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And all through the blog, Miss Kagashi was dumbstruck and slightly agog....
I didn't know the call to the Great Language Learning Challenge would be so strong! According to the official facebook event, over 160 people are taking part this first year. It's going to be some stiff competition for the prize hat, haiku, and title of Most Fun Video!
But I'm curious- what's drawing people to the Challenge? Allow me to pick your brains and answer this poll question for me:
So, tomorrow the GLLC begins- what should you do to prepare?
-First of all, find a reliable resource for learning your language- if you haven't already. This can include books (I'm a fan of Berlitz Book's "Hide This ___ Book" series, which teaches you modern language, slang, curse words, and suggestive things like how to buy a drink or ask if he has a condom), computer programs like Rosetta Stone, youtube videos (there are plenty of great instructional videos fro native speakers), and websites.
-Second of all, find a buddy (if you can). Learning a language happens much easier if you have someone else to practice with or just laugh with if you're feeling self-concious or silly. Remember- there's little point to learning a language if you aren't going to use it, so get used to speaking it in front of people. A buddy can also help you pace yourself throughout the month.
- Better yet- find multiple buddies! Steampunks, here's a list of foreign-language forums and communities where you can no doubt find some kind folks to help you. In fact, one of the primary reasons for starting the GLLC was to get steampunks around the world talking to one another. Just be polite and I'm sure it will be duly returned! :
- Steampunk France (forums)
- Steampunk Spain (forums in Castillan)
- Steampunk Mexico (forums in Spanish)
- Laboratory of Time (forums in Italian. Helpful note: English is quite common on this community, so don't be shy)
- French Steampunk (Ning community in French, have graciously opened their doors to participants of the challenge)
- The Catalan Steampunk-Retrofuturists Association (Facebook group that is also welcoming participants who wish to learn or speak Catalan Spanish)
I hope you enjoy the challenge, Steampunk Travelers, have a great month and Good Luck!