Throughout the 2014 italki World Cup Language Challenge we will be giving away prizes to challengers who promote us on social media!

We have  awarded our first prize to @amhumphries on Twitter, 250 USD in italki credits!!!  That’s enough to finish the Language Challenge for free!

For all those who did not win this time, do not be discouraged because there are other prizes for you. To win the next prize which will be 50 USD in italki credits we’ll need you to show a little World Cup enthusiasm! (click here for more details)!

Don’t forget to check out the 2014 italki World Cup Language Challenge Official Page.

We know you can do it! Keep it up!

If you ever have questions, or need any help contact us at support@italki.com

Throughout the challenge we will be giving away prizes to challengers who promote us on social media.

We have awarded our first spot prize to @CabildoSpanish on twitter, a free OXFORD English Online Placement Test!!!
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This awesome video of Benny from Fluent in 3 Months, (speaking polish after one hour of practice!) features one of italki’s very own Professional Teachers; Ewelina.

Ewelina  has 38 students and 306 completed sessions.

Watch the video and book a lesson with her by visiting her profile here.

Reuters -

Google Inc. of Palo Alto, CA has unveiled plans for a new invention at South By Southwest Music and Arts Festival. Called “Google VOX”, the device will be able to translate languages in real time, eliminating the need for interpreters completely.

Sarah Newtown, a Swedish interpreter for the United Nations was skeptical about the device, “You cannot replace a human being with an automated system, there are too many contextual references that a computer will not be able to decode or interpret.  I don’t think anyone in the interpretation community views this as a serious threat.”

Google Scientists are also determining the possibility of matching the sounds of animals to feelings, allowing your dogs and cats to talk to you through a limited vocabulary.  In theory, the device would yell “HUNGRY” if the dog’s pitch matched that of the sound it makes when it is hungry, and it would also yell “Outside!”  if the dog wanted to use the bathroom.

Google has not given a projected release date.

 

Edit: April Fools.

Hi italki,

Sam here again!

This week we are back again with another mini contest on Facebook, where you could win $20 of learning credit.

The contest is pinned to the top of the italki facebook page.  We will be having weekly facebook contests for learning credit on our facebook page.

http://www.facebook.com/italkilanguages

Simply visit the facebook page, and share the video by clicking the share button, then message us and let us know you did it!

Good Luck!