https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lillith713

90 day language challenge

Hi guys!

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.

I was inspired to do this when I found a video online from about a year ago, and a post. Here is the link to the video, and here is the link to the post.

It starts on April 2nd and ends on June 30th.

Thank you for reading this post, and I hope you'll join the challenge!

March 31, 2019

59 Comments


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

That's such a great idea. I'll join you. :)

March 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lillith713

Thanks! :D

March 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lillith713

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.

March 31, 2019

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

OK, that's fine, but I'll stick to French cause I kinda need to learn it for my exams. :D

March 31, 2019

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

That's a lovely idea. I might start learning Hungarian or German. Good luck with your Danish!

March 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Indira1507

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 :(

March 31, 2019

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    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??

    March 31, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lillith713

    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!

    April 1, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/leodx666

    Sounds great, I'll join with japanese and portuguese

    March 31, 2019

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

    I'm joining you too!!

    March 31, 2019

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

    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. ^^

    March 31, 2019

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

    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. :)

    March 31, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/swduolingo2

    Cool idea! I'd love to join you, that sounds really fun.

    March 31, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Aidjr2

    That's wonderful! I'll try it with Hungarian or Navajo maybe or Portuguese ill have to think about it

    March 31, 2019

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

    I'm starting to learn Haitian Creole and a challenge like this is just what I was looking for! I'm going to join :)

    March 31, 2019

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

    I'm 14 days into my 100-day challenge for German, so I guess I could join you :p

    March 31, 2019

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

    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.

    April 1, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lisa265830

    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.

    April 1, 2019

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

    Sounds like a wonderful idea!

    April 1, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MariaAngel115366

    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

    April 1, 2019

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

    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(:

    April 1, 2019

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

    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.

    April 4, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/roo_0m

    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.

    April 2, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/swduolingo2

    Oh, cool happy birthday to your mom!

    April 2, 2019

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

    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.

    April 2, 2019

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

    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.

    April 5, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lillith713

    Interesting! I didn't actually start learning to say sentences with Korean until I was done learning their alphabet.

    April 6, 2019

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

    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.

    April 3, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lillith713

    Sure, you can join. :)

    April 3, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lillith713

    Just wondering.....

    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).

    April 3, 2019

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

    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.

    April 3, 2019

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

    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!

    April 7, 2019

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

    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. :)

    April 8, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheLord2k1

    I'll do the same , but starting from 2 July cuz my exams end that day

    March 31, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Einna12358

    Great idea!

    I already started French, but I will continue it with you on the 90-day challenge!

    April 1, 2019

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

    I will do this with French and then if we can start another one, I'll do Korean.

    April 1, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ChevyBarnes05

    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?

    April 1, 2019

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

    You should do Italian or Japanese! Two really awesome languages!

    April 1, 2019

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

    I would go Greek or maybe Japanese.

    April 1, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lillith713

    You should do which ever one you like doing the most. :)

    April 2, 2019

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

    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.

    April 1, 2019

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

    I will do it. Im thinking Spanish because im still on a low level so far and need it for school!

    April 1, 2019

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

    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.

    April 1, 2019

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

    Awesome idea! If you don't mind I'll join you.

    April 1, 2019

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

    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

    April 1, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/swduolingo2

    You don't have to join at all. What she means by "join" is participate.

    April 1, 2019

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

    How exactly do you participate

    April 1, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/swduolingo2

    All ya gotta do is tell her that you wanna participate. Then you just do the challenge on your own.

    April 1, 2019

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

    Okay then, so when we are all done what do we do? Compare notes?

    April 1, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/swduolingo2

    Yeah, I guess. I don't really know what the point of this challenge would be if we didn't do that.

    April 2, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Wiley590837

    I'm in started French a few days ago.

    April 2, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hopeful00

    I'll join! I'll work on my Polish!

    April 3, 2019

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

    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

    April 10, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lillith713

    2 weeks! How far have you gotten into your trees? What can you say now in your language?

    April 15, 2019

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

    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.

    April 17, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lillith713

    Thanks! Good luck with your Polish!

    April 24, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/John12457

    How do I join?

    April 1, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/swduolingo2

    You don't need to join anything. What she means by "join" is participate.

    April 1, 2019

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

    one week left!

    June 21, 2019
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