April Vocabulary Challenge

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April Vocabulary Challenge

Postby CurlySue » Thu Mar 30, 2017 9:48 am

EDIT/NOTE: This contest will run through April 1st (today) to April 30, whatever your local time is. On the morning of:

Saturday, April 8th
Saturday, April 15th and
Saturday, April 22nd

I will post an announcement asking how everyone is doing. You don't have to answer, but if you do, you will have until Sunday (the next day) at 11:59pm EST to post an update. On each subsequent Monday (10th, 17th, and 24th), I will post a graphic showing how many words everyone who responded has learned.

UPDATE:
Week 1 Graphic: https://infogr.am/april_vocab_week_1
Week 2 Graphic: https://infogr.am/april_vocab_week_2
Week 3 Graphic: https://infogr.am/april_vocab_week_3


All of your updates should be totals for April, i.e. on the weekend of the 22nd-23rd, please update with the number of words you've learned from April 1st, and not just the past week.

Good luck and happy learning to all!

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Hi guys/gals!

Does anyone want to do a challenge for the month of April to see who can learn the most new vocabulary?

If so, please provide the following information:

Language(s) and level(s):

Estimate of current vocabulary size for each language, if known:

It's up to each person to keep track of how much they learn. There is no material prize for winning this competition, so hopefully people won't have too much incentive to lie.

Also, for this competition, each verb conjugation and noun declension will count as a separate word (eg "go" and "went" will count as 2 separate words). This may seem like it's giving an unfair advantage to those learning languages with lots of inflection, but learning things like verb conjugations and noun declension takes time, and so I feel that this is fair.

Let the games begin! :D

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COMPETITORS

CurlySue
Language(s): Hebrew
Estimate of pre-April vocabulary: 300 words
Goal: 600+
Words Learned in April:


Sizen
Language(s): Hebrew
Estimate of pre-April voabulary: 40-80 words
Goal: 800+
Words Learned in April:


William Camden
Language(s): Modern Greek
Estimate of pre-April vocabulary: 1,400-2,900
Goal: 900+
Words Learned in April:


DCDC
Languages: Chinese
Estimate of pre-April vocabulary: 200
Goal: 500+
Words Learned in April:


Tom GOSSE
Language: French (A1)
Estimate of pre-April vocabulary: ~100
Goal: 1000+
Words Learned in April:


Cavesa
Language: Spanish
Estimate of pre-April vocabulary: unknown; a few thousand
Goal: 2000+
Words Learned in April:


CarlyD
Language: German
Estimate of pre-April vocabulary: 200
Goal: 800+
Words Learned in April:


EzyRyder
Language: Taiwanese Hokkien
Estimate of pre-April vocabulary: less than 300
Goal: 300+
Words Learned in April:


MamaPata
Language: Russian
Estimate of pre-April vocabulary: unknown
Goal: to be determined
Words Learned in April:


WalkingAlone13
Language: German
Estimate of pre-April vocabulary: unknown
Goal: 1,200-1,500
Words Learned in April:


aokoye
Language(s): German and Japanese
Estimate of pre-April vocabulary: unknown (De) and ~50 (JP)
Goal: 300+ for Japanese
Words Learned in April:


Aozora
Language: Japanese
Estimate of pre-April vocabulary: unknown, I'm around B2 level
Goal: 1000
Words Learned in April:

Shandra
Language: French
Estimate of pre-April vocabulary: active 50 (passive B1)
Goal: 1000+ (Memrise's French A1 deck)
Words Learned in April:


Mista
Language: Russian
Estimate of pre-April vocabulary: 1000, maybe?
Goal: 300+
Words Learned in April:


Teango
Language: Hawaiian
Estimate of pre-April vocabulary: ~2,000 words
Goal: +2,000 (i.e., ~4,000 words total)
Words Learned in April:


Jimjam
Language: Japanese
Estimate of pre-April vocabulary: 2500-3000
Goal: 600
Words learned in April:


Brun Ugle
Language: Spanish
Estimate of pre-April vocabulary: a few thousand.
Goal: 813 (finish Memrise course)
Words learned in April:


Atinkoriko
Language: German
Estimate of pre-April vocabulary: 5,000?
Goal: 3,600 (1,200 absolute minimum)
Words learned in April:


yves
Language(s): French, B1-2
Estimate of pre-April voabulary: 4500
Goal: 500-750 (definitely pass 5000, maybe get to 5250)
Words Learned in April:


arthaey
Language: Hungarian
Estimate of pre-April vocabulary: 0
Goal: 300
Words Learned in April:
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: 3 / 16 Pimsleur Conversational Hebrew
: 2 / 9 Hebrew: A Language Course 1
: 0 / 10Hebrew: A Language Course 2
: 0 / 12Hebrew: A Language Course 3
: 4 / 500 Hebrew Comprehensible Input (500 Hours)

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Re: April Vocabulary Challenge

Postby Sizen » Fri Mar 31, 2017 4:41 am

I'm in for Hebrew.

