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Two-Week Language Challenge

The Language Challenge is Near

Our two-week language challenge (#wordsandbridges2020) will begin in two days on May 17th.  Are you ready for it?  This is a short challenge, but it’s a great chance for you to get your language skills up to scratch.  If there’s a language that you want to start learning or to become better at, now is the time for you.  Don’t know what a language challenge is or how it can help?  Keep reading, I’ll explain it to you.  

What is a language challenge?

I’m sure a challenge isn’t something completely new for you.  There are push-up challenges, yoga challenges, writing challenges, challenges for pretty much everything.  The goal of a challenge is to push you to consistently work on something with a lot of focus.  The time you have to work on it is restricted.  So that means that you have to really focus and stay committed so you can complete the challenge.   A language challenge basically works in the same way.  For a certain amount of time, you’ll work on learning a language and improving your skills.  These can be any skills like reading, writing, listening, speaking, or building your vocabulary.  


With our two-week language challenge, you can focus on a specific area that you want to improve.  If the language that you want to learn is new to you, your goal can be to learn the fundamentals.  You can learn the letters, the sounds of the language, and some basic greetings.  If you are already learning a language and want to level up, you can focus on strengthening areas where you’re weak.  A person who is shy can aim to speak more frequently.  Another who has a hard time understanding conversations might listen to podcasts.  For two weeks, you will focus and work on something in the language that you want to become better at.  

How can this Two-Week Language Challenge help you?  

We all know the story of starting to learn a language.  When we start, we’re very excited.  We have dreams of speaking the language fluently and impressing everyone.  Sometimes we’ll watch videos on YouTube about how to learn a language, buy some books, or take some classes.  After a little while, our enthusiasm dies down.  Eventually, we stop learning and move on to something else.  This language challenge is meant to get you back on track and to keep you on track. 

One way to feel encouraged and to increase your enthusiasm is by seeing yourself develop.  If you go to the gym and gain muscle or lose weight, then you’ll feel excited to do more work.  When you start a business and see more profits, it makes you want to work harder and smarter. 

The same is true when it comes to learning a language.  By focusing on a language for fourteen days back-to-back, you’ll be able to notice growth in your language skills.  As you become better, you’ll want to invest more time into learning.  14 days is a short period of time, but it’s long enough for you to see some change.  Hopefully, that change will ignite a fire within you.  

Why is a Language Challenge a good idea?

A language challenge is a great idea because it can show you what’s possible.  You’ll come to see that if you can accomplish a lot in a short amount of time, then it’s worthwhile to invest more time over weeks and months.  Often, the hardest part of anything is starting.  So, this challenge, like many others,  is meant to get you started.  It’s also a great way for all of us who are involved to support one another and to receive support.  When you know that other people are doing the same thing as you, the feeling of loneliness will disappear.  You can get help, advice, and more by working together with others who are involved with the language challenge. 

What am I doing for the Two-Week Language Challenge?

I am learning Arabic and one area I am weak in is speaking.  I know that if I want to improve my speaking skills, I have to speak more than I do.  Because of that, my goal is to speak for 30 minutes each day for 14 days.  It doesn’t have to be perfect, and there’ll definitely be mistakes.  That’s fine!  Mistakes are a big part of learning. 

The important thing is that I practice and practice consistently.  These two weeks will give me a limited amount of time to meet my goal and I know that it’s manageable.  I’ll work with a tutor and maybe some friends too.

What can You do to get Ready for this Challenge?  

Getting ready for the two-week language challenge is simple.  First, choose a language that you want to work on.  After you do that, decide on one or two things that you would like to focus on like speaking, reading, vocabulary, etc.  Make a plan for how you’re going to work on this area.  If you want to improve your reading, how will you do that?  If you need to build your vocabulary, what are you going to do to make that happen?  

How will the Language Challenge Work?

Firstly, you’ll work on the skills that you decided to work on.  However, to make this more social, there will be prompts for you to answer each day.  You can find the prompts at the bottom of this post.  These prompts are a great way to keep you focused and motivated and to share our ideas with each other.  

Sharing your Progress on Social Media

Be sure to share your progress on social media.  Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, take your pick from any of them.  As you work on your language, share your experiences online with our hashtag #wordsandbridges2020.  This will help to bring us together and will also help to encourage everyone in the community who is participating in the two-week language challenge.  

      

Are you excited for this challenge?  I know I am!  Which language are you interested in learning?  Leave a comment below so we can know.  Be sure to share this post with people you know who are interested in learning a language.  #wordsandbridges2020  

Daily Prompts for the Language Challenge

Day 1 (May 17th): What language are you learning and why did you choose it?

Day 2 (May 18th): What tools will you use to help you learn the language?

Day 3 (May 19th): What’s the ultimate goal that you want to achieve with your target language?

Day 4 (May 20th): What things do you like about your target language?

Day 5 (May 21st): How many friends do you have who speak your target language?

Day 6 (May 22nd): If you could go to a country where your target language is spoken, would you go? For how long?

Day 7 (May 23rd): What difficulties do you usually face when you’re trying to learn your target language?

Day 8 (May 24th): How has the language challenge been going for you so far?

Day 9 (May 25th): What can you do to make your learning become easier for you?

Day 10 (May 26th): What is your usual language learning routine?

Day 11 (May 27th): Which language teachers, language learners, polyglots, etc., inspire you?

Day 12 (May 28th): What’s the best thing about learning another language?

Day 13 (May 29th): How have your language skills improved during this challenge?

Day 14 (May 30th): The final day. Will you continue learning your target language after today?

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