Gather your resources!
This is one of my favorite parts of any new Challenge because it can be fun to look over the kinds of materials you WANT to use and the kinds of things you WANT to learn (plus, shopping is always fun). The tough part of the Challenge is putting those resources to good use once you've got them. But that is another topic for another post.
Inspiration (to remind you why you want this and motivate you to go for it)
Challenge (action steps to put into practice today)
Resources (extra links you can follow for more things to see/learn/do)
I won't pretend that writing the 30-Day Challenge was easy because it wasn't, and I expect a full 120-Day Challenge (if writing daily) to be even MORE difficult (to keep up that pace), so here are a few notes regarding the NEW 120-Day Challenge for us all to be aware of:
These Challenge posts may be significantly shorter than the first Challenge posts (I'm aiming for 500 words or less) but will still contain great content, resources, and action steps (besides, I can't spend all my time writing these, I've also got to take my own studying seriously)
I won't pretend that I can include unique action steps in EVERY day of the 120-Days, so expect some repeated Challenges, though possibly with some modifications
I haven't fully planned out every day of this Challenge yet as I did with the previous one, so I'm going to be flying by the seat of my pants here and we'll be learning all this together
The three parts (Inspiration, Challenge, and Resources) may blend together and not be individually identified in each Post - but all three will be included
Learn pronunciation first (the US military and Mormon missionaries do this - it's effective - it trains your ears to more quickly become attuned to the sounds of that language and you pick it up faster)
Don't translate (rather, throw yourself fully into SPEAKING full time - even with broken sentences)
Use Spaced Repetition Systems to supercharge memorization (more on that later)
Estimate how much time you should study (i.e. write these down in a Challenge notebook):
What are your fluency goals? (Be specific)
What are your daily time constraints? (Be honest)
Korean is a Level 3 language - French is Level , so it will take 4 times as long to learn as French
Prerequisite for success: Find something about the language you LOVE that will keep you motivated to keep going even after it gets tough (I wrote more about this in the 30-Day Challenge)
We enjoy learning; it's what addicts us to reading newspapers, books, and magazines and browsing websites like Lifehacker, Facebook, Reddit, and the Huffington Post. Every time we see a new factoid the pleasure centers of our brains burst into activity and we click on the next link.
If you want to Tweet about this 120 Day Challenge, I'd encourage you to use the hashtag:
for the entire time leading up to your test so that we can follow what everyone else is doing on social media. I'd also like to make a forum available on our site later on for people to post updates and encouragement both for this Challenge and the original 30-Day Challenge.
Stay tuned and let me know what you're up to in the Comments below!