Author Archives: Samuel Bleakly

Teacher of the Week: Melissa

April 17th, 2013 | Posted by Samuel Bleakly in teachers - (0 Comments)

Hi Everyone!!!

Congratulations to Melissa our new teacher of the week.

A professional teacher with 11 years experience teaching all ages; Melissa teaches French, Spanish, English and Nepali.

In this  introduction video she speaks all of them!

When you’re ready to book a lesson with her, visit her profile by clicking here : http://www.italki.com/teacher/1168195

This awesome video of Benny from Fluent in 3 Months, (speaking polish after one hour of practice!) features one of italki’s very own Professional Teachers; Ewelina.

Ewelina  has 38 students and 306 completed sessions.

Watch the video and book a lesson with her by visiting her profile here.

Google VOX – Translator Voice Box Announced

April 1st, 2013 | Posted by Samuel Bleakly in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Reuters -

Google Inc. of Palo Alto, CA has unveiled plans for a new invention at South By Southwest Music and Arts Festival. Called “Google VOX”, the device will be able to translate languages in real time, eliminating the need for interpreters completely.

Sarah Newtown, a Swedish interpreter for the United Nations was skeptical about the device, “You cannot replace a human being with an automated system, there are too many contextual references that a computer will not be able to decode or interpret.  I don’t think anyone in the interpretation community views this as a serious threat.”

Google Scientists are also determining the possibility of matching the sounds of animals to feelings, allowing your dogs and cats to talk to you through a limited vocabulary.  In theory, the device would yell “HUNGRY” if the dog’s pitch matched that of the sound it makes when it is hungry, and it would also yell “Outside!”  if the dog wanted to use the bathroom.

Google has not given a projected release date.

 

Edit: April Fools.

Weekly Facebook Contest: Win $20 of Language Credit

March 25th, 2013 | Posted by Samuel Bleakly in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Hi italki,

Sam here again!

This week we are back again with another mini contest on Facebook, where you could win $20 of learning credit.

The contest is pinned to the top of the italki facebook page.  We will be having weekly facebook contests for learning credit on our facebook page.

http://www.facebook.com/italkilanguages

Simply visit the facebook page, and share the video by clicking the share button, then message us and let us know you did it!

Good Luck!

Music for Learning French and Spanish

March 24th, 2013 | Posted by Samuel Bleakly in media | Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Hi Guys!

This week we have a special treat for all of our language students learning French or Spanish.

Here are two playlists of songs to help you practice listening and singing:

 

We hope you have fun listening to these.  Let us know if there is a suggestion you have for a good playlist idea.