 2019. (So I'm still pretty much a beginner.) It would be very interesting to see how much I can learn in 90 days. ^^
Sounds fun! I'm not sure whether I'll join with a new language (Hungarian) or an existing language (Polish), but I'll give it my all regardless. Good luck to everyone else -- especially OP, Danish is very fun. :)
That's wonderful! I'll try it with Hungarian or Navajo maybe or Portuguese ill have to think about it
I'm starting to learn Haitian Creole and a challenge like this is just what I was looking for! I'm going to join :)
I'm 14 days into my 100-day challenge for German, so I guess I could join you :p
I love this idea! In fact, I'll also join you. I do have a few goals. For Spanish, I want to get my tree finished (again) and all gold. I want to finish my German tree as well, although I'm not quite as set on this one. For Korean, I want to have 30 out of the 65 skills done.
I will join you! I just started to learn Norwegian 4 days ago. But I wonder if there's a group or something where we can clock in, which can help us stick to it.
I'm doing the same challenge with italian! it's been a month and I've been practicing every day. I dont have anyone to speack with so my goal is try to watch "baby" (an italian netflix show) without subtitles and see how much I understand haha
I would love to, but I’ve kind of already dabbled in any I’d be interested in, and I have my university finals (in French and Italian) next month xd
It also sounds a bit like this Irish polyglot guy. Benny something? I forget his name. I’ve no idea if he’s legit, but he has a book with tips on how to learn a language in three months. I’d question his methods, but it might have some helpful tips.
Best of luck though(:
You probably mean Benny Lewis.
His main tip is speak it.
"Speak it from day one," is a phrase I remember in conjunction with this. It gets mentioned in the blurb about his TEDx talk. An internet search on that phrase will also get results for other people who believe in the "speak it from day one" approach.
Also he's a fan of starting with phrasebooks so as to get the essentials as quickly as possible with a guide to pronunciation.
He also recommends spaced repetition using Anki as useful for helping to remember vocabulary and not forget it. (Anki is similar to Memrise or Tinycards, or to how Duolingo's "Strengthen" / "Practice" feature used to work.)
He has a brief guide on how to learn Spanish.
The start here page on Benny Lewis' site has links to a few articles and a TEDx talk.
There's a probably biased review of Benny Lewis by Steve Kaufmann who can count as a rival as he is the founder of lingq. At one time Benny Lewis was even promoting a product similar to lingq via his website.
Incidentally Tim Ferriss has also made a post entitled How to learn any language in 3 months.
Plus there's a rather long blog post on businessinsider by Benny Lewis and introduced by Tim Ferriss.
I would like to take a moment to say that I am providing this information and these links not as a recommendation of any of the three people or methods I have mentioned - nor to agree or disagree with the criticism one of them has written, but purely to expand on some information that was mentioned in MsStealYourGirl's post.
Doing this because it started on my mum's birthday. xD Imma try Vietnamese. I have wanted to learn it but never got the courage I guess. I may also work on French and Russian... Possibly Swedish. uhh there are so many languages I want to learn help.
I've started this with Hebrew. I had thought about Hindi but I think Hebrew will be easier on my phone -- I kind of want to isolate the challenge lesson with my phone use so I'm more focused on that than the daily check in on the other ones I've been keeping up with.
So I am on level 5 heading into the weekend. Still talking a lot about "mom and dad" and "doves liking wine". (Which sounds odd but it's to learn the letters and differentiate between similar looking words.
Interesting! I didn't actually start learning to say sentences with Korean until I was done learning their alphabet.
Hope it's not to late to join....... I am learning Korean. I needed a swift kick in the rear to push me a little farther.
What can you say right now in the language you are learning in the 90 day challenge?
I can say: Jeg hedder Lillith. Jeg lærer dansk. Jeg læser en bog (på engelsk). Translation: I'm called Lillith. I am learning danish. I am reading a book (in english).
Learning Haitian Creole for this challenge. So far, so good.
I can currently say: Bonjou! Mwen rele Sam. M'ap aprann Kreyol Ayisyen. Mwen renmen aprann lang yo. Mwen soti nan Meksik. Koman ou ye? Pa pi mal, mesi. M'ap ale. Orevwa!
Translation: Hello! My name is Sam. I like learning languages. I'm from Mexico. How are you? Not bad, thanks. I'm going (I have to go). Goodbye!
Today I'm going to focus on some vocab and learn a couple of verbs.
Good work, Lillith! Sadly, I can't say anything yet in Japanese other than words that have already made it into English (sushi, teriyaki, etc)! The beginning of the Japanese tree is all about learning Japanese symbols. I'll get there though!
We're now a week into the challenge... How's everyone doing?
I decided to bend the rules slightly by not choosing a new language for the challenge. I've been stuck in the pre-beginner stages of Polish for far too long, so I'm hoping to supercharge my learning over the next few weeks and hopefully break into an A1-A2 level of proficiency. My goal for this month is to finish my Duolingo tree, and so far I'm on track to finish on time. :)
I already started French, but I will continue it with you on the 90-day challenge!
I will do this with French and then if we can start another one, I'll do Korean.
I will! You choose any one of my languages below Level 10, and I'll do it! You can post weekly with your results from the challenge, and the rest of us can comment ours! So, take a pick. Shall it be Greek, or Japanese, or Dutch, or Italian, or Portuguese?
I will try if I can. If it’s a new language, maybe I’ll do Portuguese along with my Italian and Czech.
Good luck with Danish, it’s a fun language. :) The grammar is easy but listening/speaking can be quite difficult at first.
I will do it. Im thinking Spanish because im still on a low level so far and need it for school!
I'm in. I will continue doing Russian, the goal would be to finish the tree on level 3, meaning all skills are at minimum level 3.
Sure I'll join. How do I join? Btw, I am still in the first checkpoint in Indonesian, would it be okay if I used that? I haven't gotten much past saya mau jeruk. The reason that I am at level twelve is because I always make a my skills gold before moving on
All ya gotta do is tell her that you wanna participate. Then you just do the challenge on your own.
Yeah, I guess. I don't really know what the point of this challenge would be if we didn't do that.
I decided to do Russian. I have finished the first two skills and am working mainly on writing the alphabet in cursive. I want to be comfortable with the language.
Spanish I am also working on, although I put it to a halt because of the new tree. Indonesian I am also working on and I have finished up through the first check point
2 weeks! How far have you gotten into your trees? What can you say now in your language?
Cześć! I finished my Polish tree for the first time a few days ago. I still can't say much more than 'I have a little cat', but that's what revision's for. ;) I'm going to start going through the book "Colloquial Polish" in the next few days, I'm hoping that'll eventually help my skills quite a bit. Good luck with Danish! It's such a fantastic language.