We’ve made the Public Video Pledge for the 2014 italki World Cup Language Challenge!

May 29th, 2014 | Posted by Jim in Language Challenge | Motivation

We’re Doing it!  So Should You!

If you’re taking the Langauge Challenge and really want to succeed, we’re giving away 50ITC if you make a Public Video Pledge!  Why would you ever want to do this? (Click here for more details)  Please take some time to motivate and encourage our Public Video Pledge Challengers by commenting on their Notebook entrees!

Lindsaydoeslanguages from England
Lindsay is a veteran italki Challenge winner.  She’s a Polyglot and well known blogger and vlogger on her popular Language Learning website Lindsaydoeslanguages.com.  She’s going to be blogging about her experiences tackling Portuguese throughout the Challenge.  Send her some words of encouragement on her Notebook entry!

Lindsay also thinks that England will win the World Cup!



Kobinata Reiko from Japan
This is Kobinata’s 3rd italki Challenge! She has committed to learn English and Chinese and will be taking 25 hours worth of lessons in both these languages! She is also one of our most beloved Japanese Community Tutors. We received a great Testimonial Story about her from Alisa, who is learning Japanese on italki.  Her Public Video pledge is below.   Please comment on her Notebook entry!

As Kobinata hails from Japan, we have a strong feeling she wants Japan to win the World Cup!

 

Søren (aka Koko the Polyglot)  from the United States
Søren is also a Language Challenge veteran.  He took the last Challenge where he came oh so close to reaching his goal but just sputtered towards the end.  It just goes to show you that even the most talented language learners have trouble staying motivated.  He’s determined to finish this Challenge though as he was one of the first Challengers to submit the Public Video Pledge!  Now the whole world will be watching and cheering him on.  Søren will be learning Catalan.  You can follow his progress on his language learning blog site Kokothepolyglot.net.   Send him words of encouragement in his Notebook entry.

Søren predicts that it’s Denmark or Sweden winning the World Cup!  Let’s see if he’s right!

 

Vero from Italy
Vero, who is also one of our Professional Teachers teaching Italian and Spanish is taking the Challange to learn French! She’s already got a good foundation but hopes that the Challenge will take her French ability to the next level. Read her notebook entry here and leave some words of encouragement!

Vero, who is Italian, wants Italy to win the World Cup.

 

Andy from England
Andy is learning French for the Language Challenge. In his own words, “while it’s very straightforward for me to practice reading and writing, the speaking and listening aspect is much more difficult. I’m still translating a lot in my head, things aren’t coming to me and flowing as naturally as they would, so i think a nice intensive period doing lessons is really going to help!” This is exactly why we run the challenge! Leave some comments on Andy’s notebook entry here.

Yet another Challenger from England.  Yet another Challenger rooting for the British National Team!

 

Rachel Boyce from England
This is a great Public Pledge from Rachel who just happens to be one of our Professional Teachers teaching English. She is taking the Challenge to kickstart her Russian which as you can tell from her Public Pledge is starting from the beginning! Give her some love by commenting on her Notebook Entry!

It’s not very hard to guess what team Rachel wants to win the World Cup?  Just look where she is from (even though she’s living in Italy)

 

Rob from the United States
Rob, who is fluent in Sign Language, struggles with learning new spoken languages.  As he’s making a move to Mexico, he’s determined to learn Spanish from scratch!  He made a great Public Video Pledge video where explains his motivations to learn this and his commitment to succeed.  Please send some words of encouragement in his notebook entry.

Rob predicts the host of the World Cup – Brazil – to take home the trophy!

 

JasmineEnglishTime  from the United States
JasmineEnglishTime is one of our Community Tutors who teaches English and has signed up for the Language Challenge to improve her Mandarin.  She already has a strong foundation in Mandarin (as you can see/hear from the below video) but she wants to take it to the next level and even pass the HSK4 exam as one of reasons for taking the Challenge.  Give her some support by commenting on her Notebook post here.

JasmineEnglishTime doesn’t mention anything about the World Cup but we’re assuming she’s rooting for the United States!

