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The 10 Language Challenge
January 27, 2013
14:06
LordRitenour
Ohio
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Hello, my name is Adam. I am a 14 year old bilingual from Ohio that speaks English and Spanish. I have always wanted to be fluent in many languages. Languages are very important to me because with them I am better able to connect with humanity. Up until I was 13 I could only speak English, but over the last year I have become fluent in spanish using Rocket Languages. I am in full support of this language software, and I recommend this to any person wanting to learn a language. I am very open to any support/advice that anyone can give me as I try to complete this challenge. Here is the Challenge:

 

The 10 Language Challenge is a 3-5 year goal (roughly 30 months if I do it right) in which I will vigorously study a language for three months at a time. The end result will be a wide variety of language that i will be able to speak, and a broader connection with humanity. Although some languages will take 2 months and others 4 months, I will not give up. I am not searching for perfection, but I will finish this challenge with the end result being my fluency in 10 languages.

 

Languages

  1. Finish fluency in Spanish- 5 days (Jan 26-Jan 31) 
  2. Italian - 3 months (Feb 1 -Apr 31)
  3. German - 3 months (May 1 - July 31)
  4. Chinese - 4 months (Aug 1 - Nov 31)
  5. Russian - 3 months (Dec 1 - Feb 31)
  6. French - 2 1/2 months (Mar 1 - May 15)
  7. A.S.L. - 2 1/2 months (May 15-July 31
  8. Japanese - 4 months (Aug 1 - Nov 31)
  9. Esperanto 2 months (Dec 1 - Jan 31
  10. Portuguese 2 1/2 months (Feb 1 - Apr 15
January 27, 2013
15:59
JWood424
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This is certainly a great, if not lofty goal, but I wish you the best.  I only want to offer you a little bit of my own experience, not to discourage you in any way, but to warn you of some possible hurdles you may have to overcome.  

First, it's great that you were able to learn Spanish so well.  Like you, after studying Spanish for several years, I decided to give Italian a try.  It was a lot of fun, and after three months, I knew a fair amount of verbs and nouns, meaning I could string together some basic sentences.  The problem I ran into was that I was too eager to start another language.  I caution you about jumping into a fourth language (for you, German) until you feel as comfortable with Italian as you do with Spanish.  I made the mistake of taking on French after Italian, and while I made some progress, it got to be a lot for my brain to handle.  If you have a solid plan, and it sounds like you do, it is certainly possible, but don't overwhelm yourself or it won't be fun, and as soon as it stops being fun, you'll not want to do it anymore.

My only other concern would be your school work away from language study.  Don't let you grades slip in an attempt to learn so many languages or all you'll end up doing is explaining to your parents in ten different languages why you are not passing high school!  

I wish you the best of luck, buena suerte, y bona fortuna in all your languages and I look forward to reading about your progress.  Keep us posted!

Speaks: English Learning:  Spanish    Wants to add: Portuguese  If you´re bored and want to follow my progress, check out: http://jaimito424.wordpress.com/ 
January 28, 2013
16:05
Gaius Julius

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Hi Adam! Welcome to the forum and good luck on your mission!

Since you're going for more than one language, some of the people in this forum suggest that you try to start with Esperanto. I haven't tried it, but if you are really serious about language-learning, you might consider this as a start.

Here is Benny's article on this subject: http://www.fluentin3months.com/2-weeks-of-esperanto/

 

I personally think you shouldn't let school interfere with your education, but wasting a year on redoing school just because you were busy doing something else... might not be worth it. I trust that you know when to pause if you need to.

 

If you want to "connect with humanity" - you should try Arabic one day. As a language of prayer for more than one billion people, it really is an eye opener to a different world.

 

Good luck, and hold on to that enthusiasm! :)

Knows: English Hebrew Arabic German Learning: Spanish Korean Basic: French

January 28, 2013
19:37
LordRitenour
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Thanks for all the support. I definitely agree about not letting my grades fall behind in an effort to get ahead with my language learning. Fortunately, I am homeschooled, and am able to finish my school in less time (3-5 hr less time) than kids in public school. This gives me much more time to study languages, and pursue other interests of mine including playing musical instruments, bodybuilding, and hanging out with friends.

 

I will consider learning esperanto as one of my first languages, because I have looked into it and it looks relatively easy to learn and similar to spanish. I would highly appreciate any advice/resources on learning this language because it will be quite difficult to learn from scratch. Thanks.

 

At 13 years old I got special permission to attend a Spanish 1 class. At the end of the school year, and thus the end of the class, I decided that I wanted to learn Italian. In pursuing my desire to learn this beautiful language, I purchased the Rocket Italian Language Course. I studied this for 30-60 min a day over the summer, and got to the point where I was an intermediate Italian speaker. The school year came around again, and in an effort to maintain my A+ in my spanish class, I put Italian on hold and bought Rocket Spanish Language course and learned it. At this point, I have completely finished the Rocket Spanish Language Course and as of February 1st will start Rocket Italian again. The point that I am trying to make is that I believe that as long as I stick with the Rocket Language Course, I will be able to become fluent in the language of my desire. I definitely agree that I must obtain the same fluency in Italian as my Spanish. I would not ever dream of moving on to German if my Italian was not as good as my Spanish, because I would not feel like I had completely finished Italian. This challenge may take longer than expected, but I am trying to think and speak in the language 2 hrs a day, and study it 1 hr a day. Let me know what you think about a practice schedule, and/or other resources for learning Italian. Grazie Mille!

 

-Adam

January 29, 2013
16:51
JWood424
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Wow, it sounds like you have it all under control and I am impressed with your dedication.  While normally I don't push programs you have to pay for only because I truly believe you can learn without spending a lot of money, I can think of three distinct programs that offered me a good start with Italian.  (Yes, even though I don't like spending money, sometimes I am suckered into it.)  Living Language, Instant Immersion, and Complete Italian all have decent Italian based programs.  Instant Immersion was primarily computer games and listening activities and I learned a lot of vocabulary, but I did not feel I picked up a lot of conversational skills with this program.  It was fun and I retained what I learned, but when I was done, I could only name objects and not really have a conversation with someone. Living Language and Complete Italian were more book based with CDs to listen to as you go along and seem to be geared towards an older crowd.  With the right amount of dedication, you could easily get through either one of these programs in a matter of weeks.  Sometimes I wish I had the dedication to sit down and study Italian again, but for now I will stick with Spanish.  Good luck and let me know if you try out any of these programs.

Speaks: English Learning:  Spanish    Wants to add: Portuguese  If you´re bored and want to follow my progress, check out: http://jaimito424.wordpress.com/ 
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