2014 New Year’s Language Challenge has Started!

January 15th, 2014 | Posted by Jim in Language Challenge | Motivation - (Comments Off)

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Ready! Set! Go! The italki 2014 New Year’s Language Challenge has now officially started! Review the rules here. Today marks the beginning of italki’s biggest and baddest Language Challenge yet!   All in all we’ve got hundreds of Challengers learning more than 30+ languages on italki!   We have representation from Challengers from all over the world, including the following countries:

Angola
Argentina
Australia
Austria
Barbados
Belgium
Brazil
Canada
Chile
China
Czech Republic
France
Germany
Indonesia
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Japan
Korea
Lebanon
Mexico
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Peru
Poland
Romania
Russia
Rwanda
Saudi Arabia
Singapore
South Africa
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Thailand
Turkey
Ukraine
United States
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
Vietnam

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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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