The italki team is taking the 2015 New Year’s Language Challenge
How much Chinese can they learn in 20 hours?
3 members of the team at italki are taking the language challenge to improve their skill in Mandarin. Each of them will have 20 hours of lessons between January and February. Can you do better than them? Check out their original Public Video Pledges that they made at the beginning of the Challenge here.
Week 3 Updates
Sadly, I did not meet my goals for this week which was to be able to understand the question my teacher asks me. I still have difficulty trying to understand what she is asking me even when it’s stuff that we’ve already went over. I did get in 3 hours of lessons and I did however improve my pronunciation of the words and sentences I’ve already learned though!
So 3 weeks in, I’m not as confident as I was before the challenge started. Although I’ve learned a lot, it’s way harder than I thought and my listening skills are still terrible. Chinese is really a tough language to learn. I’ve done some self-study but really realize I need to do more.
Next week I’m going to step up my game. I’m going to do some more self-study and also put in more hours. I was able to sit down and give a quick update in the video above as well. Go ahead and watch it above!
Lastly, I just wanted to say my bets for next week are that Karthik will definitely NOT make his weekly goal!
This week was tough because I had a bad case of food poisoning and wasn’t at work for two days! I was barely able to sit up so studying Chinese was out of the question but I was able to get 3 hours of lessons. What was even better was I was I’ve cleaned up my notes and finally written my vocab words on flashcards. Makes it so much easier for me to revise during my lunch break!
For this upcoming week my goal is to practice my vocab everyday and practice using the new words in sentences. My teacher Elena and I are going to review what I have learned so far in the next couple of sessions, so it’s important that I go over all of my cards!
I’m a bit scared about this upcoming week as well because this weekend I go to Hong Kong, so won’t take lessons then. I’m scared that I might fall behind! Honestly, I’m doubting myself at the moment! I still don’t feel 100% after my food poisoning and this weekend I know I won’t take lessons so I need to step up my game!
Karthik, Data Scientist
This was a tough week for me as I week I was only able to do 1 hour. I was hoping to put in some hours this weekend but we had to do server maintenance for most of that day and I really wanted to watch our engineering team in action. I was able to really put in some time to work on my pronunciation and grammar so it wasn’t a complete waste.
I realize that I need to put in some more time for next week. I hope to do 5-6 hours to make up for lost time. Thus far, at this halfway point I’ve only completed 5 hours. That’s pretty good for me, but I got to step up in order to finish. So, I need schedule more lessons.
One thing that I do have going for me is that I still get to practice speaking occasionally with my co-workers and friends. The duration of this practice is typically less than 1 hour/week so that sort of counts, doesn’t it? I’m going to kick some butt for week 4!