Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with our italki mix tape

March 6th, 2013 | Posted by Samuel Bleakly in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with our italki mix tape)

Dear italki,

Sam here,  we’ve made an Irish mix tape for you to enjoy while you celebrate St. Patrick’s day.

Give it a listen and share it with your friends.


Sam Bleakly

italki Community Manager

Thank you for making italki better.

March 6th, 2013 | Posted by Samuel Bleakly in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Thank you for making italki better.)

Dear italki users,

We have been getting a large amount of email about the changes that we’ve made over the last few days.

Most of the email has been constructive and necessary, and we want to sincerely thank all the users who have reported bugs through facebook and the support system.

italki is a community and you take an active part in shaping it.

We’d like to apologize for all of the inconveniences the new changes have caused.

We know that there will be many issues with the new version of the site. And we appreciate your patience and continued support as we continually work towards getting things fixed. The main reason for the changes were due to a migration of the specific technology that runs the site.

These changes will allow us to eventually have a much much faster site, after we get most of the blocks out of the way with coding and dns issues.

We understand what you are saying and are having many discussions behind the scenes as to which suggestions we can realistically implement at this time.

If you’d like to have a more in depth discussion, you can always email me at sam@italki.com

italki Culture Cast Episode One: Swedish

March 1st, 2013 | Posted by Samuel Bleakly in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on italki Culture Cast Episode One: Swedish)

Here is our first in a weekly podcast series interviewing native speakers.  This week we feature Beatrice from Sweden.


Let us know what you think, and if you’d like to be interviewed, email sam@italki.com

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.

New Position at italki: Online Marketing Assistant (Chinese)

January 16th, 2013 | Posted by ross in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on New Position at italki: Online Marketing Assistant (Chinese))

To cater to our growing user base in China, we are looking to recruit a Chinese Online Marketing Assistant.

We are really excited about the growth of italki in China, and around the world, so if you are Chinese, love languages and online marketing, make sure to drop us your resume so we can consider you for our team!

Introduction to the role:

We are seeking a Chinese speaker strong in marketing and communications, who can drive traffic and increase sales in China. We are a fast-growing tech startup looking for an individual who wants to be part of an exciting, yet friendly working environment. The position is based in Shanghai, China. Candidates from other locations need not apply.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following: 

Managing social networking channels – Weibo
Copywriting for newsletters, website, PR, advertising
Co-ordination and implementation of email campaigns
Quality control of Chinese version of website
Assisting in other general marketing initiatives

Minimum Requirements: 

Native Mandarin speaker
2+ years online marketing experience
Outgoing and proactive personality
Very strong Chinese communication skills
Experience with Chinese social network platforms
Good organizational and planning skills
Fluent in English (speaking, reading)
A sharp mind with the ability to grasp concepts quickly and problem solve

Preferred Qualifications: 

Experience in social media marketing
Interested in technology, language learning
Experience living overseas or working with foreigners
Translation skills, experience with English translation
Degree in marketing or communications

Work Environment:

Salary is based on experience and education
5-day work week
Allowance for free online language lessons
Great opportunities for growth
Annual Performance Review

For interested parties, please email your resume to ross at italki.com.