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Challenge Completed!

October 30th, 2014 | Posted by Jim in Language Challenge | Motivation - (1 Comments)

We just found this on Instagram! Happy to hear all from all the people who are finishing the Challenge!

About the @italki October Language Challenge… 14 hours and 30 minutes. #italkichallenge #french #learninglanguages

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This blog post reposted with permission. Originally appeared here on Kokothepolyglot’s blog site.
I Finished The Italki October Language Challenge Early!
-15 October, 2014 By Koko Polyglot

Well this is an unexpected but pleasant surprise! Not only am I happy to announce that I’ve already completed the italki October Language Challenge early but I also got in one extra lesson as well. How cool is that? I guess the third time really was the charm. Since I have a lot going on this month, I had to book as many sessions in a short amount of time. Which meant there were times I had 3 lessons in one day! That was intense but I have to say my spoken Japanese has made quite a bit of improvement.

Book All Your Sessions Ahead Of Time

girl-408066_1280This is probably one of the best tips LindsayDoesLanguages recommends and this time it worked out really well for me! I made sure that I booked all if not most prior to the sessions themselves. Especially since I joined the language later than I did the last two. But unlike the last two, I was able to make sure every lesson was booked accordingly. Which meant taking up to three sessions in one day while tutoring students as well! By booking in advance you can work your schedule around the sessions instead of trying to fit them in when you can.

I think my biggest mistake in the previous challenges was that I did not book enough sessions in advance. Had I done that I would have been able to take all sessions and even have time to reschedule ones that conflicted with the tutor’s schedule.

Use A Variety Of Tutors

This might be better advice for some languages rather than others. Especially if there aren’t many tutors for your target language. Luckily, Japanese is popular enough that I was able to use a wide variety of tutors to work with. Each Community Tutor and Professional Teacher have their unique method of teaching that you could benefit from the variety while finding out which tutors are best for you. Find tutors who cater to your specific needs and go from there. I recommend the following tutors for Japanese: Annie, Haru, Gosxi, Koichi, momonoki01, Tomaliko, Yuki, Tatsu, Masa, and Teacher 華子 (Hanako).

If you’re looking for reading practice during your session I would recommend Noriko just for that.

多分人気な言語の方が便利アドバイスでしょう。特に希有な言語のチューターが少ないです。日本語は大人気な言語ですから、チューターが多いです。各レッスンはいつも違いますので、色々なチューターのレッスンを取ってみた方がいいです。あなた達の一番チューターを見つけましょう。おすすめチューターはAnnieさん、Haruさん、Gosxiさん、康一さん、桃の木01さん、Tomalikoさん、Yukiさん, Tatsuさん、Masaさん、と華子です

読書の練習したいなら、Norikoさんは僕のおすすめです。

Focus On What You Want To Accomplish

Setting goals for what you would like to achieve in your target language is important. My main goal for Japanese was to express myself more fluidly when I spoke. I felt like I was about to complete that goal because it was my primary focus. While I did get reading in, I didn’t get a chance to read the Nightmare Before Christmas in Japanese yet. So maybe I’ll get a chance to read at least the first two chapters before the end of the month. I’ll will keep you updated on how that goes and what unique words I’ve learned along the way.

I always try to do something to keep me motivated during these challenges and doing a multitude of things can help you improve both input (reading and listening) as well as output (speaking and writing).

What Next?

I’m going to be focusing on Japanese for quite some time but moving on to my next language adventure. I will keep you updated when it is needed to be revealed. In the meantime, I will be attempting to read the Nightmare Before Christmas completely in Japanese. My goal for that was to read at least two chapters. This will be my make priority for Japanese next week. I will also be doing my SRS repetitions on Memrise and LingQ as well as watch interesting content in Japanese.

How are you doing in the italki October Language Challenge? Have you completed the challenge already? Still have a ways to go? Almost done? I would love to hear about your progress!

