Get Your Head in the Game: 2014 World Cup of Languages Contest! Posted by meaghan on Jun 9, 2014 in Company News, Events, Language Learning
Imagine if the Super Bowl lasted an entire month, featured teams from every corner of the globe, received more than 3 billion views worldwide, and only came around once every four years.
That, friends, is the FIFA World Cup™, with less American “football” and a whole lot more fútbol. Even if you aren’t a fan of the sport, there’s plenty to love about the World Cup. Much like the Olympics, it is an unparalleled opportunity to put aside political and social differences, root for your home team, and explore another country and culture. And when that country is Brazil, what’s not to love? Olé! This international pageant of athleticism is also a celebration of excellence, passion, unity, and tradition on a global scale.
That’s why we’re hosting our own 2014 World Cup of Languages Contest! We want to bring language lovers from around the world together and give you the chance to support your favorite language, start learning a new one, and have fun doing it…for free!
We’re kickin’ it World Cup style (pun so intended). 32 languages have qualified for this year’s World Cup of Languages, broken in to the Groups shown below. During our Multilingual Madness tournament, we simply had you vote for your favorite languages. This time around, we’re kickin’ it up a notch (gosh, we’re so punny!) In the World Cup of Languages, your job is to score points for a language by learning it! Here’s how it’ll work:
Starting Wednesday 6/11, you will see a form at the bottom of this blog post. Fill out the form to receive an e-mail with further instructions on how to access a free account in Transparent Language Online for the duration of the competition!
Once you’ve logged in to your free account, the game begins! You will have full access to all of our Transparent Language Online learning materials in any of the 32 qualifying languages. For every minute you spend logged in and learning a language, that specific language will receive 1 point! At the end of the Group Stage, the 2 languages from each Group with the most points will move on to the Round of 16, and the process starts over. The surviving Group members will face those of other Groups, bracket-style, in the same setup of the FIFA World Cup™ schedule. If your language is still in the running, you can keep on learning and scoring points for your team! If your language was eliminated, you can add a new one to your account and keep playing along in support of another team.
- Group Stage: Thursday 6/12—Friday 6/27
- Round of 16: Saturday 6/28—Wednesday 7/2
- Quarter-Finals: Thursday 7/3—Monday 7/7
- Semi-Finals: Tuesday 7/8—Friday 7/11
- Finals: Saturday 7/12—Sunday 7/13
- Winner declared on Monday 7/14!
So, the winning language is determined by most minutes logged by you, our lovely language learners! But how do we pick a contest winner? When signing up, you’ll be able to make your prediction of which language will win this year’s World Cup of Languages. Make sure you pick wisely, because we’ll be selecting an individual winner from the pool of entrants who guessed correctly! (Note that you can predict a winning language, but choose to learn a different language during the competition. Because, let’s be serious, sometimes you just know your home team isn’t going to win the whole thing!)
What’s up for grabs, here? The winner will receive an extended 6-month subscription to Transparent Language Online in the language of their choice, as well as one free 90-minute Transparent Connect tutoring session in the language of their choice!
So, bookmark this page, tell your friends, and start stretching! Head back here on Wednesday 6/11 to fill out the form and receive all of the instructions you’ll need to get going! Happy language learning, World Cup entrants, and may the odds be ever in your language’s favor!