The 2019 365 Day Language Challenge - Sign Up and Discussion

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Re: The 2019 365 Day Language Challenge

Postby PeterMollenburg » Wed Jan 16, 2019 3:56 am

Some points in the rules have been added, they are not changes to the fundamentals of the rules, just on how and where to announce your score at the end of each month. If you don’t do so, you’ll remain in the competition, you’ll just not appear on any leaderboard until you reappar. For the benefit of others, it’s encouraged you do update your score after the actual end of each month (the actual month, even if it’s not been a full month for you because of later start date). See below.

Requirements for competitors in this or other threads :

3. It is encouraged that you announce when you fail to study here in the The 2019 365 Day Language Challenge - SCORING thread and deduct the days accordingly (see 'penalties').

4. If you wish to withdraw (at any time), please announce it in this thread or the scoring thread: The 2019 365 Day Language Challenge - SCORING

5. A monthly update of contenders and their 'scores' can be found in this thread: The 2019 365 Day Language Challenge - SCORING to keep track of scoring.

6. At the end of each month each person should announce their score for the month and their overall score (so keep track of your own scoring!) in the thread above in point 5. The first person to do so should be quoted by the second person, so that the second person’s score is listed with the first (and placed in the correct position, so it works as a leaderboard), the third person quotes the first two and adds themself and their scores, the fourth the first three and adds themself and their scores, and so on.


I hope it makes sense (forgive me for any typos, I’m too busy thinking about how many French courses I can complete in a year!)

Edit: "quote" = copy and paste (see brief discussion below, tnx aravinda)
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Re: The 2019 365 Day Language Challenge

Postby aravinda » Wed Jan 16, 2019 4:44 am

Peter, thanks again for taking the time to create and maintain this Challenge.
PeterMollenburg wrote:6. At the end of each month each person should announce their score for the month and their overall score (so keep track of your own scoring!) in the thread above in point 5. The first person to do so should be quoted by the second person, so that the second person’s score is listed with the first (and placed in the correct position, so it works as a leaderboard), the third person quotes the first two and adds themself and their scores, the fourth the first three and adds themself and their scores, and so on.
I think, all the participants announcing their scores each month is a good idea but I'm not so sure about everyone quoting the person before them. After a while, it might look really ugly with quotes within quotes. Can't we just copy and paste the previous post with our scores?
And good luck with your French courses! I have most of the courses you mention (and some others) and your frequent mentioning of them here makes me want to dig them up (from the boxes) and study French instead of German. :?
EDIT: Maybe you just meant copying the scores from the preceding posts when you said "quote".
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Re: The 2019 365 Day Language Challenge

Postby PeterMollenburg » Wed Jan 16, 2019 4:57 am

aravinda wrote:Peter, thanks again for taking the time to create and maintain this Challenge.
PeterMollenburg wrote:6. At the end of each month each person should announce their score for the month and their overall score (so keep track of your own scoring!) in the thread above in point 5. The first person to do so should be quoted by the second person, so that the second person’s score is listed with the first (and placed in the correct position, so it works as a leaderboard), the third person quotes the first two and adds themself and their scores, the fourth the first three and adds themself and their scores, and so on.
I think, all the participants announcing their scores each month is a good idea but I'm not so sure about everyone quoting the person before them. After a while, it might look really ugly with quotes within quotes. Can't we just copy and paste the previous post with our scores?
And good luck with your French courses! I have most of the courses you mention (and some others) and your frequent mentioning of them here makes me want to dig them up (from the boxes) and study French instead of German. :?
EDIT: Maybe you just meant copying the scores from the preceding posts when you said "quote".


Yeah copy and paste is better, will amend :)
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Re: The 2019 365 Day Language Challenge

Postby WEGOOGIN » Wed Jan 16, 2019 5:29 am

I must learn Italian at the business conversation level from zero. I will need to be able to interpret back and forth in Italian and Korean languages ( I am living in Korea and am working at a Korean company where everyone speaks Korean only).

I do not have 365 days, so I am going to go with Langenscheidt's Italian in 30 days or Assimil Italien _> Italien Perfectement

Any advises about the books from those who learnt Italian?
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Re: The 2019 365 Day Language Challenge

Postby kanewai » Fri Jan 18, 2019 8:55 pm

Still on track here for Spanish and German, but it's getting harder and harder to find time for German. I'll miss the first check-in at the end of the month (I'll be overseas), but will be able to report my score when I get back.
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Re: The 2019 365 Day Language Challenge

Postby Aloyse » Sat Jan 19, 2019 3:02 pm

Ah, this challenge is similar to what I've been doing since the (non-Chinese) New Year and I've been pretty successful so far :)
So count me in with Mandarin Chinese from 1 January.
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Re: The 2019 365 Day Language Challenge

Postby trui » Mon Jan 21, 2019 1:04 am

Dutch for me starting from today (20th of January). I'm studying for an exam about Dutch in Dutch, so getting at least 30 minutes in today was easy, haha.
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Re: The 2019 365 Day Language Challenge

Postby MaryP » Mon Jan 21, 2019 1:52 am

Hello! I just found this forum and joined immediately. What an exciting discovery - a place where people can discuss openly their passion for language learning tools, the quests, and the interesting differences. I love my Stroll distribution of Pimsleur Approach Italian - Gold, copyright 2004. Okay, I have found my tribe!

Thirty-three years ago, one of my undergraduate majors was Spanish, and I continue to read, write, speak, and listen in that language.
At the moment, I am reviving Italian learned in 2012 and then allowed to atrophy.
I have studied Arabic, Russian, and French - all pretty dormant for now. I have dabbled in several other languages.

I want to sign up for Generic x1, I'll be studying Italian (I already have a tutor) and Spanish (Castilian, and other forms), and I'll probably include a smattering of French, Arabic, Catalan, and the language of the Andalusian Jewish diaspora in North Africa. I had started hardcore on Italian this year on my own, and began using a tracker app 'Wunderlist", so I request my official start date to be 13 January 2019.

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Re: The 2019 365 Day Language Challenge

Postby kanewai » Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:52 pm

And I'm out for German. I lasted 21 days.

I'd like to continue on with the language, but I know that I won't be able to commit to daily study for the next three weeks. I hope to pick up the books again sometime in February.

This will be the third year in a row that I've started studying German. The past two years I did it as an 'extra' language - I'd work it in when I had time. That was fine as an introduction, but I always reached a wall, a place where casual study was simply not effective. These past three weeks of daily, focused study were far more effective than a couple months of casual study. There's no surprise here; it's a good reminder for me of what it takes to learn a language, rather than just to flirt with it.

I'm still on for Spanish.
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Re: The 2019 365 Day Language Challenge

Postby aravinda » Thu Jan 31, 2019 12:00 am

Just completed today's 30 minutes of German in the morning, so thought I would note it down. Except for the last couple of days, I've been doing it as the last thing before bed. So far no lost days but somedays I barely managed to do the minimum 30 min.
I had dabbled with German in the past , that is I had started several courses but never went beyond the first few lessons for one reason or another. However, it was not because the course material was bad, German was too tough or I didn’t like German anymore.
When I started this time, I tried several courses but finally I decided to stick with Assimil because it’s the most interesting one among g the lot. My focus is on reading, so I might add something else later when I have more time for German. At the moment I’m on lesson 12.
Morgen ist auch noch ein Tag! (Assimil, page 48 :-))
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