See Who’s Taking June Language Challenge

If you are taking June 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:

June Language Challenge Video Pledges 1

June Language Challenge Video Pledges 2

June Language Challenge Video Pledges 3

 

 

Ian from the United States, is learning Cebuano and Tagalog

Ian is participating our June Language Challenge to improve his Cebuano and Tagalog. Give him some support by leaving a quick message in his notebook.

 

Manuel from Spain, is learning English

Manuel is learning English and in order to improve his pronunciation and communication skills in English, he’s participating June Language Challenge to make the best out of it. Give him some support by leaving a quick message in his notebook.

 

Jairet from the United States, is learning Brazilian Portuguese

Jairet wants to improve his Portuguese skills by taking Language Challenge and his goal is be able to have at least 5 minutes conversation without stopping in Portuguese after the Challenge. Give him some support by leaving a quick message in his notebook.

 

Tom from the United States, is learning Russian

Tom was fascinated by Russia’s history and the way how Russian sounds, he’s taking June Language Challenge to boosting his level of Russian. Give him some support by leaving a quick message in his notebook.

 

Scott from the United States, is learning Spanish

Scott felt that he learned quit a bit of Spanish by participated our Language Challenge last time so he’s going to continuing down this journey. Let’s support him by leaving a quick message in his notebook.

 

Robert from the United States, is learning Portuguese and French

Robert speaks pretty fluent Portuguese and French and he’s going to take June Language Challenge in order to improve more. Give him some support by leaving a quick message in his notebook.

 

Kitti from Thailand, is learning English

Kitti from Thailand is participating our June Language Challenge to improve his English. Let’s support him by leaving a quick message in his notebook.

 

Murillo from Brazil , is learning French

Murillo is a big fan of italki as you can see he wears italki T-shirt in the video, he speaks decent French and still decided to participating June Language Challenge to improve his French into a new level. Give him some support by leaving a quick message in his notebook.

 

Emily from the United States, is learning Italian

Emily only started use italki a couple of weeks ago. She’s been learning Italian 2 years now and her goal by joining Language Challenge is to get more confident to speak Italian and not get nervous when communicate with native Italian speakers. Give her some support by leaving a quick message in her notebook.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CFzauRQwAk&feature=youtu.be

 

Bianca from the United States, is learning Spanish

Bianca is taking June Language Challenge to commit her Spanish learning goals which is to improve her Spanish ability to have a better communication with her students . Give her some support by leaving a quick message in her notebook.

 

Benjamin from the United States, is learning Chinese

Ben speaks quite decent Chinese. He’s taking June Language Challenge to improve his Chinses, at the same time to help him pass his Chinese and English Medical Licence exam. Give him some support by leaving a quick message in his notebook.

 

Diego from Chile, is learning Czech

Diego is participating our June Language Challenge to improve his Czech from A1 to A2 level so he can have more interesting and comprehensive conversation with native Czech speakers. Give him some support by leaving a quick message in his notebook.

 

Vitor from Brazil, is learning Chinese

Vitor is taking June Language Challenge to improve his Chinese skills as he has a lot of Chinese friends, he would like to have a better communicate with them. Give him some support by leaving a quick message in his notebook.

 

Alex from the United Kingdom, is learning Chinese

Alex speaks quite fluent Chinese, by participating Language Challenge he’s looking forward to improve his general Chinese skills as well as his pronunciation and accent so by the time his parents visit in China he will be able to show them around.  Give him some support by leaving a quick message in his notebook.


Avital from Isreal, is learning Chinese

Avital speaks very fluent Chinese, She would like to improve more of her pronunciation, vocabulary in Chinese by participating June Language Challenge. Give him some support by leaving a quick message in his notebook.

 

Tiffany from the United States, is learning Japanese

Tiffany would like to find out how much of her Japanese can be improve by participating June Language Challenge. Her goal after the Challenge is be able to communicate in Japanese for 10 minutes. Let’s give him some support by leaving a quick message in his notebook.

 

Brad from the United States, is learning Korean

Brad speaks decent Korean. He’s goal is be able to communicate in Korean with native speaker for at least 5 minutes by participating Language Challenge. Give him some support by leaving a quick message in his notebook.

June Language Challenge: Andrey’s First italki lesson for the June 2015 Language Challenge

June 8th, 2015 | Posted by Ivan in feature | Language Challenge | Motivation - (Comments Off on June Language Challenge: Andrey’s First italki lesson for the June 2015 Language Challenge)

Andrey is one of the newest italki employees, a Russian designer who has spent the last three years in Beijing. Here is the story of his very first italki AND very first Chinese language lesson. 

I had my first Chinese class with my italki teacher Sebastian (I picked him because his introduction video looked interesting, and he’s traveled a lot). Even though I’ve already spent several years living in China, it was my first Chinese class ever!

When I lived in Beijing, I hardly ever used Chinese. I mostly used Russian, and later English. I have also picked up some Chinese by being around people (mostly colleagues, friends, locals, and other Russians). Still, despite having a bit of basic vocabulary, I’m very much a beginner.

