If You Want To Speak A(ny) Language Don’t Learn It

May 31st, 2013 | Posted by ross in members | teachers | tips - (Comments Off on If You Want To Speak A(ny) Language Don’t Learn It)

From time to time I feel a great temptation to share my own learning and teaching experiences with other people. The way we learn something is critically important to the final outcome.

How do we learn languages? Normally, we memorize some basic words and phrases, then we learn some grammar rules and try to compose phrases using wrong words and making predictable mistakes since the interference from the native language is so strong. Why is it that after years of studies many still fail speaking fluently? Do they fail because they are stupid and lazy? Definitely not. At the very beginning of our lives we learnt our native languages perfectly well, so we are capable of learning languages. Probably, the way we acquire a new language is not the most efficient. Most likely, it is quite inefficient. We didn’t learn the native language as a sum of vocabulary and grammar rules. We never thought about the grammar at all, and yet we succeeded.

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3 Tips for Learning Any Language

May 27th, 2013 | Posted by Samuel Bleakly in members | teachers | teachers | tips - (Comments Off on 3 Tips for Learning Any Language)

Learning a language can be challenging, so here are 3 tips from one of our italki tutors on what to focus on in order to reach your goal!

3 Ways to learn a language

 

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Teacher of the Week: Melissa

April 17th, 2013 | Posted by Samuel Bleakly in teachers - (Comments Off on Teacher of the Week: Melissa)

Hi Everyone!!!

Congratulations to Melissa our new teacher of the week.

A professional teacher with 11 years experience teaching all ages; Melissa teaches French, Spanish, English and Nepali.

In this  introduction video she speaks all of them!

When you’re ready to book a lesson with her, visit her profile by clicking here : http://www.italki.com/teacher/1168195

Welcome back to our weekly Teacher of the Week spotlight series:

This week we feature Victoria from France, who teaches an impressive 3 languages – French, Russian and English! Victoria has taught 35 students and completed 152 sessions with a perfect 5.0 professional lesson rating.

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Teacher of the Week #4: Jessica SkypEnglish4U

February 26th, 2013 | Posted by Samuel Bleakly in teachers | Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Teacher of the Week #4: Jessica SkypEnglish4U)

Welcome back to our Teacher of the Week spotlight series.

Today we have a very special teacher, Jessica SkypEnglish4U

Here is a video of her introducing herself:

Jessica is a wonderful teacher with a great history of satisfied students.  She has also done a lot to promote italki and grow it to the community it has become today.  She is warm, kind, and fun.

Jessica has 1633 completed sessions on italki with 353 different students.

If you are looking to improve your English. Definitely book a lesson with her by clicking here.