2015 June Language Challenge “Get Started” Guide

May 29th, 2015 | Posted by Tracy in Language Challenge | tips | Uncategorized - (Comments Off on 2015 June Language Challenge “Get Started” Guide)

Are you ready for the Challenge?

The clock starts on June 1st, but here are 4 things that you should do BEFORE the Challenge starts to set yourself up for success.  Our experience shows that preparation really pays off!

 

Tip 1. Choose your teacher(s) ahead of time

Try to complete those trial sessions so you can choose your teacher(s) and begin planning. Many italki students find it helpful to work with several teachers.

Out of trial sessions?  If you used all three long ago when you first registered, email italki support to ask for more.

Still looking for teachers?  Find one here: browse teacher profiles.

 

If you’re about to have your first italki class, then this is for you:

FAQ: It’s my first italki session. What should I do?

Tip 2. Schedule sessions (or a package) in advance

Booking your sessions early is a great way to make sure you’ll put in your time and complete the Challenge. Even better, buying a package and booking the hours in advance is an excellent way of making yourself commit!

Here at italki, it’s a strategy we use ourselves to cope with our busy schedules!

Want to schedule something now? Here are some links:

 

Tip 3. Set your goal and discuss with your teacher

Set your own Challenge goal in advance. What would you like to be able to do by the end of June? Decide on at least one little thing you will do every day to keep moving forward toward your goal.  If you’d like some help with this, try answering these ten questions to help you clarify your Challenge goal  (you will have to sign in to a Google account).

What will success look like to you? It could be everything from a conversation with a native speaker to being able to read a restaurant menu and place an order!

 

Tip 4. Tell your friends

Social support is a great way to motivate yourself, both by receiving encouragement and by publicly declaring your Challenge goal.  Add your voice to the Thunderclap announcement.  If you make a video pledge to announce your goal, we’ll send you 50 ITC!

Here’s one of our favorites!  We love Cassie’s sense of humor, creativity, and her unique personal challenge goal of explaining how to make bread all in French!  This is what it’s all about!

Encourage Cassie by commenting on her notebook entry here.

Additional Language Challenge Resources:

Challenge Official Site and Registration Page

Challenge Rules and FAQs

Challenge Blog Coverage

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The italki team is taking the 2015 June Language Challenge so should you!

May 27th, 2015 | Posted by Jim in Language Challenge | Motivation - (Comments Off on The italki team is taking the 2015 June Language Challenge so should you!)

Tradition has it that we like to take part in our own language challenges and for this challenge we have a number of staff who are publically taking the challenge. This means they’ll be blogging about the challenge, posting up videos, and sharing their experiences in trying to finish 12 hours of sessions during the month of June.

Check back on the italki blog for their regular posts! If you haven’t done so already, there’s still time to join the challenge!

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See Who’s Taking June Language Challenge

If you are taking June Language challenge we’re giving away 50 free ITC if you make a video challenge pledge. 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.  So use peer pressure to your advantage!  So help out your fellow language learners participating in the challenge!  Leave them words of encouragement on their notebook entries!  And don’t forget to sign up for yourself, and get the summer of to a great start!

 

Click the links below to see:

June Language Challenge Video Pledges 1

June Language Challenge Video Pledges 3

June Language Challenge Video Pledges 4

 

Helga from Russia, is learning Italian

Helga is learning Italian because she’s going on Holiday to Italy in July. She already speaks pretty decent Italian! This is her June Language Challenge public pledge video. Cheer her on by leaving a quick message in her notebook.

 

 

Casey from the United States, is learning Japanese

Casey is learning Japanese ’cause he wants to write lecture both in contemporary and traditional in Japanese! This is his June Language Challenge public pledge video. Give him some support by leaving a quick message in her notebook.

 

 

Gretie from the United States, is learning Korean and Spanish

Gretie is learning Korean and Spanish. Gretie is participating our June Language Challenge in order to improve her ability to communicate in foreign language. Let’s support her by leaving a quick message in her notebook.

 

 

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Support the 2015 June Language Challenge Thunderclap!

May 22nd, 2015 | Posted by Jim in announcement | feature | Language Challenge - (Comments Off on Support the 2015 June Language Challenge Thunderclap!)

Are you taking the Language Challenge?
Share that you are taking the Challenge with others and use this peer pressure (in a good way) to help yourself achieve your language learning goal!


What is a Thunderclap?

It’s a new, powerful tool that allows people to Tweet or Facebook an announcement all together on the same day, at the exact same time to be heard loud and clear! We’re working with Thunderclap to make this biggest, most exciting Language Challenge ever! Get ready!

This summer join thousands of other language learners and achieve the common goal of learning a new language together!  Our Language Challenges have proven to help language learners get into a habit of learning. It helps by setting a clear goal they need to meet.

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See Who’s Taking June Language Challenge

If you are taking June Language challenge we’re giving away 50 free ITC if you make a video challenge pledge. 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.  So use peer pressure to your advantage!  So help out your fellow language learners participating in the challenge!  Leave them words of encouragement on their notebook entries!  And don’t forget to sign up for yourself, and get the summer of to a great start!

 

Click the links below to see:

June Language Challenge Video Pledges 2

June Language Challenge Video Pledges 3

June Language Challenge Video Pledges 4

Janie  from Thailand is learning Spanish and Italian
Janie has been learning Spanish and Italian with our native teachers on italki for a while, she had took part in our New Year’s Language Challenge and can’t wait for another exciting challenge. Janie will be participating in our June Language challenge and continue to improve her Spanish and Italian! Cheer her on by leaving a note on her notebook entry.

 

Autumn  from Nova Scotia, Canada is learning French
Autumn has
been teaching English on italki for 4 years, and she’s also been a student learning on italki at the same time. As a teacher and student she thought it’s great that you can only have to pay a 100 ITC registration fee and if you finish the challenge you end up winning 300 ITC (and improve your language ability as well) !  Autumn is traveling to French speaking Canada so decided to take our June Language Challenge to improve her French!

 

Sylin  from Paris, France is learning Croatian
Sylin speaks 30 different language! How inspiring!
If you missed it, she send an inspiring video of her speaking 30 different languages on italki!  Right now she’s learning Croatian and hope that she can manage to reach B2 level in this language. Give her some love by writing on her notebook.

 

 

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