Congratulations, winners of the italki October challenge!
This event was record-breaking in italki history, with the highest number of participants ever!
This was a short and intense challenge, where we asked you if you could have 12 hours of language learning in the space of just one month. A huge number of you have taken up the challenge.
In all, over 53% of the participants have completed the October challenge.
Of the total number of participants, 2.6% were professional teachers, and 9.6% were community tutors.
How did the language education professionals match up?
You’d be surprised to know that more community tutors have completed the challenge than professional teachers did! Whereas the professional teachers had a rate of 50% (right around the overall average completion percentage of 53%), the community tutors have completed the challenge at the rate of 58%! Congratulations! That is impressive.
The challenge included people from countries all over the world, learning languages like Cebuano, Afrikaans, Catalan, Hebrew, Polish, and dozens of others. Many languages had only a handful dedicated students, and often these language groups had a challenge completion rate of 100%.
The most popular languages studied in the October challenge:
- English: 23.24% of the participants took most of their sessions to learn English
- Spanish: 16.70%
- French: 7.85%
- Chinese: 7.04%
- Russian: 5.43%
- Japanese: 4.73%
- German: 4,33%
- Italian: 4.23%
- Korean: 2.52%
- Portuguese: 2.52%
We have also learned how important social encouragement is in any difficult undertaking:
Posting a Public Video Pledge Really Helps!
Of those who have posted a public video pledge, 83% completed the challenge. We had a lot of challengers who made one here and here and here as well.
Even if some didn’t quite make it, a huge 93% have completed at least 6 hours of language instruction during the month of October.
We are still finalizing results, and will be sending out an e-mail to the winners soon.
In the meantime, should you have any issues, questions, or concerns – please write to us: firstname.lastname@example.org