How has everyone’s first two days in the italki World Cup Language Challenge going so far? Have you already completed your 3 lessons for this week or are you still only on your first one?
Have you made some concrete goals that you hope to accomplish for the language? If you need some inspiration: LindsayDoesLanguages has set some fantastic goals for her Portuguese. What are my goals? I would say I have fairly similar goals to Lindsay for the most part.
Have You Started The Challenge Yet?
If you consider the previous 4 lessons I’ve had with a Catalan Professional Teacher, then yes, you could say I’m ahead of the game. However, since I booked these lessons prior to when the italki World Cup Language Challenge began, these lessons probably don’t count. That’s okay! Why? Because I really wanted to be able to get a grasp of the basics of Catalan before I started the challenge. That way I could tackle the pronunciation, conjugate verbs in the present tense, and be able to learn the most essential phrases before beginning.
This is also the first time I’ve used a Professional Teacher instead of a Community Tutor on iTalki
I would totally recommend you try them out too! They can really be an essential for those of us who are absolute beginners and have no idea where to begin. There are even a few out there who can explain things in your native language too if things get too confusing in the target language alone. They could even provide you with some immensely useful PDFs which can help you learn the language without translation too.
Learn The Lyrics To These Catalan Songs
(The latter also goes by the name La Porta Dels Somnis)
Aren’t these great songs? Then there’s a very famous Catalan song that Shakira even covered too! Finding great music in a new language is definitely a great way to keep yourself motivated in learning a new language. Do you agree? I found that these have actually kept me more on track with my language learning then not having music to listen to at all.
Lyrics can help you discover so much about a song that you simply could not find in a boring textbook or language course at school! You can figure out which words often get abbreviated, slang and colloquial expressions, as well as different dialects in both the lyrics and the singer’s accent!
Reading in Catalan
I haven’t found much reading materials for Catalan as of yet but I’m sure I’ll come across something my resource section. Whether it’s audio books (reading and listening at the same time! Great for building up your input in the language), eBooks or actual books. I plan on reading at least a full page of text of Catalan. Even if it’s just a news article on El Punt Avui. I find being literate in your new language just as important as speaking your new language!
One of the most inspiring things to see on YouTube are people how consistency make vlogs in a foreign language so that you can track their progress from where they began to where they are now. As I said in my previous post: I’m in the process of moving at the moment so that probably won’t happen until later. If I can’t do video, I’ll do audio so that you can hear me speaking in Catalan. I’ll try to do one of these as often as I can. I will definitely do one at the end of the challenge too, so that way you can compare how much I’ve improved in Catalan.
Are you ready to begin the challenge? I know I am! My first official lesson will begin tomorrow evening!