Week 11 of the Language Challenge. We are Almost There!

The tenth week is now behind us. It’s been a long journey, but we are almost at the finish line! After ten weeks of steady effort, how do you feel with your target language? More confident? Surprised at your improvements? Still frustrated? The good news is that the journey doesn’t end with our Language Challenge. The habits and skills you’ve developed over the last 70 days will help you progress even further long after the Challenge has finished. But until then, check your Progress Snapshot to see which targets you need to focus on over the remaining 3 weeks!

TIME TO HEAR FROM YOU

Just like Steve, Jessica Lombardo is doing the 90-Day Challenge for Korean, and is consistently exceeding her learning targets at LingQ week after week. Great job!

Take a look at Jessica’s 2-minute monologue in Korean:

Do you feel confident enough to share your Challenge experience? Post a link to your video on the Challenge page or on our Facebook page. We look forward to watching how you are doing your 90-Day Challenge!

THREE CHALLENGES AND A WEDDING

Imagine doing the 90-Day Challenge for three languages and getting married. That’s just what Martin (domorodec) from the Czech Republic did! Apparently he didn’t feel challenged enough…!

Congratulations, Martin! True love is a great motivation for language learning! 🙂

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STEVE’S TIP OF THE WEEK

Not every day is exciting in language learning. Some days are drudgery. You don’t feel like doing much. On such days, just do a little. Finish a lesson. Do a simple task, or a few. Every little bit counts. If you do that, you will feel good about yourself, and be even more motivated the next day, when you have more energy.

Get more tips from LingQ co-founder Steve Kaufmann as he vlogs about his 90-Day Korean Challenge.

YOUR OPINION

Here are the results from last week’s poll. Thanks to all of you who have taken a minute to participate. Creating LingQs and reading interesting content seem to be the most enjoyable part of the Challenge.

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CHALLENGE SPOTLIGHT

Thanks to all the participants who share their stories, experiences and energy of inspiration. Tell us your story on the 90-Day Challenge page!

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Streeling: “I think I have been making as much progress as I can realistically make so far with approximately  1 hour a day. As I was at an intermediate stage with Spanish reading before I started the 90-Day Challenge, I did not expect a ‘great leap forward’ but am hoping for a bit of deepening and widening, and generally more ease and speed in reading. I am comfortable with reading most texts and am finding that the law of diminishing returns is slowing beginning to kick in. Every hour spent now results in a smaller and smaller level of visible progress. But at the same time I feel content enough with this as I don’t think that I’m going to be faced with that many texts in the future where I have no real clue about the content. I find myself reading in a similar way to the way I read English, e.g. by looking at the page and scanning it faster than I could pronounce the words rather than reading every word like I would do a couple of years ago. 

At some stage in the future I am going to have to do some more serious study of grammar and/or some drills, as there are certain things that I am not completely sure that I’ve fully grasped the correct tenses in a complicated article of something.

The hardest thing for me is reading. I still like to have a computer translation in the background to refer to when I hit a complicated phrase, or to glance over to check I’m not making any big mistakes in understanding. Over the next 6 months I’m hoping to wean myself off this. I’m still reading electronic articles not paper articles and am still reading short texts (2500 words) rather than a novel or book with multiple chapters of discussion. All of these I am looking to move onto in the future.

I have made steady progress in listening. First time round I still don’t understand a lot of authentic content. But I feel fairly comfortable after a couple of listens that I understand everything at speed. I think I do agree with you that listening probably does help in the long run with speaking.

My speaking is poor, though this is because I don’t have a lot of time to practice. I prefer to speak to Spanish speakers face to face rather than through Skype (I prefer to see who I’m talking to and do it over a coffee) and I’m hoping to work on this as the weather gets better with more language exchanges in the summer.  I think 50-100 hours on this and I would make a big leap forward. I think our steady and patient ideas of language learning are the only real way to make real progress in the end”.

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