Tuck EMBA students visit the italki office!

April 28th, 2015 | Posted by Christopher in event | feature - (Comments Off on Tuck EMBA students visit the italki office!)

Earlier this week, Tuck EMBA students from the United States came to visit our italki office in Shanghai.   We really enjoy sharing the italki story with others.  Special thanks to these Tuck students who travelled so far to meet with us!

italki 2015 New Year’s Language Challenge Before and After Videos!

March 24th, 2015 | Posted by William in feature | Language Challenge | Learning English | Learning Japanese | Motivation - (Comments Off on italki 2015 New Year’s Language Challenge Before and After Videos!)

So, first of all we would like to thank everyone of you who have joined italki’s 2015 New Year’s Language Challenge. Whatever your reasons of learning languages, we hope that by doing this challenge you will have a consistent language learning habit throughout 2015!

Here are some of the best videos that we received for this challenge:

Josie from England/Sweden, and is part of our service team completed italki’s 2015 New Year Language Challenge

 I want to take this challenge because it will push me to actually study and to be persistent. I get very frustrated that I cannot communicate with the locals, and so taking part in this challenge will help me overcome that barrier.”  Her goal is to be able to talk with the Chinese person in the office about their interest and hobbies

Here is the public video pledge that she made before the challenge

And here is the video after challenge

Søren a.k.a. Koko The Polyglot from United States successfully completed the challenge:

He took German and Catalan for this time!

Soren is an awesome language learner as you can see how he improved during the short period of time, and this is also his third time joining italki’s language challenge! Below is the video of how he improved his German and Catalan!

Soren posted a public video pledge when he began the challenge

Soren’s after the challenge video

Cassie from Australia has successfully completed italki’s New Year’s Language Challenge

She took French for 23 hours during the last 6 weeks!

Cassie actually have learned French for 12 months as an exchange students. However, she didn’t get much experience to speak the language.

She posted her public video pledge before she started the challenge

Cassie’s awesome improvement video after 6 weeks and 23 hours of French

Benjamin Bruce from United States has successfully completed the 2015 italki’s 2015 New Year’s Language Challenge

He took Korean lesson for the last 6 weeks

Since his place is almost like a Korean town, as a language enthusiast learning Korean is one of his goal. But, for this challenge he set a higher bar, not only for the basic of the language, but also being able to understand and to have a casual conversation in Korean

A public video pledge that Benjamin posted before he started the challange

Below is the result after 6 weeks of Korean

Helga Gvovdeva From Russia completed the italki’s 2015 New Year’s Language Challange

She committed to take at least 3 courses per week. Moreover, she also took classes for Spanish, Italian, and Japanese. Even greater, she didn’t even know anything for Japanese!

Below is her public video pledge before the  challenge

Below is after the challenge

She said that after the challenge she felt much more confident, and in her opinion she should not be afraid to make mistakes.

We are totally agree that mistakes are something that everybody make. So, nothing to be afraid of! (more…)

Sylin’s learning 20 languages with italki (trying to speak around 30)

March 18th, 2015 | Posted by Jim in feature | Learning Arabic | Learning English | Learning Japanese | Motivation - (Comments Off on Sylin’s learning 20 languages with italki (trying to speak around 30))

If you’re having a hard time learning just one foreign language, take a break and watch this video. We were so impressed with this video italki student Sylin made of herself speaking 33 languages as an encouragement to language learners worldwide to try online learning! Congratulations (to her and, to all of her italki teachers)!

Here is a list of all the languages she speaks. The numbers are the time in the video where you can find each language. Can you find yours?

1. Urdu: 0:00
2. German: 1:17
3. Polish: 3:00
4. Hindi: 4:45
5. Punjabi: 6:30
6. Tamil: 7:00
7. Telugu: 8:00
8. Gujarati: 10:10
9. Hungarian: 10:40
10. Hebrew: 11:50
11. Bulgarian: 12:30
12. Czech: 14:20
13. Romanian: 15:30
14. Italian: 17:40
15. Turkish 19:55
16. Greek: 20:50
17. Brazilian Portuguese: 22:50
18. Spanish: 25:05
19. Quechua: 29:00
20. Russian: 31:06
21. Dutch: 33:40
22. Norwegian: 34:50
23. Swedish: 34:50
24. Swahili: 36:35
25. Arabic: 37:40
26. Indonesian: 39:00
27. Japanese: 41:10
28. Khmer: 41:35
29. Cantonese: 43:40
30. Mandarin: 45:35
31. French: 50:10
32. English: 52:00
33. Farsi: 57:30

Do you have a success story to share? Check out our italki stories for inspiring, real stories and hopefully write one yourself!

