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2014 is over , and we have prepared an infographic that shows 25 interesting statistics about language learning at italki during the past year.

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27 years of language lessons hours!!!  Well done italki students!

If you want to kick-start your language learning in 2015, just 20 hours are enough with the italki language challenge. Don’t forget to sign up for yourself and check what other students have to say about previous challenges.

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See Who’s Taking this Year’s Challenge

If you are taking this year’s 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 2015 of to a great start!

Cassie from Australia is learning French
She has been learning French for 12 months at University so far, though she has had little opportunity to speak French and practice her listening skills.  So despite facing the concurrent challenge of raising children, she will be taking the New Year’s challenge to continue to improve her French! Provide advice and support on her notebook.

David Jackson from the UK is learning Mandarin 
After going to Taiwan he became inspired to learn the language.  He would love to spend more time in Taiwan and also hopes to be able to converse with his girlfriend in Chinese.  While speaking a little already, he hopes to make great strides over the coming 2 months! Help David out by commenting on his notebook.

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So… in the spirit of giving, we’re offering this bonus again to help you complete the Challenge!

If you’ve signed up for the italki 2015 New Year’s Language 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?

Youtube video:

Youku video:

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New italki Brand Ambassador Kailin

December 29th, 2014 | Posted by Ilar in announcement | event | feature | Learning English | Motivation - (Comments Off)

Congratulations to Kailin for becoming an italki Brand Ambassador! Below Kailin describes her experience.

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I first met italki this January, when I was searching for some English grammar questions online. One of the italki users offered a very sufficient answer, which deeply impressed me. Further exploring on italki, I felt that I discovered a new world of language learning! italki not only solves my doubts through the learning process, but also connects each of the language enthusiasts in the community. In the past, I hesitated to contact with native speakers of English because I worried that it might be somehow offensive. However, in italki, I don’t need to hesitate. I know that those who I meet are real language lovers who may want to have language exchange, or truly kind helpers who don’t expect anything but are just willing to help. My English writing and speaking skills improved dramatically with the help of my italki friends and teachers. Many of them offered really professional corrections and advice. Gradually, I saw fewer errors in writing and gained more fluency in speaking. As I progressed, my italki friends cheered for me as much as I did for myself. They are teachers, friends and even mentors. Moreover, I am so glad that my corrections for Mandarin writings are also helpful and effective! italki is not only a community of give-and-take, but a place that generates goodwill and kindness.

One day, I received an email advertising for becoming an italki brand ambassador and now here I am. I am delighted to promote italki among the language enthusiasts on campus. I am cheerful to hear my friends saying “italki is amazing”. I am also happy to see that italki is growing increasingly popular and helping more and more language enthusiasts.Photo-6

On Nov. 2nd, I promoted italki during the regular training held by the language club in our university, which I have been actively involved in. Only one out of the sixty members ever used italki before, but they are all language lovers! During the event, I did a presentation about how I used and benefited from italki, especially writing notebooks, asking questions and having online lessons. Their “wow” expressions told me that they were very intrigued! When I was distributing the italki promotion cards in the end, many of them asked whether they could have an extra one for their friends. italki is an ideal place if you want to get immersed in a language and improve it with the lowest cost. I am lucky that I found it this year and I really hope that italki can reach more language lovers in the future!”

 

If you’re interested in becoming an italki Student Brand Ambassador please contact Ilar at ilar@italki.com for more information!

 

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Happy Holidays from italki!

December 24th, 2014 | Posted by Jim in announcement | Language Challenge - (Comments Off)

We just wanted to wish all our users, students, teachers and supporters a big Happy Holiday greetings from italki! Looking forward to a great 2015! One last thing, as we head into the new year, if you haven’t made a resolution yet, finally committing to learning that new language or taking the language you are learning to the next level is a great idea!

We’re beginning the New Year’s with our 2015 New Year’s Language Challenge! Sign up doesn’t begin until Jan. 1st, 2015 but we’d like your help to spread the word!

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