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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This is a guest post from our enthusiastic user Attila.  You can find the original post here: “The Challenge of Learning US English

flagI launched a new blog called “The Challenge of Learning US English”.  Why did I begin this blog?  I have had many thoughts about learning English that I’d like to share.  I began to write these thoughts in an article, but then I realized that one article wasn’t enough.  Instead, I would need to write a series of 2-3 entries.  However, a series was still not enough. My ideas were like a tree and new branches of thoughts continuously sprouted from my mind.  So why not begin my own blog about it.  Some of my topics are serious, some of them are just for fun. (more…)

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中国的考生们!-用Memrise上的italki课程帮助你备考英语四级考试!

italki目前与 Memrise 结盟,为备考大学英语四级考试的用户精心打造大学四级英语课程。Memrise是一个完全免费的在线学习社区,在那里你几乎可以获得来自全世界的资讯,并且配有一个非常棒的手机App帮助你记忆学习内容!对于学习语言非常有帮助。

italki目前在Memrise推出的课程叫做italki.com CET4 course! 这个课程是为参加大学英语四级考试的考生量身打造。大学英语四级考试是中国针对母语非英语人士的国家级专业考试。在中国,如果要获得本科学位必须通过此门考试。

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你可以在安卓系统下载此课程,来为英语四级考试做准备! (more…)