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Chinese learning challenges, April 2018: Reading + 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 April: one open challenge and one focused challenge. The open one starts on Sunday (April 1st) and the focused one is about improving reading ability and will start on April 15th. The reading challenge will be launched in a separate post later, with some information and inspiration.

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, April 1st to April 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 April 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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8 comments

  1. Abee says:

    This is a good way for learning

  2. Teo Valdés says:

    My goal is to work on Chinese a total of 10 hours in two weeks. I’ll do a lot of different types of activities, from reading to watching Netflix, and Duolingo to Du Chinese.

  3. Jared says:

    I’m gonna focus on my listening

  4. Lee says:

    Hey you all! I am learning Chinese with the Pimsleur program , and I love it, although, it takes a lot out of me.

    My goal is simply to practice, using the Pimsleur at least one hour a day. That seems to be the right challenge for me ,because even just 30 minutes in a day is a lot for me to keep up with.

    One new method that I want to try is to focus on getting just 5 minute segments at a time done correctly, as in as close to correct as I think I can get for the time being. When I was studying another language using Pimsleur, and it was in the easy stages all I would do is listen to it twice daily without stopping during each one-half hour lesson.

    Well honey, Chinese doesn’t start off with an easy stage, at least where being able to utter a simple sentence intelligibly is concerned. So, that’s where the focus on five minute segments comes in handy. Forget moving on after a 30 minute lesson. I will move on when I have mastered a five minite segment. Of course, it may take fifteen minutes to master a five minute segment.

  5. Alexander Nilsson says:

    My goal is to expand my vocab via the heisig method

  6. Rubal says:

    Joining the challenge

  7. Birgit says:

    As an ongoing long-term project I want to work on the books 《语文》
    finishing off 二年级 上册 and starting with 二年级 下册。During the next Reading challenge I want to read the 同步阅读 books 《金色的小船》and《花的学校》 that go hand in hand with the 语文 books.

  8. Eden says:

    I want to learn two units of the beginner course on yoyochinese every day.

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