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We just wanted to note that italki now accepts JCB credit cards. JCB (Japan Credit Bureau) is similar to Visa or Mastercard, and is widely used in Japan and other countries, including South Korea, China, Taiwan, and the United States. You’ll see the JCB option when you go to purchase italki Credits (ITC). We hope this makes it easier to purchase language products and services on italki.
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It seems a number of people are still not familiar with the Language Marketplace, including how to choose a good teacher, and how much it costs to learn online. We have a few tutorial videos (English, Español, Deutsch, Italiano, and Français) explaining how the Language Teachers section works. But for those of you who prefer the text form, here’s another explanation.
Click on Language Teachers in the left-hand navigation box.
First, choose your search criteria:
Teaches: Choose the language you’re looking to study. This lists the language the teacher will teach you.
Professional Teacher / Language Tutor: Do you need a teacher with professional teaching experience, or is a language tutor more suitable for your learning? More explanation of this here.
Native Speaker: Do you wish to learn from someone who speaks that language as their mother tongue? If you’re an advanced learner of the language, this may be more important to you than for beginners. Check this to find native speaking teachers of the language you’re learning.
Free Trial Available: If you want to have a trial session with the teacher before you pay for lessons, mark this option and you will only be shown teachers who offer Free Trial. (You must have ITC in your account to be a Free Trial.)
Price (ITC per hour): If you only want to be shown teachers who fit within your budget, you may select it here. ITC are italki’s internal currency, known as italki Credits or ITCs. US$1 = 10ITC.
Then click Browse to search by your specified criteria.
Second, after your new personalized list has loaded, choose which order in which you want to view the matching teachers.
Ratings: Sorts from highest to lowest (none) the level of positive feedback ratings the teacher has received from other italki students. Shown by 1-5 Gold Stars. More details here in our FAQ.
Price: Sorts from lowest to highest price in ITC per hour. ITC are not US$. 1 ITC equals US$0.1
Once you find a few teachers that match your criteria and interests, click on their picture or name to few their profile. Here you can learn more about them, check their availability schedule, and book a session with them.
Learning online is very quick, easy, and affordable. Get started today!
We wanted to let everyone know that September will be the last chance to purchase the SpeakENG 1-Year Online Course for $16 USD. We’ve been offering the 1-year course at this very, very low price as a promotion. While we’re happy to say that it has generated a lot of interest, we’re sorry to say that this promotion is coming to an end!
So this is your last chance to purchase the 1-Year SpeakENG Online Course for $16 USD!
If you know anyone who is studying English, please tell them to join italki and purchase it soon! The price for the same package starting in October will be $40 USD! Don’t miss out on this great opportunity!
If you don’t know much about the SpeakENG Online Course, you can read the description here. It’s important to remember that SpeakENG has two main parts:
1) Online Course: Multimedia lessons, English exercises, grammar explanations, roleplaying games, and much more. The courses run from beginner levels to advanced.
2) One-on-One Tutoring with a professional American teacher: Included with the 1-year online course is a 15 minute session with a professional US teacher. The teacher can answer any questions the student may have, in addition to structuring a one-on-one live teaching course. Students are encouraged to purchase additional teaching sessions.
Here is a sample video of what a SpeakENG online course looks like:
You can also view a short sample of a one-on-one tutoring session here.
We hope people studying English will take advantage of this promotional pricing! It is really a tremendous value that is hard to compare with.
Also, it’s the last chance to register for our sweepstakes the Great English Giveaway. We’re giving away 20 SpeakENG 1-month Online Courses, and all you have to do is post in that group. We’ll be choosing the winners on Monday. Go post now, and if you don’t win next week — make sure you purchase SpeakENG by the end of the month!
The italki team
We 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 italki.com or join if you’re not already a member.
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.
We’re excited to announce that we’ve now started accepting payments through cashU. cashU is a popular payment service that is used in many countries where credit card payments are not accepted. In the Middle East, for example, credit cards are not often used online due to fraud and security concerns. However, cashU has payment options such as prepaid scratch cards that are a secure method for handling online payments.
Roughly 15% of italki users come from the Middle East, and we hope that by expanding their payment options that more users will be able to participate in the language marketplace.We believe that the potential market is all of these regions is immense, especially when compared with offline learning options. For example, we believe being able to learn English with online courses for $16 USD / year, and with professional online teachers, could radically change the language education market.
cashU is part of the Maktoob Group, which operates one of the Arabic region’s leading portals (Maktoob.com). cashU is offered in 28 countries around the world, including the Middle East, China and some European countries.
We’re planning to add more payment options in the near future, and we’ll let you know about those here on the blog.
Arabic Press Release (PDF)
The italki team