The current status:
This is a quick update about the 1000-Word challenge that I am currently doing. I am going through a vocabulary list of 1000 words of Spanish I generated using several different sources, and which will give me a good start to learning the language very soon. I also invited my readers and students to participate in the challenge, either by also learning the words in Spanish from scratch, or using my existing lists for German and English instead:
I am just over a month into the challenge and the first 500 words are finished. This includes quite a lot of the easy words at the start of the vocabulary list, and the focus is to spread the net wide in terms of learning new sounds, testing a variety of word types, and also to become used to the Spanish spelling system.
If you want to see what I’ve been up to, then feel free to download the Anki deck for the first 500 words here:
I’ll be posting the whole set of 1000 words at the end of the challenge, as well as completed vocabulary-pictures pages (50 of them), and the word and excel versions of the lists in Spanish. Stay tuned!
Some initial thoughts about the 1000-Word Challenge:
First of all, it’s been a surprise how easy it’s been. I’m not saying that Spanish is an easy language – it isn’t – but by making a solid learning plan, and working steadily through it, I’ve been able to add a lot of new words on a weekly basis and use any short breaks every day to practise (on the tram to work, between appointments, in the bath).
The visual dictionary that I’ve been using, and also the International Phonetic Alphabet have both been as great help, alerting me to any funky pronunciation issues that I have to keep in mind as I go. I’ve also been spelling all words, not just repeating and memorizing, and this has also been a great help with the pronunciation.
This project has been a great start in preparing me for the next challenge – when I’ll actually begin learning the language. For now, I shall continue with words, words, words and we’ll see how it goes.
It’s not too late to challenge me – in any language! Have you got what it takes? Then I challenge you to a language duel at the end of September!
Get in touch now, and we’ll set it up!
I’ll be posting more details as I complete the 1000 words, and will begin putting together the ideas for the next challenge. There are a few external articles in the pipeline, plus a few more surprises which I’ll be posting soon. For now, happy language learning!