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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This is a guest blog post from our friends at Lingua.ly.  We love this app as it turns your mobile phone into a language learning experience. Download the Lingua.ly Android App.  Reposted with permission.  Here is the original blog link.

5 Things to Keep in Mind When Listening in a Second or Foreign Language

 

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Listening is harder than reading– a sentiment shared by language learners around the world. In fact, one of the greatest fears of the language student is using a phrase correctly and being unable to handle the onslaught of native speaker speech received as a response. So, why is it that spoken language seems so difficult to process in comparison to the written word and what can a learner do to improve comprehension? Read on to find out!

1. Listening happens in real-time
Unlike with reading, listening forces you to process language as it is delivered. That means you don’t have an opportunity to pause the activity to look up a word in the dictionary. But it’s important not to panic, as this conscious monitoring of the listening process can cause you to miss the rest of what is being said as well. Learn to relax your brain and keep your mind open until the listening text comes to a natural pause.

2. Listening doesn’t mean you hear every word
Listening is something we do naturally and many people don’t realise that even in our native tongues we don’t necessarily register every word someone says. Instead we pick up on keywords which give us the information we need to make inferences about who, when, where and most importantly what we are listening to. So listen for the big picture words and let your brain fill in the rest. (more…)

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In our last language challenge, we found that:

85% of the Challengers who actually put up a Public Video Pledge actually completed the Challenge (compared to only 48% of those who did not).  (See the previous Challenge Review)

So… we’re offering this bonus again to help you complete the Challenge!

(and also because we’re cool like that!)

If you’ve signed up for the 2014 italki World Cup 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?

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