What is the Italki Language Challenge?
Italki is an online language learning platform where you can schedule one-to-one skype-based lessons with online teachers and/or other language learners.
From time to time, Italki run a language challenge the aim of which is to inspire you to keep focused and motivated with your language learning.
This particular challenge is just a short, one-month challenge aimed at giving your language a quick boost!
The rules of the challenge are simple:
1. I pledge to take 12 hours of lessons during the month of October. This equates to about three, one-hour lessons per week (which Italki consider to be the minimum for learning a language).
2. At the end of the challenge, if I complete my lessons, I will receive money from Italki in the form of credits which I can use on Italki to book more lessons.
Why should I take the Italki Language Challenge?
Because I’m feeling a little frustrated with my language learning right now. I’ve been learning Spanish for nearly 2 years and I have just returned from 3 weeks in Spain without hardly speaking a word of Spanish, except for when ordering drinks and food in a café.
The reason for this is because firstly, my husband, Bob, and my English friends who live in Spain don’t speak Spanish, and secondly, because my Spanish friends speak pretty good English. So we only speak English.
In fact I speak more Spanish when I’m in the UK (with my tutors on Italki) than I do when I’m actually in Spain. This has got to change!
The Italki Language Challenge is just what I need to give my language learning a boost and improve my confidence. It couldn’t have come at a better time!
I’ve set myself 4 SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-bound) mini goals, one for each week of the challenge, and will make a video at the beginning and end of the challenge so that I can see if, or how much, I’ve improved. Hopefully I will have improved quite a bit after 12 hours of speaking practice!
Here are my 4 Mini Goals:
My overall aim is to improve my knowledge of verb tenses so that I can use them more easily when speaking and to learn a few idioms so that I sound more like a native speaker.
Goal for week 1. Write and recite a short story in Spanish using the present perfect and imperfect tenses;
Goal for week 2. Use the imperative tense in 10 sentences;
Goal for week 3. Talk about a trip to Spain, using the future tense and then the imperfect and preterite;
Goal for week 4. Learn and recite 10 idiomatic expressions.
That’s it. Only two days to go before the Italki challenge begins so must go and book my lessons right away!