Goal Setting and the Challenge!

August 18th, 2013 | Posted by Jim in Language Challenge | Motivation | tips - (Comments Off)

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One of the reasons why we hold the italki Language Challenge is we believe in Goal Setting for language learning. Setting a goal helps you focus and allocate your time and resources efficiently, and can keep you motivated when you feel like giving up.

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How a Film Director Learns Arabic on italki

July 4th, 2013 | Posted by ross in tips - (Comments Off)

We love to hear how our italki users are overcoming the challenges of learning languages, and Nicole Ballivian has quite a story to share with us.

Read on to learn about Nicole and her language learning experiences.

Nicole in Hebron

Nicole and an actor in Hebron

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If You Want To Speak A(ny) Language Don’t Learn It

May 31st, 2013 | Posted by ross in members | teachers | tips - (Comments Off)

From time to time I feel a great temptation to share my own learning and teaching experiences with other people. The way we learn something is critically important to the final outcome.

How do we learn languages? Normally, we memorize some basic words and phrases, then we learn some grammar rules and try to compose phrases using wrong words and making predictable mistakes since the interference from the native language is so strong. Why is it that after years of studies many still fail speaking fluently? Do they fail because they are stupid and lazy? Definitely not. At the very beginning of our lives we learnt our native languages perfectly well, so we are capable of learning languages. Probably, the way we acquire a new language is not the most efficient. Most likely, it is quite inefficient. We didn’t learn the native language as a sum of vocabulary and grammar rules. We never thought about the grammar at all, and yet we succeeded.

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3 Tips for Learning Any Language

May 27th, 2013 | Posted by Samuel Bleakly in members | teachers | teachers | tips - (Comments Off)

Learning a language can be challenging, so here are 3 tips from one of our italki tutors on what to focus on in order to reach your goal!

3 Ways to learn a language

 

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Welcome back to our weekly Teacher of the Week spotlight series:

This week we feature Victoria from France, who teaches an impressive 3 languages – French, Russian and English! Victoria has taught 35 students and completed 152 sessions with a perfect 5.0 professional lesson rating.

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