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.
3. OPTIONAL:Join us on Goodreads.