The Tadoku contest, also known as the Read More or Die contest is about to start again. If you haven’t heard of it before, it’s a twitter-based contest designed to motivate you to read more in your target language.
For one month, you try to read as much as you can. You read on your own and then tweet your page counts to a bot on twitter. At the end of the month, whoever read the most pages is the winner. There’s no prize except for bragging rights, but really the contest isn’t about winning at all. It’s about improving your literacy in your target language by reading as much as you can, and sharing your experience with other like-minded people.
The last contest was in January and it was a huge success. Ninety-nine (99!) people participated and read a combined total of 65,131 pages! That’s awesome. I placed 25th with 649.97 pages of Japanese read, which is the most Japanese I’ve ever read in such a short period of time. Said simply, the contest works.
If you are learning a foreign language, I highly recommend participating. You have nothing to lose. It doesn’t matter what your level is either. Read whatever is appropriate to your reading level, whether that be novels, comic books or children books.
It’s easy to sign up. All you have to do is tweet “@Tadokubot #reg” minus the quotes. Be sure to mention what language you will be reading in the tweet.
The contest starts at midnight on April 1st, your time. It ends April 30th at 11:59pm, your time.
The deadline to sign up is 11:59pm on March 31st! Don’t delay. Send your registration tweet!
For information about the contest, check the official blog: Read More or Die blog
Here are a couple of other blog posts I found that mention the new contest:
- January 2011 Tadoku contest will start very soon
- Language Learning Tip #2: Read Children’s Books
- We have hopped onto the Twitter bandwagon