Check out who’s taking up our Language Challenge!

If you’re taking the Language 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 entries!

This is the third blog listing of October Language Challenge Public Video Pledges (we’ve gotten so many!. Watch the pledges from our first post below:

PART I HERE
PART II HERE

Erica from the United States is learning Turkish
Erica is learning Turkish because she wants to be able to converse with her boyfriend. She actually has a good foundation in Turkish (no one at italki really speaks Turkish but we all agree it sounds pretty good). Please send so compliments and encouragement to her by commenting on her Notebook entry!

Veronica from the United States is learning Portuguese and Spanish (and a little bit of Hebrew)
Veronica is taking the challenge to learn Spanish and Portuguese – mainly so she doesn’t mix up the two languages (we know how hard that can be!). If she finishes, she also hopes to improve her Hebrew. Give her some love by commenting on her Notebook entry!

Gregory from the United States is learning Spanish
Gregory has discovered the secret to learning a language and he states it very clearly in his video, “Learning a language is just like learning any other skill. You need to practice, practice, practice!” He also knows why we’re asking challengers to post a Public Video Pledge – because challenges are best achieved when you share progress with others. In one short Video pledge, Gregory has revealed the secrets of the Challenge! Please give him some love as he takes his Spanish to the next level by commenting on his Notebook entry!


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Check out who’s taking up our Language Challenge!

If you’re taking the Language 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 entries!

This is the second blog listing of October Language Challenge Public Video Pledges. Watch the pledges from our first post below:

PART I HERE

Sylvia from Australia is learning Chinese
If you want to see an incredible display of polyglotism check out Sylvia’s video. She changes tongues like a language chameleon! Now she’s learning Chinese and Spanish so compliments and encouragement are welcome in her Notebook entry!

Vladimir from Russia is learning English
Vladimir knows what he wants: to be more confident and to have to think less about the words he uses during a normal English conversation. That’s the very definition of fluency! And that’s exactly what the Language Challenge is for, to push you to achieve fluency in the language of your choice in just one month. Give him some words of encouragement on his Notebook entry!

Leese from the United Kingdom is learning Spanish
Leese is taking the Challenge to learn Spanish. She actually speaks quite well but would like to speak with more confidence. We actually think your accent isn’t that bad… no need to apologize for it! Give her some props by writing on her Notebook entry!

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HOW TO LEARN ANY LANGUAGE ANYWHERE

September 25th, 2014 | Posted by Jim in Motivation | tips - (0 Comments)

We discovered this post on Backpacking Brunette, it’s a great blog written by Alex who is living her post-college life exploring new cities, experiencing new cultures and meeting new people.  In this particular blog post, she shares how she has been learning Spanish and how she uses italki to help her reach her language learning goals.  When we read it, we wanted to share this with the entire italki community as it’s full of great tips and suggestions on how to get the most out of italki.  Reposted with permission from Alex.  Original post here.

IMG_0181One of the reasons I decided to au pair in Spain is because I’ve always had an interest in learning Spanish.

I completed four years of Spanish classes in high school, but unfortunately, I did not continue my language studies in college. I could kick myself for that now. In preparation of living in a village where the majority of people do not speak any English, I brushed up on my Spanish with the help of a website called italki.

You can learn absolutely anything nowadays without even leaving the comfort of your home thanks to the internet. It’s amazing. My boyfriend, Taylor, discovered the wonders of italki when he was searching for native speakers to practice his Spanish with (unlike me, he actually stuck with it in college). He also used the site to learn some Italian before we went to Europe! (more…)

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So at italki, we don’t just talk the talk but we walk the walk.

Meet Andy from Italy, he’s only been at italki for about 2 weeks as our new UX Designer (User Experience for those of you who aren’t in tech industry). When he found out that we were having the October Language Challenge, he found this was the perfect opportunity to improve his Chinese as he’s been living in Shanghai for almost 3 years and his Chinese is well… you should just watch the below Public Video Pledge for yourself.

 

Remember, there’s still time to sign up for the October Language Challenge! And if you’ve already signed up – make a true commitment (like Andy) by submitting a Public Video Pledge.

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Still haven’t signed up for the 2014 October Language Challenge?  Watch the video below and see if you feel any differently?

Do it because you want to learn a new language and need that extra push!

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