Hacking Chinese Challenges are about building language skills through daily practice and friendly competition. By focusing on one specific area of learning over a limited period of time, you will be able to learn more!
As I announced in January, we are going to use a different model for challenges this year. To summarise, there will be two challenges each month, and each will run for two weeks. The first will be an open challenge, the second a focused challenge. The open challenge ended yesterday, and the focused challenge starts now!
Chinese listening challenge, February 15th to 28th, 2018
Join by following these steps:
- Sign-up (using your e-mail, Facebook or Twitter)
- View current and upcoming challenges on the front page
- Join the listening challenge
- Set a reasonable goal (see below)
- Announce your goal in a comment to this article
- Report your progress on your computer or mobile device
- Check the graph to see if you’re on track to reaching your goal
- Check the leader board to see how you compare to others
- Share progress, tips and resources with fellow students
Please note: The challenge starts on February 15th, so if you join before then, you won’t be able to report progress the challenge starts.
What should you listen to?
Start by looking here:
- The 10 best free listening resource collections for learning Chinese – I wrote this article in connection with the previous challenge. It’s a collection of podcasts, radio shows and much more. Note that I have excluded any paid resources in this post.
- Hacking Chinese Resources – The resource section of Hacking Chinese currently contains 86 resources tagged with “listening”. Many of them are resource collections, where you can find hundreds or even thousands of clips. First select your proficiency level and then listening.
If you have other resources that aren’t shared here already, please leave a comment or contact me in any other way. If you want an invite for Hacking Chinese Resources so you can post your resources directly, just let me know. Just to be on the safe side, here are the basic recommendations I offered last time, sorted by proficiency level:
- Chinese text games with audio
- ChinesePod (just focus on the audio)
- Slow Chinese
- Glossika Chinese Fluency
- Skeptoid Chinese
- Radio or TV programmes
- Audio books
- Native podcasts
- News broadcasts
- Talk shows
Setting a reasonable goal
Knowing what works for each individual learner is impossible, but you should try to set a goal which is as high as possible without feeling unreachable. If this is your first challenge or if you’re not sure what you’re capable of, go for 5 hours or so. If you know what you’re doing, you can easily aim for two or three times that much. That’s “only” one hour per day, which is not even a lot if you’re studying full time!
Preliminary challenge schedule for 2018
There will be one open and one focused challenge each month this year. The open challenge always starts the first each month, and the focused challenge starts on the 15th, running to the end of the month. Here’s a list of preliminary target skills for the focused challenges:
- February: Listening
- March: Vocabulary
- April: Reading
- May: Writing
- June: Pronunciation
- July: Listening
- August: Vocabulary
- September: Reading
- October: Speaking
- November: Handwriting
- December: Translation