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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So… we’re offering this bonus again to help you complete the Challenge!

(and also because we’re cool like that!)

If you’ve signed up for the italki 2014 October Language Challenge, we’re giving away even more ITC to motivate you to succeed!  Do you really want to complete the challenge?  Use peer pressure (in a good way) to help yourself achieve your language learning goal! 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. Things that you put on the Web have a better chance of getting done!

BONUS 50ITC! Upload your Language Challenge Public Video Pledge

Make a Public Video Pledge by uploading a video to YouTube or Youku before you begin your first session (or your first few sessions).

What should you say in your Public Video Pledge?

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Sign up for the italki 2014 October Language Challenge!

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Take the October Language Challenge!  This is a short, one-month Challenge where you give your language learning a quick boost!

Our last Language Challenge, the World Cup Language Challenge was a tough Challenge!  25 hours in 2 months is very difficult to do but we still had over 55% of our Challengers who finished it and many of the winners made huge improvements in their language learning.

For those of you who felt that the last Challenge was a bit too Challenging, the October Language Challenge might be just right for you as it is just for the month of October.  For those of you who finished the last Challenge, the October Language Challenge should be easy to finish!

To take the Language Challenge, you will need to follow these steps:

challenge_logo2014091. PLEDGE 100 ITC (10USD)
You will get this pledge back when you complete the Challenge. Deadline to take the pledge is October 7th, 2014

2. TAKE 12 HOURS OF LESSONS DURING THE MONTH OF OCTOBER
With any Community Tutor or Professional Teacher from October 1st untilOctober 31st (think ~3 lessons a week)

3. WIN 200ITC (20USD)
You’ll receive your 100 ITC pledge back AND 200 ITC for a total of 300 ITC!. We are paying you to learn a language!

Click here to Sign Up for the italki 2014 October Language Challenge now!
And finally become fluent in a new language!

Still have questions about the Challenge?  Click here to read the Official Rules and FAQs.

pnz1v-lexie-thumbsup-300x280_04903y04903y000000What Previous Challengers Say!
I always wanted to learn French but always had an excuse to never put in the time to truly learn it. The italki Language Challenge was the perfect opportunity to finally start learning French. It was tough but it worked!” -Lexi

You can do it!

See Before and After Videos ( 1 | 2 ) from Winners of our previous Language Challenges!

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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We received this great message from Jeremy who finished the 2014 World Cup Language Challenge learning Chinese!   Originally posted on his personal blog, we enjoyed it so much that we wanted to share it with everyone.  Great job Jeremy and keep up the great work!  Re-posted with permission.

Italki 2014 World Cup is over!

I beat the italki 2014 World Cup!

Ok, alright, you can stop cheering now. The challenge wrapped up over the weekend and I was notified today that I was successful. So now that I’m filthy rich, I plan to keep learning Chinese, instead of retiring to the Bahamas. I know, I am a wild one.
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What is italki 2014 World Cup?

In short I put up 200 ITC ($20) pledging to spend 25 hours language learning through their site, within a 60 day period. If I win I get 400 ITC ($40) and my bet returned. This should be an easily attainable goal of about three lessons a week during the 2 month duration of the challenge. Surprisingly only 53% completed the challenge. They have some cool stats on most hours completed by country, and most hours completed by language, if you’re interested.

Thanks italki for being awesome!

I want to thank italki for putting on the challenge and being so encouraging. I think they did several helpful things for us participants. They encouraged people to make a video pledge and post it onto their FB, G+, or the like. Their data showed that people who did this were more likely to complete the pledge. Another thing was they put up a big FAQ page full of useful info. I checked it a few times. They also reminded you via the website message system weekly about the challenge. This reminder would let you know roughly how many hours you should have completed, and what the current leaderboard looked like. Another thing that was nice was the countdown clock on the main site. You knew exactly how much time you had left. What I hope they do for next time is add a “hours scored”, or “#/25 completed” section up there also. Currently you have to go to sessions and do a manual count if you wanted to know how far along you are.

How did I do?

My work towards completion was not linear. With holiday’s, and business trips in the middle, I had to be mindful of my schedule. To compensate for my traveling I did roughly 4 sessions a week during the first 2 weeks and the last 2 weeks. Even with one trip to Colorado, and another to Florida I ended up clocking in 31 hours. That’s just over 3.5 hours a week. Not too shabby in my opinion.

What’s Next?

With this challenge completed I look forward to the next italki challenge. In the mean time my next big Chinese goal is the HSK IV. I take it this month on the 17th. I’m not yet ready for it, but I am working towards that as fast as possible. Wish me luck!

Everyone here at italki wishes Jeremy good luck with his HSK IV test.