 

Chad  from the United States
Chad is a college student who is majoring in Chinese so he actually speaks quite fluently already (check out his pledge!). He’s mainly taking the Challenge to push his Mandarin ability to the next level. He specifically wants to improve his fluency and grammar and expand his vocabulary. Give him some support by commenting on her Notebook post here.

 

nuriayasmin  from the Germany
nuriayasmin is actually a Professional German Teacher who has taught over 1400+ hours on italki! To put things in perspective that’s 60 days or 2 months of taught language lessons… However, she’s actually the Challenge to learn both Spanish and Hungarian! Show her some support by commenting on her Notebook post here.

nuriayasmin really doesn’t care for the World Cup but if she were to root for a team it would be Spain!

 

Victor  from the Dominican Replublic
Victor represents our South American contingent for the World Cup Language Challenge. Victor is committing to to 3 English lessons a week to finish the Challenge and wants to improve his English skills. He wants to focus on his fluency and also his confidence in speaking. He sounds pretty good already but there’s always room for improvement (judge for himself).  Give him some support by commenting on his Notebook post here.

When asked who he thinks will win the World Cup, Victor is very confident and gives a resounding “Go Italy!” to support his favorite team!

 

Fermin  from Mexico
Fermin is one of our Language Challenge veterans who participated in our last Challenge. He’s back again and is now focused on learning Mandarin for the World Cup Language Challenge. Fermin is also one of our Community Tutors teaching Spanish.   Send him words of encouragement in his Notebook entry.

Fermin wants Mexico to win the World Cup!

 

Leigh Davis  from Northern Ireland
Leigh is already very fluent in Spanish (check out his video below) but he really wants to take it to the next level!  He also will be visiting Spain to test his Spanish.  Please wish him good luck by commenting on his Notebook entry.

Leigh did not tell us who he wants to win the World Cup but we feel it’s probably Ireland!

 

Massimo Grazzi  from Italy
Massimo, who is also one of our Professional Teachers loves to teach Italian language and culture, but this time he wants to refresh his Russian! He seems really determined to complete 25 hours to finish the Challenge! We are all confident he will make it! Let’s support him by commenting on his Notebook entry.

Obviously, Massimo wants Italy to win the World Cup!

 

Fabricio Carraro  from Brazil
Fabricio is from Brazil and he loves languages. His passion is Italian, but for our World Cup Language Challenge he wants to focus on improving his Japanese. Fabricio is committing 3 to 4 Japanese lessons a week to finish the Challenge.  Give him some support on his Notebook entry.

As we all expected, Fabricio wants Brazil to win the World Cup!

 

Sandrah  from the United States
Sandrah is a student living in California. She is really excited about our World Cup Language Challenge and she wants to learn French. She will be taking 2 to 3 lessons a week with a French tutor. She hopes that at the end of the Challenge she will be able to speak some actual French! Read her Notebook entry and leave some words of encouragement.

Sandrah wants Spain to win the World Cup, but her second favorites are Brazil, Italy, and Germany!

 

Fabio  from Spain
Fabio is taking the Challenge to learn English and has committed to taking 25 hours of language lessons in 2 months. Give him some support by commenting on his Notebook post here.

Fabio feels that Spain will repeat as World Cup Champions!

 

FutureSpy  from Brazil
FutureSpy can speak Portuguese, Catalan, Spanish, and Japanese. This time he took our World Cup Language Challenge to improve his skills in French. It seems he already has a very strong foundation in French (as you can hear from the video below), but he wants to become more confident with this language. Let’s wish him good luck by leaving some comments on his Notebook post here.

FutureSpy did’t say who he wants to win the World Cup, but we think it’s probably Brazil!

 

Adri  from the United States
Adri is learning Japanese and she is tanking the World Cup Language Challenge to learn more about grammar, vocabulary, and sentences structure. Please send her some comments of encouragement in her Notebook post here.

Adri will support the USA team during the World Cup!

 

Even though the Challenge has already started, you still have time to make a Public Video Pledge.

Don’t forget we’re giving away 50ITC if you make a Public Video Pledge!!!

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