Music for Learning French and Spanish

March 24th, 2013 | Posted by Samuel Bleakly in media | Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Music for Learning French and Spanish)

Hi Guys!

This week we have a special treat for all of our language students learning French or Spanish.

Here are two playlists of songs to help you practice listening and singing:


We hope you have fun listening to these.  Let us know if there is a suggestion you have for a good playlist idea.

Announcing An italki Podcast! Looking for guests and submissions.

February 26th, 2013 | Posted by Samuel Bleakly in media - (Comments Off on Announcing An italki Podcast! Looking for guests and submissions.)


We are excited to announce the italki “Culturecast”.

It is a weekly podcast dedicated to culture and language.  We will interview native speakers from the italki community and have them give us short informal language lessons.

Keep your eyes posted to the blog for our Pilot episode, which we will be posting on Sunday.


*We are also looking for great content.

If you have any ideas for content or would like to volunteer to be a guest on our podcast, email me at


Edukwest: Talking with Kirsten Winkler about italki

September 21st, 2009 | Posted by Kevin in media - (Comments Off on Edukwest: Talking with Kirsten Winkler about italki)

If you don’t know who Kirsten Winkler is, you really should. She is a professional language teacher who has become an expert in the field of online language education. Between her blog and her E-Teachers Academy and conferences, I think there are few people who understand the evolving space of online language education as well as she does. You could say Kirsten is the equivalent of techcrunch for online language learning.

One of her main projects is called Edukwest, and she has been interviewing a lot of inspiring people in the online language learning space. She asked to interview us at italki, and we gladly took the opportunity.

Here’s the direct page to the interview

And here’s that interview embedded (you’ll need a proxy to view it if you’re in China):

We covered a lot of topics in the interview, and one thing we hope that is clear is that it is an exciting time to be a startup in this area. The technology and the market is evolving very quickly, and we’re only just seeing the start of these new and potentially world-changing ideas. I believe everyone shares this core belief that technology can play a critical role in improving the old way of language learning. The impressive thing about Kirsten is that she has actually met and interviewed a lot of these people!

Again, if you want to know all the latest news, as well as engage in the latest debates about online language education, read Kirsten’s blog or follow her on twitter (@kirstenwinkler). And of course, you can also get involved and influence the shape of things to come just by commenting on a blog or sending emails!

Have you ever traveled to a country and wished that you had some local friends to help show you around and deal with the language? We’re experimenting with this idea for the China Travel 2.0 tour.

China Travel 2.0 is bringing a number of travel editors for a two-week trip through China in early June. Their trip will look at the changes China is undergoing and how technology plays a role in that, with a specific emphasis on technology’s affect on travel. When traveling internationally knowing another language is incredibly useful,  so when we were asked to help them learn Chinese, we were ready and willing!

While Shanghai and Beijing are relatively foreigner friendly, a little bit of travel Chinese can go a long way for enhancing the experience. Imagine not being able to express thanks (xiexie, 谢谢) or say that you don’t want to purchase that tourist trinket (don’t want, buyao, 不要). Specifically, italki is helping the travelers find Chinese teachers through our Language Marketplace. We’re also helping the travelers find friends in each of the cities they are visiting, so they can get a local perspective on the best things to experience.

When the tour returns to Shanghai, we’ll get our chance to meet the travelers: Craig, Linda, Donna, Julie, Janelle, Marina, and the team at Trip Films. We’ll be curious to hear all about their experience in China, and we hope they learn some Chinese along the way!

italki around the Web

April 19th, 2009 | Posted by Toffler in media - (3 Comments)

If you’re looking to connect with italki in places you already hang out around the web, you can view our social network profiles on these sites:

italki on Twitter – Follow Us!

italki Facebook Page – Become a Fan!

italki Facebook Application – Ask questions and connect to italki from Facebook!

italki Flickr Pictures – View pictures of the italki team and events

youtube italki videos on YouTube – Watch italki’s tutorial and funny videos!

myspace italki on MySpace

And in Chinese

italki videos on Tudou

youkuitalki videos on Youku

italki on Fanfou – Follow us on the Chinese Twitter