Hello again people of the LingQ forum. Sorry for my continuous long posts but I always want to share my discoveries and activities with you all to see if any of you have input on them. Anyway, this post will be about my new language challenge, the one month intensive French challenge. This post will be structured into a few parts: why I’m doing this challenge, the goals of the challenge, how the challenge works, and week to week progress checks.
So why am I doing this challenge? Well the simple answer is so that I won’t be stuck at the beginner stage in French for a long time. Instead, I can get that stage out of the way and behind me as quickly as possible so that I can move on to actual real-world native content. I was becoming increasingly more bored with my previous language, Spanish, so I decided to move on to a new language. I picked French for a few reasons. The first is that French is a beautiful language with a rich culture. The second reason is that I have a ton of friends that speak French since they went to an elementary school in which they were immersed from kindergarten to eighth grade. And the third reason is that since it is so similar to a language I already speak at a decent level, it probably will not be very hard to learn, therefore increasing my motivation to learn other languages because I’ve already learned two, and I mean, what’s another one, right?
After this month of learning French my main goal is to conquer all beginner material and be able to listen to/read native content fairly easily (obviously not everything, mainly just the simple news articles and some podcasts). I’d like to jump from A1 (absolute beginner) to B1 (early-intermediate) in a relatively short time, which means I will have to study not only a lot, but very efficiently. Hence why my goals are so outrageously large. My goals are (in order of importance):
- Read 350,000 words on LingQ.
- Increase known words to 8,000 on LingQ.
- Make 15,000 LingQs.
- Listen to 40 hours of French.
Now if you’ve ever made goals for any sort of language learning project, you might realize that these goals are actually extremely large for merely a month of learning the language. And I agree (and am kind of frightened). But, I have set myself these goals for a reason, and that reason is to jump start my French tremendously, and to motivate me to go all the way to fluency in both French and Spanish.
So the challenge works like this: Every day I will wake up, listen to French beginner material or podcasts on my drive to school and listen to French music or whatever I can do during school hours. After school I will get home and do whatever necessary tasks I have to do for that night (non-French related) to get them over with, aka homework, chores, whatever it may be. Then, I will begin to totally immerse myself in French. From the time I finish my work to the time I go to bed, everything (except the obvious interactions with my parents/friends) will be totally in French. I predict that using this strategy I will have about 5 hours of French study per day.
Week to week I will have different progress checks, mainly for the words read statistic as that is the most intensive one and requires the most amount of time. My goals from week to week are:
Week 1: Read 80,000 words on LingQ (11,500 a day) and get 1,500 more known words.
Week 2: Read 85,000 words on LingQ (12,200 a day) and get 2,000 more known words.
Week 3: Read 90,000 words on LingQ (13,000 a day) and get 2,250 more known words.
Week 4: Read 95,000 words on LingQ (13,600 a day) and get 2,250 more known words.
The reason I increase the statistics every week is because, as I get more advanced in the language, my reading speed will increase, making it easier to read the insane amount of words I want to. So obviously these statistics are very high as I have said before, but I think this is what it will take to achieve what I would like to achieve in this short amount of time.
Thank you all for reading about this challenge I created for myself. If any of you want to come along for the journey, feel free to let me know! That would be awesome and definitely would increase my motivation. Also, if any of you have successfully (or unsuccessfully) done a challenge like this, tell me! It would be awesome to hear about your experiences with a challenge this intense. Also, feedback is always appreciated. Thanks for reading, have a good day!