It was a internal debate as to whether or not I’ll be able to participate in this challenge because my schedule this month is incredibly busy. I’ve recently got an influx of Swedish students who signed up for multiple sessions! Yay! But this also limits how I go back doing the challenge this round. After reading Lindsay’s inspiring post about her new language quest for Japanese, I knew I had no excuse but to make time for it. Especially since it was a short 12 lesson challenge! Who wouldn’t want to do it?
Which Language Am I Learning For This Challenge?
Japanese (again) of course! The reason why is that I feel like my spoken Japanese needs significant improvement in addition learning more Kanji. I only know and recognise about 600 at the moment. I hope to take the to the next level as well as being more confident with using the language in more complex situations. I’m at the level where I need to challenge myself a bit more if I’m ever going to make any improvements. Since I’m already passed the the level of traveller and having basic conversations. It’s time to focus on more meaningful conversations.
Not to mention that I would like to be able to converse more with the locals when I make my third trip to Japan.
Here’s My Pledge
I decided to do it backwards and speak Japanese first and then English. I forgot to mention that it’s 12 lessons in total for the entire month when I said: 3 lessons per week. I made it in a hurry and on my mobile so I apologise about the bad quality. But now that the pledge is out there I’m ready to finally win this challenge.
Because this is still apart of my language adventure, I will be not only focusing on my speaking but my reading and listening as well. Which will include discovering new songs on YouTube and listening to my favourites (Hikaru Utada, Angela Aki, Shiina Ringo, Yuna Ito, Kyari Pyamu Pyamu, etc.), as well as reading the Nightmare Before Christmas in Japanese. Which I got at Bookoff for the cheap price of 350 Yen!(convert currency). Take a look at what one of the pages looks like:
As you can see from the black pages, white text and photos from the movie, it makes it that much more pleasant on the eyes to read. Since Halloween/Samhain is this month, I figured it was a perfect fit for this challenge. That way I get both my input (reading and listening) and output (speaking and writing) during this month.
I’ve already pre-booked 7 sessions and I’m still waiting for 3 tutors to respond. I will book the remaining 5 as soon as possible. I just need to figure out how to sneak them between my student’s sessions.
How about you? Are you participating in the italki October Language Challenge? If so, which language? Have you taken the challenge before? If so, were you able to complete it and did it help you improve your ability in the target language? I’d love to hear how the italki Language Challenge has helped you.
If you would still like to participate in the italki October Language Challenge you have until Tuesday! Which is coming up fast so make sure you sign up before then!