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!

New italki Brand Ambassador Kailin

December 29th, 2014 | Posted by Ilar in announcement | event | feature | Learning English | Motivation - (Comments Off on New italki Brand Ambassador Kailin)

Congratulations to Kailin for becoming an italki Brand Ambassador! Below Kailin describes her experience.

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I first met italki this January, when I was searching for some English grammar questions online. One of the italki users offered a very sufficient answer, which deeply impressed me. Further exploring on italki, I felt that I discovered a new world of language learning! italki not only solves my doubts through the learning process, but also connects each of the language enthusiasts in the community. In the past, I hesitated to contact with native speakers of English because I worried that it might be somehow offensive. However, in italki, I don’t need to hesitate. I know that those who I meet are real language lovers who may want to have language exchange, or truly kind helpers who don’t expect anything but are just willing to help. My English writing and speaking skills improved dramatically with the help of my italki friends and teachers. Many of them offered really professional corrections and advice. Gradually, I saw fewer errors in writing and gained more fluency in speaking. As I progressed, my italki friends cheered for me as much as I did for myself. They are teachers, friends and even mentors. Moreover, I am so glad that my corrections for Mandarin writings are also helpful and effective! italki is not only a community of give-and-take, but a place that generates goodwill and kindness.

One day, I received an email advertising for becoming an italki brand ambassador and now here I am. I am delighted to promote italki among the language enthusiasts on campus. I am cheerful to hear my friends saying “italki is amazing”. I am also happy to see that italki is growing increasingly popular and helping more and more language enthusiasts.Photo-6

On Nov. 2nd, I promoted italki during the regular training held by the language club in our university, which I have been actively involved in. Only one out of the sixty members ever used italki before, but they are all language lovers! During the event, I did a presentation about how I used and benefited from italki, especially writing notebooks, asking questions and having online lessons. Their “wow” expressions told me that they were very intrigued! When I was distributing the italki promotion cards in the end, many of them asked whether they could have an extra one for their friends. italki is an ideal place if you want to get immersed in a language and improve it with the lowest cost. I am lucky that I found it this year and I really hope that italki can reach more language lovers in the future!”

 

If you’re interested in becoming an italki Student Brand Ambassador please contact Ilar at ilar@italki.com for more information!

 

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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The Challenge of Learning US English

December 25th, 2013 | Posted by Lamar in Learning English | members | Motivation - (Comments Off on The Challenge of Learning US English)

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…)