When I was asked to join the italki October 2015 Language Challenge, I was a little hesitant. Not that I did not want to participate, but I felt a little intimidated – as an introverted person the idea of shooting a video pledge simply scared me.

However, the more I thought about it, the more excited I became about the whole concept of sharing my progress and inspiring other people to take the challenge with me.

How am I doing?

First of all, let me tell you that on its own, 6 hours is not that much time to make huge progress, especially when I work and also have several essays to write for university back in the Czech Republic at the same time.

Right now it is almost the end of week 1 of the challenge and so far I have only finished 2 sessions out of 6. I decided to stick to having sessions with only one teacher throughout the challenge as I seriously need to work on my sentence structure and I feel I would lose too much time explaining what my weak points in Chinese are before each and every session.

Anna, my Chinese teacher, tailored the sessions to suit my needs. During the first half an hour we usually go through a written dialogue from a textbook, reading it out loud, explaining grammar points, new words and structures. The second half an hour is focused on speaking. I summarize the dialogue using given vocabulary, answer various questions about it and then we just have   a random chat about ourselves, our plans or other current topics like Chinese holidays or food. I particularly like this part of our class because not only do I learn about the Chinese language, but Anna also explains a lot about the Chinese culture which is very helpful in order to gain an in-depth understanding of the Chinese mentality and lifestyle.

Finding the right strategy

Revising what I have learned during my italki sessions is a crucial part of learning. Honestly, at first I had not been doing very well. I was lucky enough to realize this at the very beginning though. From then I started adding all of my new vocabulary into Anki, a spaced repetition flashcard program that I highly recommend.

Also, using new structures in sentences and rewriting them over and over again turned out to be helpful. Above all, I found that the most important aspect of the revision process is reading out loud! I cannot stress enough how immensely it helps me. As for me, speaking is essentially the hardest thing to master when it comes to learning a new language.

Having adopted this strategy, I believe my progress will be more evident and I will eventually reach my goal of being able to hold a 5-minute conversation about myself with one of my Chinese colleagues.

See Who’s Taking October Language Challenge

If you are taking October Language challenge we’re giving away 50 free ITC if you make a video challenge pledge. Life Hacks research has shown that if you put yourself up to something by doing it in public, you follow through because others are watching.  So use peer pressure to your advantage!  So help out your fellow language learners participating in the challenge!  Leave them words of encouragement on their notebook entries!  And don’t forget to sign up for yourself, and get the summer of to a great start!

Click the links below to see:

October Language Challenge Video Pledges 1

October Language Challenge Video Pledges 2

October Language Challenge Video Pledges 3

 

Amy from the United States, is learning Cantonese

Amy is a Chinese Professional Teacher and this time she is going to learn Cantonese. Her goal is to be able to express herself fully. Give her some support by leaving a quick message in her notebook.

 

Blair from the United States, is learning Dutch

Blair wants to improve his target language that is Dutch. Give him some support by leaving a quick message in his notebook.

 

Zeeshan from the United States, is learning Spanish

Zeeshan is learning Spanish. This time he is going to a continue practice in his Spanish because he wants to achieve a really high level. His goal is to able to sustain high level conversations and more advanced topics such as global warming or alternative energies. Give him some support by leaving a quick message in his notebook.

 

Diego from Chile, is learning Russian

He has already completed the June challenge and this is his second time taking the Language Challenge on italki. The previous challenge was in Czech, now he chooses Russian. Give him some support by leaving a quick message in his notebook.

 

Sang from United Kingdom, is learning Korean

Sang is taking part of italki October Challenge. He has chosen Korean because he likes the culture, dramas and food. Give him some support by leaving a quick message in his notebook.

 

Scott from the United States, is learning Spanish

Scott is going to continue learning Spanish. He hopes to work a little bit more on verb tenses. He wants to expand his vocabulary and just learn some of culture things. Give him some support by leaving a quick message in his notebook.

 

See Who’s Taking October Language Challenge

If you are taking October Language challenge we’re giving away 50 free ITC if you make a video challenge pledge. Life Hacks research has shown that if you put yourself up to something by doing it in public, you follow through because others are watching.  So use peer pressure to your advantage!  So help out your fellow language learners participating in the challenge!  Leave them words of encouragement on their notebook entries!  And don’t forget to sign up for yourself, and get the summer of to a great start!

