As the World Cup Language Challenge start date slowly approaches, one of the most common questions we receive is, “How do I prepare for a Language Challenge?” Well, you can simply dive right in and start taking lessons or you can plan each week and maximize your learning. Our guest blogger and World Cup Challenger Lindsaydoeslanguages shares with us her weekly Language Challenge goals! This post originally appears on Lindsaydoeslanguages.
ITALKI WORLD CUP LANGUAGE CHALLENGE: MY WEEKLY GOALS
With the italki World Cup Language Challenge creeping ever closer, now seems like the perfect time to give you a quick update before it all kicks off. (I’m just gonna keep the football puns coming…)
Have I started?
Nope! The italki World Cup Language Challenge begins on June 1st, so there’s still time to sign up!
What I have done though is booked all 25 lessons in advance because I know that for me, having the lessons booked now will take away the pressure of booking last minute.
I have also set myself 8 weekly goals. (Told you, there’s plenty more where that came from…)
My 8 World Cup (Language Challenge) Goals!
Week 1 – To read a short chapter of “Caro Bruce Springsteen” out loud on video.
This may sound completely random but this is to prove that language learning doesn’t have to be expensive. I picked up this book from a book stall in Portugal last year for just 50 cents!
Week 2 – To read a random news article from the internet out loud on video.
This may sound like a lot of reading, but in the early stages, I really want to work on improving my pronunciation and making it sound more Portuguese and less Spanish. Personally, I find reading really helps with this.
Week 3 – To learn the entire lyrics to Ai Se Eu Te Pego
So this is, like, the greatest song ever.
And it’s Portuguese. It just seems rather fitting!
Week 4 – To write and recite on video a short piece written about myself by myself
As arrogant as it sounds, being able to talk about yourself is pretty useful for making friends in other languages. It also helps to learn any random vocabulary that you need, such as “I jetski” or “I love my Jack Russell puppy”.
Week 5 – To identify the difference between the Spanish and Portuguese in Danza Kuduro
Ok, so maybe this is, like, the greatest song ever. I can’t call it between the two.
However, I think being able to identify the different between the Spanish and Portuguese in this song will really help me to split Spanish and Portuguese in my brain.
Week 6 – To commentate a bit of the World Cup…(maybe) live!
This is the goal I’m most nervous about – but also most excited about! (Like a penalty…oooo, that was bad) I’m going to do my best to describe what the heck is going on in the World Cup final in Portuguese. And I might do it live. Let me know in the comments if you think I should do it live!
Week 7 – To describe on video, in Portuguese, script-less, my experience commentating football
After the rush of last week’s goal, I think this week will need to be a little more relaxed for my own personal sanity! I plan to talk scriptless about a past experience – meaning I’ll have to use different tenses, adjectives, emotions (maybe that means subjunctive in Portuguese?! Eek.) and lots of other jazzy constructions sans-script.
Week 8 – To use 8 Portuguese idioms naturally in a video
Throughout the Challenge, I’ll be avoiding red cards (That one’s weak. I apologise.) by learning 1 common Portuguese idiom each week. I plan to use them as naturally as possible in the final week’s video!
So there you have it. My 8 goals for the italki World Cup Language Challenge. Let’s just hope England can score as many as that over the next few weeks.
Don’t forget: there’s still time to nominate me for Top 100 Language Lovers 2014! Find out how and what you’ll get from me if you do right here.