Congratulations, winners of the italki October challenge!

challenge_logo201409This event was record-breaking in italki history, with the highest number of participants ever!

This was a short and intense challenge, where we asked you if you could have 12 hours of language learning in the space of just one month. A huge number of you have taken up the challenge.

In all, over 53% of the participants have completed the October challenge.

Of the total number of participants, 2.6% were professional teachers, and 9.6% were community tutors.

How did the language education professionals match up?

You’d be surprised to know that more community tutors have completed the challenge than professional teachers did! Whereas the professional teachers had a rate of 50% (right around the overall average completion percentage of 53%), the community tutors have completed the challenge at the rate of 58%! Congratulations! That is impressive.

The challenge included people from countries all over the world, learning languages like Cebuano, Afrikaans, Catalan, Hebrew, Polish, and dozens of others. Many languages had only a handful dedicated students, and often these language groups had a challenge completion rate of 100%.

The most popular languages studied in the October challenge:

  1. English: 23.24% of the participants took most of their sessions to learn English
  2. Spanish:    16.70%
  3. French:        7.85%
  4. Chinese:      7.04%
  5. Russian:      5.43%
  6. Japanese:    4.73%
  7. German:       4,33%
  8. Italian:          4.23%
  9. Korean:         2.52%
  10. Portuguese:  2.52%

We have also learned how important social encouragement is in any difficult undertaking:

Posting a Public Video Pledge Really Helps!

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Of those who have posted a public video pledge, 83%  completed the challenge. We had a lot of challengers who made one here and here and here as well.

Even if some didn’t quite make it, a huge 93% have completed at least 6 hours of language instruction during the month of October.

 

Congratulations, everyone!

We are still finalizing results, and will be sending out an e-mail to the winners soon.

In the meantime, should you have any issues, questions, or concerns – please write to us: support@italki.com

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!

Great news!  We are running a very special promotion!  It’s our big giveaway referral promotion and it’s only running for a limited time only – just for the month of September!

 

Receive 200 ITC for Every Friend You Refer!

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 Invite your friends to join italki and take an online lesson with any of our 1000s of online language teachers.

After they make their first ITC purchase, you will receive 200 ITC!

That’s 4x more than our regular bonus!

There’s no limit! Tell all your friends about the gift of language that gifts you back!

- Click Here to Refer your friends and receive 200 ITC -


 

Hurry now!

This offer is valid only during the month of September!

Check out this handy infographic for the World Cup Challenge Wrap-up:

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Click me to read the World Cup Language Challenge insights!

The second learning challenge of 2014 has finally finished, and we daresay has brought us some interesting insights about learning a language, as well as a bit about the italki community. This has been the biggest challenge by far, with hundreds of students participating.language_challenge_2014worldcup

  • The overall challenge completion rate was 53%. Over half of you have passed the goal of 25 hoursof language-learning in two months.
  • What is even  more remarkable, 23% of the participants have done more than 30 hours of classes during the challenge.

One notable thing that we learned through this challenge: telling your friends, neighbors, anonymous YouTubers and the italki community about your commitment greatly increases the likelihood of you achieving your goals:

  • Of our pledge video participants a whopping 62.5% have completed the challenge
  • 26.2% have completed over 30 hours

A few of the participants went astronomically above and beyond the challenge, with top-3 students having completed:

  • 87.5 hours (from U.K. – studying French and Italian)
  • 87.8 hours (from Spain – studying English)
  • 92 hours (originally from Mexico, now living in the U.S. – studying Mandarin Chinese and Cantonese)