• Language Learning Reading Challenge 2019

    I am excited to share the fourth annual Language Learning Reading Challenge with you.

    Starting January 2019, 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 Facebook.

    As part of the challenge, we will be read 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 Materials that make up the 2019 Language Reading Challenge

    1 January // A tutorial, recipe, or lesson in your target language (if you’re up for a bigger challenge, read an entire book on the subject)
    2. February // A book on learning strategies (any learning strategy, not just language related, but it can be about language learning if you prefer)
    3. March // A book written in your target language (this can be a translation from your native language or a book originally written in your target language)
    4. April // Read something humor-related in your language to get a sense of comedy and what’s funny in your language 
    5. May // Read an introduction to your language – if you’re an advanced learner, find an article or chapter in your coursebook that explains something that you’re struggling with in particular
    6. June // History of the region, culture, or language that you are studying
    7. July // Read something about a language you’re not learning (it can be an article, an introduction to the language, or an entire book)
    8. August // A book written by a language blogger (you can find books by bloggers such as Steve Kaufmann, Anthony MetivierKerstin Cable, Benny Lewis, Barbara Oakley, yours truly, and more)
    9. September // A book about a language, a family of languages, a writing system, or something related to linguistics
    10. October // Read a Wikipedia article in your target language
    11. November // A book written in your target language (originally, not a translation)
    12. December // Read a book about your native language

    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 share in the comments or use the link below to join us on Facebook.

    2. Follow the host: Shannon from Eurolinguiste.

    3. OPTIONAL: Join us on Facebook.

    January 1, 2019 • Language Resources • Views: 1187

  • Announcing the 30 Day Language Reading Challenge

    For the past few years, I’ve hosted the Language Learning Reading Challenge. It’s grown into a fun community of learners, but I wanted to take things further. 

    Reading is an incredible way to get comprehensible input, but it’s also an enjoyable way to work on your languages. 

    Through the Language Learning Reading Challenge, I’ve had the chance to meet a lot of incredible language learners who also love reading. And while the monthly prompts are a great way to combine the two, I also thought the community could benefit from a more intensive version of the challenge.

    Hence the 30 Day Language Reading Challenge. 

    The 30 Day Language Reading Challenge

    So what’s the 30 Day Language Reading Challenge and how is it different from the normal challenge?

    The normal challenge is year long and each month has a theme. And while I encourage participants to read in their languages each month, it’s not required as long as the reading benefits your knowledge of the language (or it’s culture or even learning strategies) in some way.

    In the 30 Day Language Reading Challenge, only reading done in your target language counts. 

    During the 30 days, we’ll aim to rack up as much reading as we can. We’ll count pages (or words) read, keep track of new phrases and words we’re learning, what they mean, and share weekly summaries of what we’ve read – in our target languages! 

    It’s going to be a ton of fun. 

    If you’re interested in the 30 Day Language Reading Challenge, you can sign up here.

    Join the Challenge

    I hope to see you in the challenge. We’re starting September 1st, 2018. 

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Q: Will there be another challenge after the one in September?

    A: Most likely, but that will depend on participation in the September challenge.

    Q: What should I read?

    A: Whatever you like. Whether it’s coursebook dialogues or crime fiction, news articles or comic books, it doesn’t matter. The goal is to get you reading in your target language every day for an entire month.

    Q: Where will the challenge take place?

    A: The challenge prompts will be sent out via email, but the conversation will take place on Facebook. If you’re not on Facebook, that’s not a problem. You’ll have access to all the documentation and can still share your progress with me via email.

    Q: How do I count how much I’ve read?

    A: If reading digitally (ebooks or with LingQ), these tools can help you do this. If you’re reading a physical book, count the number of pages you read per day. If a dialogue is most of a page, it counts as one page. If it’s half or less, it counts as half a page. Any English (or native language to you) explanations do not count towards your reading if you’re working with a textbook.

    Join the Challenge

    If you have any other questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments below. I look forward to hearing from you.