Click the links below to see:

October Language Challenge Video Pledges 1

October Language Challenge Video Pledges 2

October Language Challenge Video Pledges 4

 

Helga from Russia, is learning Italian

Helga is going to learn Italian. She speaks Italian quiet well but she is so struggle with propositions, articles and talking about the past. Give her some support by leaving a quick message in her notebook.

 

Kheryee from Malaysia, is learning French

Kheryee is learning French. Her goal at the end of the challenge would be to carry out two minutes of conversation in French with a stranger. Give her some support by leaving a quick message in her notebook.

 

Jonathan from the United States, is learning Spanish and Italian

Jonathan is learning Spanish and Italian. He wants to improve his Spanish also because his family speak Spanish. Moreover Jonathan wants to improve his Italian because he travels frequently for work in Italy. Cheer him on by leaving a quick message in his notebook.

 

Frank from the United States, is learning Spanish

Frank is learning Spanish. He wants to improve his listening and speaking. His goal is to have a conversation with a native speaker for five or ten minutes. Give him some support by leaving a quick message in his notebook.

 

Jesee from the United States, is learning Spanish

Jesee is going to learn Spanish. His goal is just to become more natural to speak Spanish. Give him some support by leaving a quick message in his notebook.

 

Mr Coffee from France, is learning Spanish

Mr Coffee is going to learn Spanish. He lives in Argentina and he would like to improve his grammar.  Give him some support by leaving a quick message in his notebook.

 

Clarissa from Australia, is learning Icelandic

Clarissa is going to learn Icelandic. Her goal is to be able to hold a basic conversation in Icelandic for five minutes at the end of the two weeks challenge period. She has never learned Icelandic before and so she is starting completely from scratch. Give her some support by leaving a quick message in her notebook.

 

Ian from the United States, is learning Spanish, Cebuano and American Sign Language

Ian is learning Cebuano, one of many languages of the Philippines, because it is the native language of some of his family members. He is also brushing up on Spanish and he has started learning American Sign Language. Give him some support by leaving a quick message in his notebook.

 

Jairet from the United States, is learning Portuguese

Jairet is going to learn Portuguese. His goal for the challenge is to improve his ability to speak about the past. Give him some support by leaving a quick message in his notebook.

 

Maureen from United Kingdom, is learning Catalan

Maureen is Scottish and she is going to learn Portuguese. She wants to do the italki Challenge to improve her Catalan and now normally she has three lessons each week. Give her some support by leaving a quick message in her notebook.

 

See Who’s Taking October Language Challenge

If you are taking October Language challenge we’re giving away 50 free ITC if you make a video challenge pledge. Life Hacks research has shown that if you put yourself up to something by doing it in public, you follow through because others are watching.  So use peer pressure to your advantage!  So help out your fellow language learners participating in the challenge!  Leave them words of encouragement on their notebook entries!  And don’t forget to sign up for yourself, and get the summer of to a great start!

Click the links below to see:

October Language Challenge Video Pledges 1

October Language Challenge Video Pledges 3

October Language Challenge Video Pledges 4

 

Tamara from the United States, is learning Spanish

Helga is learning Spanish. She is doing her October Language Challenge to get herself back on consistence schedule with her language learning goals. Cheer her on by leaving a quick message in her notebook.

 

Alex Gureev from Russia, is learning English

Alex is learning This is his October Language Challenge public pledge video. Give him some support by leaving a quick message in his notebook.

 

Noelia from Spain, is learning English

Noelia is a professional teacher of Spanish and Catalan. She is participating our October Language Challenge in order to improve her English level. Let’s support her by leaving a quick message in her notebook.

 

Pierre Bredel from Brazil, is learning English

Pierre is learning English. This is his fifth italki Language Challenge. He wants to speak better English. Give him some support by leaving a quick message in his notebook.

 

Jessica from the United States, is learning Italian

Jessica is learning Italian. Even though she is a beginner right now her goal is to be able to have 30 minutes conversation with her instructor by the end of the language challenge. Give her some support by leaving a quick message in her notebook.

