Are you learning a new language?
Or are you going to travel to a country that speaks a totally different language?
There are many languages to learn and immerse yourself in but sometimes, it can be hard to stay motivated.
In a different context, when I got to the gym or wanting to increase my productivity, I follow challenges to help me get into a habit. This helps me immensely to increase my motivation and stay on task.
So, I’ve created a 30-day language learning challenge that would be fun, simple and easy to follow by. This is the 30 day language challenge.
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Following the 30-day language learning challenge will only take around 10 minutes of your time per day at a minimum. So, whether you have plenty of time on your hands or you are a busy bee, you will be able to fit this into your schedule.
This challenge is designed to slowly introduce you into your target language and to make it an enjoyable experience. I also thought it would be a great way to boost my Swedish and to make sure that I keep on top of my language learning journey every day.
Having trouble knowing how to integrate language learning into your every day learning? Check out this blog post about the successful 13 habits of successful language learners.
This 30-day challenge will not make you a language master, but it will give you a boost to learn the basics or to brush up on your rustiness! This guide is great for those wanting to travel to another country, starting to learn a new language or wanting to practice the basics.
30 Day Foreign Language Challenge
Day 1: Download the Memrise App
This is one of my favorite apps to learn and expand my vocabulary. You can set your goals to learn either 5, 10 or 15 new words a day. It is absolutely vital that you expand your vocabulary. It will make sure you can understand the next piece of text you read or the next video you watch.
Check out this extensive list of language learnings apps that I love!
Use this app on top of the language learning challenge every day for at least 10 minutes a day. That’s all you need to squeeze in a few more words.
Day 2: Use Pinterest: Create a Pinterest Board
Create a Pinterest board and pin your favorite language learning articles and resources in your target language. You can use save these pins to redirect you to fabulous articles like this one to spark your inspiration.
You can check out these language learning tips Pinterest board and pin as many as you like!
Especially if you are learning Swedish, use these resources from the Learn Swedish Board.
Day 3: Follow 3 Social Media Influencers In Your Target Language
For me personally, I use Instagram a lot! I follow many people in my target language on Instagram.
Following social media influencers on Instagram gives you not only nice photos but the captions. The captions are a real help. They allow me to read small text snippets that aren’t too overwhelming. You’ll also have access to their “stories” on Instagram where they’ll most likely talk in your target language.
This is an awesome way to integrate language learning in your everyday routine when you check social media.
You can also use Facebook, Snapchat or Twitter to follow social media influencers in your target language.
Day 4: Write 3 sentences about yourself
Seems simple? But when you are starting out this is probably the hardest thing anyone could ever do!
It’s okay to cheat and look up words or ways to form a sentence. However you should try as hard as you can to write 3 sentences without aid. If you’re feeling condient write more about yourself.
Here is an example of what you could write:
“Hey! My name is [name] and I am [number] years old. I was born in [place] and I live in [place]. I work as a [occupation] at [company name]/I study [degree/course] at [place].”
Day 5: Listen to a song and try to figure out the lyrics
Use iTunes or Spotify and find a song to listen to in your target language. You can try and look up the lyrics and highlight words you don’t understand. You can look up these words so you can memroise and sing along to them.
Day 6: Follow 3 Youtubers In Your Target Language
If you’re an avid user of Youtube then this is one of the best options to incorporate your target language in your video watching.
Many have vlog formats which help you understand how the natives speak in a casual setting. You can also subscribe to more formal teaching Youtubers.
You can find Youtubers in your target language by Googling, “Top Youtubers in [Country Name].
If you are learning Swedish check out these top Youtubers that speak Swedish.
Day 7: Read something
Try reading a newspaper article, a blog post or magazine in your target language.
I find that if I write down words I don’t know, learn them, then memorize, I find that it’ll stick. I usually use an app like Anki to write down words I don’t know so I can use them as a flashcard resource for later.
Day 8: Chat with someone
You don’t necessarily have to speak to someone, especially if you are a total beginner. You can use an app such as HelloTalk or use Discord servers and write to people.
HelloTalk is a great app because it allows a native speaker to correct on your punctuation, grammar, spelling and sentence structure.
Day 9: Change your phone or computer language settings
Now, this is a drastic change, but it has to happen!
Honestly, if you use your phone and computer often, you’ll be surprised how you can memorize where everything is, even if you don’t know the word.
Make the leap and change both your phone and computer language settings.
