Check out who’s taking up our Language Challenge!

If you’re taking the Language Challenge and really want to succeed, we’re giving away 50ITC if you make a Public Video Pledge!  Why would you ever want to do this? (Click here for more details)  Please take some time to motivate and encourage our Public Video Pledge Challengers by commenting on their Notebook entries!

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We wanted to thank everyone who participated in the italki 2014 World Cup Language Challenge.  A few daring Challengers not only completed the Challenge but they also put in some extra effort and recorded a  BEFORE (by posting a Public Video Pledge) video.

Well… a few of these people who posted these Public Video Pledges here and here and here did something even more incredible.  They went on and posted their AFTER videos so you can actually see their progress!    Here are the top videos that we received!

LindsayDoesLanguages from the United Kingdom
25 Hours in 2 Months Learning Portuguese COMPLETED!

Lindsay,an avid language learning enthusiast and blogger, really set the tone as she gave weekly status updates to all the Language Challengers and showed us how she took on and really took on Portuguese.   She was the standard that all Challengers had to keep up with and her performance during these two months was exemplary.  The only thing we could find fault with was her prediction that England was going to win World Cup :)

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 gave a great wrap up and offered her tips on how she beat the language challenge!

 

Leigh Davis from Ireland
25 Hours in 2 Months Learning Spanish COMPLETED!

Leigh is relatively new student but has already learned to get the most out of italki in a few short months.  If you haven’t read his amazing testimonial story – please do, it will inspire you to start learning a language now!  What’s even more inspiring is his progress in Spanish in just 2 short months.   If you ever wanted to hear someone improve from an OK level to a mind-blowing level of fluency, watch his before and after videos below!
Leigh Davis’s BEFORE the Language Challenge Video
Here’s his  Public Video Pledge before he began the Challenge.  His Spanish is already at a pretty good level.

Leigh’s AFTER the Language Challenge Video
He now speaks Spanish at a near-native level.    We showed this video to some of our Spanish speaking staff and they were impressed at his fluency but they were really blown away by his confidence.  It really shows in his after video!

 

Sandrah from the United States
25 Hours in 2 Months Learning French COMPLETED!

An avid language learning enthusiast and Community Tutor, Sandra started the learning French from zero.   You be the judge of whether she improved or not.  Her improvement is absolutely amazing and inspiring!
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Throughout the 2014 italki World Cup Language Challenge, we are not only giving away prizes to the challengers but also users who cheer for the challengers!

Today we are presenting our winner of the Cheer Contest!

The winner of the 2014 italki World Cup Cheer Contest goes to Leigh Davis!

Leigh’s cheering video stood out from all the cheering videos and received the most views. We are impressed with Leigh’s enthusiasm and his singing ability! Don’t miss out his video, and you can also check out his story here.

Prize: We are going to reward Leigh 50 USD in italki credits to help him continue his Spanish learning and start learning Italian.

For all those who did not win this time, do not be discouraged, and don’t forget to check out the 2014 italki World Cup Language Challenge Official Page.

We know you can do it! Keep it up!

If you ever have questions, or need any help contact us at support@italki.com

Brian Foley is one of our newest Community Tutors.  If we had a contest for best Teacher Introduction video, he would win it hands-down.

We were so impressed with his video making ability, was asked if he might be able to make a Language Challenge video for us… to which he enthusiastically said yes and created. We had no idea what he was going to create but were pleasantly surprised by this masterpiece!

This video not only is hilarious to watch but it really inspires you to take the Language Challenge!

Even though the Challenge has already begun, you can still join until June 15th!
(you’ll just have to work extra hard to catch up!)

Sign Up For the 2014 italki World Cup Language Challenge

Brian is looking for new students now and he probably can do some video editing work should you need it as well.

Andrew Tracey is the author of the Spanish Learning Blog How to Learn Spanish (using free online resources!). He recently wrote a review about italki and we enjoyed it so much that we wanted to share some of the insight that he gained. Reposted with permission. Here’s a link to the original article iTalki Reviewed: Free Language Exchange Plus a Tutor-Student Marketplace (also: are tutors worth it?)

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I’ve talked about (here) how I think language exchanges are probably the single most valuable thing you can do to learn a language because that’s where you’re actually talking to – and being corrected by – a native speaker, that’s where the rubber meets the road. They’re considered an absolutely integral part of The Telenovela Method of Learning Spanish since I place such emphasis on using the Spanish you’ve just learned and I think the best possible way to do that is by trying to use it to communicate with a native speaker (because you’ll learn immediately whether you’re applying it correctly or not).

LOGO_italki_200x200Also, I know I’ve recommended italki before several times, usually stating that it was what I believed to be the best online language exchange site available (and that’s including even the language exchange sites that cost money, iTalki does not) and I still believe that. I’ve been meaning to write up a review of it for a long time now (couple years actually) but haven’t because I’ve dealing entirely with my book the last two years or so (either writing it or launching it or marketing it or…blah, something), so here it is. Not only am I going to cover the language exchange portion of the site (which is entirely free) but I’m also going to cover the tutor-student marketplace, so to speak, that’s the other part of the site (and where iTalki makes its money, if you were wondering). I’ve been using the language exchange system on iTalki for years now but only just today did I try out one of their tutors for the very first time. (more…)