Are you taking the Language Challenge? Share that you are taking the Challenge with others and use this peer pressure (in a good way) to help yourself achieve your language learning goal!
What is a Thunderclap?
It’s a new, powerful tool that allows people to Tweet or Facebook an announcement all together on the same day, at the exact same time to be heard loud and clear! We’re working with Thunderclap to make this biggest, most exciting Language Challenge ever! Get ready!
This summer join thousands of other language learners and achieve the common goal of learning a new language together! Our Language Challenges have proven to help language learners get into a habit of learning. It helps by setting a clear goal they need to meet.
If you are taking June Language challenge we’re giving away 50 free ITC if you make a video challenge pledge. Life Hacks research has shown that if you put yourself up to something by doing it in public, you follow through because others are watching. So use peer pressure to your advantage! So help out your fellow language learners participating in the challenge! Leave them words of encouragement on their notebook entries! And don’t forget to sign up for yourself, and get the summer of to a great start!
Janie from Thailand is learningSpanish and Italian
Janie has been learning Spanish and Italian with our native teachers on italki for a while, she had took part in our New Year’s Language Challenge and can’t wait for another exciting challenge. Janie will be participating in our June Language challenge and continue to improve her Spanish and Italian! Cheer her on by leaving a note on her notebook entry.
Autumn from the Nova Scotia, Canada is learning French
Autumn has been teaching English on italki for 4 years, and she’s also been a student learning on italki at the same time. As a teacher and student she thought it’s great that you can only have to pay a 100 ITC registration fee and if you finish the challenge you end up winnig 300 ITC (and improve your language ability as well) ! Autumn is travelling to French speaking Canada so decided to take our June Language Challenge to improve her French!
Sylin from the Paris, France is learning Croatian
Sylin speaks 30 different language! How inspiring! If you missed it, she send an inspiring video of her speaking 30 different languages on italki! Right now she’s learning Croatian and hope that she can manage to reach B2 level in this language. Give her some love by writing on her notebook.
Cassie from the Newcastle, Australia is learning French
This is Cassie’s second language challenge. Her Public Pledge this time is pretty unique because her ultimate goal is to be able to teach breadmaking completely in French. Check out her video below and also learn the basics of breadmaking! She’s also got a cute daughter that distracts her! Support her by leaving a message in her notebook entry.
Pierre Bredle from the Brazil is learning English
Pierre Bredle’s has done our language challenge 4 times! He’s also won the language challenge all four times. We expect that he will also complete this language challenge. He’s taking this challenge to bring it to the next level! Cheer him on by leaving a quick message in his notebook.
Aurore from the France is learning Japaneses
Since being a student on italki, Aurore has made an amazing progress by learning Japanese on italki!
Give her some support by leaving a quick message in her notebook.
Claudia from the Italy is learning French
Claudia is a Italian teacher on italki. Claudia speaks very fluent French and she’s participating our June Language Chanllege to improve her French. Cheer her on by leaving a quick message in her notebook.
Jonathan from the France is learning Spanish
Jonathan is participating our June Language Challenge. Give him some support by leaving a quick message in his notebook.
David from the Sweden is learning Japaneses and German
David speaks pretty decent Japanese, he lived in Japan for 2 years. Now he’s talking June Language Challenge in order to maintain his Japanese and also improve his German! Support him by leaving a message in his notebook.
Amanda from the United States is learning Turkish
Amanda is learning a interesting and beautiful language-Turkish! This is her June Language Challenge public pledge video. Give her some support by leaving a quick message in her notebook.
From April 30th to May 4th, hundreds of language enthusiasts gathered in Berlin to share in their passion for languages, swap tricks of learning new languages quickly and efficiently.
Kevin Chen, CEO and Co-founder of italki shares his experience:
Being based in Shanghai, we unfortunately don’t get that many opportunities to meet many of our users face-to-face. This is one of the reasons why I was so impressed and inspired by the Polyglot Gathering in Berlin. Imagine being surrounded by hundreds of people who love learning languages, and who want to make real human connections with people around the world.
Here are just a few highlights:
Speaking with Judith Meyer, the main organizer of the Polyglot Conference. In addition to managing a great event, she is an amazing polyglot. I was afraid to test her debate skills in Chinese.
Learning more about Benny Lewis and his personal journey. We’ve known Benny for a long time (he visited us in Shanghai in 2012!), and his message is always so positive. Being a successful language learner is all about the desire, and an open-minded willingness to try learning in a different way.
Meeting Olly Richards and learning more about his personal experiences in learning Arabic in Egypt. His feedback on Arabic is already helping us at italki.
Meeting Richard Simcotts and hearing him speak about what it means to be a polyglot. He’ll also be co-organizing the Polyglot Conference, which is coming up in October.
Getting a taste of the life of an interpreter from Lydia Machová. For a laugh, ask her about her experiences interpreting for hallucinating shamans and European tourists.
Meeting Ulysses Hsiúng-Lúo and getting his unique perspective on the world.
Being impressed by Vladimir Skultety, a Slovak whose American accent and amazing Chinese would allow him to pass as a native of either place.
Getting advice from Michael Levi Harris, a polyglot actor who spoke about how actors practice sounding like native speakers. Check out his hilarious short film (based on his real experiences in New York), The Hyperglot.
I also have to make a special mention of the italki teachers that I met — Alina, Lea, and Shauna! I know there are others who attended, and I wish I had had more time to meet everyone.
I met so many great people, and this post would go on forever if I tried to list them all.
The whole experience made a strong impression on me, and it fired up my desire to start studying again. I considered starting Esperanto, partly based on my conversation with Chuck Smith and Katerine Berone-Adesi from the Esperanto community. However, I want to make one more push at improving my Chinese. (I’m thinking I will take the pledge in the next italki Challenge in June.)
Once again, if you have never heard of the Polyglot Gathering, I really recommend going. You’ll meet fascinating people, and be inspired to start or restart learning a language. At italki, we believe the future of education is moving in this direction — people will be driven by their passions and by a desire to understand the world. We hope that italki can continue to be an important part of this movement!
So… in the spirit of giving, we’re offering this bonus again to help you complete the Challenge!
If you’ve signed up for the italki June 2015 Language Challenge, we’re giving away even more ITC to motivate you to succeed! Do you really want to complete the challenge? Use peer pressure (in a good way) to help yourself achieve your language learning goal! Life Hacks research has shown that if you put yourself up to something by doing it in public, you follow through because others are watching. Things that you put on the Web have a better chance of getting done!
BONUS 50ITC! Upload your Language Challenge Public Video Pledge
Make a Public Video Pledge by uploading a video to YouTube or Youku before you begin your first session (or your first few sessions).
Our next Language Challenge is right around the corner. If you felt that the last Challenge was a bit too Challenging, this one might be just right for you as we are running this Challenge just for the month of June. We’re not telling you what the actual Challenge is just yet… but if you feel you can complete a shorter, one-month Challenge, this is the Challenge for you!
Registration begins May. 15th so stay tuned for the: