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Chinese learning challenges, March 2018: Vocabulary + open

Motivation is one of the key factors when learning a language. Being motivated might not mean that you learn more efficiently (more Chinese per hour studied), but it definitely means that you spend more time, hence also learning more Chinese.

The purpose of Hacking Chinese Challenges is to provide a framework where you can set your own goals and challenge yourself (and others, if you want). Cycling through different challenges adds variation and increases output, enabling you to learn more!

Building language skills through daily practice and friendly competition

There will be two challenges in March: one open challenge and one focused challenge. The open one starts tomorrow (March 1st) and the focused one is about vocabulary (characters and words) and will start on March 15th. The vocabulary challenge will be launched in a separate post later.

For the open challenge, you decide what you want to focus on yourself. You probably have a skill you know you should spend more time on, or something you have neglected for a while and really ought to learn. This is the time to do it!

If you don’t have any ideas for what to focus on, you’re doing something wrong; you should start keeping a Chinese notebook. Whatever it is you want to get done, announce it in a comment, join the challenge, set a goal and make sure you get it done before the challenge ends. Good luck!

Open Chinese learning challenge, March 1st to March 14th

Joining the challenge is easy. Here’s how it works:

  1. Sign up (using your e-mail, Facebook or Twitter)
  2. View current and upcoming challenges on the front page
  3. Join this month’s open challenge
  4. Decide what you want to focus on
  5. Set a reasonable goal
  6. Announce your goal in a comment to this article
  7. Report your progress on your computer or mobile device
  8. Check the graph to see if you’re on track to reaching your goal
  9. Check the leader board to see how you compare to others
  10. Share progress, tips and resources with fellow students

Please note: The challenge starts on March 1st, so even if you can join now, you won’t be able to report progress until then.

This is a preliminary schedule for focused challenges in 2018:

  1. February: Listening
  2. March: Vocabulary
  3. April: Reading
  4. May: Writing
  5. June: Pronunciation
  6. July: Listening
  7. August: Vocabulary
  8. September: Reading
  9. October: Speaking
  10. November: Handwriting
  11. December: Translation
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3 comments

  1. NessaNessaJoy says:

    Set a goal of ten hours this month

  2. JNobbi A. says:

    Do you think Mandarin Corner https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2fAiRQHRQT9aj9P_ijYeow is helpful for the Chinese learning challenge?

    1. Olle Linge says:

      You can try anything you want! Please report back if you try it and let the rest of us know if it’s helpful or not. 🙂

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