At the invitation of Jonathan Huggins from HugginsInternational.com, I’ve decided to take part in a 30-day speaking challenge.
The language I’ll be taking on as part of the challenge is the language I’m currently studying – Russian.
I’m really excited to join this challenge because I feel it’s exactly what I need in my learning right now.
There simply is no replacement for speaking your target language. It’s the only way you can truly begin to adapt to the sounds of the language and gain any semblance of fluency. I also believe it really helps you to identify your weaknesses so that you can continue to make progress.
Every day during the 30 days of this challenge, I’ll be recording a new video of myself speaking Russian which will be uploaded on the Lingua Materna youtube channel and also here on my website. In these videos, I’ll speak about my daily life and events, as well as the discussion topics which Jonathan is suggesting for everyone who participates in the challenge.
I have a few reasons for taking on this challenge and for sharing my progress here. Firstly, I want to improve my Russian and I feel that a speaking-oriented challenge like this is perfect for me right now. I believe that consistency is an essential part of learning a language and I’m excited about the accountability that participating in a challenge like this brings.
Secondly, I want to show that learning a language is a day-by-day process that takes time. A little bit of practice everyday is far more effective than practicing for long periods once a week. I’m confident that my videos and the progress I show during this challenge will demonstrate that.
So why not start your own speaking challenge? No matter what language you’re learning, taking a few minutes to record yourself speaking each day is a fantastic way to practice. If you do decide to challenge yourself, send me an email and let me know!
On Day 1, I provide a basic introduction about myself including my name, where I'm from, and which languages I speak.
On Day 3, I talk about a recent trip I took with my girlfriend.
On Day 5 of the speaking challenge, I discuss my plans for the upcoming weekend.
On Day 7, I discuss the challenge so far and how it's helping me to improve my speaking skills.
On Day 9, I talk about a film I recently saw in the cinema. Can you guess which film it is?
On Day 2, I discuss my morning routine and why I like to practice languages first thing in the morning.
On Day 4, I discuss the characteristics of a good teacher.
On Day 6, I talk about the most foolish mistake I ever made while learning languages.
On Day 8, I talk about some of the obstacles I face right now to improving my spoken Russian.
On Day 10, I share an anecdote about something that happened during my trip to Morocco.
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On Day 11, I talk about why I decided to learn Russian and what I enjoy about it.
On Day 13, I attempt to tell you a fairy tale in Russian.
On Day 15, I tell you about my speaking plans for the coming week. As well as the speaking challenge, I plan to take a couple of lessons.
On Day 17, I try to simplify the text you see in the video.
On Day 19, I describe some of the items you see in the video and explain their uses.
On Day 21, I talk about my plans for the final week of the challenge.
On Day 23, I talk about what I do when I don't understand what someone's saying to me.
On Day 25, I practice expressing some common emotions using my words combined with my body language.
On Day 27, I introduce myself again. Hopefully, you notice the improvement between this version and my attempt on Day 1!
On Day 29, I share some advice for future challenges and things I wish I'd know when starting this challenge.
On Day 12, I tell you about the last time I complained about something. What do you think it was?
On Day 14, I describe what's happening in an interesting photo.
On Day 16, I play 'taboo' and attempt to describe a short anecdote in Russian without using the forbidden words!
On Day 18, I try to describe the blanks in the text you see in the video.
On Day 20, I come up with some questions for my fellow participants in the speaking challenge.
On Day 22, I respond to some questions from other challengers.
On Day 24, I talk about body language and the role it plays in language learning.
On Day 26, I express some different emotions but this time my body language doesn't express the same thing as my words!
On Day 28, I reflect upon the experience of taking part in the challenge over the last 4 weeks.
On the final day of the challenge, I talk about my plans for continuing to improve my Russian.