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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Introducing Instant Tutoring!

January 5th, 2014 | Posted by Jim in announcement | feature - (Comments Off)

We’re happy to announce our newest feature Instant Tutoring!  With Instant Tutoring, you can connect with a teacher at any time of day and practice learning a new language immediately! Browse our through our list of language teachers that are currently online and request a session now!

Instant Tutoring allows students and teachers to connect and immediately have live one-on-one language lessons.

Instant Tutoring works just like scheduling a session but you instantly connect with teachers in real-time.
Read the below FAQs to see learn more about Instant Tutoring!

Instant Tutoring FAQs for Students

Instant Tutoring FAQs for Teachers


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Instant Tutoring sessions are a great way for you to get extra speaking practice. As an Instant Tutoring teacher might not be familiar with your language level or learning goals, it’s up to you to decide how you wish to use your Instant Tutoring session.

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Watch as italki’s Co-Founder Kevin Chen is interviewed about italki on International Channel Shanghai’s business/financial news program Money Talks.  Also making a special guest appearance is our Professional Chinese Teacher (and student) Xiao Lei!

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If you’ve signed up for the 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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  • Speak in your native language
    • Tell us why you are taking The Challenge and what language you are learning
    • Tell us what you will commit to (i.e. I promise to take at least 2 to 3 sessions a week)
    • Tell us what you hope to accomplish with the challenge
  • Speak in the language you are learning
    • Repeat the above in the language you are learning
    • If you can’t say anything, or your language level is at a beginner level then try to say a few words you know in the language or just say you have no ability.
  • Label the video: “(italki username)’s 2014 italki New Year’s Language Challenge Public Pledge
    • The video should not be longer than 2 minutes in length.
  • Write a Notebook Entry “I’ve made a Public Video Pledge for the 2014 New Year’s Language Challenge” and paste the YouTube/Youku URL.

We will immediately award you with 50ITC once you post your notebook entry and we verify the video! Just send us an email to support@italki.com and let us know your username so we can view the Notebook entry with the Public Video Pledge link!

We’re Doing it!  So Should You!

As many of our italki staff are also taking the 2014 Language Challenge (yes, we open this up to all our hard-working staff!), our Marketing Manager, Lexie will be showing everyone how the Public Video Pledge is done!  She’s taking The Challenge to learn French and she just posted her Public Pledge on her Notebook entry.  The actual videos are also below:

If you’ve signed up for The Challenge and you really want to finish, you should make the Public Video Pledge now!  You’ll get paid for it and it will help you complete the Challenge!

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dv1984002So what’s your New Year’s resolution for 2014? Lose weight, get more exercise, spend more time with your kids… learn a foreign language? Or maybe, finally, become fluent in the language you’re learning?

We believe you can do it! If you want to learn or improve your English, Spanish, French, Chinese, Portuguese, Swahili or any of the other 100+ languages offered on italki,  sign up for the 2014 italki New Year Challenge.

What is the italki Language Challenge?

Pledge 100ITC to take 20 language lessons in 6 weeks (about three, one-hour lessons per week–the minimum for learning a language). When you compete your lessons and keep your New Year’s resolution, we will give you 30 USD just for doing it! But the real prize is, of course, that you will have improved your language skills. Nothing beats learning and winning at the same time.

The italki Challenge and Your New Year’s Language Resolution

So what does The Challenge have to do with your New Year’s resolution?  It helps you:

1. Make clearly defined, short-term goals
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Forbes magazine reports that only 8% of people achieve their New Year’s Resolutions, according to a study conducted by the University of Scranton and published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology. That’s because people often set up huge, unrealistic and vague goals for themselves.  For example, saying that you want to learn a new language “this year” is usually too broad of a time frame. But The italki Language Challenge provides you with a deadline and a sense of urgency to help you learn faster. (If you discover afterward that a few months seem too short, create several short-term goals spread out over a longer period of time.)

2. Find the resources your need to start right away
Many people have a plan but don’t have the tools to get started with their language resolution. But with italki, you’ve come to the right place.  We have dozens of teachers to choose from for the language you want to learn or improve in.  All have gone through a rigorous application process to meet the standards to teach for italki.  If you’re already with a teacher you like, great.  Just go ahead and schedule the classes for The Challenge.  If you need to find a teacher, you have many to select from.

3. Win a reward!
Whether you give yourself a reward for reaching a goal or someone else gives you it to you, there’s no better way to reach a goal than positive reinforcement.  Now, how many language schools pay you to learn?  At italki, we will give you a $30 USD reward upon completion of The Challenge because we think you deserve it, and we know that once you feel that incredible sense of accomplishment upon learning a language, you’ll be back for more.

4. Experience the convenience of learning from home
Maria on bed with computer_smallToo cold to go out for a class? Worried about finding a parking place near a language school? Forget all that. With italki, you and your teacher find a time that’s good for you, and you can relax in front of your computer while learning a language.

5. Learn with friends and other challengers
Whether it’s exercise, quitting smoking, dieting–or learning a language–studies show that when people start something with others, they are more likely to succeed because of a shared commitment to get to the finish line. At italki, you have an automatic support system to motivate you. Just look for a language partner or write how you’re doing in our Notebook. If you need some encouragement, you’ll get it. And tell your friends and family you’re taking The Challenge. They will also cheer you on.

So what are you waiting for?  Take The Challenge and turn learning a language into a good habit.

Sign up for The italki 2014 Language Challenge now!

 

This blog post was written by our italki teacher Ilene Springer

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