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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…)

So at italki, we don’t just talk the talk but we walk the walk.

Meet Andy from Italy, he’s only been at italki for about 2 weeks as our new UX Designer (User Experience for those of you who aren’t in tech industry). When he found out that we were having the October Language Challenge, he found this was the perfect opportunity to improve his Chinese as he’s been living in Shanghai for almost 3 years and his Chinese is well… you should just watch the below Public Video Pledge for yourself.

 

Remember, there’s still time to sign up for the October Language Challenge! And if you’ve already signed up – make a true commitment (like Andy) by submitting a Public Video Pledge.

Still haven’t signed up for the 2014 October Language Challenge?  Watch the video below and see if you feel any differently?

Do it because you want to learn a new language and need that extra push!

So… we’re offering this bonus again to help you complete the Challenge!

(and also because we’re cool like that!)

If you’ve signed up for the italki 2014 October 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).

What should you say in your Public Video Pledge?

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Sign up for the italki 2014 October Language Challenge!

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Take the October Language Challenge!  This is a short, one-month Challenge where you give your language learning a quick boost!

Our last Language Challenge, the World Cup Language Challenge was a tough Challenge!  25 hours in 2 months is very difficult to do but we still had over 55% of our Challengers who finished it and many of the winners made huge improvements in their language learning.

For those of you who felt that the last Challenge was a bit too Challenging, the October Language Challenge might be just right for you as it is just for the month of October.  For those of you who finished the last Challenge, the October Language Challenge should be easy to finish!

To take the Language Challenge, you will need to follow these steps:

challenge_logo2014091. PLEDGE 100 ITC (10USD)
You will get this pledge back when you complete the Challenge. Deadline to take the pledge is October 7th, 2014

2. TAKE 12 HOURS OF LESSONS DURING THE MONTH OF OCTOBER
With any Community Tutor or Professional Teacher from October 1st untilOctober 31st (think ~3 lessons a week)

3. WIN 200ITC (20USD)
You’ll receive your 100 ITC pledge back AND 200 ITC for a total of 300 ITC!. We are paying you to learn a language!

Click here to Sign Up for the italki 2014 October Language Challenge now!
And finally become fluent in a new language!

Still have questions about the Challenge?  Click here to read the Official Rules and FAQs.

pnz1v-lexie-thumbsup-300x280_04903y04903y000000What Previous Challengers Say!
I always wanted to learn French but always had an excuse to never put in the time to truly learn it. The italki Language Challenge was the perfect opportunity to finally start learning French. It was tough but it worked!” -Lexi

You can do it!

See Before and After Videos ( 1 | 2 ) from Winners of our previous Language Challenges!