I completed the 2014 italki New Year’s Language Challenge!

March 13th, 2014 | Posted by Jim in feature | Language Challenge | Learning English | Motivation

We wanted to thank everyone who participated in the 2014 italki New Year’s Language Challenge.  Our Marketing and Customer Experience Manager, Lexie  finished the challenge and posted her Challenge Video Review.    We asked other winners of the Language Challenge to share their final Challenge experiences by video as well and received a lot.  Here are the top 5 videos that we received!

LindsayDoesLanguages from the United Kingdom
20 Lessons in 6 weeks Learning German COMPLETED!

The was by far one of the most creative and entertaining videos we received as Lindsay (who is also an avid language learning enthusiast and blogger) really conquers learning German in just 6 short weeks!

LindsayDoesLanguages’ BEFORE the Language Challenge Video
Lindsay actually posted a Public Video Pledge when she began the Challenge.

LindsayDoesLanguages’ AFTER the Language Challenge Video

Lindsay also blogs about her experiences with the Language Challenge on her own blog.  Read it here.  We just wanted to share this little exerpt from her:

“I definitely feel more confident speaking German and other than the odd case issue or separable verb stumbling me, I think I’m alright.  Although I still make mistakes (most of which I noticed post-production and kicked myself for!) it’s still a level I’m proud of and a nice solid base to begin to move on to my next personal language challenge…a little bit of Dutch!”

John from the United States
20 Lessons in 6 weeks Learning Portuguese COMPLETED!

John is learning Portuguese because he is going to the World Cup in Brazil!  He pretty much started with ZERO Portuguese ability.  You be the judge of whether he improved or not.  His improvement is absolutely amazing and inspiring!  


John’s BEFORE the Language Challenge Video
John also posted a Public Video Pledge before he began the Challenge.

John’s AFTER the Language Challenge Video

John pretty much speaks entirely in Portuguese for nearly 5 minutes straight.  The difference is like night and day.  He also throws in some Japanese at the end of the video as well!

Tom from San Francisco
20 Lessons in 6 weeks Learning Norwegian, French and Chinese COMPLETED!

Tom is a polyglot and just kicks ass learning languages.  In the Language Challenge he took on 3 different languages!

Tom’s BEFORE the Language Challenge Video
Tom was another one of our Challengers who posted a Public Video Pledge before the start of the Challenge.

Tom’s AFTER the Language Challenge Video

In the end, Tom’s Norwegian really improved considerably.  Just for yourself!  We were impressed that he was also able to squeeze French and Mandarin as well!

Lilian from China
20 Lessons in 6 weeks Learning English COMPLETED!

Lilian started the Language Challenge one week late but she was determined and was still able to complete the Challenge in under 5 weeks!

Lilian’s BEFORE the Language Challenge
Here’s Lilian’s Public Video Pledge video that she posted at the start of the Challenge (actually one week into the Challenge as she joined a little late)

Lilian’s AFTER the Language Challenge Video

Erica  from China
20 Lessons in 6 weeks Learning English COMPLETED!

Erica shares her experiences with the Challenge.  She didn’t have a before video but her video about her experiences with the Challenge are great – especially since she speaks entirely in English for the entire video!

We hope that the experiences of our Language Challenge winners will inspire and motivate you to learn a language now.  They did it… so can you!

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