Are you studying a language? Do you have friends who might be interested in italki?
We’re writing to tell you we have relaunched our referral program so you can earn (and learn) when you refer a friend.

How do I earn credits through the Referral Program?

You can earn 200 ITC (equal to 20 USD), when one of your friends signs up to italki and purchases over 400 ITC. Follow these basic steps to get the word out!

  1. Simply go to the italki referral page (, where you will receive a unique URL.
  2. Share your unique URL with your friends by email, Facebook, Twitter or any other channel.
  3. When someone clicks on the link you provided, and continues to purchase 400 ITC, you will receive 200 ITC in your student account….free!!!! It doesn’t matter if the user purchases ITC much later.
  4. Send your link to as many of your friends as you like.
  5. Terms and conditions apply, so please check the italki Referral page for more details.

By simply inviting your friends to the leading language learning platform on the web, you can earn ITC Credits to help YOU improve your foreign language skills! italki Credits that you receive through the referral program can be used to pay for Community Tutors or Professional Teachers. Refer your friends and start studying now!

For any questions about our the referral program, please email us at We’ll be happy to help you out.

italki Raises Angel Financing

August 2nd, 2012 | Posted by editor in announcement - (0 Comments)

We’re delighted to announce that we’ve raised a new round of angel funding to help more language learners connect with teachers around the world!

Over the past few years, we have been working hard to improve the website, and expand the italki community. We have now brought over 900,000 students and teachers together for language teaching, language exchanges, and community services. What’s most encouraging for us is that every month more and more students sign up to take online lessons. As we move into this next phase of italki, we are planning many improvements, including new partnerships with content publishers like Oxford University Press. We’re also planning to expand into mobile to allow language learners to study and connect on-the-go!

This milestone is also an opportunity for us to thank all of you — the italki community — for all of your support in creating this fantastic learning platform. We look forward to making italki an even better place for you to learn a language.

Read the text of the official press release.

The italki Team

Are you interested in getting online language lessons or speaking practice? We’ve made some important updates to the website that we hope will make it easier to find a teacher that suits your needs!

We are separating our Language Teachers into Community Tutors and Professional Teachers. Secondly, we will divide the services which are provided into formal Language Lessons, Speaking Practice, and Language Exchange.

What has changed?

* We’ve made a new menu for the website that will make it easier to pick a service – Language Lessons, Speaking Practice, Language Exchange (and of course Answers, Notebook, and Groups)
* We have new profiles for Users, Teachers, and Tutors. Now you can make it clearer what you’re looking for, whether it is a Chinese language exchange partner or a teacher to practice English.
* We have a simplified rating system for teachers
* We have made it easier to contact other users, particularly teachers and tutors

What Teacher Service should I choose?

If you wish to just focus on speaking practice or getting help on your homework, then you can take a session with our Community Tutors. A Community Tutor is generally a native speaker of the language, but does not work as a teacher or have formal training as a teacher. A Community Tutor is great for people who are already taking lessons offline, or are intermediate / advanced level. Many Community Tutors also prepare in-depth lessons like Professional Teachers.

Professional Teachers are able to give formal language lessons, and teach you how to learn all aspects of a foreign language. Professional teachers are trained in a teaching method, and can provide a structured approach to learning. Professional Teachers are necessary for beginner level students, and are a faster way to progress for advanced and intermediate level students.

For any questions about these upcoming changes, please check out the italki support forum or email

We’re always trying to improve italki, and we’ve recently made a few important changes. Here’s they are:

New Friend Relationships
We’re changing how friends are handled on italki to an asymmetrical system. You’re probably already familiar with this type of relationship through services like Twitter, Weibo, and Google Plus.

What this means that you can “follow” anyone’s updates. When the other person follows you back, then it’s just like the old “friends” or “language partners” relationship. When you’re both connected, you’ll be able to write messages and chat with each other.

We made this change to simplify our previous system, which had aspects of both symmetrical and asymmetrical systems. Don’t worry — all of your existing friends will automatically transition to the new system. We think the system, in particular, will benefit new users who may have a hard time getting connected with people.

Inbox Messages
We’ve also changed our inbox to be less like email, and more like a chat conversations. This should make it easier to pick up where you left off in your conversations. It should also help us transition to a more robust chat system in the future.

We hope these updates (and smaller ones we haven’t mentioned) will make italki easier and more fun for you to use. What we’ve learned is that italki is not a traditional social network, and language partners are not your typical “friends”. Your language partners on italki almost always start off as strangers. Moreover, language partners share a complementary interest. This is the basis for language exchanges, and the relationship between teachers and students for language teaching.

As always, we’re interested to hear what you think. Please send your ideas and suggestions to We’re going to have more changes coming up, so stay in touch!

The italki Team

恭喜发财! We want to wish everyone a happy and prosperous Year of the Dragon!

For our users, thanks for being part of our language learning community. We believe you are what makes italki a great place to learn a foreign language. By making friends, sharing your culture, learning a language, and helping people with your native language, you are making the italki community (and the world!) a better place.

The italki Team