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porter erisman
italki has a new advisor — Porter Erisman, former VP at Alibaba Group. While at Alibaba, Erisman help lead Alibaba to its position at the global leader in B2B commerce. italki hopes to benefit from Erisman’s extensive experience as we seek to follow in Alibaba’s footsteps and become the most well-known global player in online language learning.

About Porter Erisman:
• Until recently Porter was Vice President for Corporate Affairs with Alibaba Group.
• Porter spent eight years at Alibaba and played a leading role in the company’s global expansion.
• His previous roles within Alibaba Group include Vice President of International Marketing and Website Operations.
• Porter has a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Visit the italki Office!

October 24th, 2008 | Posted by Toffler in members - (Comments Off on Visit the italki Office!)

andrea and cesar
This week a couple of italki members from Venezuela came to visit us in our office in Shanghai. We introduced them around and had a great Spanish-English-Chinese conversation with them. It’s wonderful to meet italki members in person!

If any other italki members are planning to visit Shanghai, we encourage them to stop by our office in Xujiahui and have a look around. You are most welcome and we’d love to meet you all.

Thanks to Andrea and Cesar for coming over!

10 Things you shouldn’t do on italki

October 16th, 2008 | Posted by Toffler in members - (6 Comments)


In an effort to keep italki clean and focused on language learning and respectful cultural exchange, we’ve developed a list of 10 things you should not do on italki.  We’ve included some examples below so you know what we’re talking about and also what kinds of spam and scams to watch out for and to avoid.  We’re always trying to improve italki to make it more beneficial to language learners everywhere.  Thanks for your support.


 1) Ask inappropriate questions

 inappropriate questions

2) Send people you’ve never met love letter

 inappropriate letters