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



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, 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…)

Writing Your Way to Fluency

October 24th, 2013 | Posted by ross in tips | Writing - (Comments Off on Writing Your Way to Fluency)

Guest Post by Allison VanNest,


Even if your goal is just to be conversant in a new language, don’t neglect reading and writing in favor of speaking and listening. These four aspects of language acquisition all work together to forge new pathways in your brain. Incorporate daily writing practice into your routine to learn faster. Here’s how:

Be Social. Find a writing buddy who speaks the language you are learning, and offer to trade writing samples. italki’s notebook feature allows you to post short pieces of writing for correction by a community of native speakers. It’s a social way of learning that helps you develop your language skills at your own pace.


italki – The Online Homeschool Foreign Language Program I’m Telling Everyone About!

August 27th, 2013 | Posted by Jim in feature | media | tips - (Comments Off on italki – The Online Homeschool Foreign Language Program I’m Telling Everyone About!)

This post originally appeared on Raising Arrows – a personal blog site run by Amy Roberts. Reposted with her permission.


My oldest daughter, Meg, loves languages. She is taking formal Spanish via a computer program plus teaching herself bits and pieces of several other languages. She’s a quick study; however, she has told me on multiple occasions that she really needs someone to speak the languages with her because the computer lacks the interaction and feedback of a live person.

So, when I learned about, an online foreign language instruction site that provides teacher/student interaction via Skype sessions, I was hopeful this might be the answer to her dilemma.

Answer would be an understatement.


Goal Setting and the Challenge!

August 18th, 2013 | Posted by Jim in Language Challenge | Motivation | tips - (Comments Off on Goal Setting and the Challenge!)


One of the reasons why we hold the italki Language Challenge is we believe in Goal Setting for language learning. Setting a goal helps you focus and allocate your time and resources efficiently, and can keep you motivated when you feel like giving up.