February 5, 2013 | J.J. Cappa
Tadoku (多読) is an immersion learning contest that challenges participants to “Read More or Die;” to compete, entrants must read as much as possible in their target language (or languages) over the course of one month. Unfortunately, the first round of Tadoku 2013, which ran from January 1 to January 31, is now over and the winners have been announced. According to the results, the top five finishers all read the equivalent of over 3,000 pages each.
The Tadoku competition is all-inclusive; in addition to books, competitors can read anything from a long list of acceptable media that includes manga, subtitled video, news articles and even games. Tadoku does weigh each genre differently, however, but the freedom the contest allows for opens the door to language learners of all levels.
The next round of Tadoku will be shorter than the January contest, and will run from March 15 to March 31. Information about how to sign up is available on the official site.