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Chinese learning challenges, July 2018: Listening + open

Motivation is a key factor 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.

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 July: one open challenge and one focused challenge. The open one starts on Sunday (July 1st) and the focused one is about improving listening ability and starts two weeks later on July 16th. The listening challenge will be launched in a separate post later, which will include 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, July 1st to July 15th

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 July 1st, so even if you can join now, you won’t be able to report progress until then. The listening challenge starts on July 16th, but you can sign up here now if you want!

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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  1. 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.

  2. Cassandra says:

    I am concentrating on hanzi right now, working through Remembering the Hanzi by Heisig. My goal is 10 hours for the first 15 days of July, which will probably gain me 200-300 new characters (just a guess on the character number). I’m just past 250 characters in the book. I would love to double that in July!

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