2015 New Year’s Challenge Winners – Send us your After Video and earn an extra 50 ITC!

March 6th, 2015 | Posted by Josie in feature | Language Challenge | Motivation - (Comments Off on 2015 New Year’s Challenge Winners – Send us your After Video and earn an extra 50 ITC!)

I finished the 2015 New Year’s Language Challenge! 20 hours of Mandarin in 6 weeks!

Completing the Challenge was definitely harder than I thought it would be, but I am so glad that I kept going. After my very last session, I was very happy and couldn’t believe how much I had learned! 20 hours is a lot, especially if you are as bad at planning as I am… but I am so glad that I kept going. Keeping track of my weekly goals was especially helpful, as it helped me see which areas needed most improvement.

One thing that I wanted to do was to see how much my Mandarin has improved. I had made a Public Video Pledge where I spoke some Mandarin at the beginning of the Challenge and as I was making my final video, I decided to edit in my Before Video and found a noticeable difference!

Watch below and judge for yourself!


Join me by making your very own AFTER video!

If you won the Challenge and previously sent into to us your Before video, here’s your chance to show off your Challenge achievements in a video. Not only that, but we’ll be rewarding you with an additional 50 ITC! 

Here are some ideas of what you can include in your video:

Show off your improvement in the language you were learning

  • Introduce yourself and tell us what language(s) you were learning for the Challenge
  • Tell us about your italki teacher(s). What did you like about them?
  • 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?

Label the video: “(italki username) completed the 2015 italki New Year’s Language Challenge!”

Write a Notebook Entry “I completed the 2015 italki New Year’s Language Challenge” and paste the YouTube/Youku URL.

Send the link to your notebook entry to support(at)italki.com and we will send you a 50 ITC voucher straight away!

I personally just wanted to thank each and every one of you for helping us create a wonderful language learning community.  If you didn’t manage to complete the Challenge then don’t worry, there will be plenty of more opportunities!

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

Keep on pushing,

Josie

2015 New Year’s Language Challenge Wrap-Up!

March 5th, 2015 | Posted by Tommaso in feature | Language Challenge | Motivation - (Comments Off on 2015 New Year’s Language Challenge Wrap-Up!)

challenge_logo201412What a great way to welcome the New Year with the completion of the italki 2015 New Year’s Language Challenge!

The Challenge was to complete 20 hours of language lessons on italki in 6 weeks (from January 15th to February 28th) to win a reward of 400ITC! (Click here for the Official rules)

Challenge Recap!
We did an analysis of this Challenge and it was similar to our previous Challenges (2014 October Challenge, 2014 World Cup Challenge, 2014 New Year’s Challenge). For this year:

48% of Challengers completed the Challenge!

We had Challengers came from all over the world (representing 66 countries).
These were the top 5 countries participating:

1. United States
2. United Kingdom
3. Russian Federation
4. Spain
5. Canada

Wow! We had over 49 languages that were learned in the Language Challenge.
The 5 most popular languages that our Challengers were learning were:

1. English
2. Spanish
3. French
4. Chinese
5. Italian

We also had a lot of much greater representation from our less popular languages like:

● Armenian
● Bengali
● Esperanto
● Galician
● Icelandic
● Lao
● Mongolian
● Punjabi
● Tamil
● Telugu
● Urdu
● Zhuang

Other interesting tidbits:

71% of Challengers who submitted a Public Video Pledge completed the Challenge. Compared to the 48% that finished from all the Challengers, this really helps!
● One hardcore challenge winner completed over 100+ hours (and you know who you are). This is doing more than 2 hours of language lessons a day! Wow!
11.5% of our challengers were also Community Tutors or Professional Teachers on italki so many of them were not only learning but teaching during the challenge!
3.9% of the challengers just missed winning by 1 hour or less. Ouch.
Planning ahead pays off! In one of our surveys, 82% of successful Challengers had already chosen a teacher (or teachers) before getting started.  They were also twice as likely to have considered their Challenge goal and mini-goals.
Confidence is not enough. Of Challengers who told us their confidence levels, those who did not finish the language challenge were just as confident as those who did!  Plan ahead to create a structure and study habits to help you commit.
Josie, Karthik and Aime – our italki staff completed the Challenge and really improved their Chinese. They all won the reward but their bigger prize was that was they got to keep their jobs (just kidding)!

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Again, while it’s great that 48% of you that finished the New Year’s Challenge! We wanted congratulate all the challengers who participated. Even if you didn’t finish, we hope that this was a positive experience and it helped you kickstart your language learning for 2015! Give yourselves a big pat on the back!

If you missed this Challenge, don’t worry as we’ll have future Language Challenges.

See you at the next Challenge!