It’s time for a writing challenge! This is a great opportunity if you want to improve your written Chinese. If you’re like most of us, you probably don’t spend as much time on this as you ought to, and this is a good chance to change that!
I would also like to ask for your help with taking Hacking Chinese challenges to the next level. What do you think about these challenges? Please check out this blog post and fill out the survey!
Hacking Chinese writing challenge, November 10th to November 30th
This how you sign up and join the challenge:
- Sign up (using your e-mail, Facebook or Twitter)
- View current and upcoming challenges on the front page
- Join the writing challenge
- Set a reasonable goal (see below)
- Start writing!
- 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 (if you want)
- Share progress, tips and resources with fellow students
Please note: The challenge starts on November 10th (Tuesday), so even if you join now, you won’t be able to report progress until then. I post this article today so you have a few days to prepare!
What should you write?
Anything you like, the important thing is that you practice and that you get feedback on your writing. I suggest using Lang-8 if you don’t have someone who can help you already. I have written a few posts already about solving different writing-related problems, so take a look at any of the following articles:
- Improving writing ability: Common problems and how to tackle them
- 5 tips to help you improve your Chinese writing ability
- How to improve your Chinese writing ability through focused reading
- Hone your Chinese writing ability by writing summaries
- Improving your spoken and written Chinese by focusing on the process
- Translating to improve your Chinese
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. If you know what you’re doing, you can aim for twice that. Personally, I’m going to go for 10 hours, which is roughly 30 minutes per day. I have a thesis to write!
Preliminary challenge schedule for 2015
To make sure that the challenges cover all major areas, I have created a rough schedule of what challenges will be on for the rest of the year. I might change this somewhat and insert more specific or unusual challenges here and there (if you have any ideas, please let me know). Challenges in italics are preliminary.
January: Characters February: Pronunciation March: Listening April: Reading May: Writing June: Listening July: Speaking August: Reading September: Characters October: Listening
- November: Writing
- December: Reading