[This blog post originally appeared as a blog post on Koko the Polyglot's website.  Reposted with permission.]

It will be a week from tomorrow since the iTalki Language Challenge began (and if you still want to participate, remember you have until the 31st to sign up!)  After taking 4 sessions (2 don’t count because I started them before the challenge began.), I can already notice a difference in my ability to speak Japanese!

Now I’ve been learning Japanese (seriously) on my own since 2008 but one of the things I struggled with the most was actually speaking the language.  It seemed like when I was always hitting a plateau, especially when it came to speaking. I was going through a labyrinth trying to experiment with different language methods until I could finally find something that would be sufficient to work with.

So what has this challenge taught me so far?

Consistency Is Absolutely Vital

(X marks the spot!)

One of things that held me back from making progress in Japanese was not dedicating enough time to improve BOTH my active (speaking and writing) and passive (reading and listening) learning skills.  In the past, I would either focus on active only or passive only not realising that you would need both to truly make a breakthrough in the target language. (more…)

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Hi everyone! I just finished my first week of the italki Language Challenge. Watch my video to hear my thoughts about the Challenge so far.(and you thought I didn’t speak English)


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Continuing from our first post of Public Video Pledges, we’ve received more from dedicated Challengers all over the world who have bravely posted their Public Video Pledge! (Click here for more details)

We are very impressed by the massive turnout of Challengers from all around the world.  As we mentioned at the start of the Challengewe’ve got hundreds of Challengers learning more than 30+ languages on italki!  However, we did not mention the number of people who are not just learning one language… but learning two… or even three languages for the Challenge!  If you haven’t started learning a new language yet, you need to watch these Public Video Pledges as we hope these will serve as some inspiration for you to kickstart your New Year’s Resolution to learn a new language now!

Tom from San Francisco
We were blown away with this Public Video Pledge because Tom is not just learning one language… or even two langauges…  He is one of the few (there actually could be many more) that are learning 3 languages for the Language Challenge!  His Public Video Pledge is a bit longer than others because he speaks in 3 different languages (French, Norwegian, and Chinese) in the video. Please let him know how awesome he is by commenting on his post! You have to check this out!

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So our very own Marketing Manager, Lexie is taking the italki 2014 New Year’s Language Challenge to learn French.  Watch what she has to say about starting the Challenge.

Current Progress Check

Total Completed Sessions = 0

Upcoming Sessions =  3 sessions this week Tonight January 15th, Tomorrow January 16th, and Saturday January 17th

Let’s hope she can do it!

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Ready! Set! Go! The italki 2014 New Year’s Language Challenge has now officially started! Review the rules here. Today marks the beginning of italki’s biggest and baddest Language Challenge yet!   All in all we’ve got hundreds of Challengers learning more than 30+ languages on italki!   We have representation from Challengers from all over the world, including the following countries:

Angola
Argentina
Australia
Austria
Barbados
Belgium
Brazil
Canada
Chile
China
Czech Republic
France
Germany
Indonesia
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Japan
Korea
Lebanon
Mexico
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Peru
Poland
Romania
Russia
Rwanda
Saudi Arabia
Singapore
South Africa
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Thailand
Turkey
Ukraine
United States
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
Vietnam

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