We’ve come up with 30 days of language challenges. Follow this and you’ll be en- route to learning a new language.
Plank, squat and 5k are your usual trendy challenges. And that’s cool, but we wanted to play too.
Learning a foreign language is a gift that only you can give yourself. And just like learning to cook, ride a bicycle, and getting in shape; learning a new language is a skill that’ll keep on giving.
For the sake of not writing ‘whatever language you are learning’ every time we mention ‘whatever language you are learning’, we’re going to pretend you’re learning French. Whenever we say ‘French’ or ‘France’, feel free to insert your own chosen language, and country.
You ready for this? Bonne chance!
30 Days Of Language Challenges
- Big round of applause to you for taking on this challenge. First thing, you need to decide on a language. If you don’t know what language you’d like to master, then try this Buzzfeed quiz or a little fun inspiration: Which Language Should You Learn
- Pick yourself an app- companion. Two of the most popular language apps are Babbel and Duolingo, but feel free to choose any. Find an app that’s meant to fit into a busy schedule, then set up your account and get started. Aim to use 10 mins every day to learn the language basics. Do it on the go, at the breakfast table, in your lunch time or before you go to bed.
- Start a French flashcard collection. Flashcard number one is an introduction to you. Write a short paragraph in French to introduce yourself. I.e. ‘Hi, I’m Ann and I live in London. I am married to John and in my spare time I love to cycle. I’ve only recently started to learn French, excuse me if I make a mistake’. Introduce yourself to your bff, your colleague, your spouse, your kid, your dog, and the fly on the wall.
- Learn to count to 10, make a flashcard if you fancy.
Change the language on your smartphone to French. Most of what you do on your phone is out of instinct, and you’ll be able to do it even though you’re not fluent in French.
Stick post-its onto things, chairs, tv, table, couch, fridge, milk. It can take up to 97 times of seeing, hearing or using a words before it’s ingrained in your mind.
- Almost every country has an alphabet song, do a little karaoke session in the car or in the shower and learn your A-Z in French
- Recap counting from 1-10, and learn 11-20
- Write down some important French sentences on a flashcard and practise them throughout the day.
- Watch your favourite movie in French. If you’re not feeling confident, watch it with subtitles the first time.
- Scout the internet for French podcasts, download one you think you’d like and listen to it.
- Listen to French music. Download the Spotify Top 50 chart for France. It’ll most likely be a mix of English and French, but that’s okay.
- Translate your grocery list to French and bring it when you go shopping. Add the groceries you use often to a flashcard and add it to the pile.
- Google ‘popular French children’s books’, and get reading. It’s a great way to learn some basic language structure and vocabulary.
- What’s a traditional French cuisine? Find it, make it, taste it. Learning a new language is about getting to know another culture, and one of the finest way to do that is through food.
- Learn a French song, and sing it all day.
- Are there any French language clubs in your area? Have a look around and see if there are other people learning French too. Arrange a meet- up, and have a chat.
- Plan a trip to France (you don’t have to take the trip). Research the attractions you’d like to see, the restaurants where you’d like to dine, and the kinds of people you’d like to meet.
- Talk about the weather. If you’ve got a friend that knows French, fantastic, if not then talk to yourself. Talking helps build confidence, and when you’re talking to yourself you’re not afraid to make mistakes. Write your newly taught weather vocab on a flashcard.
- Learn the French birthday song
- Read the news in French. Find a French news outlet and skim the headlines. What’s going on in France?
- Go through all your flashcards a couple of times
- Play Scrabble in French.
- Plan the day in French, what are you up to today, what will you do when you come home from work, what will you have for dinner and what time will you go to bed?
- Watch French children’s shows on YouTube. Again, children’s shows are made from a simple vocabulary. They’re made for watching and understanding, even if you don’t understand all that’s being said.
- Find an online game in French.
- Disney day. Watch a Disney movie that’s available in French, pick one you’ve seen before so you know the story.
- Give yourself a guided tour of your home in French. ‘Welcome to my home, this is my kitchen where I cook my food, here’s the living room where I relax after a day at work, this is the bedroom where I sleep, and this is the toilet’
- Write a short story in French.
- Does French have a language of body gestures? Google ‘French body gestures and find out for yourself. Learn a few and add them to the flashcard collection
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