italki 2015 New Year’s Language Challenge Before and After Videos!

March 24th, 2015 | Posted by William in feature | Language Challenge | Learning English | Learning Japanese | Motivation - (Comments Off on italki 2015 New Year’s Language Challenge Before and After Videos!)

So, first of all we would like to thank everyone of you who have joined italki’s 2015 New Year’s Language Challenge. Whatever your reasons of learning languages, we hope that by doing this challenge you will have a consistent language learning habit throughout 2015!

Here are some of the best videos that we received for this challenge:

Josie from England/Sweden, and is part of our service team completed italki’s 2015 New Year Language Challenge

 I want to take this challenge because it will push me to actually study and to be persistent. I get very frustrated that I cannot communicate with the locals, and so taking part in this challenge will help me overcome that barrier.”  Her goal is to be able to talk with the Chinese person in the office about their interest and hobbies

Here is the public video pledge that she made before the challenge

And here is the video after challenge

Søren a.k.a. Koko The Polyglot from United States successfully completed the challenge:

He took German and Catalan for this time!

Soren is an awesome language learner as you can see how he improved during the short period of time, and this is also his third time joining italki’s language challenge! Below is the video of how he improved his German and Catalan!

Soren posted a public video pledge when he began the challenge

Soren’s after the challenge video

Cassie from Australia has successfully completed italki’s New Year’s Language Challenge

She took French for 23 hours during the last 6 weeks!

Cassie actually have learned French for 12 months as an exchange students. However, she didn’t get much experience to speak the language.

She posted her public video pledge before she started the challenge

Cassie’s awesome improvement video after 6 weeks and 23 hours of French

Benjamin Bruce from United States has successfully completed the 2015 italki’s 2015 New Year’s Language Challenge

He took Korean lesson for the last 6 weeks

Since his place is almost like a Korean town, as a language enthusiast learning Korean is one of his goal. But, for this challenge he set a higher bar, not only for the basic of the language, but also being able to understand and to have a casual conversation in Korean

A public video pledge that Benjamin posted before he started the challange

Below is the result after 6 weeks of Korean

Helga Gvovdeva From Russia completed the italki’s 2015 New Year’s Language Challange

She committed to take at least 3 courses per week. Moreover, she also took classes for Spanish, Italian, and Japanese. Even greater, she didn’t even know anything for Japanese!

Below is her public video pledge before the  challenge

Below is after the challenge

She said that after the challenge she felt much more confident, and in her opinion she should not be afraid to make mistakes.

We are totally agree that mistakes are something that everybody make. So, nothing to be afraid of! (more…)

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.

italki infographic 2014

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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italki wants to hear your stories about italki!

 

Dear italki members,

Have you learned a language on italki?  Have you met cool people, been to cool places, or found love on italki?

We want to hear from you what italki has enabled you to do.

The best stories will be made into illustrations/stories for users to learn language with.

 

Simply reply to this post with your story!

We’re very excited to hear what you have to say.

 

Sincerely,

Sam Bleakly

italki Community Manager

 

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with our italki mix tape

March 6th, 2013 | Posted by Samuel Bleakly in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with our italki mix tape)

Dear italki,

Sam here,  we’ve made an Irish mix tape for you to enjoy while you celebrate St. Patrick’s day.

Give it a listen and share it with your friends.

Sincerely,

Sam Bleakly

italki Community Manager