iTalki recently announced their New Year’s Language Challenge recently to inspire fellow language learners to commit to their learning goals but scheduling sessions with various tutors. Empowering your speaking skills by regularly meeting with a tutor to constantly build a solid foundation so you can eventually achieve fluency through your perseverance.
But Aren’t Language Tutors Expensive?
They don’t have to be. You can easily find tutors on iTalki for a cheap price who are more than willing to help you level up in the language of your choice. I found a Japanese language tutor for only $6 (convert currency)! Which is actually really cheap compared to what many other tutors might be charging. You also get the option of choosing between a community tutor (which is what I am) and doing professional lessons.
Community Tutor Or Professional Lessons?
What’s the difference between these two options? A community tutor is someone who speaks your target language natively or fluently but don’t have a language certification or a degree in education or teaching the target language as their profession. Whereas, professional lessons are done by those who have specific qualifications in that particular language and have been trained to teach it to foreigners. Therefore, their lessons will be more organised and have structured lessons and materials to accompany their unique teaching method. I also noticed that community tutors tend to be more cheaper than having professional lessons. Keep that in mind when choosing lessons.
So which one should you choose?
It’s really up to you and how you want to go about strengthening your language skills with these tutors. If you’re looking for informal conversation with a native/fluent speaker who doesn’t necessary have a set lesson plan and could assist with your specific needs, then choosing a community tutor would be more beneficial to you.
However, if you crave structure and want to have a more organised way of learning your target language then professional lessons would be a great option for you.
Experiment with various different methods is a great way to discover what works for you personally when it comes to learning languages. You want to try both lessons from community tutors and tutors with professional lessons to determine which is going to the most beneficial on your journey to fluency.
Doing a language challenge will keep your motivation stimulated by holding yourself accountable throughout the duration of the challenge. Arranging to meet with native speakers on a regular basis via Skype is an excellent way to demonstrate your determination to keep going until you achieve fluency in the language. With the #Add1Language challenge exploding to keep language learners motivated, why not do the same with iTalki Language Challenge?
Whenever I hear someone say that they’re giving up on learning their target language, I know one of the reasons for is due to their lack of motivation and dedication to the language! If one of your New Year’s Resolutions (Happy Belated New Year’s by the way 😀 ) is to develop your language skills in a new language, then taking the iTalki Challenge is just what your need to conquer those language plateaus.
How Does It Work?
You pledge $10 (convert currency) and take 20 lessons with a community tutor or professional teacher. Which means that you take at least 3 lessons per week. If you complete your lessons, you get your $10 back plus $30 of iTalki credits. I think that’s a great initiative to persist with your language studies, don’t you think?
Where Do I Sign Up?
You can sign up here: iTalki New Year’s Language Challenge It begins in 5 days so make sure that if you would like to participate in this invaluable challenge that you sign up as soon as possible. The deadline is January 31st.
Have you done the iTalki Challenge before and how did it help your improve your language abilities?