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bank transfer2As of today, italki can now accept bank transfer as a form of payment to buy italki Credits or marketplace products like the SpeakEng English course.  italki can accept bank transfers from about 60 countries worldwide. This can be helpful for some users that don’t have access to other forms of payment like credit cards or Paypal. In short, users can now go to their bank and make a purchase by doing a domestic bank transfer to a designated account.

In general, the process works like this.
When you go to purchase italki credits, you will have a new option labeled bank transfer.

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After you select bank transfer, you will be asked to confirm the amount of italki credit to purchase, and which country is your bank in. The designated bank account will be different depending on the country, and this helps keep the bank transfer fees very low.

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Then you will be taken to a screen that will show you the information you will need to transfer the money. This information will include the bank name, city, payee, SWIFT Code, country, and account number. Crucially it will also include a “Reference Number”. It is crucial that you include the Reference Number when you transfer the funds. This will ensure that your account on italki is credited properly.

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With this information you should be able to do an online transfer from your bank’s website or go there in-person to transfer the money.

If you have any questions, you can check our help section on bank transfers.

We hope offering more payment options will allow more of our users to participate in the italki marketplace. If there’s a specific form of payment you would like to see on italki, please leave a comment or email feedback at italki dot com.

Sweepstakes: The Great English Giveaway

September 7th, 2009 | Posted by Toffler in announcement | event | marketplace - (6 Comments)

SpeakENG girlWe are helping people learn English by giving away twenty (20) 1-Month subscriptions to SpeakENG Online English Course!  So if you’re learning English, now is your chance to grab more English training for free.

SpeakENG is an online course for learning English, and any italki member can win a 1-Month Subscription just by replying to this group post! The SpeakENG program includes access to the Online Course for a full month, plus a 15 minute session with Eleutian’s certified ESL teachers.


What you need to do to enter the sweepstakes:

1) Log on to or join if you’re not already a member.

2) Go to The Great English Giveaway group post

3) Read the rules, and then reply to the post with three things:

  • How you found out about italki
  • Why you’re learning English
  • A funny or embarrassing English mistake you have made

4) That’s it!

The contest will begin on September 8, 2009 at 12:01 am China Standard Time, and will end on September 20, 2009 at 11:59 pm China Standard Time.  italki will choose the winner before September 30th.  Full contest details are available here.

If you’re looking for other products to help you learn English, check out the italki Marketplace.

Good luck!

adam-jackson-2009We’re excited to announce that italki has a new advisor — serial entrepreneur Adam Jackson (blog, twitter:@adamjacksonsf).  Jackson is the founder of venture-backed, as well as MarketSquare, which was eventually acquired by Intuit. Adam also invests in and advises other Silicon Valley startups.  Helping us will be his first overseas advisory role.

About Adam Jackson:

  • Adam specializes in consumer internet companies, and has founded three companies.
  • Founder of venture-backed Driverside helps people make better decisions about owning and maintaining their car.
  • Founder of MarketSquare, a company to help consumers find locally produced products. Acquired by StepUp Commerce, which in turn was acquired by Intuit (INTU) in 2006.
  • Advises Incentalign, Inc., a company which supports sales team optimization.
  • Adam graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in Computer Science and Economics.

We’re excited to have Adam on our board of advisors, along with Porter Erisman and Tom Soohoo. We are a young company, and we really value the advice and help we get from these experienced entrepreneurs.

The italki Team

Get an italki T-shirt!

August 31st, 2009 | Posted by Toffler in announcement - (Comments Off on Get an italki T-shirt!)

zazzle tshirtHave you ever wanted a shirt featuring the italki pink?  Problem solved!

italki has a store at where you can customize tees and other products with the italki logo and the language you’re studying.  You can tell the world how much you love italki and what language you’re learning.  For example, one of our shirts says 我学习中文在 italki (which means “I’m studying Chinese at italki”).

Check out our storefront and start shopping now!  In fact, I think its time I start stocking up for winter and I really like the black italki sweatshirt…

New Translation System (Crowdsourced!)

August 26th, 2009 | Posted by Toffler in announcement | feature - (3 Comments)

Today we updated our social translation system to make it easier for members to help translate italki into other languages.  The new system handles translation on a page-by-page basis. This way, if you see a bad translation, you can click the “Translate this page” button, and immediately submit a correction.


The “Translate this page” link is located in the upper right-hand corner. When you click on it, it will open a new window or tab.  By opening the translate page side-by-side with the original site, you can refer back to the original page to get better understanding of the context.


The translate page is broken into three sections.
1. Phrases that haven’t been translated yet
2. Phrases that have translations submitted
3. Phrases that have been locked.
If you start at the top, you can start translating by just typing in the box and hitting enter or by clicking “Submit”. Don’t worry if you see phrases that don’t seem to be on the page — those are phrases that might be useful for other users.


All the phrases that have at least one translation are listed in the second section. If you see a translation that could be improved, you can click on “vote / fix”. You should be able to see a list of submitted translations. You can vote on the submitted translations or submit a translation of your own.

One thing about crowdsourcing changes to a website is that there is a time delay before having a fully translated site. This is particularly true as we’ve made a lot of changes to the site in the past few months. As new features come online, more and more translations need to be updated. We realize that it is inconvenient to deal with a site that isn’t fully translated (or translated well), and we hope you’ll help us get the site ready in your language. We will periodically merge the changes to the main site.

Finally, since we are using English as the base language for the website, if you run into bad English on the site, please let us know through our feedback or through email (feedback at italki). We want to avoid having errors translated throughout the site.

Thanks again! We really believe that italki is a product of our community, so we want to thank you in advance for all of your help.

The italki team