I am participating in the language 6 week challenge which started on August 1st. The idea is to concentrate on one of your languages which is at a lower level and make as much progress as you can in 6 weeks. I of course chose (Ayacucho Peruvian) Quechua to improve, trying to get to a basic conversational level by November. I’m using @Simikuna on twitter for this challenge
My wordlist already contained 400 words taken from the textbook Qayna, Kunan Paqarin and the functional Quechua-English-Spanish dictionary by Clodoaldo Soto Ruiz. For each word I have been adding a sentence from the dictionary but with additional words it will get harder, I will need to trawl through other texts looking for sentences I can use for context. I found a great vocab list on runasimi.de – I had seen the site before but no idea how I missed the list with over 20,000 headwords! This week I’m working on making a more manageable list of 4,000 words or so that I’d like to learn. During the challenge my stretch goal is to learn 1,000 although it’s more likely I’ll end up with around 500. By the end of this week I’d like to be approaching 200 words learnt though! (Current count 130)
I am doing the following tasks, aiming for 1-2 hours daily:
Studying around 30 new words a day and editing my word list (15 – 30 min daily) I will have to see if I can keep up with the reviews – previously I have been doing 5 words a day and sometimes the words seem so similar to me that I struggle to remember them.
Watching Ñuqanchik (news in Quechua) each weekday (30 min daily)
Reading social media posts in Quechua (5 min daily)
Study from Qayna, Kunan, Paqarin textbook (2-4 hours weekly)
Writing / chatting (2-4 hours weekly) – would like to find a Skype partner and I’m working on it but it’s tough with the time zone difference between Australia and Peru.
The only caveat here is that I will not be completely neglecting all my other languages so the additional reading / podcasts / speaking may cut into my Quechua time a little. I’m taking a Gaelic class every Wednesday evening so there will be some study for that happening too. But I’m really trying to focus on Quechua, a dedicated 6 weeks to improve seems like a great idea. So far in 3 days I have spent 5 hours on Quechua, so that’s a decent 1.5 hour per day. Whether I can keep it up is another question! Rai and I already started our unofficial 6 week challenge before this and I was struggling to do 30 minutes daily. But I think that prepared me to give this a go, now I have my routine down and my vocab list more prepared. My trip to Peru in November is highly motivating me 🙂