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Writing Your Way to Fluency

October 24th, 2013 | Posted by ross in tips | Writing - (Comments Off on Writing Your Way to Fluency)

Guest Post by Allison VanNest,


Even if your goal is just to be conversant in a new language, don’t neglect reading and writing in favor of speaking and listening. These four aspects of language acquisition all work together to forge new pathways in your brain. Incorporate daily writing practice into your routine to learn faster. Here’s how:

Be Social. Find a writing buddy who speaks the language you are learning, and offer to trade writing samples. italki’s notebook feature allows you to post short pieces of writing for correction by a community of native speakers. It’s a social way of learning that helps you develop your language skills at your own pace.


At italki, we love to support language projects, and our friend, Brian Kwong, is running a fantastic language challenge, called the +1 Challenge!

As part of the +1 Challenge, one of the cool things he is doing is a Youtube video, which needs the help of our beloved Japanese teachers on italki, check out the message from Brian [in English and Japanese]:


The New Language Challenge is Here!

August 15th, 2013 | Posted by ross in Language Challenge - (Comments Off on The New Language Challenge is Here!)


When you’re learning a language, sometimes you need an upcoming overseas holiday or a newfound love to push you to study. While we can’t help you with your travel plans or love life, we can give your language learning a jumpstart with our italki Language Challenge!


Complete 20 lessons by the end of September and win 30 USD in language credits!

This is italki’s third language challenge, and this time, we are giving you not 2 weeks, not 4 weeks, but 6 WHOLE WEEKS to complete your lessons on italki. On completion of the 20 lessons, we will give you 30 USD for language lessons. Most important, you will have improved your language skills. Nothing beats learning and winning at the same time. (more…)

The Next italki Language Challenge is Coming…. Are You Ready?

August 13th, 2013 | Posted by ross in Language Challenge | Motivation - (Comments Off on The Next italki Language Challenge is Coming…. Are You Ready?)

When you are learning a language, you need an extra push now and again. That’s why we are launching our 3rd italki Language Challenge!

Here’s Sam, our Community Manager, to give you a quick rundown of what the Challenge entails!

To be notified once the Challenge begins, please go here.
You will be able to Pledge to enter the Challenge from August 15th, 2013 onwards.

Job Opening at italki: Marketing Copywriter

July 16th, 2013 | Posted by ross in announcement - (Comments Off on Job Opening at italki: Marketing Copywriter)

italki is continuing to grow at lightning speed, and in order to support our 1million+ student community, we are looking to grow our Marketing team. If you are interested in joining one of the coolest edtech companies around, then read on!

Introduction to the role:

We are seeking an English speaker who is very strong in written communications for this position. We are a fast-growing tech startup looking for an individual who wants to be part of an exciting, yet relaxed working environment. We need someone who is focused, motivated & responsible with proper communications skills & who is ready to work now.

The position is based in Shanghai, China. Candidates from other locations need not apply.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following: