GLM 70 Day Challenges

Over on Facebook we have the GoldList Method User Group – this is made up of users who discuss and share experiences with the Method and also help people with their questions about it as I don’t always have the time to help and not everyone has the time to wade through all the articles on here about it. It also features a lot of photos of people doing their Goldlists accompanied by a lot of coffee, cake and other such learning aids, this having become part of the warm and friendly culture there. There you can also find updates about the coming meet-ups and workshops for the GoldList Method which you can join.

One of the features of this Group is that it is also home to the GoldList Method 70 Day Challenges.

There are four of these per year, as 280 fits quite nicely into 365 with some space for a breather in between them. Some people do 90 day challenges but we like the idea of ten weeks, as it is very easy to work out where you are in relation to your overall goal.

Timing-wise they start on a Monday a couple of weeks into a quarter so that at after ten weeks exactly they end on the last Sunday in a calendar quarter.

The idea is to compete first and foremost against yourself, as in any marathon, but people are also able to compare their performance to others as well as to themselves against a target or break records from a previous period.

The aim is to do as many lines of GL as possible. The unit of measurement in competitive Goldlisting is the line, and while this is not necessarily true, the working approximation is that a line of GL at any distillation level is the same work as a line at Headlist. So whether people are working mainly on headlists or on D1, D2 or even D11, it doesn’t matter, it is all the same. It doesn’t matter how many languages you study in the period in fact even the use of GLM on non-language learning projects is also  acceptable for this challenge. It is a celebration of self-study using the method and the feeding of the long-term memory.

Everyone is welcome to join in threads and give their results and receive congratulations even if they are not recorded for posterity in the main thread and in here. There are no cash prizes and we assume that people are frank and honest in their reported result as you only hurt yourself if you lie about it. There is no obligation to report your result either, but it is the only way to get into the scoreboard below, and your place on the scoreboard determines your priority for any scarce resources such as places on workshops, freebie merchandise in the future (don’t hold your breathings, as Huliganov would say) and the kudos of a place in the rankings.

The current state of knowledge about the Challenges to date is in the table below, pending final results from the people mentioned without numbers for the last challenge.

results q2


The sixteenth and final 70 DC will start on Monday 22nd July and run to Sunday 29th July.

After that, there won’t be a 70DC for the fourth quarter. But you can carry on with the Method anyway.

At the end of 2019, I am going to ask all competitors to take a count of all the GoldList lines they have EVER done, whether in 70-day challenges or outside of them.  In my case I will only be counting the lines I have done since 1/1/2010. Ideally I would like you to analyse them by project (language name, or other topic) and by level (H, D1, D2, etc.) I’ll be giving out an Excel template for that in December.

From 1/1/2020 it’s going to be full-time challenge. Quarterly challenges, that means we say a target at the start of each quarter (Jan-Mar, Apr-Jun, etc) and see how well we do against the target.

Primarily GLM is a marathon which you run against yourself, and the other runners in the race are pacegivers for you, we are pacegivers for each other. As always, there won’t be any prizes, and as always the easy way to not appear in the table if you don’t want to be in it is not to give the results on the Group @GoldList Method Users Group@ in Facebook, which is where all the correspondence regarding these challenges as well as daily encouragement from other menmbers, takes place.

I hope everyone is excited by this. I have taken off the table the threat of making participation payable, as people got very upset about the prospect of giving my family any little present to compensate for the time away from them looking after these things. OK, that’s life I dare say. You will pay for crap methods or some “scientifically proven” stuff which doesn’t even exist despite some folk pushing their rhetoric, and not pay for this one but as they say, the best things in life are free.



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