Introducing italki Articles!

April 4th, 2014 | Posted by Jim in announcement | teachers | tips - (0 Comments)

articlesWe’re happy to announce our newest feature –  italki Articles!  

italki Articles are cultural and language learning tips which have been exclusively written by italki teachers and language learning enthusiasts for the italki language learning community.

We’ve got thousands of italki teachers on italki teaching all the world’s languages.

Many of our teachers have some great language learning tips and advice that they’ve accumulated over years of teaching their language.

Many of our teachers are also great writers.

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Notifications Upgrades!

April 3rd, 2014 | Posted by Jim in announcement - (0 Comments)

At italki, we’re constantly making new improvements to the website. We add new features and make bug fixes all the time. Most of the time these changes go relatively un-noticed unless they are big new features like Instant Tutoring. But once in a while, there are some small improvements that will make a big difference to our users.

Our latest improvement, unified notifications will make everyone’s experience on italki much better.  We’ve organized all those random little notifications and “bubbles” that you would normally get and now present these notifications in order of importance and urgency. You’ll now know what’s important and what needs to be acted on.

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Congratulations to everyone who participated in our 2014 italki New Year’s Language Challenge!  This was our largest Language Challenge to date with hundreds of Challengers learning more than 30+ languages on italki!

We had representation from Challengers from over 50 countries all over the world!

Language Challenge Results 

Here’s a quick summary of the Language Challenge results!

The Language Challenge is Completely Achievable!

  • Out of the hundreds of Language Challenge participants, just under 50% (48%) completed the Challenge!  Is this Language Challenge too easy?!?
  • Out of the Language Challenge Winners 40% actually completed more than 30 sessions or more!
  • Instant Tutoring significantly helped many of the Challengers finish the Challenge! 

If you really want to improve your Language ability, the Language Challenge works! 

In just 6-weeks many of our Language Challenge participants went from zero language ability to fluency! Some of our Challengers were so happy with their results that they submitted videos of their speaking ability before and after!  We were very impressed. Watch these before and after videos!

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John was one of our Challenge participants who was learning Portuguese because he is going to the World Cup in Brazil!  He pretty much started with ZERO Portuguese ability.  His improvement is absolutely amazing and inspiring!  Click here to view his before and after video.

Challengers who made a Public Video Pledge are more likely to complete the Challenge!

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We are happy to announce that our good friend and supporter, Benny Lewis, who writes a very well known blog called Fluent in 3 months, has just released his new book - Fluent in 3 Months: How Anyone at Any Age Can Learn to Speak Any Language from Anywhere in the World! Benny has been an italki user for a while now and uses italki regularly to learn new languages.  In fact, italki is mentioned in his new book as one of Benny’s go-to resources when learning a new language.

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We just wanted to support Benny in letting you all know that his book is now and has already hit the #1 spot in Language Learning on Amazon.com.   If you are serious about learning a language and want to know the real secrets of how to effectively learn a new language from a true Language Hacker whose entire life is dedicated to learning languages, you must buy this book!

Below is a description of his book (taken from his website): bennybookBenny Lewis, international language hacker and author of Fluent in 3 Months—the most popular language blog in the world—delivers an unconventional guide that allows readers to push past common barriers and start speaking from day one. You don’t learn a language—you get used to it. Self-taught polyglot and perhaps the world’s most beloved traveler, Benny Lewis is living proof that anyone, at any age, can learn to speak any language from anywhere in the world. Throughout his travels, Benny has developed faster, easier, and more efficient ways to learn languages, using techniques far different from traditional programs that focus on studying grammar and memorizing vocabulary. Fluent in 3 Months breaks down language-learning myths and replaces them with practical “language hacks” that take advantage of the skills we already possess: universal phrases, perceptive observation skills, and body language shortcuts. With Benny’s insight and proven methods, readers can master language immersion—without buying a plane ticket.

In the book learn about::

  • Why you definitely can learn any language, at any age, from anywhere in the world (no need to be a baby or pre-voting age, or buy a plane ticket!)
  • How to get from zero to fluency and on to mastery in a language
  • How to speak multiple languages and how to pass yourself off as a native speaker!

VIEW AN EXCERPT!

Click here to learn more and Buy the Book!

With Instant Tutoring you can get speaking practice with a teacher…instantly! Simply log on to italki, find a tutor, and start learning a foreign language right away! No more waiting!

Instant Tutoring Feedback

The past month we’ve been carefully gathering feedback from Student and Teachers about Instant Tutoring and wanted to ask the question, “How are students actually using Instant Tutoring?”

 

To answer this question, we turned to italki members to see how they are using it and here is what they said:

Instant Tutoring is great for getting a Teacher within Minutes:

watch“That was an excellent session, especially that it was an instant tutoring session and Polina didn’t have any time to prepare for the class. She met my needs as she adjusted to my level and learning style perfectly well. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!” - Ewelina

“This is my first time to have a instant session. Very good experience, book the lesson and then begin the lesson in a few minutes. Thank you Marie for the interesting lesson!” – eltonsong

“With this feature I can find 30 minutes at different points in my day and just use my smartphone.” – Luke

“Lauren is fantastic help if you need important text proofread! Available at the last minute (for “instant tutoring”) when I needed something last minute. A great chance to make your documents more professional and suitable for business/school as well as to learn a few things, as you see your recommended changes!” – Benny the irishpolyglot (more…)