Amelia from the UK is currently taking the italki World Cup Language Challenge to learn Korean.  She uploaded a Public Video Pledge and even started a personal blog site to help motivate her – Hallyu to 한국어.   We were so impressed with her efforts that we asked if we could repost what she had written on her personal blog as she gives weekly updates on her progress.  Check out her latest post – reposted with permission.

Hi All,

I am finally back with a video this week. I should probably have left this for the “big reveal” next week but my teacher told me I needed to talk to myself and at least I feel less silly if I’m doing it for this!

So, this is me rambling in my room for a while on things I have done recently. I’m aware there are quite a few mistakes in it but my aim was to try and talk for as long as possible without being too slow. I have now been studying for about 10/11 weeks and have done 24 hours on italki so I’m very nearly done with the challenge :-)

I do feel my korean speaking is a little faster than it was a couple of weeks ago. You can tell there are specific words I use a bit too much, and I can use more difficult grammar, but I need to make the most of what comes naturally. If I’m actually conversing with someone, I’m not going to focus on how difficult I can make my sentences…

Anyway, I hope everyone else is still going – nearly there! And I hope everyone has a good week :-) This time next week the challenge will be over…not that I’m going to stop korean lessons at that point!

Amelia x


Lindsaydoeslanguages is blogging about her World Cup Language Challenge and we’re reposting here to share with the entire italki Community. This blog post originally was posted on website.

What a challenge! You know what? I feel really proud of my commentary last weekend. A lot of people even asked me to commentate the final the next day! If you missed it, take a peek here and let me know what you think of my Portuguese!

Beforehand, however, I was genuinely a bit nervous. I’d never done a live event on YouTube before, I would never have thought to do this in my own language – never mind one I’ve been learning for a few weeks, and I’d never commentated a football match. And to make matters worse, it was Brazil vs Netherlands – both countries speaking two languages I’d been learning recently – Portuguese and Dutch! Who was I supposed to support?!

For this week’s goal, I initially said I’d opt for a video discussing how the commentary went in Portuguese, but I decided to try my hand at writing instead, something I haven’t really done much of. Please feel free to correct me in the comments! Here we go… (Psst! Click the Google Translate button in the top right hand corner and it should translate the text for you if you don’t speak Portuguese!)

Semana 7

Então, e terminado! Estou muita contenta com o meu comentário e o meu português agora. Me sinto como si posso comentar um partido de futebol, posso fazer tudo o que necessito em português. Fazer um desafio como isso e o melhor coisa que poderia tido feito porque foi um desafio verdade!

Porque escrever?

Escrever não é uma coisa que fazemos muito na vida quotidiana hoje. E quando fazemo-lo, estamos rapidamente corrigidos dos computadores e tecnologia – então, já esta importante que aprendamos a escrever?

Acho que a idioma e uma das coisas mas importantes que aprendemos na vida. Ter uma maneia em que podemos comunicar e empresarmos e imprescindível. Mas – escrever também?

Quando falamos, falamos rapidamente, normalmente sim uma oportunidade a pensar muito do que estamos a dizer. Mas, quando escrevermos, podemos parar, e pensar, e ter cuidado do que queremos expressar. Isso é o que é importante.

Fazes o italki World Cup Language Challenge?

Quase, quase! Podemos ver a linha de terminar! Espero que tenhas desfrutado o desafio e que vais a continuar com as suas idiomas depois. Eu sei que tenho aprendido muito de português e que o tenho desfrutado muito! A prossima! Mas, antes, há uma semana e media mais em que podemos fazer mas aulas si necessitamos, revisar o que necessitamos a revisar, e desfrutar a idioma antes da tentação de uma outra quando tememos o premio de ITC…

E agora que?

E difícil seguir isso! Mais, acho que vou a continuar com português depois do desafio com um pouco quando posso. Isso dito, depois de Julho, tenho que concentrar só em francês porque e “importante” que obtenha uma boa nota mais ódio estudar academicamente e não posso esperar ate que possa aprender as idiomas sim as restrições outra vez!

Just a little something to keep my Portuguese brain ticking over!

How are you getting on with the italki World Cup Language Challenge? Not long left now! Let’s do this!

My Week 6 Progress Learning Korean

July 14th, 2014 | Posted by Jim in Motivation - (0 Comments)

Amelia from the UK is currently taking the italki World Cup Language Challenge to learn Korean.  She uploaded a Public Video Pledge and even started a personal blog site to help motivate her – Hallyu to 한국어.   We were so impressed with her efforts that we asked if we could repost what she had written on her personal blog as she gives weekly updates on her progress.  Check out her latest post – reposted with permission.

Hi Everyone,

Sorry, I disappeared off the radar for a bit there. Unfortunately, busy got even more busy and I’ve hardly been able to escape the office the last couple of weeks. Given the choice between writing a blog about studying Korean or actually studying it, I thought I’d better focus on the second option! That’s also the reason why there’s no video this week….