Day 10: Label items in your home
Grab some sticky pads, write some words and stick them on your items. You’ll see them within your sight every day. This will help you expand your vocab on everyday items.
Day 11: Write down 5 positive sentences
Write 5 sentences that have a positive vibe. Try and use a combination of harder, rich and simple words.
Day 12: Write down 5 negative sentences
Write 5 sentences that do not have a positive connotation. After you complete this exercise, you’ll have a grasp of the difference between positive and negative undertones in your target language.
Day 13: Watch a movie in your target language
Watch a movie in your target language. If you struggle, pick a movie that has subtitles in your native language. That way you can at least hear a native speaker and pick up on some words.
I recommend using Netflix as a way to find a movie in your target language.
Day 14: Follow a tutorial
Pick a tutorial, whether it be a recipe, a DIY task, a blog post or Youtube video in your target language. If you are unable to read the writing, you can always use Google translate to help you out.
If using a Youtube video, watch a video that will have understandable subtitles.
Day 15: Learn some grammar
Time to drill grammar in your target language! It’s important to understand grammar when stringing a sentence.
I advise you to either look up grammar rules on Google. You can easily access grammar rules on Google for free.
Use this grammar and write it out in a table for you to reference in the future.
Day 16: Write about your day
What did you do today?
Write down events happened during your day and how you felt. It will be like a journal entry.
Day 17: Read 3 newspaper articles
In order to improve your reading skills, read 3 newspaper articles in the current news. You can try and find the equivalent in your native language and compare this to the article in your target language.
Many countries have websites that present easy to read newspaper articles that are available online.
Day 18: Chat with someone
Find a language buddy to chat with. If you know someone in real life to chat with them in your target language.
However, if you don’t know anyone you can use services online including apps (iTalki, HelloTalk), website or meetups (if you live in a big city).
Day 19: Start watching a TV series in your target language
Now that you’ve watched a movie. You can try watching a TV show in your target language. You don’t need to watch all 10 episodes in a row (which most likely will happen, everyone has a binging tendency when it comes to TV shows).
Aim to watch an episode a day or every two days. This will help you integrate language learning in your daily schedule.
Day 20: Create flashcard for difficult words
Have some words that you are getting stuck on?
Create a list of difficult words that you have trouble with and make flashcard or use an app such as Anki to help you memorize.
Day 21: Listen to a podcast
Podcasts are very popular. So you’ll have no trouble finding an entertaining podcast to listen to in your target language.
You don’t need to understand what they are saying. However, by day 21 you’ll be able to pick up some words and be more comfortable to understand how a native speaker sounds.
Day 22: Take notes in the language
Do you study or work? Next time you write something down, write notes in your target language. When I first started out I used a combination of English (native) and Swedish (target). I then went home and filled in the gaps in my target language.
This can also include to-do lists, grocery list, calendars, wish lists and more.
Day 23: Take a lesson
This is a daring leap, but take a lesson to improve your speaking skills.
You can do these in real life, or if you need a flexible starting time you can find a tutor online to converse.
Day 24: Join language social media groups
There are so many places on the internet where you can find like-minded people learning the same language as you.
The main avenues to find a social media group is Facebook groups, Reddit communities, discord, Duolingo forums, and WhatsApp groups.
Day 25: Starting thinking in the target language
See an apple? Think of that in your target language. See a car? Think of that word in the target language.
When you see something or feel emotions, just like your normal thinking process, think of that in your target language.
Day 26: Learn some tongue twisters
To become a master in your target language search up tongue twisters. Just like English, there are hard tongue twisters to master!
Day 27: Write a story in a paragraph
Write a small story on a topic of your choice. Use lots of describing words and make sure you use positive and negative undertones.
Use an app such as HelloTalk or social media groups to get it proofread for you.
Day 28: Write down 50 words on top of your head
If you have been using Memrise each day, this challenge will be easy peasy for you.
If you have written down 50 words easiy, then aim for 100. This is a good way to show off your the new words you know to yourself. Feel proud you know all of these words.
Day 29: Record yourself speaking for 2-3 minutes
Try and record yourself with no material in front of you. If it’s too hard then, by all means, read a piece of text and record yourself.
You can then listen yourself, see where you can improve on and even send the voice recording to a native speaker to critque you.
Day 30: Write how the 30-day language challenge helped you
Write a short paragraph on how the 30-day challenge helped you.
Ask yourself these questions:
- What did I benefit from the challenge?
- What was the hardest challenge?
- What was the easiest?
- Have I improved my target language in the last 30 days?
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