italki World Cup Language Challenge: Week 6 – LIVE commentary preparations

July 8th, 2014 | Posted by Jim in Language Challenge | Motivation - (Comments Off on italki World Cup Language Challenge: Week 6 – LIVE commentary preparations)

WCLC-beforeLindsaydoeslanguages is blogging about her World Cup Language Challenge and we’re reposting here to share with the entire italki Community.  Original post here.

Eek. What am I doing, guys?! This is scary. After watching a handful of YouTube videos of Portuguese football commentary I’m hoping that Brazil and the Netherlands score a lot of goals on Saturday – that way, my commentary will consist mostly of


No, I’m kidding! Although I am a little nervous, I am super excited to see how this goes. Also, Brazil vs Netherlands? As in Portuguese vs Dutch? As in the two languages I’ve been learning for the past few months? Who am I supposed to support?!

There’s a lot of words I have to learn for the live commentary to make sure that I can speak as on cue as possible and keep up with all the action. I should point out right about here that I’m not a mega football fan, so I probably won’t know any names of players and so this does have the potential to be very funny!

Check out my very jazzy preparation vocabulary notes full of useful words (I’m bound to have missed something!) and some interesting phrases I’ve picked up from the videos I’ve been watching.IMG_1969-copy

Too jazzy?

Don’t forget to bookmark the link right here in preparation for Saturday at 21.00GMT. Be there or be square. Because apparently being square is a bad thing.

Are you doing the italki World Cup Language Challenge? How is it going for you? Let me know in the comments!

Last month, Brendan from the USA completed a 6 Week Esperanto Challenge!

brendansLanguageChallengeHe made public posts about his progress to hold himself accountable for his weekly goals.  He agreed to write a guest post for us, from one successful Challenger to all the italki Language Challengers!

When Brendan started, he was a total beginner.  After 6 weeks, in the final step of the Esperanto Challenge, he uploaded this 4-minute video of himself speaking Esperanto!


Learning a language is not an easy task, even if it’s supposed to be an easy one like Esperanto.

Starting in May, I participated in the Six Week Language Learning Challenge, and there was a special challenge with prizes to learn Esperanto. Since I had just begun my studies in Esperanto, and one of the organizers OK’d me to be able to do it, I thought it’d be great.

Over the course of the challenge, I put in 40 hours (more or less) of hard work. I started with a beginner’s Esperanto course. I found out about Esperanto through reddit which led me to the ureddit course Esperanto 101. It had finished a couple months before I got there, so I contacted the teacher and she offered to correct quizzes and offer extra help. I went through her six lessons (ranging from thirty minutes to an hour) and it really gave me a solid foundation for the language.


Esperanto Flag

That, and a separate, unrelated course through Anki, also called Esperanto 101, were my main sources for learning the language. Anki is a flash card site (or app, as I used it) that uses a spaced repetition system to help you better learn the material. The deck I used had about 1000 cards with essential words. Besides Anki and the ureddit Esperanto 101 course, I used lang-8 for practicing grammar and the book Teach Yourself Esperanto.

Teach Yourself Esperanto is a book course for learning Esperanto and though I only made it five or six chapters in, it was definitely the best tool for learning the language in my opinion. The content was thorough and the exercises were challenging. Those were my resources but my goals are what really pushed me along.

At the start of each week I’d set high standards for myself. I usually figured I wouldn’t reach all my goals, but what was most important for me was setting how many hours I would study and reaching that goal if nothing else. Also, every single day I would complete a certain amount of Anki flash cards.

I was not so great about reaching my other goals, but what really held me back was that I didn’t have my goals somewhere I could easily look at them each day. That is really important. I started the challenge really strong then got a bit lazy. Don’t ever allow yourself to get lazy because there’s always enough time in the day to get a lot done. At the end of this challenge, I feel very confident and believe I made tremendous progress.


I can understand plenty of Esperanto, and I think if I continue to work at it the rest of this summer, I could be very far along in the language. Good luck if you’re learning Esperanto (I have really enjoyed learning it!) or any other language! I promise it’s worth it.

italki Language Challenge: Week 5 Goal

July 3rd, 2014 | Posted by Jim in Language Challenge | Motivation | promotion - (Comments Off on italki Language Challenge: Week 5 Goal)


Lindsaydoeslanguages is blogging about her World Cup Language Challenge and we’re reposting here to share with the entire italki Community. This blog post originally was posted on website.

Over half way through the italki World Cup Language Challenge! When did this happen? Now, apparently.

This week I’ve been having fun with Danza Kuduro! I’ve been in my garden again because it’s far too hot to stand under lights for half an hour. Not quite a heatwave but by British standards we’re not far off. Then the camera decided to stop filming after a minute. I noticed after I’d done the whole video. Go team.