I'd say my vocabulary is somewhere between 40~80 words, so everything is a new word for me at this point. I've managed ~800 words in a new language in a month before, so I hope to be able to match at least that.
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Re: April Vocabulary Challenge

Postby William Camden » Fri Mar 31, 2017 6:35 am

I will go for 900 vocabulary words in Modern Greek for April, as this is roughly the number left on a Memrise course I am doing, which is c.3,700 words at present. I am actually approaching 2,900 words learned but the individual running the course is still adding new words and new levels and has said he might even push the course size up to 5,000 words.
Of the words learned, I would say I have c.1,400 nailed down, as in I get them consistently right and correctly spelled (Modern Greek spelling can be awkward).
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Re: April Vocabulary Challenge

Postby CurlySue » Fri Mar 31, 2017 1:03 pm

Alrighty, I've made an update to the OP to keep track of the competition :)
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: 3 / 16 Pimsleur Conversational Hebrew
: 2 / 9 Hebrew: A Language Course 1
: 0 / 10Hebrew: A Language Course 2
: 0 / 12Hebrew: A Language Course 3
: 4 / 500 Hebrew Comprehensible Input (500 Hours)

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Re: April Vocabulary Challenge

Postby DCDC » Fri Mar 31, 2017 5:56 pm

there was a post here. it's gone now.
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Re: April Vocabulary Challenge

Postby CurlySue » Fri Mar 31, 2017 6:42 pm

DCDC wrote:Can I join, too? :)

I probably know roughly 200+ words in Chinese (more if I were to count those that I can read but not vocalize/understand when I hear them, but that'd be cheating), I want to learn 500 new ones.


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: 2 / 9 Hebrew: A Language Course 1
: 0 / 10Hebrew: A Language Course 2
: 0 / 12Hebrew: A Language Course 3
: 4 / 500 Hebrew Comprehensible Input (500 Hours)

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Re: April Vocabulary Challenge

Postby tomgosse » Fri Mar 31, 2017 6:47 pm

Hello all,

I'm going to give this challenge a shot.

Tom GOSSE
Language: French A1
Estimate of pre-April vocabulary: ~100
Goal: 1000+
Words Learned in April:

I am going to use Memrise's A1 French course, and use the counter in the course to keep track of my words.

Bon courage à tous ! Good luck to all. :)
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Re: April Vocabulary Challenge

Postby Cavesa » Fri Mar 31, 2017 6:48 pm

May I join? As Memrise is a big part of my April goals, this might be a good way to motivate me. While the German path is quite clear even without the challenge (I am adding words as I progress through my course), there is a more difficult task:

Spanish
Known words? Hard to tell. Passively tens of thousands, at least various online tests told me so. No idea how big a grain of salt is needed here. I certainly know enough for very good comprehension level Actively: a few thousand and I cannot be more precise.

What am I gonna use: Several huge vocab and conjugation courses. I will use the ignore function a lot on too easy stuff. I have no chance to learn all those wordlists. Fortunately, I am likely to know majority of the stuff passively, just activating it.

Goal:2000 cards are a realistic goal
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Re: April Vocabulary Challenge

Postby CarlyD » Fri Mar 31, 2017 9:20 pm

I'd like to join. I'm going to be doing German--my current vocabulary is probably about 200 words. I'd like to combine pronunciation practice with vocabulary and reach 1000 words by the end of April.

I'll be using Memrise courses that have good audio and am looking for some Youtube videos that work on pronunciation also.

Edit:

I've gone through Memrise and Duolingo and my official starting vocabulary, according to them, is 431, so I'd like to end April with at least 1,000, but plan to stretch myself to try for 1,500.

I'm also doing a number of Youtube videos that can all be found by searching "Learn German Pronunciation"--I'm not counting anything from there as they will probably all be duplicates anyway.

Hopefully I will end the month with the ability to correctly pronounce new words without having to hear them first.
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April Vocab Challenge 1500 words: 431 / 1500
SC 50 Spanish books: 23 / 50
SC 50 Spanish films: 9 / 50
SC 50 German books: 0 / 50
SC 50 German films: 0 / 50

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Re: April Vocabulary Challenge

Postby Ezy Ryder » Fri Mar 31, 2017 9:29 pm

It's 31.03.2017 23:28 PM in here, as of writing this post; so I hope it's still fine if I participate as well?

Language: 臺語 aka Tâi-gí aka Taiwanese Hokkien (a dialect of Southern Min)
Pre-April (Receptive) Vocabulary Estimate: really not much, probably not even 300 words
Goal: 300 new words

Mandarin has been more of a priority for me, I'm a university student, and above all a procrastinator. So, I'll be happy if I manage to learn some 300 new words (receptively). Since learners of highly inflectional languages have the advantage of being allowed to count each inflected form as a separate word, I may consider counting (phonemically) different pronunciations of the "same word" as separate ^^ (e.g., 阮 (first person exclusive plural) can be pronounced both as "guán" and “gún”)
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