 

Ric from the United States, is learning Spanish

Ric is learning Spanish. He would like to improve the grammar and the accent but the main goal for him is to be able to speak faster. Give him some support by leaving a quick message in his notebook.

 

Dave from Philippines, is learning Mandarin Chinese

Rick is learning Mandarin Chinese. His goal is to be able to speak fluently with a Chinese person for five minutes. Give him some support by leaving a quick message in his notebook.

 

Ania from Germany, is learning Arabic

Ania is going to learn Arabic and she is also a professional German teacher on italki. She thought it might be good know a little bit of Arabic in order to teach refugees German in Germany in a better way Give her some support by leaving a quick message in her notebook.

 

Ryan from United Kingdom, is learning Spanish

Ryan is learning Spanish. His main goal is pass his Spanish exam in November and also simply improve his general fluency.

 

Chris Cook from Canada, is learning Spanish

Chris is learning Spanish. He wants to use this challenge to get back in practice in his Spanish regularly. Give him some support by leaving a quick message in his notebook.

 

See Who’s Taking October Language Challenge

If you are taking October Language challenge we’re giving away 50 free ITC if you make a video challenge pledge. Life Hacks research has shown that if you put yourself up to something by doing it in public, you follow through because others are watching.  So use peer pressure to your advantage!  So help out your fellow language learners participating in the challenge!  Leave them words of encouragement on their notebook entries!  And don’t forget to sign up for yourself, and get the Autumn of to a great start!

Click the links below to see:

October Language Challenge Video Pledges 2

October Language Challenge Video Pledges 3

October Language Challenge Video Pledges 4

 

Autumn  from Nova Scotia, Canada is learning French and Spanish

Autumn has been teaching English on italki for 4 years, and she’s also been a student learning on italki at the same time. She has already completed the June challenge and this is her second time doing that because she wants to get a very high level in Spanish. She wish everyone the best of luck. Give her some support by leaving a quick message in her notebook.

 

Jatin from Delhi, India is learning Dutch

Jatin wants to improve his target language which is Dutch. His goals for this challenge are to have a better conversation and improve his vocabulary. Give him some support by leaving a quick message in his notebook.

 

Alessandra from Turin, Italy is learning German

Alessandra would like to make this challenge with German. She wants to improve it much as possible and her final goal is speaking with friends without so many mistakes. Also she’d like to improve a little bit even the grammar. Give her some support by leaving a quick message in her notebook.

 

Jan Hyde from Leicester, United Kingdom is learning Spanish

Jan has been learning Spanish for three years but now she is still find quiet difficult to have to conversation with native Spanish speakers. Sometimes she get quiet frustrated when speaks in Spanish because she forgets some words and some phrases that she has learned but she doesn’t get practiced using. Jan successfully completed the challenge last year. Give her some support by leaving a quick message in her notebook.

 

 

Wyzwanie from Poland, is learning English

Wyzwanie is participating our October Language Challenge and she would like to improve her English level.

 

Alex Barnes from England, is learning German

In July Alex already did italki language challenge in Chinese and this time he would like to do it in German. He studied Chinese and German at University in England but last year he was in China, so he has forgotten a lot of German. Alex has no particular goals but he wants to improve his pronunciation and accent and to be a bit more fluent when he talks. Give him some support by leaving a quick message in his notebook.

 

Amanda Saravia from Springfield, United States is learning Turkish

Amanda is learning Turkish. She wants to improve her fluency like talk faster and also learn a little bit more words. Give her some support by leaving a quick message in her notebook.

 

Eoghan from Ireland, is learning French 

Eoghan is learning an interesting and beautiful language-French! This is him October Language Challenge public pledge video. Give him some support by leaving a quick message in his notebook!

 

Morgane from France, is learning Korean

Morgane is a French teacher on italki but she is also student because she is learning Korean. Morgane is doing this because she is going to working in a Korean company in two weeks. This is her October Language Challenge public pledge video. Give her some support by leaving a quick message in her notebook.

 

Gillian from Scotland, is learning French 

Gillian wants to improve her French. She is going to do at least three lessons a week, possibly more. Give her some support by leaving a quick message in her notebook.