Frequently Asked Questions

Good hello fellow challengers and welcome to the FAQ page. Here you will (hopefully) find answers to all your questions. If you don't, please message me on social media and ask right away! I'm always there to help you get rid of your questions.
Just click on one of the questions below!


General information
01. What is the challenge about?
02. What is this "prep-phase"?
03. When will I know what language was chosen for me?
04. What is a "whitecard"?
05. How often will the LangJam take place?
06. What languages will be partaking?
07. Where can I sign up?
08. Any quick tips for people who want to join?

What if...
09. ...I have a full-time job and the given date isn't convenient for me?
10. ...I am new to language learning and don't have much experience?
11. ...I don't have time to study all weekend?
12. ...I get a language I cannot stand (for whatever reason)?

But...
13. ...why not run a version every month?
14. ...I would have liked to see a better selection of languages.

Misc
15. Why did you start the challenge?

01. What is the challenge about?

(For a longer version, please click here.)
Take a break from your daily study routine, leave your comfort zone and study a language you have never studied before for one weekend only. It's not about who can study the most but to enjoy yourself, learn new things and dabble a bit. But here's the thing: Rather than deciding yourself what language you are going to study, you will get a randomly selected language assigned! Up!


02. What is this "prep-phase"?

Starting with the second version of the challenge, a so called "prep-phase" was introduced. It would give people time to prepare themselves for the challenge weekend, meaning, they were allowed to gather resources and study material even before the challenge started. People with a non-Latin script language were also allowed to practice their new script so that they could advance to other things over the weekend and not just hang around the script all day.
The prep-phase spans five additional days before the actual challenge. Up!


03. When will I know what language was chosen for me?

Come back here anytime between the start of the prep-phase and the end of the challenge weekend. Also, when you register for the Language Jam, you will be given a temporary user name - you won't need a password, you won't need to confirm anything with your mail adress - all you need is this random name to get your language. Up!


04. What is a "whitecard"?

The whitecard will allow you to get an alternative language in case you are absolutely unhappy with the first language that was chosen for you, or you just like to have something to choose from. You don't need to register again in order to use your whitecard; it will be available once you get your language for the challenge. If you use it is up to you. Up!


05. How often will the LangJam take place?

Most likely all 3 - 4 months. Four or three times a year might be a nice time span for me to work on things and for people not to get bored of it, because it is held any other weekend. Up!


06. What languages will be partaking?

Afrikaans, Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Bulgarian, Burmese, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hausa, Hawaiian, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Macedonian, Mandarin, Maori, Mongolian, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tagalog, Tamil, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese.
Plus some new languages that I am trying to find enough study material for at the moment! Up!


07. Where can I sign up?

Nowhere. The challenge is absolutely free and it will stay that way. I want to make this language challenge accessible for everyone regardless of their financial status, so you will have free access to everything on this site, being printables, resources and my support! Up!


08. Any quick tips for people who want to join?

Just do it. Don't be afraid and embrace the unknown. I was pleasantly surprised of both my challenge languages even though my first thought was "omg what" when I was given both Hungarian and Urdu.
Look around on the website, join the community on IG, Twitter and Discord and if you have more questions, I'm always there to help. (: Up!


09. What if I have a full-time job and the given date isn't convenient for me?

Organizing such a short challenge so that as many people as possible are able to participate is indeed a tricky task and I quickly realized that there will always be someone that cannot participate on whatever date will be chosen. This challenge does not span a whole month or even half a year and lives from its intensity of just one weekend. So in order to avoid single challenges all throughout the months, I had to choose a date. But worry not! There will be more Language Jams in the future and hopefully the next date will be more convenient for you! Up!


10. What if I am new to language learning and don't have much experience?

Don't worry about it too much and just join the fun! :) The language learning community is incredibly supportive and friendly and there is always room for a new language enthusiast! There will also be some help provided before the challenge starts, that is: a list with some common words that might be useful for a start, printables to get everything in order, and more. Up!


11. What if I don't have time to study all weekend?

How much time you spend with this challenge is totally up to you and heavily depends on your daily schedule as well as on your motivation and determination. If you are on semester break, on vacation or just have a weekend to kill, go for the full weekend. If you’re working nine-to-five but you still want to participate, one single day of the weekend, or just a few hours to dabble a bit might be suitable for you. It’s not about studying the longest, it’s about choosing what you are most comfortable with. Up!


12. What if I get a language I cannot stand (for whatever reason)?

The goal of this challenge is not to force you to learn a language that you do not feel comfortable with. Therefore every one of you is given a whitecard: If you feel like your challenge will be ruined by whatever language was given to you, you will be given an alternative language. You then can decide between either of them. Up!


13. But why not run a version every month?

Running a Language Jam every other weekend would quickly lead to the challenge loosing it's special touch and also to too little time for me to change things. Hosting this challenge is incredibly fun for me, yet, I want to be able to adjust it to everyone needs, make new printables and graphics, and since all this needs time and I need enough spare time to work on it, all I can offer you are LangJams three or four times a year. Up!


14. But I would have liked to see a better selection of languages.

I agree, there are quite a lot of languages out there, all of them beautiful and unique in their own way.
As I was searching for languages to add to the challenge, my topmost priority was that there would be at least some online resources available that people could start with. Looking for study material on your own is part of the challenge, but as a host, I wanted to make sure that there are at least some materials that could be found with a simple online search.
I will try to add new languages over time and am always happy about suggestions, but please keep in mind that it might take some time for me to find and check out the material that is freely available online. Up!


15. Why did you start the challenge?

I love dabbling, but I was always in two minds about what language to dabble in next. Also, I always had that fixed list of languages in my mind that I'd never learn in my life. Or so I thought. But I realize that this is somehow quite a dull mindset, because how should I know if I like a language if I don't give it any chance?
And to get rid of making a choice myself, I let the choice be made for me. Up!