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 Message 33 of 220
17 April 2011 at 8:07pm | IP Logged 
I am close to finishing the bot. The score will be based on minutes. Any minutes, i. e.
it doesn't matter if you're studying a textbook, using Anki, reading intensively or the
like. However, I ask that you award yourself less minutes according to your own
discretion if you haven't been focusing 100%, e. g. for listening to Spanish in the
background or if you find yourself reading too much English when using a parallel text.

Compared to the Tadoku bot, this bot allows more freedom in expression. For example,
you can tweet
"@6WCBot I studied the #Spanish textbook "Eso sì" for 1 hour and 25 minutes today and
learned the future tense."

Any free wording is fine, as long as it contains the language (#es, #spa, #Spanish or
#Español) and the time spent as minutes and/or hours.
This also works:
"@6WCBot 85min #es #book"

If you use extra tags like #book, the statistics page will be able to tell you how much
of your time was spent on what activity. This is non-standardized and for your own
information only.

There will be two rankings: one for hours spent on your target language and one for all
hours that you spend learning languages. So if you have to do some maintenance, you can
still make it count. The number of maintenance languages is not limited. In exchange,
everyone can only designate ONE language as main target.

The bot can obviously only rank those people who post their updates on Twitter. If you
haven't used Twitter before, it's easy, just go to,
make an account (registration is free and quick) and enter whatever you did. You don't
need special software. Still, if you prefer not to use Twitter, that's fine, and you
can still look at the statistics of what the others are doing.

Edited by Sprachprofi on 17 April 2011 at 8:08pm

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 Message 34 of 220
18 April 2011 at 3:09am | IP Logged 
Sign me up! I have been thinking about trying to learn Spanish the last few weeks and
this challenge is the perfect kick-start I need. I am an, almost, complete beginner I
think, having only taken two semesters of Spanish about 7 years ago, and haven't touched
it since. Looking forward to starting! Is there and official start date?

EDIT: I have Twitter. I'll try to remember to send updates to the bot.

Edited by Skeeter3 on 18 April 2011 at 1:58pm

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 Message 35 of 220
18 April 2011 at 3:57am | IP Logged 
Alright, I'd like to confirm that I'll be participating with Spanish!

I like to use Anki a lot for my language study. I suppose time spent reviewing Spanish
cards should count toward the challenge, but how about the time spent creating the
In making a typical card, I would be typing up a Spanish sentence I found in a book (or
searching for one to copy-and-paste from Google), copying a definition from a
monolingual dictionary, searching the net for an appropriate image, and editing images
and audio. This is some parts language-related and some parts busywork. Would anyone
object if I awarded myself minutes for this? Or would 1/2 or 2/3 minutes or something
like that be more appropriate?

EDIT: By the way, my name on twitter is bri_tyan. I'm looking forward to the

Edited by Lucky Charms on 18 April 2011 at 3:59am

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 Message 36 of 220
18 April 2011 at 4:20am | IP Logged 
When exactly does the challenge start? I'm considering joining the ranks in what would be my first six week challenge... doing Croatian or maybe Dutch. I'm an absolute beginner in both. I would also be doing maintenance on my Italian, of course.
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 Message 37 of 220
18 April 2011 at 7:52am | IP Logged 
I'd like to participate with Japanese. The only Japanese I know is 5 words, 5 Hiragana,
and 1 Kanji. Lol:)

If I participate though, I have no clue what my learning method will be. I have a few
Japanese books and Assimil Japanese. I tried Assimil out though and I just couldn't get
the hang of it. I was supposed to start studying Japanese like 5 months ago, but gave up
after like 2 weeks as my learning methods sucked and I was making almost no progress. I
would like to start up again though, somehow.:)

Mhh I could get Human Japanese and use that. Idk though.

Edited by iZach on 18 April 2011 at 7:58am

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 Message 38 of 220
18 April 2011 at 7:55am | IP Logged 
After some deliberation and gentle encouragement, I've decided to add my name to the list, even though the timing doesn't really suit with my schedule. I may drop out if I notice Spanish is negatively affecting my French but I promised myself during the JDC that the next time there was a 6WC, I'd be able to participate so I can't pass this up.

I will be using le nouvel espagnol sans peine and I have Berlitz Spanish as well but I'm not sure if I'll be using it. I don't have a twitter account and I swore to myself I never would but this sounds like a good opportunity to end my twitter-boycott.

Edited by ReneeMona on 18 April 2011 at 8:04am

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 Message 39 of 220
18 April 2011 at 8:42am | IP Logged 
I'm in! It'll be Polish for me...and no Twitter (I need another social networking account like I need a hole in the head, ha). But I'll keep track of my
hours and report as needed. Here's looking forward to May!
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 Message 40 of 220
18 April 2011 at 12:51pm | IP Logged 
ellasevia wrote:
Spanish won't work for me because I already speak it, but I'll watch eagerly from the sidelines
and can offer help to anyone that needs it.
...but you said that we could theoretically choose any language? Hm... In that case I choose Polish....

I'm in the same boat... I already speak Spanish. But I would love to try


Yes, that's right , I'm changing my language right before the start date. There are just so many more opportunities to practice Hindi in Eugene!

With Hindi, I'm pretty much starting from ground level and I'm really curious how much I can learn in 6 weeks! My plan is to learn the alphabet, do one unit of Assimil Le Hindi Sans Peine a day, plus TY Beginner's Hindi/ TY Hindi ( a unit every few days).

We shall see... I my goal is to get through all 3 books in 6 weeks and see where I am at. I hope to be able to roughly follow a Bollywood dialogue and raise the eyebrows of the staff at my favorite Indian restaurant in town.

Edited by liddytime on 26 April 2011 at 6:28pm

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