Language Learning Reading Challenge 2017 Language Resources

It is the start of the new year, and so, for those of you who were following along last year, you what that means.

It is time for this year’s Language Reading Challenge!

Starting January 2017, we’ll tackle one book per month covering a topic related to language and share our experiences as a group. Please feel free to join us. You can participate by commenting on the posts here at Eurolinguiste or by joining the group on Goodreads.

As part of the challenge, we will be reading books that cover everything from culture, language learning, general learning techniques, history, and more. Plus, we’ll be reading both in our native languages and target languages.

If you’re at a more advanced level in your target language, feel free to read any or all of the books (not just the ones indicated as target language only) in the language that you’re learning. If you’re still just getting started, that’s okay, too! You can read along in your native language, discovering more about the cultures and histories tied to the language(s) that you’re learning, opting for lower level or graded readers for books in your target language.

Please note that you don’t have to pick just one language for this challenge. If you’re learning multiple languages, feel free to mix and match. The challenge is pretty flexible. I’ve planned it this way so you can get the most learning possible out of it over this next year.

The Books that make up the Language Reading Challenge

1 January // Book about your native language
2. February // Book in your target language (translation of a book from your native language)
3. March // A book about someone who learns a language (can be fiction or non-fiction)
4. April // Read a book written by an author from a country that speaks your target language (can be a translation or in the original language)
5. May // A coursebook/lesson book (chance to finish up one you’ve been working one or work through one)
6. June // A book written by a language blogger (you can find books by bloggers such as Judith Meyer, Kerstin Cable, Benny Lewis, Olly Richards, Bill Price, Siskia Lagomarsino, yours truly, and more)
7. July // History of the region, culture, or language that you are studying
8. August // A children’s book in your target language
9. September // Book in your target language (originally written in your target language)
10. October // A book/magazine/etc about your personal interests in your target language (sports, sewing, music, etc.)
11. November // A book set in the country of your target language (can be fiction or nonfiction)
12. December // A book with an invented language (or a non-fiction book about invented languages – this can also be a course book for Esperanto, for example)

A Few Notes Regarding the Challenge:

The challenge doesn’t have to focus on one language, if you are studying multiple languages (or have an interest in languages you’re not studying), feel free to go for books in or about those languages.

You are absolutely welcome to read books of any level. Graded readers, children’s books, academic books or any other genre are acceptable for the challenges that require you to read in your target language(s).

You do not need to participate every month to be a part of this challenge. You can choose the months that align with your interests.

If you do not complete the book you take up in any one month of the challenge, that’s okay! You can still join in the conversation and share some of what you’ve learnt from the sections of the book you were able to get through.

Language Reading Challenge Linkup Rules:

1. Share your post discussing the book that you’ve read this month. Submissions unrelated to the theme or links to your homepage will be deleted. You can use the linkup below or just share in the comments.

2. Follow the host: Shannon from Eurolinguiste.

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  • Anca

    Brilliant! I have set myself a reading challenge for this year and combining it with language learning will make it…just perfect. I won’t be blogging about it but very much look forward to reading about your experiences. Off to think about my reading target for January…:)

    • Thanks Anca! Even if you don’t blog about it, I hope you’ll chime in on the comments. Good luck with your reading challenge!

  • Alex Gentry

    Brilliant post Shannon! I’m looking forward to partaking in this challenge! 😀

    • Thanks Alex! I look forward to learning about what you’re reading!

  • Great ideas, and what a fab list! I’ve already read a book in Welsh and I guess I’m a language blogger who wrote a book, so later in the year I’ll make a note to blog this!

    • Sounds great! I look forward to reading your posts. Thanks for joining up with us!

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  • Cool post Shannon! I’ve started incorporating reading into my language study a lot more recently. I love the nostalgia of digging into translations of some of my favourite childhood books. I also like to read a lot of histories and travelogues about countries where my target language is spoken. I hadn’t come across the Culture Smart series before so it’s top of my list to check it out now!

    • Hi James, thanks! I hope you enjoy the Culture Smart series and I also hope that you’ll join us as a part of the reading challenge. It would be fun to get a little insight into some of the books that you enjoy about the languages you’re learning!

      • Sounds awesome! I’m in. Is this somewhere I need to sign up? Rule No. 4 confused me a little. I’m not sure who the person just before on the list is.

        • Hi James, no need to sign up.

          Each month my review will include a linkup and when you add your review to the widget, you just need to leave a comment on the review that was added in before you. If no one is before you, you can comment on someone who signed up after you. I hope this helps clarify things.

        • Hi James, no need to sign up.

          Each month my review will include a linkup and when you add your review to the widget, you just need to leave a comment on the review that was added in before you. If no one is before you, you can comment on someone who signed up after you. I hope this helps clarify things.

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  • IronMike

    Great idea! Now, could you explain the link-up part for computer-stupid people! 😉

    • Of course. At the end of each month’s post, there’s a little widget at the end that will allow you to enter a link to your book post as part of the linkup. If all else fails, you can always stick it in the comments and I can add it to the widget for you. 🙂

      • IronMike

        So…where do I put the book post? On my own blog? (It would seem a little out of place as my blog is on the subject of marathon swimming.) Will the widget work with a Chromebook?

        Again, great idea. I love it! I think I’ll read a John McWhorter for April. Maybe Nicholas Ostler’s Empires of the Word.

        • Ah, I see. Well, in that case, maybe writing an entire post wouldn’t work for you. Maybe instead you could just leave a comment on that month’s linkup post with your thoughts on the book. 🙂

        • I was planning to read Empires of the Word a while back but I never got round to it. I’d be really interested to hear what you thought of it! 😀

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