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Re: The 2019 365 Day Language Challenge - Sign Up and Discussion

Posted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 11:10 pm
by MorkTheFiddle
Thank you for your detailed and informative post. Your goals were far more ambitious than mine. I'm shooting for three hours of listening per day and for a goal of 150 hours total. More time can be added to that, because recently I finished 150 hours of listening to episodes of TV serials dubbed into French. I judged that successful because by the end I was understanding practically everything of the series That 70s Show.
For this challenge, everything is fair game: audiobooks (listening or reading/listening), blogs, movies (with or without subtitles, and, occasionally, dubbed), native language TV shows (with or without subtitles), and documentaries. When I began, I stumbled out of the gate. A couple of the movies that I watched were IMO awful: Indochine and La vie en rose. It took a couple of weeks to find TV shows I could watch. Normally, I don't watch TV shows, and I don't even have a TV anymore. Nor have I found a show I really like, but a few are bearable. Documentaries for the most part are mostly comprehensible, and the blogs by Dany Caligula, Nota Bene and Axolotl are comprehensible, and I am relieved to say entertaining as well.
Now I can see a sequence I should follow, but I don't know whether I will, now that I am started. I think it would have helped, once I finished a long run of one dubbed TV show, to sample 4 or 5 others, just to get used to different voices.
Then to move on to movies and TV shows with good French subtitles, like Kaamalott, first using the subs, then not. I am counting on Netflix to provide these. Finally moving on to films without subtitles. But all the while watching blogs and documentaries and listening to audiobooks.
My blog just gives a bare list of what I have listened to, but I should go back and give at least a minimum comment about what I liked and did not like. The first entry of this challenge is https://forum.language-learners.org/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=10087&start=40.
When I finish this French challenge, I intend to start another in Spanish, more or less on the same lines as this.

Re: The 2019 365 Day Language Challenge - Sign Up and Discussion

Posted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 5:51 am
by coldrainwater
Thanks Mork for sharing details about your plan. They are very insightful and I like seeing how others go about similar challenges. I have had the exact same experiencce with TV as you have and actually let go of my last TV (a cathode ray tube behemoth) back in 1999 (the year I graduated high school and had no more room for it in the new college dorm). I struggled as well and the only TV that I managed to watch a respectable number of hours in was Aquí no hay quien viva (summer 2017 iirc). Thankfully, we now have a full thread on official Spanish TV with great reviews by people who love to watch them. I will take a look at your challenge starting post now. Thanks again for sharing.

Re: The 2019 365 Day Language Challenge - Sign Up and Discussion

Posted: Mon Jul 01, 2019 1:29 am
by Fenderman
We're halfway through the year and challenge...good work everyone!

Re: The 2019 365 Day Language Challenge - Sign Up and Discussion

Posted: Sun Sep 08, 2019 9:13 am
by Neurotip
Hi all,
I'm still hanging in there and I'm really finding it helpful to have the Challenge to keep me motivated. However I can't help noticing I'm trailing the pack by some distance (179 points, next lowest 203). Can I just check that I'm still formally speaking 'in' the challenge?

Re: The 2019 365 Day Language Challenge - Sign Up and Discussion

Posted: Mon Sep 09, 2019 5:42 am
by PeterMollenburg
Neurotip wrote:Hi all,
I'm still hanging in there and I'm really finding it helpful to have the Challenge to keep me motivated. However I can't help noticing I'm trailing the pack by some distance (179 points, next lowest 203). Can I just check that I'm still formally speaking 'in' the challenge?


Hi Neurotip,

Unless you quit, or alternatively you never provided scores (the most important one being the final score at the end of the challenge), then you’re still ‘in’ the challenge.

Well done to yourself, Neurotip, as well as everyone else still participating. There aren’t that many of us left, which to me speaks of the challenge to study consistently over long periods of time - an essential ingredient with successful language learners.

Of course, I understand there are loads of successful language learners outside of this challenge. It’s challenging to say the least, attempting to learn a language consistently while pulled in many other directions throughout one’s daily existence, and for some such a challenge is just not practical. For such individuals, and others who just can’t apply themselves daily, it is indeed possible to learn a language without studying it every day - the journey might just be a bit longer.

Still, I hope this challenge has brought and continues to bring consistent application of language study to at least some language learners that weren’t so diligent or focused prior to the challenge, since although success is attainable with less than perfect consistent application, it’s more efficient to avoid missing study sessions in the quest for one’s language-learning goal(s). Forming the habit is half the battle! Keep up the consistent learning!

Re: The 2019 365 Day Language Challenge - Sign Up and Discussion

Posted: Mon Sep 23, 2019 1:57 am
by PeterMollenburg
Godryka wrote:I apologize for late update of my August score. It was a bad month for me in terms of days missed in the challenge. I was on vacation for three and a half weeks in August/September, and this turned out to be a killer for my routine. I considered withdrawing from the challenge completely, but then again this experience has been beneficial overall, so I decided to withdraw completely only if my scores become negative at some point. Which could eventually happen, since in September I already missed 8 days of French.


Well it’s certainly not all about being perfect, nor winning. It’s about learning to apply yourself consistently, which you’ve most certainly achieved. Still, you could draw on your holiday experience (and not finding/puttingbaside time for language study) to develop strategies how you could possibly in future minimise the likelihood of missed days.

Some people might miss weeks in such a situation, so don’t beat yourself up over it, use it as sth to reflect on and to improve if a similar situation arises again... and don’t forget all the days you did study and all the fun you may of had while on a break away!

Re: The 2019 365 Day Language Challenge - Sign Up and Discussion

Posted: Wed Oct 30, 2019 7:59 pm
by Arizakai
May I join this challenge for the last two months of the year? I would sign up with Swedish.

Re: The 2019 365 Day Language Challenge - Sign Up and Discussion

Posted: Wed Oct 30, 2019 11:56 pm
by PeterMollenburg
Arizakai wrote:May I join this challenge for the last two months of the year? I would sign up with Swedish.


Of course! Good luck! Start date 1st of November?

Re: The 2019 365 Day Language Challenge - Sign Up and Discussion

Posted: Thu Oct 31, 2019 12:58 am
by Arizakai
PeterMollenburg wrote:
Arizakai wrote:May I join this challenge for the last two months of the year? I would sign up with Swedish.


Of course! Good luck! Start date 1st of November?

Yes. Thanks. :)

Re: The 2019 365 Day Language Challenge - Sign Up and Discussion

Posted: Thu Oct 31, 2019 4:57 am
by PeterMollenburg
Arizakai wrote:
PeterMollenburg wrote:
Arizakai wrote:May I join this challenge for the last two months of the year? I would sign up with Swedish.


Of course! Good luck! Start date 1st of November?

Yes. Thanks. :)


You’re in!

General info:
I’m a bit slack on updating lately. If the leaderboard is not updated for a little while longer, apologies, i’m procrastinating, stressed and playing avoidance, but rest assured I shall update the leaderboard etc in a few weeks. Keep on studying peoples!