For Week 3 of the Challenge, LindsayDoesLanguages gives us an update on how her Challenge is going.  She runs her own language learning blog where she blogs about her adventures learning and teaching different languages.  Below is her latest post that we felt we had to share with all your Challengers!  Reposted with permission.

Almost half way through the italki Language Challenge and I’m still alive! I haven’t been swallowed into the depths of German grammar never to return, nor have I been so overwhelmed I’m rocking back and forth in the corner. Nope. Still going, still learning and still loving it.

I made a rough plan of when I’d need to have lessons each week to achieve the challenge, fitting them around life accordingly. Unfortunately, Chinese New Year isn’t marked on my year view calendar and seeing as my German tutor lives in China, I suppose there was always bound to be some disruption. We seem to have come out the other end surprisingly not too far behind what I’d anticipated at this point, which is good news.

As for my German? I am feeling much more confident and prepared for my oral exam in May, which back at the start of the year was a big scary thought! The good news? I still have 11 lessons to go (1 later today – I’m not that far behind my schedule!) and I’m quite excited to see how I feel speaking German after these additional lessons. Stay tuned as I’ll be posting a video of my progress after all 20 lessons (eek!).

That sounds good! Can I do it?

Unfortunately, the deadline for this italki Language Challenge has passed but the site is open all year round with an abundance of tutors in a huge choice of languages. I’m even on there myself as an English tutor. :)

Great! So I just chat for an hour?

lindsay21You can make the lesson as intense or relaxed as you like it. If you’re after some hardcore grammar or starting from scratch, maybe a professional tutor would be the way to go. However, if you already have a sprinkling of the language you want to learn, there are also community tutors on offer, which is great if you need conversation practise to boost your language! (more…)

With Instant Tutoring you can get speaking practice with a teacher…instantly! Simply log on to italki, find a tutor, and start learning a foreign language right away! No more waiting!

Instant Tutoring Feedback

The past month we’ve been carefully gathering feedback from Student and Teachers about Instant Tutoring and wanted to ask the question, “How are students actually using Instant Tutoring?”

 

To answer this question, we turned to italki members to see how they are using it and here is what they said:

Instant Tutoring is great for getting a Teacher within Minutes:

watch“That was an excellent session, especially that it was an instant tutoring session and Polina didn’t have any time to prepare for the class. She met my needs as she adjusted to my level and learning style perfectly well. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!” - Ewelina

“This is my first time to have a instant session. Very good experience, book the lesson and then begin the lesson in a few minutes. Thank you Marie for the interesting lesson!” – eltonsong

“With this feature I can find 30 minutes at different points in my day and just use my smartphone.” – Luke

“Lauren is fantastic help if you need important text proofread! Available at the last minute (for “instant tutoring”) when I needed something last minute. A great chance to make your documents more professional and suitable for business/school as well as to learn a few things, as you see your recommended changes!” – Benny the irishpolyglot (more…)

Introducing Instant Tutoring!

January 5th, 2014 | Posted by Jim in announcement | feature - (0 Comments)

We’re happy to announce our newest feature Instant Tutoring!  With Instant Tutoring, you can connect with a teacher at any time of day and practice learning a new language immediately! Browse our through our list of language teachers that are currently online and request a session now!

Instant Tutoring allows students and teachers to connect and immediately have live one-on-one language lessons.

Instant Tutoring works just like scheduling a session but you instantly connect with teachers in real-time.
Read the below FAQs to see learn more about Instant Tutoring!

Instant Tutoring FAQs for Students

Instant Tutoring FAQs for Teachers


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Instant Tutoring sessions are a great way for you to get extra speaking practice. As an Instant Tutoring teacher might not be familiar with your language level or learning goals, it’s up to you to decide how you wish to use your Instant Tutoring session.

Watch as italki’s Co-Founder Kevin Chen is interviewed about italki on International Channel Shanghai’s business/financial news program Money Talks.  Also making a special guest appearance is our Professional Chinese Teacher (and student) Xiao Lei!

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dv1984002So what’s your New Year’s resolution for 2014? Lose weight, get more exercise, spend more time with your kids… learn a foreign language? Or maybe, finally, become fluent in the language you’re learning?

We believe you can do it! If you want to learn or improve your English, Spanish, French, Chinese, Portuguese, Swahili or any of the other 100+ languages offered on italki,  sign up for the 2014 italki New Year Challenge.

What is the italki Language Challenge?

Pledge 100ITC to take 20 language lessons in 6 weeks (about three, one-hour lessons per week–the minimum for learning a language). When you compete your lessons and keep your New Year’s resolution, we will give you 30 USD just for doing it! But the real prize is, of course, that you will have improved your language skills. Nothing beats learning and winning at the same time.

The italki Challenge and Your New Year’s Language Resolution

So what does The Challenge have to do with your New Year’s resolution?  It helps you:

1. Make clearly defined, short-term goals
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Forbes magazine reports that only 8% of people achieve their New Year’s Resolutions, according to a study conducted by the University of Scranton and published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology. That’s because people often set up huge, unrealistic and vague goals for themselves.  For example, saying that you want to learn a new language “this year” is usually too broad of a time frame. But The italki Language Challenge provides you with a deadline and a sense of urgency to help you learn faster. (If you discover afterward that a few months seem too short, create several short-term goals spread out over a longer period of time.)

2. Find the resources your need to start right away
Many people have a plan but don’t have the tools to get started with their language resolution. But with italki, you’ve come to the right place.  We have dozens of teachers to choose from for the language you want to learn or improve in.  All have gone through a rigorous application process to meet the standards to teach for italki.  If you’re already with a teacher you like, great.  Just go ahead and schedule the classes for The Challenge.  If you need to find a teacher, you have many to select from.

3. Win a reward!
Whether you give yourself a reward for reaching a goal or someone else gives you it to you, there’s no better way to reach a goal than positive reinforcement.  Now, how many language schools pay you to learn?  At italki, we will give you a $30 USD reward upon completion of The Challenge because we think you deserve it, and we know that once you feel that incredible sense of accomplishment upon learning a language, you’ll be back for more.

4. Experience the convenience of learning from home
Maria on bed with computer_smallToo cold to go out for a class? Worried about finding a parking place near a language school? Forget all that. With italki, you and your teacher find a time that’s good for you, and you can relax in front of your computer while learning a language.

5. Learn with friends and other challengers
Whether it’s exercise, quitting smoking, dieting–or learning a language–studies show that when people start something with others, they are more likely to succeed because of a shared commitment to get to the finish line. At italki, you have an automatic support system to motivate you. Just look for a language partner or write how you’re doing in our Notebook. If you need some encouragement, you’ll get it. And tell your friends and family you’re taking The Challenge. They will also cheer you on.

So what are you waiting for?  Take The Challenge and turn learning a language into a good habit.

Sign up for The italki 2014 Language Challenge now!

 

This blog post was written by our italki teacher Ilene Springer