Check out Videos of Students Who Completed the October Challenge

The New Year is fast approaching.  As 2014 comes to a close, it’s important to think about your goals and resolutions for the year of 2015.  We hope you remember to put learning a foreign language on your list. After all, italki is providing a perfect chance to get you started and stay motivated with the italki 2015 New Year’s Language Challenge.

To help get you motivated, we wanted to show you some of the videos that  our students made after they completed the last language challenge in October.  Everyone had good things to say about the last challenge and we hope that watching these videos will convince you to participate yourself. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity!

Lindsay (Japanese): 12 hours in one month completed!

An enthusiastic language learner who learned Portuguese through the World Cup Language Challenge, was back for more this past Fall.  Japanese is not an easy language to learn but she put in her hours and made significant gains!  We look forward to seeing what she will be capable of achieving this upcoming year.

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Crystal (Spanish): 12 hours in one month completed!

Crystal has been a member on our site for two years now.  She has been diligently working to increase her fluency in Spanish, a language that she “absolutely loves!”  She took full advantage of the October challenge to do so.  We hope to see her take on the Challenge this January.

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The 2015 New Year’s Language Challenge is Coming! Help Spread the Word!

December 19th, 2014 | Posted by Jim in announcement | feature | Language Challenge | Motivation | promotion - (Comments Off on The 2015 New Year’s Language Challenge is Coming! Help Spread the Word!)

Help us announce the biggest language challenge ever!

The italki 2015 New Year’s Language Challenge is coming and we want you to help spread the word! We’re creating a Thunderclap, and we’d like your help.

Even if you’re not planning on taking the New Year’s Language Challenge, you can still join the Thunderclap to help spread the word to others who want to kick off 2015 and really commit to learning a new language!

What is a Thunderclap?
It’s a new, powerful tool that allows people to Tweet or Facebook an announcement all together on the same day, at the exact same time to be heard loud and clear! We’re working with Thunderclap to make this biggest, most exciting Language Challenge ever! Get ready!

Help Spread the Word and Join this Thunderclap!

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It’s Coming! The New Year’s Language Challenge is almost here!

December 10th, 2014 | Posted by Ethan in announcement | event | Language Challenge | Motivation | promotion - (Comments Off on It’s Coming! The New Year’s Language Challenge is almost here!)

Ever since the October Language Challenge ended, many of you have been asking us when the next language challenge will be and we can finally tell you!  We will soon be starting our New Year’s Language Challenge!

Many people like making New Year’s Resolutions! Many of the common ones involve: to work out more, to lose weight, to volunteer to help others more, to give up eating junk food etc.

These are all great resolutions but we want to you to add an important one to your list:to learn a new language!

Maybe you want to do it for  work, maybe you want to be able to talk to that cute guy/girl in his/her native tongue, maybe you want to be able to impress your in-laws, maybe you want to travel to a new country, or maybe you have just always had an interest in learning a new language!

What ever the reason is, we’re giving you  a great opportunity to get it done!  We’re not going to give away all the details yet, but registration starts on January 1st! Stay tuned for more details on the:

italki New Year’s Challenge

 

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We hope to see you sign up!

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We wanted to give a big welcome to our newest support staff Josie and Ethan who have recently joined us to help with our Customer Support Services. They are both avid language learners and teachers so know exactly the types of problems and challenges you might be encountering! We asked them to introduce themselves to everyone on italki!

Josie
My name is Josie and I am Swedish by blood, but was born and raised in Surrey, England. Going to an international school gave me the privilege to make friends with people from all over the world, meaning I have always been surrounded by different languages and cultures. I grew up speaking English and Swedish, studied Spanish at school and am currently learning Mandarin. Growing up in a multicultural environment and having done a lot of solo traveling after school gave me a great insight into how exciting different languages can be and how important it is to learn about different cultures.

italki is the perfect platform for learning a new language and I am so glad to be a part of it. I understand how difficult (and at times scary) learning a new language can be, so I will make sure that I am here help you out with any problems that you may face in your new and exciting journey!

Ethan
Hey all! I’m Ethan and I’m from the United States, specifically the Washington, DC area. I fell in love with the Chinese language in high school and have since been studying hard each and every day to achieve the fluency of a native speaker. I know how difficult language learning can be and that’s why I’m happy to work for a great company like italki! It makes language learning easy and is suited to meet your individual needs. I’m here to help you out with any problems you may have in the language learning process! Learning a new language is hard enough, so I want to make sure your experience goes as smoothly as possible. I wish you all the best of luck. 加油!

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italki internships – Thanks Simone!

December 4th, 2014 | Posted by Jim in feature - (Comments Off on italki internships – Thanks Simone!)

Did you know italki has a great internship program? We are always accepting interns from diverse backgrounds, speaking any language.

Today we said goodbye to Simone, our intern from Italy who is heading back to finish up his studies at his last year in university. He left us with a great story about his experiences these past 3 months as well! We wish you all the best with whatever the future has in store for you Simone!

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