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A New Learning Challenge for 2013!

January 6th, 2013 | Posted by ross in announcement | promotion - (0 Comments)

Hey language learners, make 2013 the year you learn a foreign language!
Don’t let this be another year of slow progress. No matter what level or language, we know you can make real progress at italki. In order to help you, we’re offering:

italki Language Challenge January 2013 in cooperation with OpenLanguage

ITALKI’S JANUARY 2013 LANGUAGE CHALLENGE

in partnership with OPENLANGUAGE

Take 10 sessions with an italki teacher in January

and receive 3 months of free language lessons from OpenLanguage.

If you are serious about learning a language, this is a fantastic opportunity to get live one-on-one lessons AND access to great language learning podcasts, PDFs, and study tools. After taking the language challenge, you will definitely make progress towards becoming fluent in 2013!

How hard is this to do?

Last November, we ran our first italki Language Challenge. Almost 80 students pledged to take 8 lessons in 2 weeks, and more than 60 students completed the challenge. That’s roughly 80% of the students who pledged who received the prize. The bottom line is that it’s all up to you!

Did it help people learn a language?

Don’t take our word for it. Here is what one student, Grant Macandrew, says:

“I have been taking weekly lessons for over a year and had already planned a trip to a language school in China in December. I had been considering several lessons a week in order to prepare for the class and this [the italki November Language Challenge] motivated me to do just that. The pressure of being ready for class plus the extra hours I spent with tutors has increased my Mandarin learning and I feel more confident in being ready for the upcoming classes. I will consider 2 to 3 lessons per week in the future with italki.”

If you are serious about learning a language, go to the January 2013 Language Challenge page. Take the pledge and learn a language this year!


Sign up for the January 2013 Language Challenge!


More about OpenLanguage:

We are delighted to be working with Openlanguage to provide this amazing prize for italki students who complete the Language Challenge. OpenLanguage is designed for busy people, and allows students to learn a new language on their computer, tablet, smartphone, or even smart TV. OpenLanguage offers lessons in English, Spanish, French, Russian, Arabic and Italian.

i love italki Facebook Competition!

December 10th, 2012 | Posted by ross in announcement | event | promotion - (0 Comments)

The i love italki Facebook Competition

Congratulations to Giane Rosa, Artika Werian and Leyla Bittieva who were the winners in our “I Love italki” Facebook Competition. Each won 20 usd worth of language lessons on italki!

If you didn’t win this time, don’t worry, because we will be launching new competitions on a regular basis on our Facebook page. If you haven’t joined the Official italki Facebook page yet, make sure to do so now!

New Position at italki: Online Community Advocate

November 27th, 2012 | Posted by ross in announcement - (0 Comments)

Update: This position has been filled as of January, 2013.

As italki continues to grow, and we look to support our students and teachers better, we will be recruiting a new Online Community Advocate for our office in Shanghai.

For interested parties, please email your resume to ross at italki.com.

Introduction to the role: 
We are a fast-growing tech startup looking for a native English speaker who would like to be part of an exciting, yet relaxed working environment. We need someone who is focused, motivated & responsible with strong communications skills & who is ready to work now.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following: 
Engaging with the italki online Community
Responding to English emails and enquiries from italki teachers and students
Managing social networking channels – Facebook, Twitter
Writing for newsletters, website, PR, advertising
Co-ordination and implementation of direct mail and email campaigns
Assisting in other general marketing initiatives

Minimum Requirements: 
Outgoing personality
Very strong English communication skills
Good organisational and planning skills
Experience in community management, customer service
Experience in marketing and communications
Interested in technology, language learning

Preferred Qualifications: 
2+ years work experience
BA in marketing and communications
Mandarin Chinese