We are happy to announce that our good friend and supporter, Benny Lewis, who writes a very well known blog called Fluent in 3 months, has just released his new book - Fluent in 3 Months: How Anyone at Any Age Can Learn to Speak Any Language from Anywhere in the World! Benny has been an italki user for a while now and uses italki regularly to learn new languages.  In fact, italki is mentioned in his new book as one of Benny’s go-to resources when learning a new language.

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We just wanted to support Benny in letting you all know that his book is now and has already hit the #1 spot in Language Learning on Amazon.com.   If you are serious about learning a language and want to know the real secrets of how to effectively learn a new language from a true Language Hacker whose entire life is dedicated to learning languages, you must buy this book!

Below is a description of his book (taken from his website): bennybookBenny Lewis, international language hacker and author of Fluent in 3 Months—the most popular language blog in the world—delivers an unconventional guide that allows readers to push past common barriers and start speaking from day one. You don’t learn a language—you get used to it. Self-taught polyglot and perhaps the world’s most beloved traveler, Benny Lewis is living proof that anyone, at any age, can learn to speak any language from anywhere in the world. Throughout his travels, Benny has developed faster, easier, and more efficient ways to learn languages, using techniques far different from traditional programs that focus on studying grammar and memorizing vocabulary. Fluent in 3 Months breaks down language-learning myths and replaces them with practical “language hacks” that take advantage of the skills we already possess: universal phrases, perceptive observation skills, and body language shortcuts. With Benny’s insight and proven methods, readers can master language immersion—without buying a plane ticket.

In the book learn about::

  • Why you definitely can learn any language, at any age, from anywhere in the world (no need to be a baby or pre-voting age, or buy a plane ticket!)
  • How to get from zero to fluency and on to mastery in a language
  • How to speak multiple languages and how to pass yourself off as a native speaker!

VIEW AN EXCERPT!

Click here to learn more and Buy the Book!

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I did it!  I finished the Challenge! 20 hours of French in 6 weeks!

It wasn’t easy!  But I did it!  After my very last lesson, I wanted to sit back and reflect upon what I had actually accomplished.  20 hours is no small feat but  like I mentioned in my Week 5 post, as long as you stick to your plan (3 to 4 lessons per week), finishing 20 sessions in 6 weeks actually is not difficult at all!

One thing that I wanted to do was actually confirm whether my French had actually improved or not.  I felt it did because I no longer felt nervous or afraid of speaking French but I really didn’t have any conclusive proof that it had.  Then I remembered, I made a Public Video Pledge where I spoke some French at the beginning if the Challenge.  As I was making my final video, I decided to edit in my before video of my attempts to speak French and found out that the difference was remarkable….

Watch below and judge for yourself!


Create a Challenge Review Video and win 300ITC!

So if you won the Challenge and are would like to show off your Challenge achievements in a video, we’ll be awarding an additional 300ITC to the top 3 Challenge Review Videos (our staff will be judging).   It’s like winning another Challenge! To do this:

Speak in your native language

(Below are questions to help guide your video but it can be done any way you want!  Be creative!)

  • Introduce yourself and what language(s) were your learning in the Challenge?
  • Tell us about your italki teacher(s)? What was good about your teacher(s)?
  • What did you learn about learning a new language after completing the Challenge?
  • Do you have any advice for people who are thinking of taking the Challenge in the future?
  • Include some BEFORE footage from your Public Video Pledge (for those of you who made a Public Video Pledge)

Repeat the above in the language learned in the Challenge

Label the video: “(italki username) completed the 2014 italki New Year’s Language Challenge!”

Write a Notebook Entry “I completed the 2014 italki New Year’s Language Challenge” and paste the YouTube/Youku URL.

Send the link to your notebook entry to support @ italki.com and you’ll be entered in a content where you can win 300ITC!  The real reward is the fact that you finished the Challenge after 6 weeks of hard work!  This video simply commemorates that achievement!

** Please note that we would like to use these stories and videos to help motivate others and let them know it’s not that hard to improve a language in just 6 weeks!

I personally just wanted to thank each and every one of you for helping us create a wonderful language learning community.  I don’t know about you, but I’m actually looking forward to the next language challenge!  If you are, you can sign up here to be notified when that begins.

Thank you for participating and hope you found it just as fun as I did!

Keep on pushing,

Lexie
italki Marketing and Customer Experience

P.S.  I was so proud of myself and wrote a story about this as well.   Read it here.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

February 14th, 2014 | Posted by Jim in promotion - (0 Comments)


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On this special day, say I love you to someone in a new language.

Or better yet, send a loved one an italki Gift Card!  With italki Gift Cards, you can transfer or gift ITC to a friend using your existing ITC!

Also if you send a Gift Card to a friend who has not registered on italki, you’ll get the 50ITC referral bonus if your friend continues with a future ITC purchase.  Our Gift Cards actually gift you right back!

We also wanted to share with you Bodo Wartke’s Multilingual Love Song. This talented singer is able to sing this song in over 88 different languages!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Love,
the italki Team

Fluent in 3 Months “The Book” – Pre-Order Begins Now!

January 26th, 2014 | Posted by Jim in announcement | promotion - (Comments Off)

Our good friend, Benny at Fluent in 3 months, has a new book coming out to help you hack your language learning. The book is currently available via pre-order  and Benny’s throwing in LOTS of language learning giveaways (including our very own italki Credits) if you pre-order the book.

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Benny Lewis shows how anyone anywhere can learn any language without leaving their home, using a simple toolkit and by harnessing the power of the Internet.  Check it out here!

We’re Doing it!  So Should You!

If you’re taking the Langauge 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 entrees!

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Lexie is italki’s very own Marketing Manager!  She’s taking The Challenge to learn French and she just posted her Public Pledge on her Notebook entry.  Send her some words of encouragement!


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