    August 9, 2018 • Language Resources • Views: 430

  • 2014 Language Books Reading List Part 1

    My problem is that I have too many things that I like to do and not enough time for them all. I constantly seek ways to find a way to balance all of my hobbies, but it also means that I’m never bored. There’s always something to do.

    Along with traveling, photography, language learning, music, writing, and cooking, I love to read. When I say I love to read, I mean I really love to read. If you check out my Goodreads profile, you’ll see what I mean.

    For 2014, I don’t have any set plan for the books I want to read, but I do have a few on my shelf that I want to tackle the over next month or two, so that’s where I plan to start.

    2014 Language Books Reading List

    First, I have a few books that I want to read just because:

    1. Found in Translation: How Language Shapes Our Lives and Transforms the World – This looks like a great book. I haven’t started it yet, but I’ll let you know what I think once I’ve finished it.

    2. The Story of French – I actually just finished this one last night. I had been looking for books about languages (and not just how to learn them) and I stumbled upon this one in a bookstore. It started out really great and I found the information within it absolutely fascinating until I began to lose interest just over halfway through the book. I’ll write more about this soon, so for now, unfortunately, I’ll leave you with that. Either way, it was definitely an interesting read – even in the hard-to-get-through sections.

    3. How to Taste – I know, I know. It was a gift from my mom, but I’ve found it quite informative thus far. Don’t judge.

    Next, I have several language learning books I want to finish.

    Continuing Croatian

    As many of you know, I started to learn Croatian last year. For Christmas, I received a couple of great Croatian learning resources, so I’m going to start there before I really dive into Mandarin.

    1. Introduction to the Croatian and Serbian Language by Magner – So far I’ve found this book to be pretty difficult, but there are not a whole lot of resources available to help one learn Croatian, so I’ll take what I can get. Hopefully it will get easier once I feel more comfortable with the language.

    2. Le Croate by Assimil – Assimil is highly recommended by a number of language learners and this is my first resource from them. I can’t wait to try it out.

    3. Lonely Planet Croatian Phrasebook – another highly recommended resource.

    Learning Mandarin

    Finally, I’m going to start working on Mandarin with:

    1. Lonely Planet Mandarin Phrasebook – I’m already using Pimsleur, and I have a friend who offered to help me with Mandarin in exchange for helping her with English, but we don’t start for another week or so. I’m hoping to do a bit more preparation until then using this book and Pimsleur Mandarin because all I can do at this point is ask for directions to “Long Peace Street,” ask what time it is, and order two beers.

    Upcoming Reviews

    I also have a few resources I’d like to review here on Eurolinguiste

    1. Themen Aktuell Workbook and Coursebook
    (German) – these are the books I used to earn my German certificate at university. I want to give them another look so that I can review them here.

    2. German Made Simple – not sure if that’s possible (imho), but I’ll definitely give it a go!

    3. CHINESE in 10 minutes a day – I can appreciate lessons in small chunks that make the material easier to digest, especially with a language that is so different from anything else I’ve studied in the past. I’ve started learning to speak and understand Chinese, but I have yet to start reading and writing. To be honest, it’s just a bit intimidating.

    4. Culinaria France – a French cookbook with tons of regional recipes I picked up when Borders when out of business but have yet to really delve into. It has a really fascinating section on cheese and another on wine in France. It’s a great read and a recipe book. Win-win.

    5. Easy Italian Step-by-Step

    6. The Everything Italian Practice Book

    7. Learn Italian the Fast and Fun Way – I had seen the French version of this book and it looked like a fun way to study a language with the dialogues and exercises at the beginning of each chapter. The vocabulary is based on travel, like most foreign language books, so it’s not the most practical, but it also has beginning grammar (and my Italian needs a bit of a refresh).

    8. Italian Now!

    What are you reading this year?

    PS. The links included in this post are Amazon affiliate links. These are books that I am actually reading, so you can choose to do whatever you wish with this information. If you decide to purchase any of the books, I make a small commission and you help me continue to fund my language learning habit as well as the continuation of this blog. Any purchases you make through these links are at no additional cost to you.

    January 9, 2014 • Language Resources • Views: 197