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)

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Lindsaydoeslanguages is blogging about her World Cup Language Challenge and we’re reposting here to share with the entire italki Community. This blog post originally was posted on Lindsaydoeslanguages.com website.

Well, that’s it! It’s over!

25 lessons in 8 weeks sounds like quite the challenge, and at times, it definitely was. So today I want to share some things I did (and didn’t) do during the italki World Cup Language Challenge – and what I want to do next time to make it even better and more productive.

Things I did.

Book in advance

I booked all my lessons right at the start – with the exception of one that a tutor couldn’t do that I rebooked later on.

Would I do this again?

Yes! Although 2 months is quite a long time and unexpected trips and other exciting (or not so exciting – I’m looking at you essays!) things pop up, it really helped with motivation to have the structure there from the outset.

 

No other study

I just had my italki lessons for learning Portuguese. I didn’t get my head stuck in a grammar book (or any other book for that matter) and I really enjoyed just speaking with people, in a natural way about normal stuff.

Would I do this again?

Yes and no. I’d love to try this out with other skills. For example, I’d love to see how far I could get with just reading in a language, like Dani over at I Simply Love Languages is doing right now with Catalan, or just listening. You know, just for fun.

 

A weekly challenge

Setting myself the weekly goals worked a treat at keeping me on the ball. I know the World Cup is over now but I genuinely wrote that sentence with no football puns intended. Honest.

Would I do it again?

Yes! Little goals are fab because you can constantly achieve something. Saying “I want to speak ___ fluently by ___” is great, but you never feel like you’ve got anywhere if you don’t set mini goals along the way too! (more…)