Reading in a foreign language can be an intimidating task for any language learner, regardless of level. There will always be harder material to read. Extensive reading is a staple of language learning for a lot of people, and it is gaining popularity through the web. And what better way to kick off the new year than with a month of extensive reading?
I’ve written about this contest and have taken part in each one except the very first, so I know what I’m talking about when I say that this contest will make your reading level sky-rocket in a relatively short amount of time (depending of course on how much you put into it). The contest starts January 1st, and I will have a book in hand as I bring in the new year. How about you?
Here is some more information from the contest site. By the way, you need a twitter account to take part.
Why do I need a Twitter account?
Because the contest is traditionally run by submitting your page count to a Twitter bot. With this contest, that will be a web app you can use to submit, but there is still the Twitter option. According to @LordSilent, the guy who runs the contest, a Twitter account is still necessary.
But I don’t like Twitter.
For a good reason, I’m sure. But honestly, if making a Twitter account means you won’t take part in the contest, you obviously are not that eager to improve your reading skills. It literally takes a matter of seconds, and who says you have to use it for any purposes outside of the contest? There are quite a few participants who do just that.
What are you going to read?
This month I will attempt the following:
- Liar Game
- ゼノサガI II (DS)
- Various 3DS Demos (体験版)
Web (aka all my non-Japanese reading)
- Talk To Me In Korean
- Chinese children’s stories
- Korean Naver comics
- Korean childrens’ stories