When we received the first batch of Public Video Pledges, we thought that was pretty cool as we really didn’t know if anyone would do it. We were pleasantly surprised when we’ve received even more Public Video Pledges and put up the second batch.

You really need to take some time to watch these Public Video Pledges as we hope these will serve as some inspiration for you to start learning a new language now!!!

Once again we want to congratulate all our Challengers who promised to finish the Challenge and we want to remind to all of you who have not joined the World Cup Language Challenge yet, that there is still time to register and to make your Public Video Pledge and earn 50ITC as a bonus! (Click here for more details)

Megan  from the United States
Megan decided to take part in the World Cup Language Challenge to learn Croatian. She will be taking 25 hours worth of lessons in this language plus she has committed to study one hour a day on her own. Her Public Video pledge is below. Please comment on her Notebook entry!

As Megan hails from the United States, she hopes USA win the World Cup! However, she feels that it’s Germany or Spain winning the World Cup!

 

Charise  from the United States
Charise is learning Korean and her goal is to reach the intermediate level by the end of the Challenge. She publicly pledged to complete 2 to 3 lessons every week for the Language Challenge. She will also try to publish a video a week to show us her progresses. Let’s wish her good luck by commenting on her Notebook entry!

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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.

Week 1

So far, so good! I’m four lessons into my italki World Cup Language Challenge learning Portuguese and it’s going pretty darn well.

I’ve had three lessons with Brazilian Portuguese speakers and one with a European Portuguese speaker and I’m really glad I’ve opted for the mix. Learning the two variations parallel is surprisingly fun and kind of helpful. Somehow they’re managing to stay separate in my brain. For now, anyway!

This Week’s Goal

This week, I set myself the task of reading a chapter of the book Caro Bruce Springsteen on camera. Why? That’s a good question! This may seem completely random but the reason is that this book cost just 50 cents from a book stall in Portugal last summer – proof that language learning doesn’t have to cost the earth.

I’m also reading because in these early stages I want to focus on pronunciation to stop me from making potential mistakes later on. If I’m reading something out loud, then all of my attention is on what’s on the page. I don’t have to think about what I’m going to say at the same time, which takes a lot of brain power out of pronunciation practise. I also really hate those pronunciation sections at the start of language books when they teach you completely random words just because they have a letter combination or unusual vowel sound. I learn by doing, so this is a way I can learn by doing: reading!

Here’s this week’s (sun-tinted!) video of me reading a short chapter from the book. Enjoy!

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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!

We want to applaud those all our Challengers who were brave enough to publicly promising to finish the Challenge, but don’t forget that there’s still time for you to make your Public Video Pledge and earn 50ITC as a bonus! (Click here for more details)

We also hope that these pledges will serve as some inspiration for you to learn a new language now!

Murillo Costa  from Brazil
This is a great Public Pledge from Murillo, who is also one of our Community Tutor. Murillo teaches Portuguese and he is learning French and Russian for the World Cup Language Challenge. He is committing 1 lesson of French and 2 lessons of Russian a week to finish the Challenge. Cheer him on by Notebook post here.

Surprisingly, Murillo does not want Brazil to win the World Cup, but he supports Spain!

 

Arthur  from Brazil
Arthur is a beginner and he is taking the challenge to improve his Italian skills. He is committing to taking 2 to 3 lessons a week to complete the challenge. Show that you care by commenting on his Notebook entry.

Arthur hopes Germany win the World Cup.

 

Tosha  from the United States
Tosha is learning Spanish for our World Cup Language Challenge and she is also a Community Tutor who teaches English on italki. Her Spanish speaking skills are actually quite good already as you can see and hear from this video below, but she really wants to take it to the next level since she will be spending some time in Mexico. Tosha is committing 2 to 3 English lessons a week to finish the Challenge. Please show your support by leaving some nice comments on her Notebook entry.

Tosha wants Brazil to win the trophy! (more…)

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We’re Doing it!  So Should You!

If you’re taking the Langauge Challenge and really want to succeed, we’re giving away 50ITC if you make a Public Video Pledge!  Why would you ever want to do this? (Click here for more details)  Please take some time to motivate and encourage our Public Video Pledge Challengers by commenting on their Notebook entrees!

Lindsaydoeslanguages from England
Lindsay is a veteran italki Challenge winner.  She’s a Polyglot and well known blogger and vlogger on her popular Language Learning website Lindsaydoeslanguages.com.  She’s going to be blogging about her experiences tackling Portuguese throughout the Challenge.  Send her some words of encouragement on her Notebook entry!

Lindsay also thinks that England will win the World Cup!


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As the World Cup Language Challenge start date slowly approaches, one of the most common questions we receive is, “How do I prepare for a Language Challenge?” Well, you can simply dive right in and start taking lessons or you can plan each week and maximize your learning. Our guest blogger and World Cup Challenger Lindsaydoeslanguages shares with us her weekly Language Challenge goals! This post originally appears on Lindsaydoeslanguages.

ITALKI WORLD CUP LANGUAGE CHALLENGE: MY WEEKLY GOALS

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With the italki World Cup Language Challenge creeping ever closer, now seems like the perfect time to give you a quick update before it all kicks off. (I’m just gonna keep the football puns coming…)

Have I started?

Nope! The italki World Cup Language Challenge begins on June 1st, so there’s still time to sign up!

What I have done though is booked all 25 lessons in advance because I know that for me, having the lessons booked now will take away the pressure of booking last minute.

I have also set myself 8 weekly goals. (Told you, there’s plenty more where that came from…)

My 8 World Cup (Language Challenge) Goals!

Week 1 – To read a short chapter of “Caro Bruce Springsteen” out loud on video.

This may sound completely random but this is to prove that language learning doesn’t have to be expensive. I picked up this book from a book stall in Portugal last year for just 50 cents!

Week 2 – To read a random news article from the internet out loud on video.

This may sound like a lot of reading, but in the early stages, I really want to work on improving my pronunciation and making it sound more Portuguese and less Spanish. Personally, I find reading really helps with this.

Week 3 – To learn the entire lyrics to Ai Se Eu Te Pego

So this is, like, the greatest song ever.

And it’s Portuguese. It just seems rather fitting! (more…)

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