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, Grammarly.com

WriteOnNaNoWriMo

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.

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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.

Foreign-Language

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 italki.com, 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.

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Goal Setting and the Challenge!

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

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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.

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How a Film Director Learns Arabic on italki

July 4th, 2013 | Posted by ross in tips - (Comments Off on How a Film Director Learns Arabic on italki)

We love to hear how our italki users are overcoming the challenges of learning languages, and Nicole Ballivian has quite a story to share with us.

Read on to learn about Nicole and her language learning experiences.

Nicole in Hebron

Nicole and an actor in Hebron

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