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Congratulations to everyone who participated in our 2014 italki New Year’s Language Challenge!  This was our largest Language Challenge to date with hundreds of Challengers learning more than 30+ languages on italki!

We had representation from Challengers from over 50 countries all over the world!

Language Challenge Results 

Here’s a quick summary of the Language Challenge results!

The Language Challenge is Completely Achievable!

  • Out of the hundreds of Language Challenge participants, just under 50% (48%) completed the Challenge!  Is this Language Challenge too easy?!?
  • Out of the Language Challenge Winners 40% actually completed more than 30 sessions or more!
  • Instant Tutoring significantly helped many of the Challengers finish the Challenge! 

If you really want to improve your Language ability, the Language Challenge works! 

In just 6-weeks many of our Language Challenge participants went from zero language ability to fluency! Some of our Challengers were so happy with their results that they submitted videos of their speaking ability before and after!  We were very impressed. Watch these before and after videos!

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John was one of our Challenge participants who was learning Portuguese because he is going to the World Cup in Brazil!  He pretty much started with ZERO Portuguese ability.  His improvement is absolutely amazing and inspiring!  Click here to view his before and after video.

Challengers who made a Public Video Pledge are more likely to complete the Challenge!

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We wanted to thank everyone who participated in the 2014 italki New Year’s Language Challenge.  Our Marketing and Customer Experience Manager, Lexie  finished the challenge and posted her Challenge Video Review.    We asked other winners of the Language Challenge to share their final Challenge experiences by video as well and received a lot.  Here are the top 5 videos that we received!

LindsayDoesLanguages from the United Kingdom
20 Lessons in 6 weeks Learning German COMPLETED!

The was by far one of the most creative and entertaining videos we received as Lindsay (who is also an avid language learning enthusiast and blogger) really conquers learning German in just 6 short weeks!

LindsayDoesLanguages’ BEFORE the Language Challenge Video
Lindsay actually posted a Public Video Pledge when she began the Challenge.

LindsayDoesLanguages’ AFTER the Language Challenge Video

Lindsay also blogs about her experiences with the Language Challenge on her own blog.  Read it here.  We just wanted to share this little exerpt from her:

“I definitely feel more confident speaking German and other than the odd case issue or separable verb stumbling me, I think I’m alright.  Although I still make mistakes (most of which I noticed post-production and kicked myself for!) it’s still a level I’m proud of and a nice solid base to begin to move on to my next personal language challenge…a little bit of Dutch!”

John from the United States
20 Lessons in 6 weeks Learning Portuguese COMPLETED!

John is learning Portuguese because he is going to the World Cup in Brazil!  He pretty much started with ZERO Portuguese ability.  You be the judge of whether he improved or not.  His improvement is absolutely amazing and inspiring!  

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I did it!  I finished the Challenge! 20 hours of French in 6 weeks!

It wasn’t easy!  But I did it!  After my very last lesson, I wanted to sit back and reflect upon what I had actually accomplished.  20 hours is no small feat but  like I mentioned in my Week 5 post, as long as you stick to your plan (3 to 4 lessons per week), finishing 20 sessions in 6 weeks actually is not difficult at all!

One thing that I wanted to do was actually confirm whether my French had actually improved or not.  I felt it did because I no longer felt nervous or afraid of speaking French but I really didn’t have any conclusive proof that it had.  Then I remembered, I made a Public Video Pledge where I spoke some French at the beginning if the Challenge.  As I was making my final video, I decided to edit in my before video of my attempts to speak French and found out that the difference was remarkable….

Watch below and judge for yourself!


Create a Challenge Review Video and win 300ITC!

So if you won the Challenge and are would like to show off your Challenge achievements in a video, we’ll be awarding an additional 300ITC to the top 3 Challenge Review Videos (our staff will be judging).   It’s like winning another Challenge! To do this:

Speak in your native language

(Below are questions to help guide your video but it can be done any way you want!  Be creative!)

  • Introduce yourself and what language(s) were your learning in the Challenge?
  • Tell us about your italki teacher(s)? What was good about your teacher(s)?
  • What did you learn about learning a new language after completing the Challenge?
  • Do you have any advice for people who are thinking of taking the Challenge in the future?
  • Include some BEFORE footage from your Public Video Pledge (for those of you who made a Public Video Pledge)

Repeat the above in the language learned in the Challenge

Label the video: “(italki username) completed the 2014 italki New Year’s Language Challenge!”

Write a Notebook Entry “I completed the 2014 italki New Year’s Language Challenge” and paste the YouTube/Youku URL.

Send the link to your notebook entry to support @ italki.com and you’ll be entered in a content where you can win 300ITC!  The real reward is the fact that you finished the Challenge after 6 weeks of hard work!  This video simply commemorates that achievement!

** Please note that we would like to use these stories and videos to help motivate others and let them know it’s not that hard to improve a language in just 6 weeks!

I personally just wanted to thank each and every one of you for helping us create a wonderful language learning community.  I don’t know about you, but I’m actually looking forward to the next language challenge!  If you are, you can sign up here to be notified when that begins.

Thank you for participating and hope you found it just as fun as I did!

Keep on pushing,

Lexie
italki Marketing and Customer Experience

P.S.  I was so proud of myself and wrote a story about this as well.   Read it here.

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…)