How italki is helping me learn Spanish!

December 6th, 2013 | Posted by Jim in feature | members | Motivation | tips - (Comments Off on How italki is helping me learn Spanish!)

How italki is Helping Me Learn Spanish

 

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There is only way to learn to speak a language: speak it, speak it, and speak it some more.

While the easiest way to immerse yourself in a language is to travel – or, better yet, move – to a country where the language is spoken, all is not lost for those of us who can’t do that just yet. Thanks to the wonders of Skype and free websites like italki.com, we can immerse ourselves in any language from the comfort of our living room couches! (Actually, in my case, it’s the dining room table. I still haven’t quite mastered the art of using a laptop on my actual lap.)

If you’re looking to ramp up your language learning, then you might want to consider signing up for italki.

* Please note: this review is very long. I can’t help it. I’m full of words. Believe it or not, I actually cut out a good quarter of each post before I actually publish it. If you don’t like posts with a lot of words – well, you probably won’t like this blog. Sorry. (more…)

Speaking Cantonese after 2 months of practicing!

December 2nd, 2013 | Posted by Jim in members | Motivation | tips - (Comments Off on Speaking Cantonese after 2 months of practicing!)

Jan vanderAa is learning Cantonese on italki.  After only 2 months of studying he’s having basic conversations!   His little language learning tip is: (more…)

What is an italki session like?

November 11th, 2013 | Posted by Jim in Learning Japanese | teachers - (Comments Off on What is an italki session like?)

Want to check out what a real lesson on italki is like! Watch this Japanese lesson with our italki member Brian Kwong and italki teacher, Noriko, as part of the #add1challenge that Brian and others are doing.

Click here to check out Noriko’s teacher profile.

The first italki created book – A Wolf at Our Door

November 4th, 2013 | Posted by Jim in announcement | members - (Comments Off on The first italki created book – A Wolf at Our Door)

We’re delighted to let everyone know that the first italki created book has been published!

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Italki Moderator/member Jura has published A Wolf at our Door based on her Notebook entries on italki. Jura has been with italki since 2008 and serves as one of our Community Moderators.  A Wolf at our Door  chronicles the survival feat of a Lithuanian great-aunt and her two daughters when abruptly exiled to Siberia in World War II for 37 years.

Jura’s book actually started off as a single italki Notebook entry in which she just posed a simple question to the italki community:

 

“My aunt in Lithuania left me her memoirs about her life in Siberia when she and her family were deported there by the Russians during World War 2. Is it worth my while translating her memoirs into English? What do people think?” http://www.italki.com/entry/140381

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I met my italki Tutor in Korea!

October 11th, 2013 | Posted by Jim in members - (Comments Off on I met my italki Tutor in Korea!)
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Raven (and family) and Tutor Jee meeting up in Korea

When you create a community that spans the world, you’ll end up hearing lots of stories. What starts with strangers learning from each other, can ultimately lead to many unexpected experiences.

We recently received an email from Aadel, a mother who homeschools her children and is currently based in Korea.  She writes a popular homeschooling blog called These Temporary Tents.  Her daughter Raven actually learns Korean on italki.  Aadel actually wrote about her and her daughter’s experiences learning Korean on italki on her blog.  If you haven’t read it yet, you can read it here.

She sent the following email to us:

“It was awesome to get to meet Raven and I’s italki tutor, Miss Jee Young, in person!  We met in Itaewon (Seoul, South Korea) and had dinner and coffee afterwards.”

She even sent us a photo :)