皆さんの進行はどうですか?もう勝ちましたか?まだ続きませんか?まあまあですか?是非、コメントして下さいね。また来週ね。

Multiple Challenge Winner LindsaydoesLanguages is taking her 3rd consecutive challenge and is now learning Japanese (from scratch I might add!). Her updates are always fun and entertaining but more importantly very motivating and inspiring! She’s done 3 straight back-to-back italki Language Challenges. You should be able to just finish one! She also writes a pretty cool language learning blog. Reposted with permission.

ITALKI OCTOBER LANGUAGE CHALLENGE PLEDGE: JAPANESE

Following on from Wednesday’s post announcing my new Language Quest to learn some Japanese, I’ve been busy making my italki Pledge video for the October Language Challenge. I filmed the video yesterday after one lesson, but I had another this morning and already feel like I could say more!

That’s one reason I’ve decided to use Instagram more to track my progress with Japanese. I can upload quick daily videos from wherever I am. Also it’s surprising how much you can say in 15 seconds! Be sure to follow me on Instagram to keep track and give me some advice if you speak Japanese yourself.

That’s one reason I’ve decided to use Instagram more to track my progress with Japanese. I can upload quick daily videos from wherever I am. Also it’s surprising how much you can say in 15 seconds! Be sure to follow me on Instagram to keep track and give me some advice if you speak Japanese yourself.

Here’s her latest Instagram Post

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Woohoo! Finally back to updating on the Japanese progress! I learnt this sentence in my first lesson this morning since getting back from the Polyglot Conference. Hopefully I got it right! #japanese #languagelearning #vlog

Check out who’s taking up our Language Challenge!

If you’re taking the Language 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 entries!

This is the third blog listing of October Language Challenge Public Video Pledges (we’ve gotten so many!. Watch the pledges from our first post below:

PART I HERE
PART II HERE

Erica from the United States is learning Turkish
Erica is learning Turkish because she wants to be able to converse with her boyfriend. She actually has a good foundation in Turkish (no one at italki really speaks Turkish but we all agree it sounds pretty good). Please send so compliments and encouragement to her by commenting on her Notebook entry!

Veronica from the United States is learning Portuguese and Spanish (and a little bit of Hebrew)
Veronica is taking the challenge to learn Spanish and Portuguese – mainly so she doesn’t mix up the two languages (we know how hard that can be!). If she finishes, she also hopes to improve her Hebrew. Give her some love by commenting on her Notebook entry!

Gregory from the United States is learning Spanish
Gregory has discovered the secret to learning a language and he states it very clearly in his video, “Learning a language is just like learning any other skill. You need to practice, practice, practice!” He also knows why we’re asking challengers to post a Public Video Pledge – because challenges are best achieved when you share progress with others. In one short Video pledge, Gregory has revealed the secrets of the Challenge! Please give him some love as he takes his Spanish to the next level by commenting on his Notebook entry!


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HOW TO LEARN ANY LANGUAGE ANYWHERE

September 25th, 2014 | Posted by Jim in Motivation | tips - (0 Comments)

We discovered this post on Backpacking Brunette, it’s a great blog written by Alex who is living her post-college life exploring new cities, experiencing new cultures and meeting new people.  In this particular blog post, she shares how she has been learning Spanish and how she uses italki to help her reach her language learning goals.  When we read it, we wanted to share this with the entire italki community as it’s full of great tips and suggestions on how to get the most out of italki.  Reposted with permission from Alex.  Original post here.

IMG_0181One of the reasons I decided to au pair in Spain is because I’ve always had an interest in learning Spanish.

I completed four years of Spanish classes in high school, but unfortunately, I did not continue my language studies in college. I could kick myself for that now. In preparation of living in a village where the majority of people do not speak any English, I brushed up on my Spanish with the help of a website called italki.

You can learn absolutely anything nowadays without even leaving the comfort of your home thanks to the internet. It’s amazing. My boyfriend, Taylor, discovered the wonders of italki when he was searching for native speakers to practice his Spanish with (unlike me, he actually stuck with it in college). He also used the site to learn some Italian before we went to Europe! (more…)