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 -


 

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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…)

Throughout the 2014 italki World Cup Language Challenge, we are not only giving away prizes to the challengers but also users who cheer for the challengers!

Today we are presenting our winner of the Cheer Contest!

The winner of the 2014 italki World Cup Cheer Contest goes to Leigh Davis!

Leigh’s cheering video stood out from all the cheering videos and received the most views. We are impressed with Leigh’s enthusiasm and his singing ability! Don’t miss out his video, and you can also check out his story here.

Prize: We are going to reward Leigh 50 USD in italki credits to help him continue his Spanish learning and start learning Italian.

For all those who did not win this time, do not be discouraged, and don’t forget to check out the 2014 italki World Cup Language Challenge Official Page.

We know you can do it! Keep it up!

If you ever have questions, or need any help contact us at support@italki.com

We are very happy to announce that italki now supports Google Hangouts, FaceTime and QQ as alternative VOIP / Instant Messenger / Chat software programs.

Why should I add Google Hangouts, FaceTime or QQ?
italki wants to provide our users with the greatest, most widely accepted range of VOIP / Instant Messenger / Chat software programs. While SKYPE is the most popular choice, we want to give our users the full benefit of choice so that they are not limited to just SKYPE.

We also know that in some regions, certain chat software have better connectivity than others. For example, when trying to call Chinese users, QQ is the software that has the best connectivity.

So go ahead and update your communication software choices and connect with the world!

italki supports the following Voice Over IP / IM / Chat software:

To add different Voice Over IP / IM / Chat programs

1. Hover over your small Profile Picture icon on the upper right hand corner of the screen and click on Edit Profile

2. Scroll down the page to the Contact Information section.  Click on it which will open up the sections where you can input different Voice Over IP / IM / Chat user account information.

3. Enter your Voice Over IP / IM / Chat user account information for the programs or services which you use.

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