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!
Chinese listening challenge, February 2019
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)
- 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 1st, so if you join before then, you won’t be able to report progress until 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 116 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 some other way. Here are some recommendations:
- 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
It’s hard to know what a reasonable goal is for you, but i think anyone who’s interested in joining should aim for at least five hours of listening. That’s only about 10 minutes per day!
If this isn’t your first challenge or you spend a significant amount of your time learning Chinese, aim for at least twice that, i.e. 10 hours. That’s still only about 20 minutes per day, an amount I would consider to be low for someone who studies seriously even outside of a listening challenge.
How high you want to go is up to you, but an hour per day on average is not ridiculous. in previous listening challenges, some participants have clocked over 100 hours in one month! Can you beat that?
Preliminary challenge schedule for 2019
This is the first challenge for 2019, and the goal is to run monthly challenges throughout the year. The length and focus of each challenge will vary a bit, but those of you familiar with the schedule from last year will not see any major changes.
Since I believe listening and reading are the most suitable skills for challenges like this one, there will be more of these than last year. In between each listening or reading challenge, we will focus on something else for one month.
Here’s a preliminary schedule for challenges in 2019.
- February: Listening
- March: Writing
- April: Reading
- May: Translation
- June: Listening
- July: Vocabulary
- August: Reading
- September: Habit hacking
- October: Listening
- November: Pronunciation
- December: Reading
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