Language Challengers – Make a Public Video Pledge and earn a bonus 50ITC!

January 3rd, 2014 | Posted by Jim in Language Challenge | Motivation | promotion - (Comments Off on Language Challengers – Make a Public Video Pledge and earn a bonus 50ITC!)

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?


  • 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 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!

5 Reasons the italki Language Challenge Will Kickstart New Year’s Resolution!

January 1st, 2014 | Posted by Jim in announcement | feature | Language Challenge | promotion - (Comments Off on 5 Reasons the italki Language Challenge Will Kickstart New Year’s Resolution!)

dv1984002So what’s your New Year’s resolution for 2014? Lose weight, get more exercise, spend more time with your kids… learn a foreign language? Or maybe, finally, become fluent in the language you’re learning?

We believe you can do it! If you want to learn or improve your English, Spanish, French, Chinese, Portuguese, Swahili or any of the other 100+ languages offered on italki,  sign up for the 2014 italki New Year Challenge.

What is the italki Language Challenge?

Pledge 100ITC to take 20 language lessons in 6 weeks (about three, one-hour lessons per week–the minimum for learning a language). When you compete your lessons and keep your New Year’s resolution, we will give you 30 USD just for doing it! But the real prize is, of course, that you will have improved your language skills. Nothing beats learning and winning at the same time.

The italki Challenge and Your New Year’s Language Resolution

So what does The Challenge have to do with your New Year’s resolution?  It helps you:

1. Make clearly defined, short-term goals
Forbes magazine reports that only 8% of people achieve their New Year’s Resolutions, according to a study conducted by the University of Scranton and published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology. That’s because people often set up huge, unrealistic and vague goals for themselves.  For example, saying that you want to learn a new language “this year” is usually too broad of a time frame. But The italki Language Challenge provides you with a deadline and a sense of urgency to help you learn faster. (If you discover afterward that a few months seem too short, create several short-term goals spread out over a longer period of time.)

2. Find the resources your need to start right away
Many people have a plan but don’t have the tools to get started with their language resolution. But with italki, you’ve come to the right place.  We have dozens of teachers to choose from for the language you want to learn or improve in.  All have gone through a rigorous application process to meet the standards to teach for italki.  If you’re already with a teacher you like, great.  Just go ahead and schedule the classes for The Challenge.  If you need to find a teacher, you have many to select from.

3. Win a reward!
Whether you give yourself a reward for reaching a goal or someone else gives you it to you, there’s no better way to reach a goal than positive reinforcement.  Now, how many language schools pay you to learn?  At italki, we will give you a $30 USD reward upon completion of The Challenge because we think you deserve it, and we know that once you feel that incredible sense of accomplishment upon learning a language, you’ll be back for more.

4. Experience the convenience of learning from home
Maria on bed with computer_smallToo cold to go out for a class? Worried about finding a parking place near a language school? Forget all that. With italki, you and your teacher find a time that’s good for you, and you can relax in front of your computer while learning a language.

5. Learn with friends and other challengers
Whether it’s exercise, quitting smoking, dieting–or learning a language–studies show that when people start something with others, they are more likely to succeed because of a shared commitment to get to the finish line. At italki, you have an automatic support system to motivate you. Just look for a language partner or write how you’re doing in our Notebook. If you need some encouragement, you’ll get it. And tell your friends and family you’re taking The Challenge. They will also cheer you on.

So what are you waiting for?  Take The Challenge and turn learning a language into a good habit.

Sign up for The italki 2014 Language Challenge now!


This blog post was written by our italki teacher Ilene Springer

The Challenge of Learning US English

December 25th, 2013 | Posted by Lamar in Learning English | members | Motivation - (Comments Off on The Challenge of Learning US English)

This is a guest post from our enthusiastic user Attila.  You can find the original post here: “The Challenge of Learning US English

flagI launched a new blog called “The Challenge of Learning US English”.  Why did I begin this blog?  I have had many thoughts about learning English that I’d like to share.  I began to write these thoughts in an article, but then I realized that one article wasn’t enough.  Instead, I would need to write a series of 2-3 entries.  However, a series was still not enough. My ideas were like a tree and new branches of thoughts continuously sprouted from my mind.  So why not begin my own blog about it.  Some of my topics are serious, some of them are just for fun. (more…)

Happy Holidays from all of us at italki!

December 25th, 2013 | Posted by Jim in announcement - (Comments Off on Happy Holidays from all of us at italki!)

When italki was created way back in 2007 , our vision was to create a world in which everyone can be fluent in another language by connecting with people.

When you create a community that spans the world, you’ll end up hearing lots of stories. What starts with strangers learning from each other, can ultimately lead to many unexpected experiences.

One of our favorite stories is when one our italki Community Moderators, Jura, actually published a book because of her interactions with our community.  Well, our Christmas gift came early when we received her book.


It’s Coming! The 2014 New Year’s Language Challenge!

December 17th, 2013 | Posted by Jim in announcement | Language Challenge | Motivation - (Comments Off on It’s Coming! The 2014 New Year’s Language Challenge!)

As 2013 winds down and we start looking forward to 2014, we wanted to start off the new year with a BANG! Our 4th italki Language Challenge is going to help you realize your New Year’s Resolution goal of learning a new language!


We just wanted to let you know early so you have plenty of time to get ready for a great new 2014!

To be notified once the Challenge begins, please click here. You will be able to Pledge to enter the Challenge on January 1st, 2014 and onwards!