Also, I’m very pleased to announce that the Live Broadcast of my on the spot Portuguese Commentary is all set up and ready on YouTube! You can bookmark the link right here! I’ve never done anything like this before and I’m have no idea how it’s going to pan out!! I’ve opted to commentate the play off match (for 3rd and 4th place) on Saturday 12th July rather than the final on the 13th because I’m sure you’ll all want to watch that one without me chatting away in Portuguese! I also don’t know if I’ll commentate the whole match. What I’m thinking at the moment is to commentate the first half and then invite you to share your thoughts about the World Cup (and my attempt at commentary!) during half time and the second half. What do you think? Would you like a chance to join in?

It will be broadcast on my YouTube channel via Google Hangouts On Air and, who knows, if this works, we could make it a regular thing! The link is here again if you’re ready to bookmark it. 9 days to go, 3785 Portuguese football words to learn, 1 chance not to mess it up. I should write film trailers, no?

Oh, and exciting news! Despite my love for Silverstone, me and Ashley are heading off to Slovakia tomorrow (another reason I filmed in the garden – I normally edit on Friday!). This means another Mini Mission coming a lot sooner than planned and more stuff over on Mundo Trundle very soon.

Fingers crossed that week 6 of the Challenge will be just as exciting!

How is you World Cup Language Challenge going? Share your progress in the comments and let’s support each other with it!

My Week 4 Progress Learning Korean

July 3rd, 2014 | Posted by Jim in Language Challenge | Motivation - (Comments Off on My Week 4 Progress Learning Korean)

Amelia from the UK is currently taking the italki World Cup Language Challenge to learn Korean.  She uploaded a Public Video Pledge and even started a personal blog site to help motivate her – Hallyu to 한국어.   We were so impressed with her efforts that we asked if we could repost what she had written on her personal blog as she gives weekly updates on her progress.  Check out her latest post – reposted with permission.

and a bit…

So sorry I’m late yet again with this! I’m promise I’ll keep doing them until the end though!

I’m on 15 hrs 30mins so far, not including what I’ve already done this week so I’m pretty pleased. This week has been particularly busy as my boss is away and I am trying to move flats in August – I have spent all day wrangling with estate agents! I’m glad I’m enjoying Korean so much because studying seems like a relaxing break but I still have positive motivation to keep improving (even when the bags under my eyes are becoming permanently ingrained….). Having all the lessons planned through Italki is definitely the best way as it means I can listen to podcasts on the tube and do short essays in the evening but know exactly when the bulk of my learning will be. That really helps me to keep going when I feel stressed.

In week 4, I hit the mark of having been studying Korean for 2 months – that has gone so quickly! I completed my second “book” with Rosa too. Apparently there are 4 books in the elementary level (before the heady heights of intermediate!), which are essentially 10 mini chapters covering both grammar and vocab around a topic – I showed you one of the pages in last week’s video. I think these are from a language school in Korea. We have done the 20 topics in 11 hours (we skipped some early ones I already knew). Because we went through it quite fast, this is why I have been focusing on writing too. This week we decided to do 3 hours of reviewing before moving to book 3 so I may be short on video ideas for the next one!

In case anyone is interested here is the Korean for my writing task:

두달째 한국어를 공부하고있어요. 이번 주말은 바빴어요. 지난 주에 개가 죽어서 상심에빠진 어머니를 위로하기위해 고향집으로 갔어요. 고향은 멀고 숲들이 없어서 안 좋아요. 런던보다 고향은 한적해요. 토요일에 한국어 수업을 했어요. 지금까지 책 두권을 끝냈어요. 오후에 어머니께서 테니스를 보셨어요. 저는 테니스를 잘 못치지만 테니스를 보는것은 정말 좋아해요! 그리고 아홉시에 밥먹으러 식당에 갔어요. 일요일 아침에 여동생의 생일선물을 사기 위해서 쇼핑했어요. 비가 왔을때 우산이 없어서 기분이 나빴어요.한국어 수업도 했어요. 지금 이 글을 다 쓰고나서야 한국어 공부를 할 수 있을 거에요. 한국어를 공부 안하면, 저는 잘 못할고여요! 내일은 일해야돼요. 회사가 조용하면, 저는 행복하고 연습 할거에요.

Amelia x

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italki Language Challenge: Week 4 Goal

June 28th, 2014 | Posted by Jim in Language Challenge | Motivation - (Comments Off on italki Language Challenge: Week 4 Goal)

WCLC-week-4-custom-thumbnailLindsaydoeslanguages is blogging about her World Cup Language Challenge and we’re reposting here to share with the entire italki Community. This blog post originally was posted on website.

Wow! Three weeks in already! Crazy stuff.

Why, hello! This week’s goal was to prepare a little something in Portuguese to practise and record on camera.

So after 11 lessons here it is! Almost half way through the Language Challenge now. Exciting stuff!

Oh, and by the way, italki are running a Cheer Contest to find out how different people cheer in different countries.

Take a look and maybe enter!

Also, be sure to check out my entry below feating a rather fluffy friend. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know who I’m talking about!

Next week I’ll be attempting to distinguish between Spanish and Portuguese in the song Danza Kuduro and for week 6, I’ll be doing my first ever live YouTube broadcast and commentating some of the World Cup! What have I let myself in for? Eek!

How are you getting on with the italki World Cup Language Challenge? Are your team still in the World Cup?