The italki team is taking the Language Challenge to learn Chinese

January 13th, 2015 | Posted by Jim in feature | Language Challenge | Motivation - (Comments Off on The italki team is taking the Language Challenge to learn Chinese)

We are taking the Challenge too!

…and if we can do it… anyone can!

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The 2015 New Year’s Language Challenge has begun and we’re so excited that so many of you have chosen to participate in our biggest challenge ever!

3 of our very own italki Staff have also decided to participate in the New Year’s Language Challenge to learn Chinese.  All of them have made Public Video Pledges to learn Chinese! (more…)

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See Who’s Taking this Year’s Challenge

If you are taking this year’s challenge we’re giving away 50 free ITC if you make a video challenge pledge.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.  So use peer pressure to your advantage!  So help out your fellow language learners participating in the challenge!  Leave them words of encouragement on their notebook entries!  And don’t forget to sign up for yourself, and get 2015 of to a great start!

This is the second blog listing of New Year’s Language Challenge Video Pledges.  Watch the videos from the first post below.

Part I Here

WolDstn  from the United States is learning Portuguese
Woldstn is taking the challenge because his family will soon be moving to Brazil and he needs to be able to speak the language.  His goal is to be able to carry out a conversation with somebody from Brazil in Portuguese.  We wish him the best of luck and hope he and his family enjoy their time in Brazil.  You can cheer him on here.

 

 

Javier from Spain is learning English

Javier wants to improve his English fluency over the 6 weeks.  He wants to be able to pass the Official school of English exam, which would put him at a B1 level.  He thinks that taking classes through italki is one of the best ways of doing so and we must say we couldn’t agree more.  We wish Javier the best in his studies and you can too by writing on his notebook entry.

 

 

Phillip from the United States is learning Chinese
Phillip is moving to Beijing in 2 days.  So he needs to keep build on his 5 months of Chinese studies to be able to live abroad.  He can already use everyday pleasantries, so his new goal is to be able to descriptively describe how to cook a dish in Chinese.  This is because he is a cook by trade and he wants to be able to talk about his profession in Chinese.  We wish him the best!  You can too here.

 

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25 things you didn’t know about italki – 2014 Infographic

January 6th, 2015 | Posted by Iker in announcement | Language Challenge - (Comments Off on 25 things you didn’t know about italki – 2014 Infographic)
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2014 is over , and we have prepared an infographic that shows 25 interesting statistics about language learning at italki during the past year.

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27 years of language lessons hours!!!  Well done italki students!

If you want to kick-start your language learning in 2015, just 20 hours are enough with the italki language challenge. Don’t forget to sign up for yourself and check what other students have to say about previous challenges.

Do you like the infographic? Share it on your site!

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See Who’s Taking this Year’s Challenge

If you are taking this year’s challenge we’re giving away 50 free ITC if you make a video challenge pledge. 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.  So use peer pressure to your advantage!  So help out your fellow language learners participating in the challenge!  Leave them words of encouragement on their notebook entries!  And don’t forget to sign up for yourself, and get 2015 of to a great start!

Cassie from Australia is learning French
She has been learning French for 12 months at University so far, though she has had little opportunity to speak French and practice her listening skills.  So despite facing the concurrent challenge of raising children, she will be taking the New Year’s challenge to continue to improve her French! Provide advice and support on her notebook.

David Jackson from the UK is learning Mandarin 
After going to Taiwan he became inspired to learn the language.  He would love to spend more time in Taiwan and also hopes to be able to converse with his girlfriend in Chinese.  While speaking a little already, he hopes to make great strides over the coming 2 months! Help David out by commenting on his notebook.

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So… in the spirit of giving, we’re offering this bonus again to help you complete the Challenge!

If you’ve signed up for the italki 2015 New Year’s Language 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?

Youtube video:

Youku video:

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