My first italki Chinese class

Sebastian showed me cards with Chinese characters and pinyin*, which I have not studied before. Maybe it’s because I’ve already lived in China, but I understood the pinyin portion quickly. I found it pretty fun to suddenly be able to name characters that before the lesson seemed just like mute squiggles.

* Pinyin is the “romanization”; the system of “spelling out” the pronunciation of Chinese words using letters of the alphabet.

I have homework.

I will need to learn Chinese characters. I think it will be fun, because characters haven’t really meant anything to me up till now; so far I have thought of them as just drawings. Now, I’d like to take steps to actually understand them, and I already recognize a few: 我, 你, 小, 他, 水, and 心 (because these are quite basic).

Since I already “passed” pinyin in my first class, Sebastian gave me some homework for learning characters. Beginning with the 2nd lesson, we’re going to start reading in Chinese. It’s kind of a challenge for us both, for him as well as for me!

Tones

I have problems with the tones, as many of those learning Chinese, which I’d like to focus on for my next lessons. Though the tones do seem a bit complicated, and I’ve always had trouble with them, I am hopeful I will be able to finally figure them out.

It seems kind of weird to speak this way, using tones, you know? I’m not the kind of person who finds it easy to laugh at themselves, and I don’t want to sound weird. But, at the same time, I want this; it’s part of the challenge.

I think overall I’m quite nervous: I think that to learn all of the characters would take forever! It seems like a lifetime-long project! I’m kind of scared that I don’t have that much time. I don’t mean that I’m going to die anytime soon, but I’m just too busy with work or other stuff. Again, I see this as part of the challenge: forcing myself to start learning something new and making time to do it well.

Overall Impression

I’ve never done anything like this before, it’s very cool!

The feeling is the same as when you’re on a roller coaster: it feels amazing, but you’re still nervous, maybe even scared. I’m looking forward to the ride.

See Who’s Taking June Language Challenge

If you are taking June 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:

June Language Challenge Video Pledges 1

June Language Challenge Video Pledges 2

June Language Challenge Video Pledges 4

 

Marcelo from Brazil, is learning English

Marcelo has been learning English for the past two years, he’s participating our June Language Challenge to improve his English more in order to reach his main goal which is be able to communicate with people from all over the world . Give him some support by leaving a quick message in his notebook.

 

 

Jonathan from the United States, is learning Spanish and Italian

Jonathan is participating our June challenge in order to improve his Spanish and Italian. Even he speaks quite fluent Spanish but his goal is to reach C2 level in Spanish, and Italian in a fluency level. Let’s give him some support by leaving a message in his notebook.

 

 

Kacey from the United States, is learning Icelandic

Kacey is taking part of June italki Language challenge to become better in Icelandic. Let’s give her some support by leaving a message in her notebook.

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italki Language Challenges: Here’s the Backstory

May 29th, 2015 | Posted by Ivan in event | Language Challenge | Motivation - (Comments Off on italki Language Challenges: Here’s the Backstory)

The original concept behind the Language Challenge was based on two key ideas: a city marathon, and a smart incentive scheme.

Similar to a city marathon, the Language Challenge brings language learners to socially “train” together to achieve a defined goal. The social element turns the challenge into a public event, and helps the participants encourage each other to complete the challenge.

“Having a defined goal, such as taking 12 lessons, is crucial for focus. In language learning, it’s not easy to set a goal because progress is not easy to quantify, and there is always more room to improve.”

– Kevin Chen, co-founder of italki

The other idea was to offer a reward to people who achieve their goals, and to have the reward funded by the people who fail to achieve them. This concept was inspired by experimental gyms that were testing new payment models, such as charging higher membership fees for people who failed to go to the gym regularly.¹

The first Language Challenge was held in 2012, and the June 2015 challenge is the 10th in the series. The number of challengers has increased in almost every challenge, and over a thousand challengers are expected to participate in June. The Language Challenge attracts learners from all around the world, and many celebrity polyglots and language enthusiasts have participated in previous challenges.

How it works:

Participants pay an entry fee of $10 to join the Language Challenge.  If the challenger completes 12 hours of lessons with an italki teacher within the month of June, they will receive a reward of $30 in italki credits. italki credits are used for 1-on-1 online classes with professional native-speaker teachers.

You still have time to sign up!

www.italki.com/languagechallenge

And if you want some inspiration for your language-learning in June, head over here:

http://stories.italki.com/story/category/language-challenge

Footnote:

  1. See the theory behind for “Incentives to Exercise”, Gary Charness(UC Santa Barbara), Uri Gneezy (UC San Diego) http://rady.ucsd.edu/faculty/directory/gneezy/pub/docs/incentives-exercise.pdf

The italki team is taking the 2015 June Language Challenge so should you!

May 27th, 2015 | Posted by Jim in Language Challenge | Motivation - (Comments Off on The italki team is taking the 2015 June Language Challenge so should you!)

Tradition has it that we like to take part in our own language challenges and for this challenge we have a number of staff who are publically taking the challenge. This means they’ll be blogging about the challenge, posting up videos, and sharing their experiences in trying to finish 12 hours of sessions during the month of June.

Check back on the italki blog for their regular posts! If you haven’t done so already, there’s still time to join the challenge!