Amelia from the UK is currently taking the italki World Cup Language Challenge to learn Korean.  She uploaded a Public Video Pledge and even started a personal blog site to help motivate her – Hallyu to 한국어.   We were so impressed with her efforts that we asked if we could repost what she had written on her personal blog as she gives weekly updates on her progress.  Check out her latest post – reposted with permission.

Hey guys, a bit late this week so I’m sorry! My boss is out of the office which means work has been crazier than usual and I’ve stayed up late to do this.

I’m still on target hours wise and still enjoying the lessons. My practice is gradually creeping up and I’m starting to speak to my Korean friends in basic sentences. I even went to watch the football match with them on Sunday, although unfortunately they lost relatively badly. My brain doesn’t always quite catch up with the speed of talking but when sentences are directed at me by people who know my level, I can usually get the gist of what is going on.

I think I need to work on my reading speed too. One of my teachers makes me read dialogues a couple of times to make my speaking more natural but as the grammar gets harder and the sentences get longer, my hangul reading doesn’t always keep up with the natural conversation flow. That, however, will come with time. I have to keep reminding myself I only started 2 months ago and I can’t learn everything at once!

The last week or so we have done a lot of grammar and vocab and I do think my brain may be getting a little saturated at present. I may ask to do some reviewing sometime soon just to make sure I’m not replacing old stuff with new all the time.

This week my video may not be quite so exciting as its more of a review but I was quite surprised with how much grammar I’ve picked up already. Its just connecting it from one topic to another that is key at the moment. Hopefully I’ll be back next week with a better dialogue!

I might be going to Moim tomorrow as well as Friday this week if I can leave work earlyish, which would mean I was practicing my Korean every day this week – dedication or what?!

Amelia x

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Throughout the 2014 italki World Cup Language Challenge we will be giving away prizes to challengers who promote us on social media!

We have  awarded our first prize to @amhumphries on Twitter, 250 USD in italki credits!!!  That’s enough to finish the Language Challenge for free!

For all those who did not win this time, do not be discouraged because there are other prizes for you. To win the next prize which will be 50 USD in italki credits we’ll need you to show a little World Cup enthusiasm! (click here for more details)!

Don’t forget to check out the 2014 italki World Cup Language Challenge Official Page.

We know you can do it! Keep it up!

If you ever have questions, or need any help contact us at support@italki.com

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Lindsaydoeslanguages is blogging about her World Cup Language Challenge and we’re reposting here to share with the entire italki Community. This blog post originally was posted on Lindsaydoeslanguages.com website.

Wow! Three weeks in already! Crazy stuff.

This week’s goal, as you may remember, was to learn the lyrics to Ai Se Eu Te Pego. Well, it turns out there’s actually not that many lyrics and I must have listened to it so much that I knew most of it! Not wanted to do something too easy (you gotta keep challenging yourself!) I decided to add another song in there to learn – Balada Boa by Gustavo Lima. The most arrogant song ever.

This week’s video was a lot of fun to film – because I had people with me! My friends Hannah and Gabi joined me to check I was saying everything right. Gabi is actually Brazilian and was staying with us over the weekend so that was pretty perfect! Thanks for helping Gabi and Hannah!

I had a great lesson this week with one of my tutors Fernanda and we talked all about the subjunctive! So for next weeks goal, I’ll be including lots of subjunctive in my video. Eeek.

Are you doing the italki World Cup Language Challenge? How is it going? I’d love to know in the comments!

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Amelia from the UK is currently taking the italki World Cup Language Challenge to learn Korean.  She uploaded a Public Video Pledge and even started a personal blog site to help motivate her – Hallyu to 한국어.   We were so impressed with her efforts that we asked if we could repost what she had written on her personal blog as she gives weekly updates on her progress.  Check out her latest post – reposted with permission.

italki World Cup Language Challenge Week 2

Okay, so we are now into the 3rd week of the italki World Cup Challenge so it’s time for an update on my week 2 progress.

Hours completed so far: 6hrs 15mins
Hours scheduled this week: 4hrs 30 mins

I’m meant to have done 6hrs so far so I’m still on track :-) I am finding the lessons very useful and can feel myself gradually starting to pick up things even in this short period of time. I think it has been a great experience for me to see that I can have a stressful and tiring job but still put in the hours to learn a language properly if I have something motivating me to do it.
Obviously language learning has to be fun, especially as it is mainly a hobby for me, but it still requires a lot of dedication otherwise words are learnt and immediately forgotten – which is kind of a waste of time! I’m doing my lessons around 11pm on workdays due to the time difference but somehow it doesn’t feel like a chore, especially when I can see myself beginning to learn new grammar and vocab and it actually sticks.

I go to a language meetup once a week and although I’m still a little shy about talking in Korean myself unless pushed (the level of people’s English is much higher!), I could understand conversations around me this week. Even if I don’t know specific vocab, I could recognise enough basic grammar to get the gist – I think it surprised people!

The only thing I would say is that these lessons are cutting into my self-study time which means I don’t spend as much time going over grammar, and have to try and fit it in at the weekend. However, that is something you can always re-visit, and I hope that building it up through conversation will help me to contextualise in a way that a textbook doesn’t.

In the space of a few weeks, I have gone from having never heard of italki to recommending it to anyone I can. I’m most definitely a fan!

Amelia
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imageLindsaydoeslanguages is blogging about her World Cup Language Challenge and we’re reposting here to share with the entire italki Community. This blog post originally was posted on Lindsaydoeslanguages.com website.

Week 2 of the World Cup Language Challenge is almost over! Time flies when you’re having fun, hey? 7 lessons in now and already, I’m feeling much more confident with my spoken Portuguese. I’ve had a great selection of teachers so far. Be sure to check them out if you’re interested in learning Portuguese!

Not only am I beginning to identify the differences between Portuguese and Spanish, but I’m also picking up the slight differences between Brazilian and European Portuguese.

This week’s video is more football related, mainly because the World Cup actually started yesterday, partly because I want to get my football vocabulary in early before week 6 when I’ll be commentating some football – in Portuguese! Eek!

I decided that instead of a news story, I would read an extract from the Portuguese Wikipedia entry about the World Cup, sorry, Copa do Mondo. I didn’t even look at it before filming the video, which was a conscious decision to highlight the things I need to work on. One thing I wasn’t not too sure about was numbers – especially years! It also made it clear that there’ll be some football lingo such as ‘nil’ that I’ll have to learn.

Have a look at the video right here:

Do you think there’s an improvement from last week’s video? If you have any Portuguese football vocab you think would be useful, let me know in the comments!

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