Also, last week I got a little behind for my usual schedule. I had to cancel one lesson because I was still at work, and then one of my teachers had to cancel as she was ill. So last week, I only did 2 hours. Luckily I have been ahead pretty much all the time so I’m on about 21 hours now, which means I should finish the challenge just ahead of schedule. I’m glad I front-loaded it a bit otherwise I would have been a bit worried about finishing!

My sentences are gradually getting a bit longer, and Rosa is making me practice different contexts with all the new vocab I am learning. I’ve started to introduce clauses such as for~, ~which, ~ that I had wanted to ~, because of ~ I will ~ etc. etc. They need more practice to get past two clauses but at least it is allowing me to vary my structures a little! I’ve even got to the stage of having multiple ways to say the same thing.

There are two bits that I’m still finding a little challenging at the moment. One is the formal language for seniors, which has different particles and verb endings (and even different verbs for some words!). Its just because I don’t hear it so naturally as the semi-formal tone that most beginners start with. The other bit that I am still slow to wrap my brain around is the way of transforming verbs into nouns / adjectives. The grammar is relatively simple but getting my brain to think in the right way before embarking on a sentence is still going to take a little while!

On an unrelated note, my enthusiasm for my terrible beginners Korean has led to me being categorised as a volunteer at the conversational meetup group I go to on Fridays. In practice, this just means being a spare pair of hands whenever they need me but it’s nice to have integrated so quickly into the community around language learning :-)

Amelia x

WCLC-beforeLindsaydoeslanguages is blogging about her World Cup Language Challenge and we’re reposting here to share with the entire italki Community.  Original post here.

Eek. What am I doing, guys?! This is scary. After watching a handful of YouTube videos of Portuguese football commentary I’m hoping that Brazil and the Netherlands score a lot of goals on Saturday – that way, my commentary will consist mostly of


No, I’m kidding! Although I am a little nervous, I am super excited to see how this goes. Also, Brazil vs Netherlands? As in Portuguese vs Dutch? As in the two languages I’ve been learning for the past few months? Who am I supposed to support?!

There’s a lot of words I have to learn for the live commentary to make sure that I can speak as on cue as possible and keep up with all the action. I should point out right about here that I’m not a mega football fan, so I probably won’t know any names of players and so this does have the potential to be very funny!

Check out my very jazzy preparation vocabulary notes full of useful words (I’m bound to have missed something!) and some interesting phrases I’ve picked up from the videos I’ve been watching.IMG_1969-copy

Too jazzy?

Don’t forget to bookmark the link right here in preparation for Saturday at 21.00GMT. Be there or be square. Because apparently being square is a bad thing.

Are you doing the italki World Cup Language Challenge? How is it going for you? Let me know in the comments!

Last month, Brendan from the USA completed a 6 Week Esperanto Challenge!

brendansLanguageChallengeHe made public posts about his progress to hold himself accountable for his weekly goals.  He agreed to write a guest post for us, from one successful Challenger to all the italki Language Challengers!

When Brendan started, he was a total beginner.  After 6 weeks, in the final step of the Esperanto Challenge, he uploaded this 4-minute video of himself speaking Esperanto!


Learning a language is not an easy task, even if it’s supposed to be an easy one like Esperanto.

Starting in May, I participated in the Six Week Language Learning Challenge, and there was a special challenge with prizes to learn Esperanto. Since I had just begun my studies in Esperanto, and one of the organizers OK’d me to be able to do it, I thought it’d be great.

Over the course of the challenge, I put in 40 hours (more or less) of hard work. I started with a beginner’s Esperanto course. I found out about Esperanto through reddit which led me to the ureddit course Esperanto 101. It had finished a couple months before I got there, so I contacted the teacher and she offered to correct quizzes and offer extra help. I went through her six lessons (ranging from thirty minutes to an hour) and it really gave me a solid foundation for the language.


Esperanto Flag

That, and a separate, unrelated course through Anki, also called Esperanto 101, were my main sources for learning the language. Anki is a flash card site (or app, as I used it) that uses a spaced repetition system to help you better learn the material. The deck I used had about 1000 cards with essential words. Besides Anki and the ureddit Esperanto 101 course, I used lang-8 for practicing grammar and the book Teach Yourself Esperanto.

Teach Yourself Esperanto is a book course for learning Esperanto and though I only made it five or six chapters in, it was definitely the best tool for learning the language in my opinion. The content was thorough and the exercises were challenging. Those were my resources but my goals are what really pushed me along.

At the start of each week I’d set high standards for myself. I usually figured I wouldn’t reach all my goals, but what was most important for me was setting how many hours I would study and reaching that goal if nothing else. Also, every single day I would complete a certain amount of Anki flash cards.

I was not so great about reaching my other goals, but what really held me back was that I didn’t have my goals somewhere I could easily look at them each day. That is really important. I started the challenge really strong then got a bit lazy. Don’t ever allow yourself to get lazy because there’s always enough time in the day to get a lot done. At the end of this challenge, I feel very confident and believe I made tremendous progress.


I can understand plenty of Esperanto, and I think if I continue to work at it the rest of this summer, I could be very far along in the language. Good luck if you’re learning Esperanto (I have really enjoyed learning it!) or any other language! I promise it’s worth it.