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:
How I began the 1000-Word Challenge:
I began by processing the entire 1000-word list using Google translate, with both English and German texts, and whenever results clashed, those words were marked for additional investigation later on. This way, I had some basic Spanish material to work with straight away, and I began learning the words in random order, one at a time.
The 1000-Word List:
Behold, the 1000-Word list, as a PDF, DOC or XLS, ready for download:
Language Learning Challenge: 1000 Words in 3 Months.
As a language trainer, I am very much aware that I ask a lot of my students, particularly those who are beginning to learn a language from scratch. I ask them to practise every day and make sure they reserve the time for themselves without interruption from others.
I don’t ask anyone to do anything I wouldn’t do myself and so it’s time to prove it:
I am going to learn 1000 words of Spanish in three months.
It was my first full day in the city of Montréal and I was really feeling the chill. In the morning, I had walked the city streets, or more accurately, I had slid the city streets. Or should it be slud? Or sludded perhaps? Come to think of it, the best way to describe what I did was I sludged my way around the city. The sub-zero temperatures had been nicely complemented with a deluge of snow the previous day, all of which now seemed to have turned into a brown, semi-liquefied goo which was oozing into my boots.